It's nice to hear you, Gord.
I had zero issues whatsoever; however, I was guided through other veterans who weren't so lucky.
The way it works, from what I remember, is that you contact a middle company that deals between you and a licensed provider and they take care of all the paperwork. As you know, I can't read. It's not because I can't read; it's just that I can't focus long enough to read. I submitted all the paperwork required by Veterans Affairs. They handled all the paperwork through the licensed provider. The licensed provider contacts VA. In my case it was fairly painless.
I had a prescription for seven grams a day for the last three years, and when it got shot down to three grams, obviously it affected me, but not as much as the people who use the flower directly. I use an oil. I can use the flower to make the oil, which lasts longer because I don't need to use as much flower as oil. They are two completely different processes that go through the system.
To explain it a little—and the doctors might be able to explain it better than what I am saying—because it is processed through the liver, one dose lasts six to eight hours on average. That doesn't mean I won't need more in between, but on average, that's how I manage. I take a dose when I get up in the morning, at 7:30 or eight o'clock, and then it brings me to almost late afternoon. Then I manage usually during dinnertime for two or three hours and I'm still coasting, and then around 7:30—because it takes an hour to an hour and a half to process—I get into my nighttime schedule, which allows me to fall asleep.
I don't know for you guys, but for me a restful night's sleep is about six hours. That's the longest night's sleep I have ever had, and now we are talking medicated.