The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Setting a Gold StandardJune 20, 2017
Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program is unique - but how, exactly? To help break it down, we’ve compiled a list of components that sets the program here in Minnesota apart from those in other states.
No smoked or ingested plant
LeafLine Labs processes plants into botanical extract-based medications. Doses of cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are formulated, standardized and tested. Medications are formulated based on researched cannabinoid and terpene data, not simply strain-based, user-experience and marketing lingo common in Colorado, Washington and other locations where smoked cannabis is most common. Here, each medication is the same every month and can be dosed accordingly.
Lab tested medication
A third party independent lab tests all medicine to ensure quality and consistency of medications, just like other pharmaceuticals.
Professional medication therapy management
Minnesota Licensed Pharmacists educated in medical cannabinoid therapy and dosing provide care for patients at every LeafLine Labs Care Center. They are specially trained and responsible for objective dosing with our various medication forms, and they are able to adjust dosing and pharmaceutical management based on a patient’s other medications and disease processes. They can then coordinate with their patient’s physician, similar to the team-based pharmacy approach utilized in most hospitals.
All Medical Cannabis patients are in the state’s research registry
Minnesota is the first state to focus on capturing data related to all patients enrolled in the Medical Cannabis Program. The registry also functions as a checks-and-balances system to ensure patients are only receiving the medication amount that the pharmacist has approved.
Physicians (Health Care Practitioners) certify that patients have qualifying conditions, but aren’t responsible for “recommending” Medical Cannabis
Just like in the hospital inpatient or emergency department setting, physicians provide a patient’s overall medical care but coordinate with the licensed pharmacist who calculates the complex dosing and titration of this unique medicine. In Minnesota, patients must continue to see their physician in order to stay certified in the program which ensures close follow up.
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