Prince Edward Island is known for a great many things. Anne of Green Gables, red sand beaches, and of course, potatoes are just a few examples of things that PEI is famous for. In fact, for the last few years, the small island province has been smashing their visiting tourist numbers record, year after year.
With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in October of 2018, there has never been a better time for cannabis enthusiasts to pack up and visit the province for a relaxing sightseeing adventure or beach getaway.
It’s possible to purchase recreational cannabis in three locations – Charlottetown, Summerside, and Montague. This number will soon grow to four as a store in the West Prince region is under construction as well.
However, individuals in need of medicinal marijuana have been able to purchase their medicine legally in the province for nearly two decades now thanks to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).
The process of acquiring a medicinal marijuana prescription in Prince Edward Island is the same as it is elsewhere across the country. An individual will first need to meet with their family physician to have them fill out the required medical documentation. As long as you’ve had a diagnosis within the previous five years of a condition that is known to be treatable with medicinal marijuana, you shouldn’t have an issue.
With medical documentation in hand, you may then register as a patient with an authorized distribution center. Once registered, you can freely purchase up to one month’s supply of your medicine. The maximum allowed amount is 150 grams or a 30 day supply – whichever ends up being the lesser amount. That’s quite a big step up from the maximum amount allowed for recreational purchase (30 grams).
The Different Types of Medicinal Marijuana Available
For many people, getting a medicinal marijuana prescription will end up being their first experience using marijuana. If that sounds like you and you’re feeling a little confused with all of the different types of strains and breeds you keep hearing about, fear not.
We’re here to help break down the main types that you’ll be able to choose from when working with your physician to come up with a proper treatment plan. Armed with this knowledge, you should have a somewhat better idea of what type of cannabis will be most beneficial for helping you to manage your symptoms.
Sativa vs. Indica
The two most common types of marijuana are sativa and indica plants. They each possess unique characteristics, from the way the plants themselves look to even the type of high they produce as well.
Sativa plants tend to be a little bit taller in stature with narrow leaves and a longer flowering cycle. They’re also an ideal option for growing in warmer climates with long seasons, which explains why sativa strains are so popular in many locations throughout Asia and Latin America.
In general, sativa strains will produce a more cerebral or energizing type of high that is ideal for daytime use. There are certainly exceptions though, as there are a variety of sativas that are perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.
Indica plants on the other hand tend to be shorter in stature with broad leaves and a shorter flowering cycle. They’re also more suitable for colder climates and shorter seasons – think Canada, Europe, and parts of the United States.
When compared with sativa, the high from indica strains tends to be more focused in the body, producing the infamous “couch lock” sensation which has earned indica the nickname “in-da-couch.”
It’s also possible to find strains that are hybrids of both sativa and indica. These hybrids can either be sativa-dominant or indica-dominant, with their effects leaning more towards whichever type of strain is most present.
Beyond this general overview, there are also a few other things to keep in mind when selecting the type of strain that’s right for you, including:
- The THC or CBD content – the main cannabinoid compounds responsible for giving marijuana its therapeutic effects
- The terpenes found in the strain – these are the compounds that give the strain its unique aroma and flavor (pine, earthy, lemon, grape, blueberry, etc.)