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Is medical cannabis legal in Canada?

 

Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001. On April 1, 2014, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) made accessing medical cannabis significantly easier for Canadians. Physicians can now issue Medical Documents (essentially a prescription) which authorize patients to purchase medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer.

 

 

Each patient is assessed individually by a medical doctor.

If the physician determines that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, they will be given a Medical Document (prescription). See our Patients section for more details.

 

 

How do I get an appointment?

 

Seed Health & Wellness only accepts patients who have been referred to the clinic by their physician or medical specialist. After your physician completes the Patient Referral Form, Seed Health & Wellness will contact you to schedule an appointment.

 

 

What if my doctor won't refer me?

 

If you've exhausted other therapies for disabling ailments and your physician refuses to refer you, please contact us.

 

 

Can I just walk in to the clinic and see a doctor?

 

No. Patients will be seen on a referral basis only. We do not accept walk-ins. Talk with your physician to see if you may be a candidate for prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis and have them complete the Patient Referral Form.

 

 

There is never any cannabis at our clinic. Patients who receive a Medical Document must order their medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer. Our onsite specialist will help guide you to the best Licensed Producer to fit your needs.

 

 

How do I obtain my prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis?

 

If you qualify for medical cannabis, the physician will give you a prescription at the end of your appointment. The prescription can be sent to any Licensed Producer (LP) who will then send your medication by mail or courier.

If you qualify for prescription cannabinoids, the physician will give you a prescription at the end of your appointment. The prescription can be filled at your local pharmacy.

 

 

How long after seeing a doctor will it take to receive my medical cannabis?

 

Traditionally, it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to contact a Licensed Producer (LP), complete the paperwork and receive your medical cannabis.

 

 

How much will my medical cannabis cost, and is it covered under OHIP or private insurance?

 

Currently, medical cannabis is not covered by OHIP and only under rare instances by private insurance. If you have private insurance or deal with Veterans Affairs our physicians can help with applying for coverage.

Some prescription cannabinoids are covered by OHIP and private insurance companies.

Prices range from $5-15 per gram.

 

 

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 physician regarding other possible side effects and what steps should be taken if you experience anything unexpected after using 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 byproducts 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.

 

 

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.

Make an Appointment

 

To make an appointment, please fill out our contact form. We will respond within 24 hours to confirm your appointment date and time.

You can also give us a call at 800-613-8664.

 

Our office hours are Mon - Fri: 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.

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