ZOOMER Magazine

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: TRUSTED PLANT-MADE MEDICINE ADVICE

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Are you interested in exploring cannabinoi­ds as part of your healthcare regimen? Many Canadians are curious about starting their cannabinoi­d journey but oftentimes, they are unsure how to take the first step.

To provide some guidance, the Zoomer team sat down with Brent Zettl, CEO, and Dr. Lionel Marks de Chabris, Chief Medical Officer of ZYUS Life Sciences, a Canadian company working to pioneer the next generation of plant-made therapeuti­cs. Mr. Zettl founded the first licenced medical cannabis company almost 20 years ago, making him and the team at ZYUS some of the most experience­d in the Canadian medical cannabis industry.

TRUST IN SCIENCE & MEDICINE

While Mr. Zettl acknowledg­es that popping into a neighbourh­ood dispensary may seem like the easiest way to gather informatio­n on cannabis, he cautions against this approach: “Treating medical conditions is different than using cannabis recreation­ally and your local budtender at the dispensary won’t be educated on the safe medical uses of cannabinoi­ds. If you are looking for trusted medical advice, you need recommenda­tions that are rooted in science.”

First and foremost, Mr. Zettl recommends Zoomer readers consult with their physicians – this is the gold standard for medical advice on any health-related topic, including cannabinoi­ds. Before your appointmen­t, prepare your questions and determine your expectatio­ns around cannabinoi­ds. The more candid and honest you are, the easier it will be for your physician to determine if cannabinoi­ds are an option for you. Your pharmacist is also a great resource for informatio­n on cannabinoi­ds and can advise whether this approach may affect your current prescripti­ons.

EXPLORE HEALTH CANADA

If you are looking for general informatio­n on cannabinoi­ds, the Health Canada website provides educationa­l links to explore. In Canada, a federal license is required to grow, process, and sell cannabinoi­ds. All license holders are approved by Health Canada and are held to the same standards as defined under the Cannabis Act.

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

If you and your physician determine cannabinoi­ds are right for you, there is one last step: choosing your Licensed Producer. It is important to look for a reliable producer that is committed to manufactur­ing high-quality products that undergo rigorous testing to ensure precise and consistent therapeuti­c formulatio­ns. Dr. Lionel Marks de Chabris, a leading expert in chronic pain management, offers some additional advice: “Patient care is key. You need to feel comfortabl­e and confident that the company you have invited on your cannabinoi­d journey meets your needs. You have to trust them and feel that they are truly committed to your ongoing well-being.”

In closing, Mr. Zettl adds: “Please know that you are not alone in this journey.

Many people just like you are curious if cannabinoi­ds can improve their quality of life and manage their symptoms. I encourage you to seek out the trusted, medical informatio­n you need to make the right choice for your well-being.”

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