Terminal Illness

How May Medical Cannabis Help Cancer Patients?

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Tangerine, our high-THC and low-CBD formulation, is our most commonly used medication for cancer patients.

THC often gets a bad rap, but provides a lengthy list of therapeutic benefits such as: decreasing pain, improving appetite, increasing weight gain, and improving sleep. THC is also known for its anti-nausea, anti-emetic (vomiting) and anti-anxiety properties.

The small amount of CBD that is in this product has anti-inflammatory properties. CBD helps to improve the anti-nausea, anti-emetic and anti-anxiety properties of THC, which are helpful in progressive diseases as well as during and after chemotherapy.

THC and CBD have also shown to have anti-cancer properties, similar to chemotherapy but without the systemic damage. This has not been clinically proven, as it is all based on patient reports, but is promising nonetheless.

At LeafLine Labs, we see a variety of patients with cancer, ranging from pediatric to elderly, with a wide variety of diagnoses. We have seen many cancer patients who have experienced decreased nausea, healthy weight gain, pain management, improved sleep, decreased anxiety levels and who have been able to decrease their use of narcotics, sleep aids, or anti-nausea medications.

Read how medical cannabis from LeafLine Labs has helped Char after her stage 4 metastatic breast cancer diagnosis on the blog.

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

Medical Cannabis & Terminal Illness: Patrick's Story

Patrick Harder of Longville, Minnesota passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016. He was surrounded by his wife and family in the comfort of his home. “He passed beautifully. He passed the way he wanted. He got his wishes, he got his miracle. I thank you guys so much for taking his pain away. I can’t tell you the relief he got…it’s huge,” Patti, his wife, reflects.

Patrick was the kind of person who didn’t have a mean bone in his body, according to his wife. He liked everyone and the only trouble he had ever gotten into was in the form of a few speeding tickets, she jokes. “He taught me patience,” Patti says, “This man was the most patient man I knew. Quiet. Gentle. Kind. Everything.”

Patrick lived for deer hunting season and farming, two of his biggest passions. He and his wife used to travel the states showing world class Appaloosa horses together. Patrick also loved to spend time with his family, ride horses, attend picnics in the summer, make maple syrup, and just about any other activity that you can do outdoors.

On April 11, 2016, Patrick was diagnosed with colon cancer. His doctor had found a tumor located between his pelvic bones, making it inoperable. The next steps suggested by his doctor were to remove his anus, colon, and large intestine and then begin a rigorous round of chemotherapy—Patrick didn’t want to take that path.

As an alternative route, Patrick began to receive cannabis in the mail from friends who lived in other states. Because he started to experience success in the form of relief, he decided to legally obtain his medicine and began the process of enrolling in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program.

After trying a variety of formulations from the other manufacturer in the state with less than remarkable results, Patrick decided to try LeafLine Labs at the end of September 2016. “He found his level with your medicine,” Patti says, “He never did with the other guys.”

The Harders had a difficult, uphill battle from the appointment of his diagnosis up until coming to LeafLine Labs. They were met with resistance at every step of the way, from finding a certifying health care practitioner, to dealing with hospice care, to speaking with their insurance company. “The only place we felt comfortable was LeafLine Labs,” Patti shares.

Patrick swore he instantly felt relief after trying his first doses of medical cannabis from LeafLine Lab, Patti recalls. Although the medicine was not a cure for his cancer, it helped him to live out his last several months with relief from his pain. “We had 26 years of awesome, and then 8 ½ months from diagnosis to his passing… a lot of people don’t get those 8 ½ months together,” Patti shares with gratitude.