Medical Cannabis Education Program Puts Patients First

Lift Resource Centres launches public education strategy to support patients and doctors

TORONTO, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Lift Resource Centres, the patient-focused medical cannabis clinic, is launching patient and doctor programs nationwide to educate Canadians about medical cannabis. The new program aims to establish greater clarity in the community about the safe use of medical cannabis through free education seminars.

"As the leader in patient-focused cannabis education our goal is to change the public narrative about medical options available to patients," says Prad Sekar, COO, Lift Resource Centres. "The need for a focus on education is now. Medical cannabis is a carefully regulated treatment for conditions including anxiety, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. With proper assessment and ongoing follow-up patients can maximize treatment and pain relief safely."

The seminars are part of a strategy by Lift Resources Centres to address the growing interest in medical cannabis among Canadians and develop community-based awareness about the legal options to obtain and use it safely. While Federal guidelines stipulate use and distribution of medical cannabis, a majority of medical cannabis patients continue to self-medicate and risk adverse reactions from mixing it with other pharmaceutical treatments. Self-medication also means typically purchasing from sources without quality control making cannabis therapy less effective and potentially unsafe.

"Trained medical professionals at Lift Resource Centres put patients' needs first with unlimited access to counseling and assessment," says Dr. Mahabir, Medical Director, Lift Resource Centres. "The new education program from Lift Resource Centres will help Canadians answer critical questions about medical cannabis and safe use, regardless of health status while giving them as much time as they need without any constraints."

Delivered by Lift Resource Centre Educators and industry guest speakers, patients will gain insight into Canada's regulatory system to the use of cannabis as a medicine and how to access it safely in Canada. The seminars will focus on key issues patients face and will continue to expand its scope based on what patients feel is important to them. The bi-monthly seminars for the public start May 31 in Ontario and British Columbia.

A separate program focused on doctors and healthcare practitioners will launch in June in collaboration with medical professionals at the forefront of medical cannabis. Doctors will present experience, research and case studies of cannabis for medical purposes for attendees. The seminars aim to help medical practitioners share knowledge and better understand emerging trends in medical cannabis as well as the Canadian regulatory system. The seminars will be held during the year in Ontario and British Columbia to begin with and will expand Nationally.

In 2016, Lift Resource Centres hopes to take its educate platform and engage thousands of patients and medical practitioners across Canada. Lift Resource Centres currently has five clinics operating with more slated for opening in 2016 and 2017.

Canadians can visit www.liftcentre.ca for more information and to register.

About Lift Resource Centre (www.liftcentre.ca)
The Lift Resource Centre is a patient-centric cannabis education centre staffed with trained and qualified medical practitioners, including physicians that will provide assessments, education, and support to help patients benefit from the use of cannabis while reducing potential risks. The goal is to provide access to medical cannabis to patients across Canada with options that work for them. 

SOURCE Lift Resource Centre

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