What is CannaSense?
CannaSense is a medical cannabis collective that helps patients in all 50 states gain access to cannabis medication. We do this with a streamlined process in strict compliance with The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, The Affordable Care Act and the US Constitution. It is important for each patient to understand the legalities involved, the costs, and the benefits of cannabis medication. Cannabis can be used to treat a large number of illnesses from anxiety, depression, and PTSD, to inflammatory and auto-immune disorders, as well as many forms of cancer and chronic pain. Unfortunately there are many states in America that have not yet passed medical cannabis laws and it is still listed on the federal level as a schedule 1 narcotic. Despite these obstacles, CannaSense has a solution for any patient in America who needs access to cannabis.
How is This Legal?
CannaSense was developed, tested, and refined over a 13 year period using existing law as an avenue for patient access to cannabis in all 50 states. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 is a California Law that allows anyone to become members of a cannabis collective with the recommendation of a doctor. Article 4 Section 1 of the US Constitution says: “Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.” This means that Article IV, Section 1 ensures that states respect and honor the state laws and court orders of other states, even when their own laws are different. It is also known as the reciprocity clause.
Under the Affordable Care Act, patients can see their doctors through telemedicine services from the privacy of their homes. Internet based video conference calls enable their doctors to write prescriptions and recommendations in a legal and accepted way, without leaving home. CannaSense partners with California-based telemedicine physician services to provide easy access to patients for a teleconference appointment with a CA doctor who will give them a treatment plan, a physical medical cannabis card, and a signed recommendation for membership with Cannasense. Legally, under the provisions of the ACA, this is the same thing as the patient traveling to CA to see the doctor in person.
When a patient uses this CannaSense process, it legally makes them a California patient under the protections of the Compassionate Use Act. Even though they may live in another state, through this process, they are California patients. After the recommendation from the physician is attached to the CannaSense Sponsorship form and submitted to CannaSense for approval, (which usually takes one business day), they are assigned a patient ID and they are able to log in to their account to order from the Apothecary store here on the CannaSense website. For more information on the larger legal structure under which CannaSense operates, please read the official legal statement.
There are several legal safeguards with CannaSense, the first of which is our compliance within the legal framework mentioned above. The second is the medical card, which in many cases can shield a patient from scrutiny by agents of the state. The third is the discreet way we ship the medication. We ship right to patients’ homes in non-descript packaging without labels indicating the contents of the package, thereby protecting each patient’s privacy. Also, the patient’s credit card statements are completely without any “red flag” terms. The greatest benefit of being a patient with CannaSense is the CannaSense Foundation, whose primary purpose is to provide legal defense teams at no cost to any patient or member who has legal issues as a result of using cannabis.
In order to be in compliance with this program, every patient must obtain a doctor’s recommendation. For the Doctor appointment, medical card, and recommendation, the cost is $65.79. Most patients who go through the process to get their medical cards in their state pay much more for the process and many have to renew their recommendations several times a year. As a California CannaSense patient, renewal is once a year.
There are two ways to become a patient with CannaSense, you can be a “Patient” or a “Member.” Beyond the cost for the doctor visit, a Patient pays nothing to join CannaSense but they pay full price for their medicine. A Member pays a one time membership fee of $420 by purchasing a “Welcome Kit”, for which they receive $300 worth of medicine in their first shipment. There are 5 preconfigured Welcome Kit options to choose from and 1 customizable option. After they purchase the Welcome Kit, their membership is upgraded to full Member which gets them a discount on all medicinal items in the store from then on. The discount can be up to 30% and saves members thousands of dollars. For long term treatment it is the most cost effective way to participate. All prices listed in the Apothecary on the website are patient prices. Once a Patient upgrades to full Member, the discount will reflect in the Apothecary every time they log in.
Anyone in compliance with the program can also earn income or credit to their accounts by sponsoring others into the collective. Under the Compassionate Use Act, caregivers maybe compensated for their time. Anyone may become a “Caregiver” by filling out the Sponsorship Form. There is no cost to become a caregiver and a doctor’s recommendation is not needed as caregivers are not able to order cannabis products. Both Patients and Members are also considered “caregivers,” but having obtained a doctor’s recommendation, they are able to order cannabis products. If a person joins CannaSense only as a caregiver, they are able to earn referral commissions by sponsoring full Members into the program, for which they receive $75 per $420 membership. If a caregiver sponsors a Patient, there is no fee and hence no commission.
Members make a $75 commission for every $420 membership they sponsor and also 8% of all product purchases from anyone they sponsor. These earnings can be directed toward their account as credit toward free medicine, or they can be sent payments in a variety of methods. This is an entirely optional aspect of the membership that members of the collective may participate in if they so choose. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the full compensation plan.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur.
How Are Cannabinoids Introduced to the Endocannabinoid System?
• Smoked Cannabis – Cannabis is typically smoked in a pipe or joint. When inhaled, CBD, THC and other compounds are absorded by the lungs, into the blood, and cross the blood-brain barrier. The first effects of inhaled cannabis usually occur within a few minutes, gradually wear off after 2-3 hours. Smoking is often effective for treating acute symptoms that need to be addressed quickly, such as painful spasms, nausea, and vomiting. It is fairly easy to titrate the dose by inhaling. If the effect is insufficient after a few minutes, one can take another puff until the desired effect is achieved. But smoke contains noxious substances that may irritate the lungs.
• Vaporizing – Vaporizing with a vape pen or another device offers the same immediate benefits of smoking. But since a vaporizer heats the cannabis flower or oil without burning it, the active ingredients are inhaled as a vapor and no smoke is involved. This makes a healthier alternative to smoking.
Understanding Alternative Delivery Methods of Medicinal Cannabis through the Endocannabinoid System:
Medical Cannabis can reach your Endocannabinoid system through several alternative delivery methods defined as healthier than smoking.
• Capsules & Gel Caps – Cannabis Oil can also be taken in a capsule or gel cap like a vitamin or supplement. The effect, duration and dosing are similar to that of edibles.
• Tinctures – Tinctures are herbal remedies of cannabis are dissolved in alcohol or another solvent. Their effect, duration and dosing are similar to that of edibles.
• Sub-lingual Sprays – Sub-lingual sprays are made from cannabis extracts that may be mixed with another substance like coconut oil. The cannabis concentrate is sprayed under the tongue and quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa. First effects are generally felt within 5 to 15 minutes. Sub-lingual sprays are a good option for consistent, discreet, and timely cannabis dosing. There is no preparation involved and no lingering smell from smoking.
• Edibles – Edibles are foods or snacks cooked with cannabis-infused oil, butter or ghee. The effects of orally consumed cannabis can last 4 to 6 hours—considerably longer than inhaled cannabis. But the onset of effects is much slower (30-90 minutes) than for inhaled cannabis or sub-lingual sprays. The slow onset and longer duration make edibles well suited for treating chronic conditions that require a steady dose of medicine throughout the day. The biggest risk with orally administered cannabis is over-consumption. The longer time of onset makes it more difficult to titrate dosage. One should proceed cautiously by taking a small dose of an edible and waiting at least an hour before deciding if more is needed. Edibles may not be appropriate for someone suffering from nausea, vomiting or lack of appetite.
• Cannabis Teas – Cannabis prepared as an herbal tea will include significant amounts of CBD and THC in their raw “acid” form (CBDA and THCA) because the heat required to steep tea is less than the temperature necessary for “decarboxylation,” which transforms CBDA into CBD and THCA into THC. Cannabis tea is not inebriating because cannabinoid acids do not bind with receptors in the brain. CBDA and THCA appear to have significant therapeutic properties, but there has been little research on these compounds.
• Juices – Raw cannabis juice made with a blender will contain CBDA, THCA, and the other non-psychoactive cannabinoids since it’s also not heated. It is difficult to gauge a precise dose using this method of administration, but the health benefits are potentially significant.
• Topicals & Salves – Cannabis tinctures and oil can also be infused in a balm, lotion or ointment and applied directly to the skin. Patients report that cannabis topicals can be effective for pain, inflammation, infections, and skin conditions. Because they are applied externally, topicals and salves are not inebriating.
• Cannabis Oil Extracts – Cannabis oil extracts can be taken orally, sublingually or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be utilized as an ingredient to vaporize or cook with. Some cannabis oils come with an applicator for measured dosing. These oil extracts—CBD-rich and THC-dominant—are very potent. The time of onset and duration of effect vary depending on the method of administration.
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