MS & Muscle Spasms

Delivery Methods: Heather Topical Gel Cream

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Created to provide relief for localized pain, LeafLine Labs’ Heather Topical Gel Cream is the most cannabinoid-concentrated topical available to patients in Minnesota.

Heather is our 1:1 formulation; combining THC and CBD in roughly equal amounts has shown to work well together for pain-related conditions.

This product provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects while eliminating the psychoactive component often experienced when taking oral, inhaled, or centrally absorbed medical cannabis formats.

Topical formulations act on cannabinoid receptors without breaching the bloodstream, which allows for efficient pain relief while minimizing side effects.

This medication is dispensed in an easy-to-use bottle which includes a built-in applicator that provides a pre-measured dose with each pump. This product may be used independently or in combination with other LeafLine Labs products.

Our pharmacy team often recommends this type of medication for painful muscle spasm disorders, neuropathic pain, and select cancer-related pain.

The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Setting a Gold Standard

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.

Questions? We’re here to answer them for you. For more information about LeafLine Labs and the Medical Cannabis Program in Minnesota, visit our website here: http://leaflinelabs.com

My Medical Cannabis Story: A Letter From Lee

Hi,

First and foremost I want to thank everyone at LeafLine Labs for all of your life changing work you do. It is not just a job, a task for you, but a mission to help people live with less pain and more happiness.

A few weeks before I had my first dose of Heather, I was in constant pain. I suffer from severe and persistent muscle spasms, extreme pain from spinal stenosis and nerve damage. I also have fibromyalgia and was not having any luck with a variety of prescription medications. I have two beautiful little girls and I was no longer able to hold them without pain and almost immediate intense spasms. Due to narcotic pain meds, I started retaining urine and had to use a catheter. At 33, this was a crushing moment for me. I started to think about my future and what was in store for me. Was this my life going forward? NO! I refused to take 30+ pills a day to get minimal relief. I did my research and decided to pursue getting registered. I was very apprehensive and was worried about what my family would think. Within an hour of my first dose, my back spasms were gone! My pain had decreased from a 9 to a 3! When I told my family they were not only happy for me but very supportive. With a few consults with Ethan, we added the Tangerine for nighttime use and I have never felt better. I owe LeafLine Labs a lifetime of gratitude. I ask those who are hesitant about medical cannabis to do some research on how it is used in Minnesota. You will find that it is a very structured program and has actually helped many many people suffering from life crippling conditions live a much happier life. Thank you, LeafLine Labs! You folks are amazing!

Regards,

Lee

Medical Cannabis & Muscle Spasms: Pete's Story

Growing up, Pete LePage was always on the go; he started downhill ski racing as a five-year-old and continued competing through high school. The outdoor enthusiast lost his mobility in a 3-wheeler crash accident at age 21, yet Pete still skis (as a mono-skier), travels, leads a boy scout troop and works on over-the-road trucks as a mechanic – making the most out of every day he can.

Pete’s busy schedule means managing the symptoms related to his spinal cord injury need to be effective. “I’ve had Botox, phenol injections, massages, and acupuncture,” Pete recalls, “They all help out, but not with the same long lasting effects as cannabis.” The list of medications in addition to the therapies had side effects that outweighed the benefits the medicine was supposed to provide.

Once the Medical Cannabis Program opened, Pete signed up and made an appointment at LeafLine Labs. When he did, “I didn’t think cannabis would eliminate all the medications; I had no idea that there were so many benefits to using the cannabis. That I could wean off most of my prescriptions.”

To help with muscle spasticity, Pete uses Heather in the daytime. Before he calls it a night, Pete uses a vaporized format of Tangerine to keep muscles relaxed and sleep the night through.

The effects on easing muscle spasticity are most noticeable for Pete. In the midst of a spasm, Pete says, “You feel like you turn into concrete. Taking the edge off that, I just feel a lot lighter, I can move a lot easier, transfer to chair easier. You go about your day, and everything requires less effort. At the end of the day, I’m not worn out, exhausted, sore and beat up."

Medical Cannabis & Multiple Sclerosis: Erin's Story

During one of her darkest periods, Erin, a St. Cloud resident, recalls thinking, “How can anything possibly come back to me when everything is gone—nothing is working? My bladder is not working. My voice is not working. I can’t see. I can’t even hold a fork. How is this possible that things can come back?”

To say the least, Erin’s nearly 12-year-long journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been a roller coaster—the first 6 years were the worst. Erin, a former dancer, dance instructor, and aerobics teachers who is now 37, was diagnosed at just 25 years old. Depending on the day, Erin used to experience any combination of the following: a lack of coordination and motor control, slurred speech, limb numbness or paralysis, spouts of blindness, and jerking tremors that prevented her from the restorative, restful sleep her body needed. At one point, she was confined to a wheelchair. These symptoms would last anywhere from a day to a month or in extreme cases, longer.

To treat the symptoms of MS, Erin took numerous different drugs including Gabapentin, Klonopin, and Topamax. She tried Botox, which provided relief for a time. Erin also self-medicated with cannabis obtained by other means than through the Minnesota medical cannabis program, but didn’t care for the way it made her feel; she couldn’t function, she couldn’t hold a conversation, and she would feel hungover and foggy the day after. She knew a lot of people who would go to Colorado for cannabis but did not want to go that route herself.

On top of it all, the long list of medications she was being prescribed only added more side effects like lack of appetite, grogginess, and a mix of frustration and anxiety that led to a spell of depression. After more than a decade of dealing with less than ideal results, she decided something needed to change.

In January 2017, after being referred to a certifying health care practitioner (HCP) by her neurologist, Erin enrolled in the Minnesota medical cannabis program. After a few months of working with her pharmacists at LeafLine Labs to find the right therapeutic dose, Erin has found it. Now, she feels as though she can handle her condition on her own. “I get so many benefits from the cannabis,” she says, “You guys don’t even know.”

She has been able to ween off Gabapentin and several other medications and for the ones she continues to take, medical cannabis helps her to manage the side effects. Finally, she is starting to feel like herself once more. She can dance, walk, run, write, brush her hair, and put makeup on—things that at one point in time, she wasn’t certain she would ever be able to do again. Most importantly for Erin, she can keep up with and spend quality time with her 7-year-old daughter.

Erin also has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and believes the cannabis is helping to manage symptoms that come with the diagnosis. Before, Erin would tend to isolate herself. Since starting medical cannabis, she has rediscovered the desire and the energy to participate in the world outside the four walls of her home.

“Look at me 10 years ago versus today. I’m a totally different person. Even my friends say [they’ve seen a difference] from last summer and this spring. I’m totally different. My attitude has changed. I’m happier. I dislike how this drug is stigmatized as being bad when it’s not. Some of the drugs I was on were awful,” Erin remarks.