Medical Cannabis Wellness
We help you feel better without feeling “high”.
Discover the benefits of medical cannabis and how it can improve your overall health and well-being. From reducing inflammation and chronic pain to relieving anxiety and depression, medical cannabis has been praised for its therapeutic properties.
Plus, it’s 100% natural and can often replace harmful prescription drugs.
Experience a better quality of life with medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis helps with
Cannabis has been researched and shown to have benefit for people with:
Anxiety and Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Nausea and Vomiting
Why Medical Cannabis?
Medical cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular option for many patients for a variety of reasons:
Medical cannabis has a wide range of potential therapeutic uses, from managing chronic pain and muscle spasms to alleviating nausea and stimulating appetite. Its versatility means it can help with a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
Fewer Side Effects
Compared to many other drugs, especially opioids, medical cannabis generally has fewer and less severe side effects. These can include dry mouth, red eyes, and temporary dizziness, but it lacks many of the severe side effects associated with long-term opioid use, such as physical addiction and risk of overdose.
Some patients prefer medical cannabis because it’s a natural alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals. This can be appealing for those who prefer natural treatments or who have not responded well to traditional medications.
Medical cannabis can be customized to meet individual patient needs. There are many different strains and forms of cannabis (edibles, oils, capsules, vaporizers, etc.), each with different therapeutic properties, allowing treatment to be tailored to a patient’s specific symptoms and tolerance levels.
Medical cannabis fits well within a holistic approach to healthcare. It can provide relief from physical symptoms while also helping to reduce anxiety and improve sleep, supporting overall well-being.
However, it’s crucial for anyone considering medical cannabis to consult with a healthcare provider, as it’s not suitable for everyone and can interact with other medications.
Understanding Medical Cannabis
Medical cannabis, often referred to as medical marijuana, is the medicinal use of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant (narrow & broadleaf cultivars) to relieve symptoms, or treat diseases and conditions.
The Cannabis plant has been used medicinally for centuries, even millennia, by civilizations all over the world.
Today, it’s making a resurgence as a legitimate, recognized form of treatment, reconnecting us with ancient medicinal traditions that recognized its profound healing potential.
Cannabis contains over a hundred different compounds known as cannabinoids. The two most active and most studied are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC can produce a “high” when ingested, but it also has pain-relieving properties and can help with symptoms such as nausea and poor appetite.
CBD, on the other hand, has numerous therapeutic uses, reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and even potentially treating mental illness and addictions.
Do I need a referral to use Medical cannabis?
We do not require a referral, but would prefer to work alongside your primary healthcare provider. If they are willing to refer you to our clinic to expand your circle of care they can fill out our Referral Form.
it is important for us to get to know you, your medical and mental health conditions and ensure that this is a safe and appropriate therapy for you and that the benefits outweigh the risks.
We can do this through a series of appointments with our team, reviewing your medical records and through consulting your current care providers. It is important to remember that not everyone is eligible for medical cannabis.
Health Canada ACMPR FAQs
Phases of Medical Cannabis Care:
INTAKE & CONSULTATION
Your first step on the journey to personalized cannabis therapy. Our professionals guide an in-depth discussion about your health history and goals, paving the way for a customized treatment plan. Receive your prescription (medical cannabis document) & a well-informed path towards improved health with medical cannabis.
Prescription & Registration
If medically approved to use cannabis, you’ll receive your prescription (medical cannabis document) & begin navigating registration with Health Canada. We simplify the process, guiding you step-by-step through the registration process. You’ll have seamless access to medical cannabis, tailored to your health needs.
Use Medical Cannabis
Effectively using medical cannabis requires personalized guidance. We provide expert advice on suitable strains (cultivars), dosages, and delivery methods tailored to your unique health needs. You’ll be able to explore its healing potential under professional guidance.
Grow My own
Cultivating your own medical cannabis can be a rewarding experience. We guide you through the intricacies of growing high-quality, therapeutic cannabis right in your own home. Begin your home cultivation journey for a personalized, self-sustaining approach to your healthcare.
How do I access The Medicine?
Buy medical cannabis products, clones & seeds from Health Canada Licensed Suppliers & Producers online.
You can get a license to grow your own cannabis plants & make your own medicine (or have someone to do it for you) through the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations).
Our products & services are created by advocates, doctors, herbalists, wise women, healthcare practitioners, cannabis producers & patients. We proudly offer our services in partnership with the best producers & innovators in the cannabis community.
From health professionals to cultivators, processors & award winning medical products… We continue to source the best cannabis available on the market & provide compassionate care services for you & your loved ones.
Medical Cannabis Services
Cannabis Education & Wellness Consultations
With the personalized Cannabis Wellness Consultation, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge you need to harness the power of cannabis for your well-being, guided by an expert team dedicated to your health success. This service is more than just a consultation; it’s the first step in your cannabis wellness journey.
Medical Cannabis Wellness Program
For those who understand the healing potential of medical cannabis but are lost in the maze of strains (cultivars), delivery methods, and dosage, we offer the Medical Cannabis Wellness Protram. With this membership, you’ll receive a personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, created in consultation with our cannabis specialists. Each month, we’ll deliver a selection of premium, lab-tested medical cannabis products, tailored to your needs and preferences, directly to your door.
With the 1 year Membership, you can unlock the full potential of medical cannabis for your health, guided by experts and supported by a community. This is an affordable, hassle-free, and empowering way to incorporate medical cannabis into your integrative health journey.
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grow My Own: Health Canada ACMPR license
This unique membership empowers you to grow your medical cannabis at home under Health Canada’s ACMPR license, offering both autonomy and a personal connection to your healing process.
Our experts will guide you step-by-step through the ACMPR application process, ensuring it is hassle-free and successful.
Experience the gratification of growing your medicine, deepening your understanding of cannabis, and taking an active role in your health journey with the Empowered Healer Membership. This is not just a service; it’s a transformative experience.
If you’re growing your own & need some extra help, consider private consultations as needed with our expert network of organic & regenerative cannabis farmers certified by Dragonfly Earth Medicine.
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Holistic Cannabis Health Program
A transformational approach to health with our Holistic Cannabis Health Program. Designed to integrate medical cannabis into your overall health strategy, this program offers a comprehensive and personalized plan for utilizing cannabis to achieve your health goals.
With the Holistic Cannabis Health Program, medical cannabis becomes a harmonious part of your broader health strategy, guided by experts and supported by a community.
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Craft Cannabis Products & Herbal Compounding Lab
Delve into the world of personalized medicine with our Craft Cannabis & Herbal Compounding Experience. This unique service combines the art of craft cannabis with the precision of professional herbal compounding, offering a completely customized solution for your health and wellness needs.
includes infused oils, tinctures, edibles, topical lotion & healing salve, suppositories, home & spa products…
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Cannabis Education & Consultations
30 minute appointments
- Quick questions & answers
- Product referrals
- Dose guidance
Medical Cannabis Wellness Program
- Cannabis Assessment with your Healthcare Practitioner (15-30 min)
- Cannabis Prescription (medical document)
- Registered & licensed with Health Canada to buy or grow medical cannabis under the ACMPR
- Cannabis Education Session (30 min)
- Educational Resources
- Cannabis Health Plan
- Product & Dose recommendations
- Monthly follow-up appointments to check-in, guide dosing, answer questions & track progress (15 min ea.)
- Travel & Product Sourcing Support
- Exclusives & discounts
Holistic CANNABIS HEALTH PROGRAM
12-week transformative health quest
- Includes Medical Cannabis Membership plus…
- Whole Health & Cannabis Intake Appointment (60 min)
- Personalized Cannabis Health Plan
- Dose Tracking Guide
- Dose Calculator
- Mind/Body Wellness Guide
- Cannabis Meditations & Wellness Exercises
- Weekly Follow-up appointments to check-in, answer questions & track progress (15 min ea.)
- Maintenance Plan
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can medical cannabis help me?
Medical cannabis has shown potential benefits in managing various medical conditions and symptoms. While individual experiences may vary, here are some areas where medical cannabis has been studied and found to be potentially beneficial:
1. Pain management: Medical cannabis has analgesic properties and can help alleviate pain associated with conditions such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain, arthritis, and cancer-related pain.
2. Nausea and vomiting: Cannabis can help reduce nausea and vomiting, particularly in individuals undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing nausea associated with other medical conditions.
3. Muscle relaxation & spasticity: Medical cannabis, specifically cannabinoids like THC and CBD, has shown promise in reducing muscle spasticity and improving mobility in conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injuries.
4. Appetite stimulation: Cannabis can help stimulate appetite, which is beneficial for individuals with conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, or eating disorders.
5. Sleep disorders: Some individuals find that medical cannabis can help improve sleep quality and alleviate symptoms of insomnia or other sleep disorders.
6. Epilepsy and seizure disorders: Specific cannabis-derived medications, such as CBD oil, have shown effectiveness in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in certain types of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Beyond epilepsy, there is ongoing research exploring the potential benefits of medical cannabis in managing seizures associated with other conditions such as tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and Sturge-Weber syndrome.
7. Inflammatory conditions: Medical cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that may provide relief for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and other autoimmune or inflammatory diseases.
8. Mental health conditions: While research is ongoing, medical cannabis has shown potential in managing symptoms associated with mental health conditions like anxiety, PTSD, and certain forms of epilepsy. However, it’s important to note that cannabis may not be suitable for everyone and should be used under medical supervision.
9. Neuroprotective properties: Cannabinoids in cannabis have demonstrated neuroprotective properties in preclinical and early clinical studies. This suggests that they may have potential in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
10. Anti-anxiety and mood regulation: Some individuals report that medical cannabis can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and improve mood. However, the effects can vary, and it’s essential to find the right strain and dosage that works for each individual.
11. Glaucoma management: Cannabis has been shown to temporarily lower intraocular pressure, which is beneficial for individuals with glaucoma. However, the effects are short-term, and other treatment options may be more effective in the long term.
12. Anti-inflammatory effects: Beyond specific inflammatory conditions, medical cannabis has shown potential in reducing inflammation in general. This could be beneficial in various inflammatory conditions throughout the body.
13. Skin conditions: Topical cannabis preparations, such as creams and ointments, may provide relief for certain skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis due to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
14. Addiction management: Some studies suggest that medical cannabis, specifically CBD, may aid in the management of substance use disorders by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opioids, alcohol, and other addictive substances. However, more research is needed in this area.
15. Palliative care: Medical cannabis can be used in palliative care to help manage pain, improve appetite, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals with advanced or terminal illnesses.
16. Side effects of other medications: In some cases, medical cannabis may be used to manage side effects of other medications, such as chemotherapy-induced neuropathy or medication-induced nausea.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare practitioner who is knowledgeable about medical cannabis to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and appropriate usage for your specific medical condition. They can guide you in determining the most suitable strain, dosage, and method of administration for your needs.
What are the benefits of using medical cannabis?
In Canada, medical cannabis has been legalized and regulated since 2001.
The use of medical cannabis can offer several potential benefits, although it’s important to note that individual experiences may vary.
Here are some of the potential benefits associated with medical cannabis use:
1. Pain management: Medical cannabis is commonly used for pain relief, particularly in chronic conditions such as neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. Cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis, can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to modulate pain perception.
2. Symptom relief in various conditions: Medical cannabis may provide relief from symptoms associated with a range of medical conditions such as nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, and appetite stimulation in conditions like HIV/AIDS or cancer.
3. Reduction of inflammation: Cannabinoids have shown anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory conditions.
4. Epilepsy management: Certain forms of medical cannabis, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, have shown promise in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in certain types of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
5. Mental health support: Some individuals with mental health conditions, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), have reported finding relief through the use of medical cannabis. However, it’s important to note that cannabis may not be suitable for everyone and should be used under medical supervision.
6. Reduction of opioid use: Medical cannabis may be used as an alternative or adjunct to opioids for pain management. In some cases, it has been reported to help reduce opioid use or dosage, potentially decreasing the risk of opioid-related side effects or dependency.
It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about medical cannabis to discuss the potential benefits and risks, determine the appropriate dosage and form of cannabis, and ensure it is used safely and effectively for your specific medical condition.
Most insurance providers cover a partial to full cost of medical cannabis. Please inquire directly with your provider to find out.
how much does it cost?
The consultation with the physician is covered by MSP in British Columbia (for out of province patients there is an additional fee of $49).
We charge a yearly membership fee of for our services to properly provide the quality of care required to help you achieve your goals with cannabis.
This yearly membership includes:
- Customized Cannabis Health Plan
- Product & Dose Recommendations
- Monthly follow-up appointments to check-in, answer questions & track progress (10 min ea.)
- Cannabis Education Session (30 min)
- Educational Resources
- Cannabis 101 Guide
- Pharmacist, Educator & Advisor support as needed
- Registration & renewal to buy medical cannabis from Health Canada Licensed Producers
- Travel & Product Sourcing Support
- Product discounts, exclusives & sales
- 10 % discount on all Flower of Life products, services & classes
- 10% off any other Flower of Life membership
A value of $299 for only $199 ($179 for renewals)
The cannabis medicine cost is not included in the membership.
INSURANCE providers may cover the cost of your medical cannabis.
How long is my prescription valid for?
Your medical document will be authorized by your healthcare practitioner for 12 months.
Where do I get my Medical Cannabis from?
What Licensed Suppliers can I Buy From?
With a valid medical document (prescription) for cannabis, and a completed registration, you can purchase medicine from any Health Canada Licensed Producer or Supplier directly.
We prefer to offer organic, whole plant, full spectrum, terpene rich, quality made products with quality ingredients & always recommend what is best for you.
Your community partners include:
Canna Farms, Tantus Health Co., Aphria, Tilray, The Green Organic Dutchman, and more brands.
If you do not see your provider, let us know and we can re-new your registration there.
How do I get A license to grow cannabis for Medical Purposes?
To obtain a medical cannabis license under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) in Canada, you need to follow a specific process outlined by Health Canada.
Here are the general steps to obtain an ACMPR license:
1. Consult with a healthcare practitioner: Schedule an appointment with a healthcare practitioner who is authorized to prescribe medical cannabis. This can include physicians, nurse practitioners, or specialists. Discuss your medical condition, symptoms, and potential benefits of medical cannabis as a treatment option. The healthcare practitioner will assess your eligibility and determine if medical cannabis is appropriate for your condition.
2. Obtain medical documentation: If the healthcare practitioner determines that medical cannabis is suitable for you, they will provide you with medical documentation or a medical cannabis prescription. This document should include details such as your name, the authorized amount of cannabis you can possess, and the duration of the authorization.
3. Complete the ACMPR application: Visit the Health Canada website and download the ACMPR application form. Fill out the form accurately and completely, providing the required information. This includes personal details, information about your healthcare practitioner, and the medical documentation you received.
4. Submit the application: Send the completed application form, along with any supporting documents, to Health Canada as instructed in the application package. This usually involves mailing the application to the address specified by Health Canada. Ensure that you include all required documents and adhere to any specific guidelines provided.
5. Wait for approval: Health Canada will review your application and determine whether to grant you an ACMPR license. The processing time can vary, but you can check the status of your application online through Health Canada’s Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) portal. Once approved, Health Canada will issue you a personal production license or a designated production license, depending on whether you plan to grow your own cannabis or have someone else grow it for you.
6. Comply with regulations: If you receive an ACMPR license, you must adhere to the regulations set forth by Health Canada. This includes following cultivation guidelines, maintaining records, and reporting to Health Canada as required. It’s crucial to understand and comply with all the legal and safety requirements to ensure you remain within the scope of your ACMPR license.
Am I allowed to Travel with my Medical Cannabis?
The rules regarding traveling with cannabis in Canada can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the mode of transportation. Here are some general guidelines:
1. Domestic travel within Canada: It is legal to travel with a limited amount of cannabis within Canada for personal use. The maximum possession limit for recreational cannabis is 30 grams per person. However, it’s essential to check the regulations of the province or territory you are traveling to, as some provinces have lower possession limits. It’s also important to note that each household is allowed to cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use.
2. International travel: It is illegal to carry cannabis across international borders, even if you are traveling to or from a country where cannabis is legal. This applies to both medical and recreational cannabis. Cannabis is still considered a controlled substance under international law, and attempting to transport it across borders can result in serious legal consequences.
3. Air travel within Canada: The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has specific guidelines regarding traveling with cannabis by air within Canada. You are allowed to bring cannabis in your carry-on or checked luggage, but it must comply with the possession limits set by the province or territory you are departing from and arriving at. It’s advisable to keep the cannabis in its original packaging and carry any medical documentation, such as your medical document or prescription, with you. It’s important to note that airline policies may vary, so it’s recommended to check with your airline before traveling.
4. Other modes of transportation: When traveling by other means such as train, bus, or private vehicle, it’s important to comply with the possession limits set by the province or territory you are traveling through. It’s also advisable to keep the cannabis stored securely and out of reach while traveling.
Remember that it is always best to familiarize yourself with the specific laws and regulations of the jurisdiction you are traveling to or through, as they may have their own restrictions and requirements regarding cannabis possession and use.
Where can I get more help with Dosing?
Your certified Medical Cannabis Wellness Advisor, Selena, is available by appointment.
Choose from a quick consultation, a treatment plan with your membership, or a 12 week program.
Book below or call 1-844-227-3223 ext 3
How do I know what Cannabis Product is right for me?
Determining the right cannabis product for you as a medical patient involves considering several factors, including your medical condition, symptoms, personal preferences, and potential side effects. Here are some steps you can take to help guide your decision:
1. Consult with your healthcare provider: Start by discussing your interest in medical cannabis with your healthcare provider. They can provide valuable insights and guidance based on your medical history, current condition, and any potential interactions with other medications you may be taking. They may also be able to refer you to a medical cannabis specialist who can offer more specialized advice.
2. Understand your medical condition and symptoms: Educate yourself about your medical condition and the symptoms you are seeking relief from. Research the potential benefits of cannabis in managing those symptoms. Look for scientific studies, clinical trials, and anecdotal evidence related to your specific condition. This information can help you make informed decisions about the types of cannabis products that may be most beneficial.
3. Consider the cannabinoid profile: Cannabis contains various cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), which have different effects on the body. THC is known for its psychoactive properties, while CBD is non-intoxicating and has shown potential therapeutic benefits. Different ratios of THC to CBD may be more suitable for specific conditions. Understanding the cannabinoid profile of a product can help you choose the right one for your needs.
4. Explore different product formats: Medical cannabis products come in various forms, including dried flower, oils, capsules, edibles, topicals, and more. Each format has its own advantages and considerations. For example, oils and capsules provide precise dosing, while edibles offer longer-lasting effects. Consider your preferred method of consumption, ease of use, and any specific requirements related to your medical condition.
5. Start low and go slow: When trying a new cannabis product, it’s recommended to start with a low dose and gradually increase it as needed. This allows you to assess your individual response and tolerance. Keeping a journal or tracking your experiences can help you understand which products and dosages work best for you.
6. Seek guidance from medical cannabis experts: We are professionals specializing in medical cannabis who can provide personalized advice and guidance. We can help you navigate the options, understand product labeling, and develop a tailored treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.
Remember that finding the right cannabis product may involve some trial and error. It’s essential to be patient, monitor your response to different products, and adjust accordingly. Regular communication with your healthcare provider or a medical cannabis specialist is crucial for ongoing evaluation and optimization of your treatment plan.
What are the different types of cannabis products?
There are various ways to use cannabis for well-being, and the choice depends on individual preferences, desired effects, and specific health needs. Here are some common methods of cannabis consumption for well-being:
1. Inhalation: a. Smoking: Dried cannabis flowers are rolled into joints or smoked in pipes or bongs. This method provides fast-acting effects but may have potential risks to the respiratory system. b. Vaporization: Cannabis is heated to a temperature that releases its active compounds without combustion, producing a vapor that is inhaled. Vaporization is considered a potentially safer alternative to smoking.
2. Oral Consumption: a. Edibles: Cannabis-infused food and beverages, such as cookies, brownies, gummies, or infused drinks, offer a discreet and long-lasting effect. It’s important to start with a low dose, as the onset of effects can be delayed and the potency can vary. b. Capsules: Precisely dosed cannabis oil or extract is encapsulated in softgel capsules, allowing for easy and controlled consumption.
3. Sublingual: a. Tinctures: Cannabis extracts are suspended in alcohol or oil and administered sublingually (under the tongue). This method provides a faster onset of effects compared to edibles and allows for precise dosing.
4. Topical Application: Cannabis-infused creams, lotions, balms, or oils are applied directly to the skin. Topicals are primarily used for localized relief, such as pain or inflammation, without producing psychoactive effects.
5. Suppositories: Cannabis suppositories are inserted rectally or vaginally, allowing for absorption through the mucous membranes. This method can provide systemic effects and is commonly used for pain relief or to address gastrointestinal conditions.
It’s essential to start with low doses, especially when trying a new method or product, and gradually titrate the dosage based on individual response. The effects and duration can vary depending on the method of consumption, strain selection (CBD-dominant vs. THC-dominant + Terpene profile & other factors), and individual tolerance.
When considering cannabis for well-being, it’s recommended to consult with healthcare professionals, cannabis specialists, or integrative medicine practitioners who can provide personalized guidance, help determine the most suitable method and dosage, and monitor for potential interactions with medications or existing health conditions.
What are the Regulations to use Cannabis as Medicine?
In Canada, the regulations for using cannabis as medicine are outlined under Health Canada’s licensing program, Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).
Here are some general regulations that in place under the ACMPR:
1. Medical Document: To use cannabis as medicine in Canada, individuals must obtain a medical document (prescription) from a healthcare practitioner who is authorized to prescribe medical cannabis. This document specifies the authorized amount of cannabis that can be possessed by the individual.
2. Licensed Producers & Suppliers: Medical cannabis must be obtained from authorized licensed producers (LPs) who are regulated by Health Canada. LPs are responsible for cultivating, producing, and distributing medical cannabis products. Patients can purchase medical cannabis directly from licensed producers or through their online portals.
3. Possession Limits: The medical document specifies the amount of cannabis that an individual can possess for medical purposes. The possession limit can vary depending on the healthcare practitioner’s recommendation and the individual’s needs. It’s important to adhere to the specified possession limits.
4. Product Formats: Medical cannabis is available in various formats, including dried flower, oils, capsules, topicals, and edibles. Different formats may be more suitable for different medical conditions or patient preferences. It’s important to consult with a healthcare practitioner or medical cannabis specialist to determine the appropriate format for your needs.
5. Consumption Restrictions: The consumption of medical cannabis is subject to certain restrictions. It is generally prohibited to smoke or vaporize medical cannabis in public places where smoking or vaping tobacco is prohibited. The consumption of cannabis-infused edibles should be done responsibly and in accordance with the recommended dosage.
6. Reporting and Record-Keeping: Patients using medical cannabis are required to maintain records of their cannabis use and related information. This includes keeping records of purchases, dosage, and any adverse effects experienced. Patients may also be required to report to Health Canada or their healthcare practitioner as part of their ongoing treatment.
It’s crucial to stay informed about the current regulations and guidelines provided by Health Canada. They are responsible for overseeing the regulations surrounding medical cannabis in Canada, and their official website is the most reliable source for up-to-date information on the legal requirements and regulations related to the medical use of cannabis in Canada.
For more information check out Health Canada’s ACMPR program:
Do you prescribe for Children & youth?
Yes, medical cannabis can be prescribed to children and youth in Canada under specific circumstances and with appropriate authorization. Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) allows for the medical use of cannabis by individuals of all ages.
When it comes to prescribing medical cannabis to children and youth, healthcare practitioners take into consideration several factors, including the child’s medical condition, the potential benefits of cannabis, and the associated risks. They assess whether the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks or side effects.
However, it’s important to note that the use of medical cannabis in children and youth is typically considered a last resort after other conventional treatments have been explored and deemed ineffective or unsuitable. The decision to prescribe medical cannabis to a child or minor is made on a case-by-case basis, and healthcare practitioners exercise caution and thorough evaluation.
Additionally, there may be additional safeguards or requirements in place for prescribing medical cannabis to children or minors, such as obtaining consent from parents or legal guardians and ensuring ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the treatment’s effectiveness and safety.
It’s crucial for parents or legal guardians to consult with healthcare practitioners who are knowledgeable about medical cannabis to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and appropriate dosing. The healthcare practitioner will assess the individual circumstances and determine whether medical cannabis is a suitable treatment option for the child’s specific medical condition.
The specific conditions that may qualify children and minors to use medical cannabis can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the healthcare practitioner’s discretion. However, there are certain medical conditions commonly associated with the use of medical cannabis in pediatric patients. Some examples include:
1. Epilepsy and seizure disorders: Certain types of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, have shown potential responsiveness to treatment with specific cannabis-derived medications, such as CBD (cannabidiol) oil.
2. Neurodevelopmental disorders: Medical cannabis may be considered for conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when other treatment options have proven ineffective.
3. Cancer-related symptoms: Children undergoing cancer treatment may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Medical cannabis can sometimes be used to alleviate these symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
4. Chronic pain: In cases where conventional treatments have been ineffective or carry significant side effects, medical cannabis may be explored as an option for managing chronic pain conditions in pediatric patients.
5. Palliative care: In end-of-life or terminal care situations, medical cannabis may be used to help manage pain, improve appetite, and provide comfort for pediatric patients.
It’s important to emphasize that the decision to use medical cannabis in children or minors is made on a case-by-case basis and should involve thorough evaluation and consultation with healthcare practitioners experienced in pediatric medicine and medical cannabis. The healthcare practitioner will consider factors such as the child’s medical history, the severity of the condition, potential risks and benefits, and available research evidence.
Parents or legal guardians should consult with healthcare practitioners who are knowledgeable about medical cannabis and pediatric medicine to determine if medical cannabis is a suitable treatment option for their child’s specific medical condition.
What Qualifies as Medical Cannabis use?
In Canada, the use of medical cannabis is not limited to specific qualifying conditions. Instead, the decision to authorize medical cannabis use is made by healthcare practitioners on a case-by-case basis, considering the patient’s individual medical needs and circumstances. Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) allows healthcare practitioners to authorize medical cannabis for any condition they deem appropriate, based on their professional judgment.
That being said, there are certain medical conditions for which medical cannabis is commonly considered as a treatment option. These conditions may include, but are not limited to:
1. Chronic pain: This includes conditions such as neuropathic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain syndromes.
2. Cancer-related symptoms: Medical cannabis may be used to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite associated with cancer and cancer treatments.
3. Multiple sclerosis (MS): Medical cannabis can be considered for managing symptoms such as muscle spasticity, pain, and sleep disturbances in individuals with MS.
4. HIV/AIDS: Medical cannabis may be used to improve appetite, manage pain, and alleviate symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS and its treatments.
5. Epilepsy: Certain types of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, have shown potential responsiveness to specific cannabis-derived medications, such as CBD (cannabidiol) oil.
6. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Medical cannabis can be considered for managing symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, including pain, inflammation, and reduced appetite.
7. Mental health conditions: Medical cannabis may be explored as a treatment option for certain mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and sleep disorders. However, the evidence for its effectiveness and safety in mental health conditions is still evolving, and caution should be exercised.
Other benefits may include restful sleep, hormone regulation & improved sexual health.
It’s important to note that healthcare practitioners consider various factors when deciding to authorize medical cannabis, including the patient’s medical history, symptom severity, previous treatment responses, and potential risks and benefits associated with cannabis use. Patients should consult with healthcare practitioners who are knowledgeable about medical cannabis to discuss their specific medical condition and determine if medical cannabis is a suitable treatment option for them.
is Cannabis Dangerous?
Yes, cannabis can potentially be dangerous, particularly when used improperly or in excessive amounts. It’s important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with cannabis use. Here are some factors to consider:
1. Psychoactive effects: Cannabis contains psychoactive compounds, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which can alter perception, cognition, and mood. These effects can impair cognitive function, coordination, and judgment, potentially leading to accidents or risky behaviour, especially if operating machinery or driving under the influence.
2. Psychiatric effects: While some individuals find relief from anxiety or certain mental health conditions with medical cannabis, others may experience heightened anxiety, paranoia, or psychosis as a result of cannabis use, particularly in higher doses or in susceptible individuals. Those with a history of mental health conditions should exercise caution and consult with healthcare professionals before using cannabis.
3. Developmental effects: Cannabis use, particularly in adolescence and early adulthood when the brain is still developing, may have negative impacts on cognitive function, memory, attention, and learning. Heavy or chronic cannabis use during this period may have long-lasting effects.
4. Respiratory effects: Smoking cannabis, similar to tobacco, can lead to respiratory issues, including chronic bronchitis, cough, and lung damage. This risk can be mitigated by using alternative methods of consumption, such as vaporizers, topicals or edibles.
5. Drug interactions: Cannabis can interact with certain medications, including sedatives, opioids, and anticoagulants, potentially affecting their effectiveness or increasing the risk of side effects. It’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals to assess potential interactions and adjust medications accordingly.
6. Addiction potential: While cannabis addiction is less common than with other substances, some individuals may develop a dependency on cannabis. Heavy or long-term use, especially when started at a young age, increases the risk of dependency and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation.
It’s important to use cannabis responsibly, follow recommended dosages, and consult with healthcare professionals, especially when considering medical cannabis use. They can help evaluate potential risks, benefits, and interactions with other medications or conditions, and provide guidance on safe and appropriate usage.
It’s worth noting that the risks associated with cannabis use can vary depending on individual factors such as age, genetics, overall health, and frequency and amount of use.
Who Shouldn't use Cannabis?
4While cannabis can have potential benefits for certain individuals, there are certain groups of people who should exercise caution or avoid using cannabis altogether due to the potential risks and adverse effects. Here are some groups who should consider avoiding cannabis use:
1. Pregnant and breastfeeding individuals: Cannabis use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may pose risks to the developing fetus or infant. THC can cross the placenta and be transferred to breast milk, potentially affecting fetal development and infant health. It’s advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals to avoid cannabis use.
2. Individuals with a history of certain mental health conditions: Cannabis use can potentially exacerbate symptoms of mental health conditions, particularly in individuals with a history of psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe anxiety disorders. Those with a personal or family history of mental health conditions should exercise caution and consult with healthcare professionals before using cannabis.
3. Individuals with cardiovascular conditions: Cannabis use can temporarily increase heart rate and blood pressure. Individuals with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or other cardiovascular conditions should be cautious when using cannabis, as it may pose additional strain on the cardiovascular system.
4. Individuals with a history of substance abuse or addiction: Individuals with a history of substance abuse or addiction may be at a higher risk of developing cannabis dependency or using cannabis as a substitute for other substances. It’s important for individuals with a history of addiction to discuss the potential risks and benefits with healthcare professionals and consider alternative treatment options.
5. Individuals taking certain medications: Cannabis can interact with certain medications, including sedatives, opioids, anticoagulants, and others. These interactions can affect medication effectiveness or increase the risk of side effects. It’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals to assess potential interactions before using cannabis.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and individual circumstances may vary. Consulting with healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable about cannabis use and its potential risks is essential to make informed decisions based on your specific medical history, condition, and medications.
Can I get my cannabis medicine from a local Retail Recreational dispensary?
In Canada, there are separate regulatory frameworks for medical cannabis and recreational cannabis. Medical cannabis is governed by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), while recreational cannabis is regulated under the Cannabis Act.
The reason you can’t obtain medical cannabis from a local retail recreational cannabis dispensary is that these dispensaries are authorized to sell cannabis for recreational use only. They are not licensed or authorized to sell cannabis for medical purposes. The ACMPR requires that medical cannabis be obtained from authorized licensed producers (LPs) who are specifically regulated by Health Canada to produce and distribute medical cannabis products.
The separate regulatory frameworks for medical and recreational cannabis exist to ensure appropriate oversight, quality control, and patient safety for medical cannabis users. Licensed producers under the ACMPR are required to meet specific quality standards and adhere to rigorous regulations to ensure the consistency and safety of their products for medical purposes.
To access medical cannabis, individuals need to obtain a medical document (prescription) from a healthcare practitioner and then register with a licensed producer authorized by Health Canada. This process ensures that medical cannabis users receive their products from a trusted and regulated source.
It’s important to follow the legal framework and obtain medical cannabis from authorized licensed producers to ensure product quality, safety, and compliance with the regulations specific to medical cannabis use in Canada.
Can I Mix Alcohol with Medical Cannabis?
Mixing alcohol with cannabis can have amplified effects and increased risks, so it’s generally not recommended. Both substances can individually impair coordination, judgment, and cognitive function. When used together, their effects can be additive or even synergistic, potentially leading to greater impairment and an increased risk of accidents or other adverse outcomes.
Combining alcohol and cannabis can result in intensified sedation, dizziness, disorientation, and impaired motor skills. It may also increase the likelihood of experiencing nausea, vomiting, and anxiety. Additionally, mixing the two substances can affect your ability to gauge your level of intoxication accurately, potentially leading to excessive consumption or misjudgment of your impairment level.
The interaction between alcohol and cannabis can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s tolerance, the amount consumed, and their overall health. It’s important to recognize that the effects can be unpredictable and may vary from person to person.
If you choose to consume alcohol and cannabis together, it’s crucial to do so responsibly and in moderation. Be aware of the potential risks, monitor your own intoxication levels, and prioritize your safety and well-being. It’s advisable to avoid driving or engaging in activities that require alertness and coordination when under the influence of alcohol and cannabis.
It’s worth noting that the use of alcohol and cannabis carries individual and societal risks, and the combination of the two can exacerbate these risks. If you have any concerns or questions, it’s recommended to consult with healthcare professionals or substance abuse specialists who can provide personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances.
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