Everybody is unique: use extra caution when using Cannabis for the first few times. Until you get used to the effect, make sure you have someone with you who is sober and competent. VIALS supplies AGLC certified QCW coaches to assist you while you explore your medical or recreational Cannabis options. Contact VIALS to make an appointment with one of our experienced Cannabis coaches or counselors. (AGLC = Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission & QCW = Qualified Cannabis Worker).
A note from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission:
“Cannabis can have different effects on different people. It can make some people feel relaxed and happy, but it can make some users feel sick or uncomfortable.
People who choose to use legal cannabis for the first time, or who haven’t used it for many years, should be advised to start with a small amount, go slowly, and pay attention to how it makes them feel.
When using cannabis for the first time, it may also be a good idea to have a responsible adult present: someone who is not under the influence of alcohol or a drug, and who hasn’t been exposed to second-hand cannabis smoke” (AGLC).
- Book time with a VIALS coach (see Our Appointment tab)
- Prepare a comforting physical environment for yourself
- Prepare healthy snacks and beverages
- Set your mood with music
- We can stay in or go outside (weather permitting), but will avoid the public until you become more experienced with the effect
- Keep a notebook handy for ideas & for planning your new, more balanced lifestyle
- I can show you how to prepare topicals & edibles, and will recommend a good quality, rechargeable vapourizer for days when you are more likely to puff
Our coaching & consulting services are designed to help you to navigate the often challenging road to Medical Cannabis Therapy and/or for safer recreational use.
Like most plant-based medicines, (and for best results), Medical Cannabis products should be absorbed by the digestive system as “edibles”. It can also be absorbed through your skin as “topicals”, and lungs as “puffables”.
During Medical Cannabis Therapy (MCT), the body and mind soon adjust to the soothing sensations. Micro-dosing “edibles” throughout the day allows you to develop tolerance. As with any strong pain medication, there is an initial euphoric high which diminishes with repeated use. Unlike pharmaceuticals, cannabis tolerance does not diminish the anti-inflammatory and other potent healing properties of this medicine.
Cannabis is a nutraceutical, and the healing properties can easily be extracted into a healthy fat (medium chain triglycerides) like coconut oil, ghee or butter; is used in cooking and baking, and is ingested (eaten) to produce an overall systemic effect. This product can also be applied topically to relieve pain and inflammation in specific areas, without adding to the high.
Cannabis can be smoked, but why add 2,000+ toxic chemicals (produced through combustion) when you can use a vapourizer? A vapourizer releases the medicinal ingredients found in Cannabis within a warm moisture vapour which is inhaled, usually through a tube. There are quite a few models out there, but some are not easy to maintain. I have used many different models over the years and can make recommendations regarding brands and what to watch out for.
We will be communicating by email and phone.
- email your request and contact information to me via my Contact page
- I will return your email with available dates & times for us to visit
- now add this service to your cart and pay
- we will have a up to 3 hours of time together at your home (Central Alberta only)
I do not prescribe or sell medical cannabis or its products.
However, for those of you who hold prescriptions, Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes (ACMPR) licenses, or have already decided to use cannabis for medical purposes, I have some sound advice regarding safety and effective use strategies. It makes sense to reduce the harm that may occur from using this medicine, and to maximize the effectiveness of this medicine.
I can provide information for the first time user about common strains, how to fill out the ACMPR forms, how to find a prescribing physician, and advice on how to approach your doctor about the prescription.
I do not offer cures per se, but feel confident that I can bring you into alignment with yourself so you can find and utilize your own diagnostic and curative powers. I do not diagnose medical issues or prescribe medicines. Click here to see my credentials and professional references.
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