Frequently Asked Questions

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Sitka Studio

Integrated Wellness FAQs

Does my health care plan cover costs for this appointment?

Yes. Your appointment with the Doctor is covered by MSP, at no charge to you. Our clinic does not have annual membership fees.

Are you guys real Doctors and Nurses?

Yes, we are. Our Physicians and Nurses are all licensed with theirregulatory bodies and hold active practicing licenses.

Is Medical Cannabis Covered by Insurance or Pharmacare?

We are seeing more and more private insurance companies providing partial or full coverage on medical cannabis as time goes on. I have not yet seen direct billing from the LP’s to insurance companies, but I suggest submitting your invoices from your medical cannabis purchases to your private insurance company for potential reimbursement.As medical cannabis does not have a Drug Identification Number (DIN), we are seeing no coverage with pharmacare plans. When Health Canada classifies it as a prescription drug, a DIN will be issued to medical cannabis to aid patients with reimbursement. Pharmacological cannabinoids such as Sativex® (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol) and Cesamet® (nabilone) have been approved for specific indications by Health Canada

Are you a walk-in clinic and/or a dispensary?

No we are not a walk in Clinic. We book patients by appointment only. It is preferred to have your Doctors referral, but not necessary.We do not have product on site. It is all ordered through your LP once registered and approved.

Is medical Cannabis addictive?

Like any other drug, there is potential for abuse and addiction with cannabis. Studies have shown that the addiction rate associated with cannabis is approximately 9%.

Will my medical cannabis get me high?

THC cannabis can impair judgment and performance in the naïve user, however taking only CBD cannabis will give you no psychoactive effects and may be an option for circumstances requiring high cognitive function.

Can I drink alcohol with my Cannabis?

Use Caution if doing so, but it is not recommended to combine alcohol and cannabis.

Is Medicating at work allowed?

Your employers are obliged to accommodate an employee’s medical conditions or disability. This should include an employees right to medicate for symptom relief while on the job. However, a safe environment is important especially if the employee works with machinery. It is necessary to speak directly with your employer to learn about company specific policies.

Consuming Cannabis and driving?

Effects of impairment can last up to 24 hours and even longer for some individuals. Avoid driving, operating machinery, important decisions, or activity alike for at least: 4 hours after inhalation, 6 hours after ingestion of oils or edibles, 8 hours after any feeling of euphoria, longer than 8 hours if feeling intoxicated. For more information please visit these 2 websites:

https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/cannabishttps://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/qa2-qr2.html

How do I order my medication?

You can order your medical cannabis directly from your LP either online (within your online account), or over the phone, using a credit card for payment. Some Licensed producers will also offer e-transfers and/ or online banking transactions.

What do I do if my licensed producer doesn’t have my product?

This situation can be very troubling and frustrating if your LP has run out of stock of your medication. If this happens please connect with one of our GrowWiseEducators so that we can facilitate with either a substitute suggestion or by changing/adding an LP for more purchasing options.

Sitka Studio FAQs

What is yoga?

Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind and spirit.

Many people think yoga is just stretching. While stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect alignment. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being by making the body strong and flexible and improving respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal system functioning.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

Can I practice if I have a health condition?

If you have any health concerns or injuries, or if you are pregnant, we recommend consulting your doctor prior to attending any yoga classes. Please also inform the instructor prior to class.

All that being said, many health conditions have been improved through regular yoga practice. In fact, some doctors now prescribe yoga as a form of physical therapy. Remember yoga heals and strengthens the body and its systems, and is especially beneficial to the immune system.
Some specific health conditions that can be successfully treated with yoga include:

  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Shoulder, knee and back injuries
  • Insomnia

What is studio etiquette?

Before Class

  • To ensure the safety and comfort of our yogis, we do not allow glass water bottles (including silicone covered glass) anywhere on the premises.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day before coming to class. Hydration is very important.
  • We recommend arriving 20 minutes before class begins, however, if you don’t arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class time you won’t be allowed into class out of respect for the yogis already laying in savasana in the studio.
  • First-time students, please arrive 30 minutes before class.
  • Leave valuables at home and please do not bring any personal items into the studios, as this takes away floor space from your fellow yogis.
  • Turn off cell phones and leave them in the storage cubbies.
  • Please refrain from heavy perfumes, soaps, colognes or smoking before class.
  • Voices carry, so please remain silent or speak in whispers when waiting in the hallways and reception areas prior to class.
  • Please refrain from talking once inside the yoga studios. Many students use the time before class to quietly meditate and center themselves as they prepare for class.

During Class

  • Never hold your breath. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe!!!
  • Drink water whenever you feel it necessary. Hydration is very important.
  • If you need to leave class, make eye contact with your instructor so he/she knows you’re ok.
  • Practice stillness between postures.
  • Honour the silence in the room by moving quietly.
  • Do not talk during class.

After Class

  • Out of respect for the teacher and your fellow yogis, leaving class early (before or during savasana) is not permitted.
  • Observe silence during and after the final savasana (meditation).
  • Leave the room quietly. Respect others.

Be thankful for the peace and energy you’re taking with you from class and enjoy the rest of your day!

How should I prepare for a class?

Bring a large water bottle. To ensure the safety and comfort of our yogis, we do not allow glass bottles anywhere on the premises.
Yoga mat and props will be provided complimentary at the studio for your practice. You may also purchase your own.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch easily, shoes are not worn in class.

We recommend not eating a heavy meal for at least 3 hours before class.

Come well hydrated! Drink plenty of water before class.

What benefits will I see?

To get the optimal results from your yoga practice, you should attend class at least three times per week. Some benefits you may see:

  • Improved strength
  • Detoxification
  • Increased vitality
  • Improved sleep
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Improved balance
  • Stress reduction
  • Flexibility
  • Better concentration
  • Mental clarity

What should I know before my first class?

Bring a large water bottle (we have a filtered water filling station available for your use). To ensure the safety and comfort of our yogis, we do not allow glass bottles anywhere on the premises. BPA free water bottles can be purchased in our Boutique.

Bring a yoga mat and towel (if you don’t have one, we rent and sell them).

Make sure you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch easily. Stay away from anything too baggy, as you will probably find yourself upside down at some point. Shoes and socks are not worn in class. We recommend either yoga wear or shorts and a tank top.

Come with an empty stomach. We recommend not eating a heavy meal for at least 3 hours before class.

Come well hydrated! Drink plenty of water before class.

What should I expect from my first few classes?

Many find their first couple of classes to be the most challenging. Often this is because it’s new and unfamiliar. You will find that you will learn the postures quickly and become familiar with what to expect. Come with no expectations – just a light heart, open mind, and a well-hydrated body.