Frequently asked questions
Q: What is medical cannabis?
Marijuana, aka Cannabis, is a medicinal flowering plant with many different varieties, all sharing similar chemical characteristics. These effects are all different and have been used by humans for thousands of years to treat various conditions. Today, it is used to produce hemp fiber and medicinally used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
What are MMPR and ACMPR?
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) is a set of regulations put into place in July 2013 for the production, distribution and use of medical marihuana. This has been replaced with Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) on August 24, 2016.
“The ACMPR is Canada’s response to the Federal Court of Canada’s February 2016 decision in Allard v. Canada. This decision found that requiring individuals to get their marijuana only from licensed producers violated liberty and security rights protected by section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court found that individuals who require marijuana for medical purposes did not have “reasonable access”.
The ACMPR are designed to provide an immediate solution required to address the Court judgement. Moving forward, Health Canada will evaluate how a system of medical access to cannabis should function alongside the Government’s commitment to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana.” – Health Canada, 2016 August: Understanding the New Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
What is in marijuana that can potentially treat medical conditions?
Cannabinoids are the active chemical compounds found in marijuana to treat a large variety of symptoms. The two most common and discussed are:
Endocannabinoids are naturally found in brains and bodies of all animals except insects. They are natural painkillers and when used with the THC and CBD found in marijuana, in some cases, can be more effective than common synthetic drugs.
Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). THC is the most psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. This is the part that is mainly responsible for feeling “high”.
Cannabidol (CBD). CBD is the second predominant cannabinoid and it has little to no psychoactive properties but has a high therapeutic value.
How will cannabis make me feel?
Everyone reacts differently to medical cannabis. Most people experience a pleasant, relaxing feeling and an overall sense of well-being. People experience relief from pain and stress, nausea, vomiting, inflammation, spasms, anxiety, calm digestive problems and the list of health problems it can help treat goes on.
Depending on the strain, the level of CBD vs.THC, your experience can vary. It’s a good idea to create a journal making notes of what strains you try, the effects you feel and any negative side effects.
How much will this cost me?
Please contact us to discuss the cost of the consultation appointment or visit our Pricing page.
Do I need to be a Canadian Citizen?
Yes, Health Canada requires you to be a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident with an OHIP number.
Is there a limit to how much the doctor will prescribe?
he amount the doctor prescribes depends entirely on the severity of a patient’s condition and the amount required to effectively treat it.
Is there a guarantee that I will get approved?
We CAN NOT guarantee what a doctor will prescribe or how much he will prescribe. We book an appointment with a doctor that has the expertise and is compassionate towards prescribing medical cannabis as an alternative medicine. Whether you’re given a prescription or not is up to the doctor.
I don’t have a family doctor; how can I obtain my medical records?
You own your medical files and have the legal right to them. Medical records are required for any consultation appointment. If you don’t have a family doctor, you can go into a walk-in clinic to see a doctor. Tell them about your condition, your history, previous treatments, and request a letter from them with their analysis of your condition and outlining the history you’ve given them.
I have my medical records; how do I send them to you?
Attach the medical documents to an email with everything else required (refer to First Steps)
I don’t have a diagnosis but I have symptoms of a medical condition listed. How do I get a doctor to diagnose me?
Please contact us to book an appointment with a consultant.
How many plants can I grow if I obtain a license to grow?
The amount of medical marijuana that can be grown and stored at any time depends on the daily amount that has been approved and where you’re growing. To produce your own, you are allowed 5 plants per prescribed gram indoor and 2.5 plants outdoor. For example, if your prescription is for 10 g/day, you are allowed to produce 50 plants.
How long will this process take?
It takes 2-3 business days for our doctors to contact you once they’ve received your documentation. Your prescription is mailed within 10 business days after your consultation.
How long does it take before a Personal Or Designated Production license is issued?
Processing Time Health Canada is currently taking longer to process applications due to an increase in the number of applications and a lack of government funding. They should acknowledge receipt of the application within 3-5 weeks of receiving it and will indicate if any of the required information is missing. Applications from patients with terminal conditions will be given priority for processing.
I submitted an application and I haven’t received a response?
The system may be slow due to technical issues, you will receive a response systematically. If you still have not received a response in 10 business days, please contact us.
I would like to speak with a consultant before I submit the application
Contact us now to book an appointment with a consultant.
What happens next after I submit my application?
You will receive an email outlining the step by step process pertaining to the license you have submitted.
Can I obtain a license to become a dispensary or compassion clinic.
No such licenses are available. Currently, compassion clubs or dispensary are illegal and are not sanctioned by Health Canada.
Is there a limit to how many patients I can grow for?
The limit of patients that you can grow for is 2.
How should I use medical cannabis?
Most people smoke the dried flowers, but not everyone can tolerate the smoke in their lungs or simply don’t enjoy it. There are vaporizers that heat the marijuana to a temperature that effectively vaporizes the active ingredients without burning away the plant matter. You can also ingest marijuana through oils, tinctures or extracts that have been used to make food or various drink products. There are even topical ointments.
Are there adverse side effects?
As with all medicines, there is the possibility of negative side effects. Some patients have reported experiencing increased feelings of panic, paranoia, or an increased heart rate. Strains that are high in THC are more common to effect patients this way so strains high in CBD can be used to modulate the effects of the THC. Talk to your doctor about any unwanted side effects. If you’re experiencing serious or unexpected effects of marijuana, you can call Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, Cannabis is unique and everyone has an individual experience with it. This makes it one of the most versatile medicines. Each patient reacts differently, so there’s often a lot of trial and error with finding the right strains, dosage, and methods of using it.
When should I use cannabis?
You should only ever use cannabis under controlled conditions, especially when you’re using it for a medical condition. Like other medications, you shouldn’t drive, operate machinery or execute tasks that require a high level of concentration. Effects can last up to 4 hours after use. Any substance can be unsafe if used incorrectly or abused, and cannabis is no different. It is better to start with a smaller dose to begin with to gauge how your body reacts.
What is the process to obtain a medical cannabis prescription through your service?
To obtain a medical cannabis prescription through us, you need to meet with one of our doctors. In order to get an appointment, we need a few things from you first. Go to the Process page and submit your paperwork to us via email.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not a dispensary and aren’t licensed to supply cannabis. We don’t keep it on the premises or procure it for patients. You must go through the legal channels to obtain medical cannabis.