Clarity Med­i­cal Cen­tre of­fers equal ac­cess to CBD treat­ment HOROSCOPE

Rose Mar­cus

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r. Jean Paul Lim has one main goal—he wants to make peo­ple feel bet­ter. While it might sound sim­ple, there is still a stigma around one par­tic­u­lar method of treat­ment, which he be­lieves could be used to help a num­ber of health is­sues in­clud­ing chronic pain, PTSD, seizures, tremors, and gen­eral anx­i­ety. And that so­lu­tion is cannabid­iol (CBD), the non–psy­choac­tive com­pound of the cannabis plant.

Lim, an in­ter­nal medicine and com­plex care spe­cial­ist, re­cently founded Clarity Med­i­cal Cen­tre (4484 Main Street) with the in­ten­tion of study­ing the ben­e­fits and mon­i­tor­ing the side ef­fects of medic­i­nal cannabis use. With the new open­ing of this pa­tient-fo­cused, re­search-based, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary fa­cil­ity, Lim hopes to shat­ter mis­con­cep­tions and build sci­en­tific ev­i­dence around what he has learned.

“There are very few things in medicine that I’ve done that are quite as pro­found as the ben­e­fits that I’ve seen with CBD. And I’m a med­i­cal spe­cial­ist and I deal with com­plex care pa­tients with a lot of dis­eases,” he says.

But Lim hasn’t al­ways thought this way. In fact, up un­til eight months ago his knowl­edge of CBD was al­most non-ex­is­tent.

“My pa­tients started ask­ing me about medic­i­nal cannabis,” he says. “And to be hon­est with you, I knew ab­so­lutely noth­ing about it. I barely knew what the plant looked like. And what was em­bar­rass­ing was that I didn’t re­ally have any­thing else to of­fer them for their pain.”

The me­dia cov­er­age of cannabis some­times fo­cuses on its re­cre­ational use and the plant’s bet­ter-known com­pound, tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC), which is the lead­ing psy­choac­tive com­po­nent in cannabis. But Lim de­cided to start re­search­ing medic­i­nal cannabis for him­self to see if he could give his pa­tients al­ter­na­tive treat­ment op­tions.

“When I grad­u­ated from UBC, I was very dog­matic in my ap­proach and I only did what I learned in school,” he says. “And then as I lis­tened more and looked at peo­ple’s health more holis­ti­cally, I re­al­ized that what is not taught very well in med­i­cal schools are the fun­da­men­tals of health of diet and ex­er­cise.”

While he still pre­scribes med­i­ca­tions, Lim also tries to ad­dress his pa­tients’ con­cerns by en­cour­ag­ing a healthy life­style and help­ing them to live with­out pain. And he be­lieves that CBD will change the way pain is treated in the fu­ture.

It is for this rea­son that Clarity Med­i­cal Cen­tre makes it sim­ple for new pa­tients to ac­cess le­gal med­i­cal cannabis prod­ucts in Canada, and stream­lines the process of reg­is­ter­ing with a li­censed pro­ducer. Lim’s team of cannabis-trained gen­eral and spe­cial­ist physi­cians, nurses, phar­ma­cists, and coaches all work to­gether to en­sure pa­tients get op­ti­mal med­i­cal care.

“There are lots of claims out there, but how much of it is real and how much of it is not? When you have data there is no ar­gu­ment,” he adds. “And then pa­tients get real ac­cess. And that’s my ul­ti­mate goal—to give peo­ple equal ac­cess, who oth­er­wise would be suf­fer­ing.”

But Lim’s mis­sion ex­tends be­yond his pa­tients. In fact, he thinks that af­ter cannabis be­comes le­gal, Canada can be a ma­jor global player in CBD treat­ment.

“I hate to sound over­dra­matic here but this is an op­por­tu­nity for Canada to be a world leader in cannabis re­search,” he says. “Here is chance for us to truly bring in­no­va­tion for­ward.”

Through Clarity, Lim hopes to gather the data needed to change pol­icy, be­cause he rec­og­nizes that much re­search is still re­quired. He has a firm be­lief in the medic­i­nal ben­e­fits of cannabis and wants ad­di­tional sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to back this up.

“I hope you un­der­stand my vi­sion be­cause it’s big. It’s a big vi­sion.” s of Thurs­day/fri­day, stars waste no time switch­ing the at­ten­tion onto some­thing next, some­thing more. Folks are game and in­ter­ested Fri­day/satur­day. The Sagit­tar­ius moon dishes up plenty of choice for plea­sure seek­ers and mu­nic­i­pal vot­ers too.

The go­ing is good; the con­nec­tion is good; the busi­ness is too as Mer­cury aligns with Saturn on Fri­day and Venus on Mon­day. Both days are prof­itable for talks, vis­its, pitch­ing it, am­bi­tions, earn­ings, and mak­ing the most of the mo­ment. Sun­day/mon­day ac­com­plish­ment, sat­is­fac­tion, and re­ward are on the ready dial-up.

Mon­day/tues­day keep the trad­ing, trend­set­ting, news, and spec­u­la­tion hype on the buildup in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Canada’s le­gal­iza­tion of re­cre­ational cannabis on Wed­nes­day. Venus is ret­ro­grade for this launch. Call it a soft open. End­ing 95 years of pro­hi­bi­tion, cannabis now re­turns to the le­gal sta­tus it had be­fore it was banned in 1923. (All ret­ro­grade tran­sits are ap­pro­pri­ate for re­sum­ing, re­vis­it­ing, and re­play.) On the im­prove­ment-re­quired end of Venus ret­ro­grade, there are many kinks to work out, as has been widely re­ported. Many shops do not yet have a li­cence. Sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct shortages are ex­pected. Will the pric­ing be com­pet­i­tive enough to thwart the black mar­ket? Venus in Scor­pio ret­ro­grade keeps the un­der­ground go­ing strong; the greed fac­tor and stock-mar­ket gam­bling con­tinue brisk too. For­tunes will be made, but play at your own risk. While the stocks are likely to go up, the roller­coaster ride con­tin­ues.

On the per­sonal, re­la­tion­ship, and karmic front, Venus ret­ro­grade is an im­por­tant tran­sit for get­ting back in touch with what is truly in your best in­ter­ests and most em­pow­er­ing for you.

LEO

July 22–Au­gust 22 In­vest­ments, com­mit­ments, the past, and liv­ing with your­self are on the check­list for deeper ques­tion­ing and soul-search­ing. Some parts of your life may be up for a com­plete over­haul. Do not un­der­es­ti­mate the karmic po­tency of cir­cum­stances and choices. It can be make-it-or-breakit time for a sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ship, ca­reer goal, or con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tion. Stay true to your best in­ter­ests.

VIRGO

Au­gust 22–Septem­ber 22 While Venus is ret­ro­grade, you have an op­por­tu­nity to do it again, only bet­ter this time. You can ques­tion your­self or your choices, but ul­ti­mately the cy­cle leads you to greater clarity and con­fir­ma­tion. An elim­i­na­tion process serves best in this re­gard. Don’t hes­i­tate to get a sec­ond opin­ion or to change your mind. Sun­day/mon­day are op­ti­mum for talk­ing it out/fig­ur­ing it out.

LI­BRA

Septem­ber 22–Oc­to­ber 23 What is it worth? Are you get­ting enough out of it? Can you recre­ate the feel­ing, the pas­sion, or the suc­cess? In ad­di­tion to soul-search­ing, Venus ret­ro­grade takes you on a deeper ex­plo­ration of your as­sets and re­sources. When push comes to shove, you’ll dis­cover how much you have go­ing for you. The tran­sit can re­con­nect you with a lover from your past.

SCOR­PIO

Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 21 You can gain a sec­ond chance with some­one or some­thing. Venus ret­ro­grade also gives you an ex­tended time to feel your way along. Even so, Mars sets you on a quick bounce-back or a fresh spring­board. Do not un­der­es­ti­mate who or what shows up. The present is a blend of karma-reap­ing and karma-in-mak­ing. Mon­day, talk money; sign the pa­per­work.

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