How the process works for you
Unlike pharmaceuticals, cannabis cannot be ordered and picked up from pharmacies; patients have to purchase it online and it will be delivered to their home. To save time, many doctors train their office staff to instruct patients on how to order.
TALK TO YOUR HEALTH-CARE-PRACTITIONER
Talking to your health care practitioner
The authorization of a health care practitioner is required to receive medical cannabis. The information here is intended to aid in making the most of your medical appointment.
Getting your Medical Document authorized
Canada’s new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) give your health care practitioner broader discretion in determining if medical cannabis is safe and appropriate for you.
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Cannabis is not for everyone. Some physical or psychological conditions increase the risk of adverse effects. In general, cannabis should not be prescribed to:
- Patients with severe cardiopulmonary disease
- Patients with severe liver or renal disease
- Patients with a personal history of psychiatric disorders (especially schizophrenia)
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Patients who have a history of substance abuse
- Patients with respiratory problems such as asthma, unless they choose alternatives to smoking
- Patients taking drugs that slow down the central nervous system, including sleeping pills, tranquilizers, some pain medications, some antihistamines or cold medications, and seizure medications
- Patients taking antiviral drugs used in the treatment of AIDS
According to an anecdotal view point, smoking dried cannabis can contribute to a positive attitude that can affect positively the lifestyle.
Recent research indicates that cannabis can provide relief of symptoms from a variety of ailments.
Smoking cannabis is not for everyone. Many physical or psychological conditions increase the risk of adverse effects.
Cannabis should not be used in the following cases:
- If you have allergies to any cannabinoids or to smoking
- If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant
- If you are nursing
We recommend that you consult your health care practitioner before consuming cannabis and maintain regular checkups throughout your treatment. Responsible use is an important part of any treatment plan.
CanaQuest THC formulated medicine provide safer alternative to any other THC products available today.
Anytime you are considering taking THC in any form and for any reason, you should first learn about the negative side effects caused by THC consumption. If you are planning to use THC regularly, you should consult with your physician to use MENTABINOL, a THC formulation instead. Mentabinol formula was designed as a safer alternative to any THC, eliminating and in same cases reversing negative side effects caused by THC.
Have someone supervise you the first time you use cannabis. Start by using small quantities and stop if you begin to feel confused or agitated.
THC remains in your system for several weeks after you stop using it. During this time, tests that screen for cannabis may be positive.
Find more information on responsible use here. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/accessing-cannabis-for-medical-purposes.html
HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE PATIENT
As with any other prescription medicine, it is important to take appropriate precautions when using and possessing cannabis.
Here are some basic guidelines for safe cannabis use:
Treat your cannabis as you treat other medications. Like many other medications, cannabis has different effects on different people. Do not share it with friends, family members or children. Your medication is for you and you only.
We understand the importance of finding the right cannabis medication that will work best as a part of your treatment plan. Talk to your doctor to find most appropriate cannabis medication for your symptoms.
To get the best results from your cannabis, save it in an airtight container. It is best kept out of direct light.
Cannabis can be smoked, vaporized, or ingested for medicinal purposes. Effects and dosage may vary depending on the method used. Some forms of ingestion can lead to unwanted side effects in some individuals. We recommend you consult with your health care practitioner to determine the best dose and method of use for you. If you have questions about how to speak to your doctor, please feel free to contact our staff.
Medical cannabis can be harmful to children and pets. Please be mindful of how you use it and where you store it. Always keep it out of reach of children and pets. Find more information on responsible cannabis use here. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/accessing-cannabis-for-medical-purposes.html
Research indicates that cannabis is less addictive than many medications, and less addictive than caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
However, long-term abuse of cannabis can lead to dependence, particularly among young cannabis users or people suffering from mental health conditions. A person who exhibits compulsive drug-seeking behavior along with detrimental effects to health or social functioning should consult a caregiver or addiction treatment resource. Information from Health Canada is available here. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/accessing-cannabis-for-medical-purposes.html
When consumed responsibly, medical cannabis can be an effective and safe natural remedy for some patients. However, dried medical cannabis is not for everyone.
You may have a physical or psychological condition that increases the risk of adverse effects.
We recommend that you consult with your health care practitioner before consuming and maintain regular checkups throughout your treatment.
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We rigorously request Certificate Of Analysis (COA) for all our products to ensure quality you can trust.
MEDICAL CANNABIS GLOSSARY OF TERMS
A natural monocyclic sesquiterpene alcohol.
A bicyclic monoterpene.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds unique to cannabis that act upon the human body’s cannabinoid receptors, producing various effects which may benefit patients. Cannabis’ primary cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the psychoactive effects (or the high). There are over 85 known cannabinoids with varying effects.
Cannabis is a plant genus that produces three species of flowering plants: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. All three species are used to produce medical cannabis.
CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis, and is the second most prevalent cannabinoid after THC. Research has shown that CBD produces a physical effect without the psychoactive effects (the high) associated with THC.
Concentrates are a potent consolidation of cannabinoids made by dissolving cannabis in its plant form into a solvent. Referred to by a variety of slang terms, the classification of concentrates is often dependent on the manufacturing method and the consistency of the final product.
Edibles and medibles are edible goods that have been infused with cannabis extracts. They are commonly baked goods such as cookies and brownies, but can also be flavoured drinks, breads, candies and more. Edibles have a slower effect than other delivery methods since the cannabinoids first must be absorbed through the digestive system.
Cannabis flowers are the hairy, sticky, crystal-covered bits that are harvested and dried to be used as medication. When they are allowed to be fertilized by male plants, these flowers will produce cannabis seeds. If not, they will continue to produce the resin that contains active cannabinoids until they are harvested or begin to die.
Hemp is a fibrous product that can be produced from the male cannabis plant and can be used in the manufacture of rope, paper, beauty products and more. Commercial production (including cultivation) of industrial hemp has been permitted in Canada since 1998 under licenses and authorization issued by Health Canada.
A monocyclic sesquiterpene.
Hybrid cannabis plants are a genetic cross between two or more separate strains of cannabis. Hybrids can happen unintentionally, but they are usually bred specifically to combine desired traits of the original plants. Most cannabis available today is some form of hybrid.
Indica is used to refer to the Cannabis indicaspecies of cannabis. Generally these plants originated in the Middle East and Asia. Compared to their Sativa counterparts, Indica plants are shorter and bushier, and have more compact flower structure.
A terpene alcohol.
Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR)
Canadian government regulations that allow approved and licensed patients to possess and use cannabis to treat specific medical illnesses or conditions. As of March 31, 2014, the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations was repealed and replaced by the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. To read the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, visit: Justice Laws website.
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)
Canadian government regulations replacing the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) as of March 31, 2014. Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) allow Tilray and other licensed cannabis producers to provide patients with dried cannabis for medical purposes. To participate, a patient must have a health care practitioner complete a medical document to be submitted to Tilray or another licensed producer along with a completed registration form. As of April 1, 2014, MMPR is the only legal means for Canadians to acquire medical cannabis. To read the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, visit: Justice Laws website
Marijuana is the general term for female cannabis plants or their dried flowers. Females are distinct from male plants in that they produce flowers containing a high percentage of cannabinoids. “Marihuana” is the spelling that appears in Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is used by Health Canada in legal documents related to the Act.
A sesquiterpene also known as peruviol.
A bicyclic monoterpene.
Sativa refers to the Cannabis sativaspecies of cannabis plant. In general, these plants originated outside of the Middle East and Asia and include strains from South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Thailand. These strains tend to grow taller than indicas, are lighter in colour and take longer to flower.
A strain is a specific variety of a plant species. Cannabis strains are developed to produce distinct desired traits. Cannabis strain names often reflect the plant’s appearance, effects or place of origin.
Terpenes modify the effects of THC and other cannabinoids, augmenting a strain’s medicinal properties. Cannabis strains can be distinguished by the variety of terpenes they produce.
THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the most well-known and most abundantly available cannabinoid in cannabis plants. THC is also the component in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects or high. Research has shown THC to be an effective medical treatment for a range of conditions.
A tincture is a liquid cannabis extract, usually made with alcohol or glycerol, that is often administered with a dropper. Tinctures can be flavored and are usually placed under the tongue, where they are absorbed quickly.
A topical is a cannabis product where the active properties of the flowers have been extracted and added to a product such as a lotion or a cream that is applied to the skin.
Trichomes are the resin production glands of the cannabis plant. THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are produced in these glands.
A vaporizer is a device used to consume cannabis. It heats either flowers or cannabis-infused oils to a temperature that produces a cannabinoid-laced vapour to inhale. Vaporizing is healthier than smoking since there is no smoke to ingest, but this method still produces almost instantaneous effects.
Wax is a form of concentrate.
Weed is a slang term for cannabis.