The Always Growing Green Society
11696 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada V2X 6A2 Phone: 604-477-0557 Fax: 604-477-0575 eMail: taggs420@ live.com


About The Always Growing Green Society

The Always Growing Green Society was founded in December 2009 and was Incorporated on Feburary 2010. Our purpose is to promote and advocate for legal access to medicinal cannabis and cannabis products, and educate patients, physicians and the public about the benifical uses of medicinal cannabis and cannabis products.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

To become a member and become eligible to purchase medicinal cannabis products from our society, you must complete our application process.

First, read the forms which explain how to Become Eligible to Receive Services. Once you understand our procedures, you must fill out the Membership Application and Members Code of Conduct

We ask that your health care practitioner (physician, naturopath, or doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine) complete our Practitioner's Statement of Diagnosis and fax it to us directly from her/his office. (We will also accept Health Canada's Medical Marihuana Access Division authorizations.)

Your health care provider will need to see the Letter from T.A.G.G.S. which explains about our organization. They may also require a Medical Information Release Form and then s/he will be able to fax us the Practitioners Statement of Diagnosis

While many practitioners recognize the effectiveness of cannabis as a medicine, we realize that there are some who still may feel uncomfortable recommending cannabis or even completing the form. Some of them may fear professional repercussions or may not feel that they have enough knowledge about this herbal medicine. Depending on the condition (see below), a confirmation of diagnosis may be sufficient for membership, as long as the reasons stated for not recommending cannabis use are not of a medical nature.

The Release of Information form can be signed and given to your doctor to encourage them to send a confirmation of your medical condition, even if they will not fill in our form. Additionally, you can release your medical practitioner from any potential liability by providing a Health Canada Release Form for Medical Practitioners to your practitioner.

In order to maintain the confidentiality of our members and their health care providers, we are not able to refer you to doctors who have signed statements in the past. There are many compassionate doctors out there, and we encourage you to keep trying.

After we have received the necessary documentation from your practitioner, and it is confirmed, you will have met the criteria for membership.
Conditions for which confirmation of diagnosis only is accepted:

  • ADHD
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Anxiety/Stress Disorder
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Brain/Head Injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chemotherapy Treatment
  • Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Depression
  • Emphysema
  • Epilepsy
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nausea - Chronic and Debilitating
  • Pain - Chronic
  • Paraplegia/Quadriplegia
  • Psoriasis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Substance Addiction and Withdrawal

VISTORS TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

With the necessary documentation and verification, visitors who are members of other Canadian compassion clubs or holders of USA state licenses may visit T.A.G.G.S. for 30 days. Visitors are required to sign a document acknowledging some basic rights and responsibilities, including consenting to non-redistribution, and for those visiting from the USA, that the medicine they purchase from us is meant for their use while in Canada. After 30 days, visitors must become full members of T.A.G.G.S. if they would like to continue using our services. Please contact us to make arrangements for paperwork and verification before coming to visit us to ensure we will be able to serve you.

Please note: Our membership desk is open in a limited capacity on the weekend. Visitors to Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley need to ensure that their documents can be verified between Monday to Friday. You may fax or email your documents ahead of your visit.

CANNABIS INDICA

Indica plants are normally shorter and stockier plants, reaching 1-2 metres in height with wide deeply serrated leaves and a compact and dense flower cluster. The effects of Indicas are predominantly physical although the relief of certain physical symptoms can have an emotional result as well. These effects can be characterized as relaxing, sedating, and pain-reducing. Indicas are generally best for later in the day and before bed. Some benefits include:

  • Reduces pain
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Relieves spasms
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Aids sleep
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Reduces nausea
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Reduces intra-ocular pressure
  • Anti-convulsant
  • Reduces seizure frequency
  • Expectorant

CANNABIS SATIVA

Generally, the Sativa plant is the taller and lankier variety, reaching heights of over 56 metres. It is characterized by narrow serrated leaves and loose spear-like flower clusters that can be extremely resinous. Primarily, the effects of Sativas are on the mind and emotions. In this regard they tend to be more stimulating, uplifting, energizing and creativity enhancing. These benefits can be particularly helpful for the psychological component of many illnesses. Sativas are generally better for daytime. Some benefits include:

  • Reduces depression
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Energizes and stimulates
  • Reduces awareness of pain
  • Increases focus and creativity
  • Reduces nausea
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Supports immune system
  • Expectorant

STRAIN CROSSES

Indica x Sativa, Sativa x Indica

Hybrids are the result of cross-pollination of various strains. The characteristics, and hence the effects, of one strain will usually be dominant. For example, Indica-dominant crosses are good for pain relief, with the Sativa component helping with energy and activity levels. Sativa-dominant crosses are good for stimulating appetite, with the Indica component helping to reduce body pain and increase relaxation.

STRAIN SELECTION AND DOSAGE

The efficacy of cannabis is directly related to strain selection, therefore we recommend care be taken in selecting appropriate strains to meet your needs. Potency varies with strains. In terms of dosage, the ideal is to smoke as little as possible in order to reduce costs and respiratory irritation. You will need to smoke less of a high-potency cannabis to reach the desired effect. If you find yourself needing to smoke greater quantities or more often in order to achieve the desired effect, reduce or stop intake for a time. Changing the variety of cannabis normally used will also help you to return to a minimized effective dosage level.

NOTE: Ask us for advice on strain selection

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