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Post by Vet1234 on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 09:34

This is the model I have
https://alleviahealth.com/product/alpha-stim-100/

I take 15mg Zoplicone and 2mg Prazosin about an hour before I should be sleeping.
Firebird, if you have no luck with VAC and a CES device, let me know, I'll send you my CES to try.

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Post by 1993firebird on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 14:52

Vet1234 , I have a sleepgenie loner right now for a few weeks and am waiting for Veterans Affairs decision. bruce72 have you tried for reimbursement now for the sleepgenie? Vet1234 you have the more expensive one , money bags eh. LOL

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Post by Bruce72 on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 16:17

Firebird, I believe we only have 12 months to submit receipts to seek reimbursement for anything through VAC. I'm way past that ha ha. It's no worries though.

Speaking of reimbursement, when I order my medical cannabis every month, the cost is covered up front by VAC. Be sure this is the case for yourself should you qualify for cannabis coverage. Otherwise, the cost could burn a hole in your pocket and VAC is famous for taking up to 12 weeks to get your cash back to you.

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Post by Vet1234 on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:17

Money bags... I wish! I have 5 kids and have been on elb for 5 years! 75% of Pre-Release without promotions, jump pay or any more tours in Afghanistan take their toll on a family :S
I think getting a 90% ELB in October will be a big help for a lot of us vets. Voc Rehab was a flop for me and the Psych says no more school/job. I sure hope I get the nod for TPI, and PIA.
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Post by 1993firebird on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:46

Direct billing.

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Post by 1993firebird on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:46

Good luck Vet1234.

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Post by Guest on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:59

wish you and yours the best vet . hopefully the world will turn for ya real soon .

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Petition pushes for coverage of marijuana pills for veterans - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/petition-pushes-for-coverage-of-marijuana-pills-for-veterans-1.2321633#sthash.v39RFJO5.dpuf

Post by Guest on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 10:12

Petition pushes for coverage of marijuana pills for veterans.

August 12, 2016

Some Canadian veterans and their supporters, including long-time cannabis crusader and former Victoria city councillor Philippe Lucas, are petitioning Canada’s Parliament for marijuana in pills.

The group says marijuana can help veterans suffering from chronic pain and in dealing with the psychological and emotional residue of combat tours, generally known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

They point out that Veterans Affairs Canada refuses to pay for marijuana extracts or in pills, covering only raw marijuana leaves or buds to be smoked.

“It seems arbitrary to cover the cost of one method of ingestion and not cover the cost of another,” Lucas said.

Lucas recently launched a petition, sponsored by his MP, New Democrat Sheila Malcolmson, with the hope of overturning Veteran Affairs’ lack of support for cannabis in non-smoking forms. The petition requires 500 signatures to be presented to Parliament. As of Thursday night, it had about 250 signatures.

A spokesman for Veterans Affairs Canada said in an emailed statement that the agency is reviewing how it reimburses veterans for medical marijuana.

The review will also look at new regulations, now in the works, from Health Canada on medical marijuana.

Lucas was founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, making marijuana available to people with chronic illnesses or conditions. He was also a one-term Victoria city councillor from 2008 to 2011. He now lives in Nanaimo, where he is a vice-president of Tilray, a company making medical-marijuana products.

Until last year, Lucas said, the company was supplying ingestible marijuana products — such as extracts, drops and pills — to veteran patients. It was a surprise when Veterans Affairs stopped reimbursement for the products, he said.

“These are popular options for veteran patients,” he said.

Veteran Trev Bungay, 39, of Fredericton — who also played a part in organizing the petition — said marijuana helped him get his life back on track.

Bungay is co-owner of a company called Trauma Healing Centre, with four clinics helping people deal with the ongoing effects of traumas and PTSD.

A former infantryman, Bungay served 19 years in the Canadian Army and completed seven tours overseas — including four combat tours in Afghanistan.

By 2012, he found he had anger issues and trouble sleeping. He turned to military medical services for help and was prescribed 22 different pills per day.

“There were pills to sleep, pills to wake up, pills for your stomach because you are taking so many pills,” Bungay said. “I was a zombie.”

He retired from the army in 2014, but problems persisted. He said years of active soldiering also left him with persistent pain in his knees and back. The emotional and psychological problems made him unwilling to leave his home for weeks. He attempted suicide twice.

Bungay experimented with marijuana, smoking it at first. He found it calmed him enough that he started sleeping and was able to leave his home and find his way to a psychologist’s clinic.

“Within six months, I was sleeping through the night,” he said.

Bungay said he progressed to a “holistic” approach using fitness, better diet, exercise and counselling. He still uses cannabis in his food or in a capsule.

“And today I’m on zero pills, not one,” he said, referring to his past regime.

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• Details of the petition are at petitions.parl.gc.ca; search for cannabis.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/petition-pushes-for-coverage-of-marijuana-pills-for-veterans-1.2321633



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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by Vet1234 on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 10:23

Good article.
I definitely feel the
"There were pills to sleep, pills to wake up, pills for your stomach because you are taking so many pills,” Bungay said. “I was a zombie.”
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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by bigrex on Fri 19 Aug 2016, 16:19

I have a question for others that have been using medical cannabis. I just received the approval letter from VAC, but only for 6 months. After the 6 months I have to submit a "medical document" (their quotation marks) from my Dr, stating the condition being treated, and at what dose. Is this a normal practice? Because I've never had to submit any special "medical document" to get any of the narcotics that I've been on over the last decade.
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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by Bruce72 on Fri 19 Aug 2016, 16:57

Bigrex, at about month five you will have another appointment with the doctor who originally prescribed you medical cannabis.  The doctors office will forward all necessary documentation for you to VAC.  Marijuana for Trauma, if you have sought their help will be aware of when your script is going to expire and they too will contact your doctor and you to remind you both.  I originally had a 6 month script and the next appointment with the doctor he wrote one for a year. VAC makes the process sound more complicated than it is.


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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by bigrex on Sat 20 Aug 2016, 11:40

Ok, Thank you. I was wondering if this had arisen because of the Liberals "internal review" of the program, to cut costs.
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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by Vet1234 on Sat 20 Aug 2016, 15:06

Does anyone know of the dosages/ amounts and how much VAC will pay?

I found this article, but it isn't dated.

https://medicalmarijuana.ca/news/0/343
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Re: Alpha-Stim® 100

Post by Bruce72 on Sat 20 Aug 2016, 15:19

Vet1234

I am prescribed 5 grams per day for a total of 150 grams per month.  Each supplier has different prices. My supplier is Aphria out of Leamington,  Ontario.
Total cost per month including HST is $2118.00 per month.

I believe 10 grams per day is max.  I know another veteran who is prescribed 7 grams per day.


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