RESPONSE TO VAPING CONCERNS
As a leading provider, manufacturer, and distributor of medical cannabis, LeafLine Labs’ top priority is providing the highest quality medicine and care for our patients. In light of recent illnesses and deaths related to vaping nicotine and/or marijuana-based substances, we are closely monitoring developments, including statements released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Friday, September 6, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control on Friday, September 27, 2019 and the FDA on Friday, October 4, 2019.
At Leafline Labs, our extraction protocols and established pharmaceutical methods allow us to achieve unrivaled purity, consistency and safety in our extracts. We have never added any Vitamin E acetate, diluting agents or other solutions to the medicine used in our vape cartridges. Our vaporization oils are made from 100% cannabis oil, and all terpenes present in the oil are exclusively derived from the plants we grow in our indoor cultivation facility. We conduct third-party testing that validates our product formulas and ensures that we always meet the standards established by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Office of Medical Cannabis. While we are confident in the quality and safety of our medications, we have commissioned additional testing out of an abundance of caution, and we are closely following research, such as findings from a tissue sample study by the Mayo Clinic released on October 2, 2019, to understand the root cause of the vaping-related illnesses.
As always, we strongly recommend that anyone using cannabis of any type know the specific ingredients of the product before using and adhere to product instructions. We encourage concerned patients or their families to contact their Leafline Labs’ care center to discuss alternative products or treatment options.
IF I’M CONCERNED ABOUT VAPES I’VE PURCHASED FROM LEAFLINE LABS, CAN I RETURN THEM?
If you have concerns about vape products you have purchased from LeafLine Labs within the past 30 days, please contact your closest care center to discuss a possible product exchange.
HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED FOR THE MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM?
The first step to becoming certified for the medical canabis program is to get certried by either your primary care doctor or a certifying physician. Once you are certified for the program by a medical doctor you will be required to complete registration with the state of Minnesota and pay the yearly registration fee. Once you complete the online registration you will wait for a approved email from the state of Minnesota, after you receive the approved email you will need to schedule an appointment with LeafLine Labs to begin receiving your medication.
HOW MUCH DOES THE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT FEE COST?
Registration fees are $200 per year, unless you are on a state funded program such as medical assistance, Minnesota care, social security, social security disability, and/or recieve VA benefits your fee is reduced to $50 each year.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT EACH VISIT TO LEAFLINE LABS?
New patients are scheduled for a 30-45 minute initial consult with a pharmacist to discuss your symptoms and goals for medical cannabis therapy. As you begin using your medication, additional return consults may be scheduled with a pharmacist to discuss your goals and medication plan. These return consults are typically 15-30 minutes, and all consults are no cost to our patients. If your medications are working as expected and are helping you achieve your therapeutic goals, you may call 24 hours in advance to request a refill for the date you want to pick up your medication.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MEDICATION(S) TO START WITH?
During your first visit at LeafLine Labs, you will meet privately with a pharmacist to review your medical history, goals for cannabis therapy and questions you may have about taking cannabis. With the information you provide, the pharamacist will work with you to determine your individual care plan and will recommend medications that will help you meet your wellness goals. Your LeafLine care team will explain all of our medications, and help you understand how and when to use them. Your pharmacist may also provide detailed directions for taking our medications.
CAN I TRAVEL WITH THIS MEDICATION?
It is legal to travel with Medical Cannabis within Minnesota only. We advise that you store your medications in their original packaging for easy identification. The medication label on your LeafLine medication bottle serves as proof that you are enrolled in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program and are the individual allowed to be in possesion of the medical cannabis. Traveling out-of-state or flying with Medical Cannabis is not legal in Minnesota or elsewhere.
CAN I DRIVE WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICATION?
State Law prohibits operating, navigating, or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or motorboat, or working on transportation property, equipment, or facilities while under the influence of medical cannabis. Minnesota statutes do not objectively define “under the influence” of Medical Cannabis but many other well-established state laws similarly consider “under the influence” as an impairment of mental or physical faculties to a degree that one’s ability to think and act with ordinary care is reduced. Our recommendation is the safest solution: to avoid taking your Medical Cannabis if you will be operating a motor vehicle of any kind.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS COULD I EXPECT TO SEE?
Side effects can be different depending on what medication (Tangerine, Heather, Cobalt) is being taken, what form of the medication is being used, and what other medicines or foods a person has ingested.
Normal side effects can include: Dry mouth, light-headedness, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, euphoria (a sense of wellbeing and happiness), increased appetite, and an increased heart rate. Vaporized forms may cause some throat burning sensation in some patients. Oral sprays and tinctures may cause some prickling or burning sensation in the mouth. These are not dangerous symptoms and occur because of the cannabinoids in the medication. Less common side effects could include anxious mood, insomnia, paranoia, dysphoria (an odd sense of discomfort) and changes in bowel movements.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FEEL LIKE I AM EXPERIENCING AN ADVERSE REACTION?
During LeafLine Labs business hours, please call 844-532-3546 to speak with one of our Pharmacists for assistance. If you need assistance after regular business hours please call 844-342-8130 to reach Safety Call, our after-hours monitoring company. You may also email us at AHEReporting@leaflinelabs.com and we will respond within one business day.
HOW SHOULD I STORE MY MEDICAL CANNABIS ONCE I GET HOME?
Cannabis products are sensitive to heat and light. They should be stored upright in their original container out of direct sunlight, in a cool place. They should be stored at room temperature in a safe location where children or unauthorized adults cannot access them.
DOES MY MEDICATION EXPIRE?
Our expiration date is listed as one year from manufacturing, and is listed on the production label of each medication bottle. The expiration date is based on our initial stability data and existing data from the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries, as it relaties to oil-based botanical cannabinoid medications. This data is only valid when the medication is stored properly.
HOW IS YOUR MEDICATION EXTRACTED?
The cannabinoids and terpenes found in our products are isolated using subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction processes.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TERPENES ARE PUT BACK INTO MY VAPORIZATION CARTRIDGE?
Within the packaging of each vaporizer product we produce, there is a terpene “wheel” (histogram) that lists the relative ratios of the major cannabis terpenes detected during analysis of the vaporizer oil by a state-approved third party testing lab. Only cannabis terpenes extracted from cannabis plants grown by LeafLine Labs are added to our vaporizer oils.
IS MY MEDICINE INDICA OR SATIVA?
The medications are derived from hybrid Cannabis plants.
ARE THERE RULES ABOUT WHERE I CAN AND CAN’T USE MEDICAL CANNABIS?
The label (or copy of label) on the medication bottle serves as proof that you are a patient in the program. The patient and registered caregivers or guardians will have their name on the label, and that makes it legal for those individuals to carry the medication on them. Only the patient can use the medication. Medication can only be used within Minnesota state lines. It cannot be used or carried onto federal grounds such as courthouses, post offices, airports, correctional facilities, or national parks, as well as within 1,000 feet of any school building, on school busses and vans, or child care facilities and in-home daycares. Vaping is not allowed in public places, on public transportation, while driving or operating machinery, and anywhere vapor could be inhaled by a child who is not a patient.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT SOMEONE HAS UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF MEDICAL CANNABIS?
If you have any concerns about unauthorized possession, please reach out to us at 1-844-LEAFLINE or email@example.com.
CAN I REUSE MY SYRINGES?
We provide new syringes for administering oral suspensions at each medication purchase. Dosing syringes are designed to be reused for a limited time. We recommend leaving the small amount of residual oil in the syringe tip after each use, and wiping the tip of the syringe with an alcohol swab before and after each use. Washing your syringe after each use is not necessary or recommended. If water is introduced into the suspension, it can negatively effect the medication. Be careful not to introduce foreign substances into suspension bottles.
HOW DO I ADD A SPOUSE ONTO MY ACCOUNT?
Log onto patients profile on the Minnesota Department of Health Website. Towards the bottom you will see a button to add spouse. Click the on the add spouse button and enter spouses information. It will also require the spouse to add a picture of your photo ID along with a image of your marriage license. The state of Minnesota will review your information and send a verification email once the information is confirmed and your spouse is added to your profile. Your spouse may pick up medication only after they are approved on your state profile.
WHY ARE YOUR MEDICATIONS PRICED DIFFERENTLY THAN MINNESOTA MEDICAL SOLUTIONS?
Each manufacturer choose their own pricing structure for their medications, and transparency in pricing is very important to us. All LeafLine Labs medication is consistently priced per milligram of THC/CBD (active ingredients). Our website lists all of our medications, the price per milligram of active ingredient, as well as the quantity of active ingredient in each product.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS? WHY CAN’T I USE A CREDIT CARD TO PAY FOR MY MEDICATION?
Medical insurance companies operate under multiple federal guidelines and receive much of their money from federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Since medical cannabis is currently only legal in the state but classified as a federally illegal substance, medical insurance typically will not will cover it. Some Workman’s Comp insurers in the state are starting to cover Medical Cannabis, however.
At this time, we accept cash only as payment.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MINNESOTA CANNABIS PROGRAM?
LeafLine Labs website can be located at www.leaflinelabs.com. The Minnesota Department of Heath website http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/ also contains information for patients, parents/legal guardians, caregivers, health care practitioners, as well as the laws and rules of the program, news about the cannabis program, data and statistics, instructions how to create your registry login, and printable materials and forms.