IS MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGAL IN CANADA?
Medical Cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001. On October 17, 2018 the Cannabis Act made accessing medical cannabis significantly easier for Canadians.
Health Practitioners (Doctors and Nurse Practitioners in some provinces) can now issue medical documents which authorize patients to purchase medical cannabis from licensed cultivators. This system is part of the current Cannabis Act
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Our patients are assessed individually by a health practitioner.
If the Health Practitioner determines that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis they will be given a Medical Document. See our Patient Info section for more details.
HOW MUCH DOES A VISIT TO THE CANADIAN CANNABIS CLINICS COST?
In our clinics there are no fees to be a patient. However, a $65 ‘no show’ fee may apply if you fail to attend your appointment or cancel with less than 24 hours notice. Please bring a valid OHIP health card to your appointment.
For online appointments, there is a fee of $19.99.
WHAT ARE THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS IN CANNABIS?
The two main components of cannabis are:
9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
THC produces the most considerable psychoactive effects of cannabis. It also has analgesic, anti-nausea, appetite stimulant and anti-spastic effects.
CBD does not create a euphoric high. It has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic properties.
WHERE DO I GET MY AUTHORIZED MEDICAL CANNABIS?
There is never any cannabis on site. Patients who receive a Medical Document must order their medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Information on side effects for therapeutic use of cannabis is limited.
Some known side effects include euphoria, intoxication-like effects, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired memory, disorientation, dry mouth, and rapid heartbeat. This is not a complete list.
Please consult with the doctor regarding other possible side effects and what steps should be taken if you experience anything unexpected after using medical cannabis.
DO I HAVE TO SMOKE MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Health Canada recommends that cannabis be vaporized, not smoked.
Vaporization is a way to inhale the active components of medical cannabis while avoiding by products of burning plant matter. Vaporizers work by heating the cannabis past the boiling point of the active compounds but below the point of plant matter combustion.
IS MEDICAL CANNABIS ADDICTIVE?
Research has shown the overall addiction potential of cannabis to be less than for caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
However, frequent use or long-term abuse can lead to increased tolerance, dependence, and/or withdrawal during discontinued use. Young users and individuals suffering from mental health have been shown to be at a higher risk for cannabis addiction.
Information from Health Canada is available here
Information from the Public Health Agency of Canada is available here
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE MY APPOINTMENT?
If you are not able to make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a 24-hour notice cancellation policy. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice may be subject to a $100 ‘no-show’ fee for initial assessments and a $65 ‘no-show’ fee for follow-up appointments.