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Introducing Pediatric Compassionate Pricing Program

At Starseed, we believe access to medical cannabis should be affordable for all, so we are very excited to extend our Compassionate Care Program to Pediatric patients, who are 18 years or younger for 30% off all Starseed products.

Pediatric epilepsy, including treatment-resistant forms, has a major effect on the quality of life, morbidity, and mortality of affected children. In 2018, the FDA approved the use of Epidiolex – a highly purified CBD prescription – as a treatment for seizures associated with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Understanding the effect of cannabis on the brain is important, especially for adolescents. We strongly recommend you speak with your pediatrician to get a tailored treatment plan for your child’s needs.

Take a look at this news clip that talks about an upcoming study that examines CBD use for children with medical needs:

Disclaimer: Because the cannabis product featured in the news story lacks a mandated Health Warning Message, it is not produced by a federally licenced producer.

Already have a medical document from a pediatrician or primary care provider? Here’s how it works:

1.     Call 1-844-756-7333 or visit our registration page to register a pediatric account

2.     Submit the medical document to the Portal

3.     Receive a 30% discount on all Starseed products

If you don’t have a medical document and are looking to book an appointment, we can help refer you to partnered clinics and/or physicians.

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Please note that the Pediatric Compassionate Pricing Program cannot be combined with other programs.

If you have any questions regarding the program and how to get started, please don’t hesitate to call our Client Care Team at 1-844-756-7333! We’re here to help!

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Have you heard about CBN?
You’ve probably heard all about the two most well-known major cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Meanwhile, the cannabis plant also produces many other minor cannabinoids like CBN (cannabinol). THC appears to break down into CBN over time or with heat, which is why CBN is commonly referred to as “older THC”. For that reason, it’s usually present in high amounts in older cannabis plants.1 CBN has a distinct effect than the other major cannabinoids, THC and CBD. While the research on CBN and sleep remains inconclusive, CBN is believed to be non-intoxicating at therapeutic doses and is gaining more recognition for its 'sedative effect' as a sleep aid and for pain management. This means it slows down the body to relax, which may be done by reducing mental distraction, calming active muscles, or generally enhancing physical comfort. Although THC and CBD have traditionally been the focus of cannabis research, other plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids), such as CBN, have unique therapeutic properties that may contribute meaningfully to the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis.3 Pro-Tip: Sleep disturbances are frequently reported as one of the primary reasons for taking medical cannabis, and there is growing interest in the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids to treat sleep disorders. However, many people are concerned about the potency of THC, so they turn to CBD, a non-sedative that is typically used to treat pain and anxiety during the day. CBN may be used as an alternate therapeutic option as it has been anecdotally reported to help in sleep and with a significant lower risk of intoxication. CBN is also being studied for potential uses as an anticonvulsant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent.1 Although CBN doesn't currently have any known side effects, this doesn't mean that they don't exist. It just means that CBN hasn’t been studied enough to discover them. If you are struggling with sleep disorder, chronic pain or emotional distress and considering CBN, we recommend speaking to a Healthcare practitioner for tailored treatment. Book an Appointment If you have any other questions about our products or services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-844-756-7333 or email us at References: 1) Kendall, D., & Alexander, S.P.H. (2017). Cannabinoid Pharmacology. In Advances in Pharmacology Cannabinoid Pharmacology (80th edition). Academic Press. 2) Adapted from, Rudaz, S., Veuthey, J., & Christen, P. (2005). Extraction and analysis of different cannabis samples by headspace solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Journal of Separation Science, 28, 2293-2300. 3) Russo, E.B. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. British Journal of Pharmacology, 163(7): 1344–1364
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Clearing The Air: Cannabis Misconceptions
People are increasingly turning to cannabis as an alternative to other conventional methods of treating their condition's symptoms. Several myths and misconceptions continue despite research advancements and mounting data that supports the use of medicinal cannabis. Due to the extensive misinformation regarding medical cannabis that has been spread over the years, several myths have developed. To decide if medical cannabis is right for you, you must first gather correct information and separate fact from myth. The most prevalent myths regarding medical cannabis are listed here. Let’s separate the facts from fiction! 1. All medical cannabis products get you “high” Fact: Cannabis contains more than 150 active compounds, 2 of which are CBD and THC – the prime compounds that are used in medical cannabis. THC is responsible for the psychoactive intoxicating effects, a.k.a the feeling of being “high”. CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t produce any “mind-altering” effects.1 Starseed patients can opt to use CBD-dominant products with little or no THC to avoid the intoxicating effects. 2. Smoking medical cannabis is the most effective method of pain relief Fact: This is false. Medical cannabis can be consumed in multiple ways besides smoking, such as ingestion or skin application. Although inhaling cannabis has a rapid onset and shorter duration of action, smoking (or burning) cannabis is not advised due to the toxic by-products of smoke, such as ammonia, nitrous oxide, and compounds known as PAHs, which are all potentially carcinogenic. Furthermore, not only can burnt plant products and paper irritate your lungs and cause you to cough, but also, much of the medicine burns up too quickly. Visit our Product Guide to view the most common methods of consumption and their effects. Starseed Product Guide 3. Using the same chemovar (or strain) or cannabis product will give everyone the same result Fact: Each person will be affected differently depending on the amount of THC and CBD, the frequency, and the duration of consumption. Different chemovars will contain varying amounts of terpenes and cannabinoids. The effects of chemovars and cannabis products vary greatly depending on the patient and are influenced by a variety of both controllable and uncontrollable factors, as illustrated in the figure below.2 Therefore, in order for medical cannabis patients to benefit the most from their treatment, it's crucial that they have an assessment with a healthcare professional regarding expectations, dose instructions, and follow-up sessions. 4. Higher THC/CBD potency means better medical cannabis quality and better effects Fact: Cannabis with a higher THC and/or CBD content doesn't necessarily work better. Only when the cannabinoid content and dosage of medical cannabis are customised for you and your condition will it be most effective. The benefits of medical cannabis go beyond just higher cannabinoids potency. You must take into account the dosage and your symptoms or medical condition. For instance, Star-1 or Star-3 cannabinoid profile products may not be as successful if your treatment plan asks for a Balanced product with a 1:1 mix of CBD and THC. 5. THC is better for pain relief (or vice versa) Fact: There’s no definitive answer to the debate between THC and CBD for pain relief. The THC to CBD ratio in your medical cannabis should ideally match the one recommended by a healthcare professional for your condition. High-THC products may not be effective for all people with pain, and vice versa. Below is a general overview of THC and CBD. As always, we recommend patients start low and go slow with medical cannabis and stick with their treatment plan guided by a Healthcare practitioner for the best results. Scheduling regular checkups is also a great way to stay on top of your treatment. Visit Starseed's Shop References:  [1] [2] MacCallum, C.A., Lo. L.A., Pistawka, C.A., Christiansen, A., Boivin, M., & Snider-Adler, M. (2022). A clinical framework for assessing cannabis-related impairment risk. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, (883517), 1-10.