It’s been a remarkable year for medical cannabis in Canada.

The variety and quality of strains now available to patients continues to grow as established licensed producers step up their game introducing new and exciting products and as emerging LPs come online.

Licensed producers are maintaining a more reliable supply for patients, offering detailed terpene profiles, and producing new delivery methods such as sublingual sprays, gelcaps and decarboxylated milled cannabis flower.

While much of this may be in preparation for the legalization of recreational use in 2018, medical patients will certainly benefit as the industry continues to evolve and improve. 

Still, it can almost feel overwhelming at times. Especially for new medical cannabis patients. So. Many. Strains. Where to begin?

We asked NHS staff to review his or her favourite cannabis strain or product from the past year that may aid you, Dear Reader, in stocking your medicine cabinet.

Check out our reviews and tell us about your favourite strain of 2017 on our Facebook page.

Eran Almog (MedReleaf)

The best way I can describe Eran Almog is by comparing it to a warm, cosy blanket. I find it puts me on a level where I can just close my eyes, relax, and drift off to sleep. Read the full review…

Baleen (Organigram)

My quest for a cannabis strain that can quash pain, calm an anxious mind and leave me clear-headed, focused and energized enough to work or play has been just as elusory. Until now. Read the full review…

Hollio (MedReleaf)

You see, Hollio may give you energy, perk you up and put you in an upbeat state to keep you focused on the task at hand. Yes, that includes listening thoroughly about Grandma’s beef with her doctor’s office. Read the full review…

Kush (Hydropothecary)

And after a hard day’s shopping at the mall for that special gift for Aunt Berta, don’t you deserve something to take the edge off your day? Read the full review…

Good Morning (Hydropothecary)

To my delight and surprise though, this indica knew a thing or two about getting things done, and a microdose seems to set me up for success. Read the full review…

Coastal Blend (Organigram)

I have always felt the calmest sitting beside the shore soaking up the energy from the water and the sky, and that feeling of ease and relaxation is perfectly captured in Organigram’s Coastal Blend. Read the full review…

Lasqueti (Broken Coast)

Having spent many years living on the West Coast, there is a certain pride that I get when consuming Lasqueti. The strong Kush aroma and flavour paired with the intense sedating effects leave me relaxed and smiling. Read the full review…

Luminarium (MedReleaf)

The mood-boosting powers of this strain get started as soon as you crack the seal on the bottle. The double lemon lineage of Luminarium tickles your nostrils and forcefully grabs your attention. Read the full review…

Elixir No. 1 (Hydropothecary)

Elixir allows me to medicate anywhere and at any time. It also allows me to reduce the amount of dry cannabis I would typically consume on any given day. Read the full review…

Dancehall (Peace Naturals)

This strain pretty much proves that you don’t have to be a good dancer to have a good time. So whether its aches and pains or social anxiety keeping you from life’s Dancehall, get some of this and get out there! Read the full review…

Rex (MedReleaf)

Maybe it’s the deep purple, or the diamond-like shine when the light catches the trichomes. Or perhaps it’s the powerful fruity aroma. Whatever “it” is, it is spectacular. Read the full review…

Banana Kush (Tweed)

I wouldn’t recommend it for daytime use if you are prone to drowsiness, but it did offer a nice heady feeling that would be great for a relaxed Saturday afternoon. Read the full review…

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