We understand that life can be a struggle when you are living with a chronic disease or illness. You don’t just want to feel better, you need to feel better. Well, we can help! This document will help you understand how to use cannabis in a treatment plan. It will also describe how to access medical cannabis in Canada.
The Path to be Well
- Set health goals
- Make a treatment plan
- Test & refine the treatment plan
Ask us how we can help you improve your quality of life and gain clarity around your health goals.
With the passing of the Cannabis Act in 2018, adult-use recreational marijuana became legal. Now, there has never been an easier time to obtain cannabis legally in Canada.
Cannabis Access in Canada
- 2001-2013 MMAR – (Marihuana Medical Access Regulations)
- 2013 – MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations)
- 2015 – ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)
- 2018 – The Cannabis Act
Current Legislation: Cannabis Act 2018
The Cannabis Act governs all things having to do with cannabis. There is a set of regulations for Licensed Producers and consumers. For Licensed Producers, operations are dependent on license classes. Health Canada issues licenses to Licensed Producers after meeting regulatory requirements. To maintain the licenses, the Licensed Producers must continue to demonstrate compliance with the regulations. Inspections and third-party lab testing ensure continued compliance. This helps guarantee that their products are safe, clean, consistent, and free of banned substances.
For the consumer, this means they have two legal choices to obtain cannabis. They can:
- obtain cannabis through provincial/territorial approved stores or
- use a prescription to acquire cannabis directly from the Licensed Producer.
The Cannabis Act allows for recreational users to possess 30 grams in public. As well, there is a provision to grow four plants per household.
For medical purposes, you can access cannabis directly from the licensed producer after obtaining a prescription. The prescription is an authorization issued by a health care practitioner, enabling you to obtain cannabis. Health care practitioners that can authorize cannabis may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
The monthly allowable amount is the lesser of 30 times the daily amount of your prescription or 150 grams. You can register as a client with a licensed producer. This allows you to have reliable access to cannabis cultivated for the express purpose of meeting the medical needs of patients suffering from any number of conditions.
Here is how to acquire medical marijuana in Canada.
Step 1: Set your Health Goals with your Health Care Practitioner
As awareness of cannabis continues to increase, more consumers are considering it as a viable medicine. Consumers are treating a vast number of symptoms and conditions. As well, some consumers are looking to cannabis to replace pharmaceutical medications. Your health care practitioner can help you establish your treatment goals. They can also help determine if you can safely make any changes to your medications. Your health care practitioner is usually the best provider for your care. A conversation with your health care practitioner will help determine if they are supportive of cannabis therapy. You can reference this blog article if you are looking for information and support about how to talk with your doctor.
Step 2: Make a Treatment Plan with Cannabis
After setting your treatment goals with your health care practitioner, evaluate the best treatment plan that will work for you.
Generally, there are four ways to use cannabis:
- Under the tongue (sublingual).
- On the skin (topical).
- Eating it (edible).
- Inhalation, through smoking or vaping.
You can reference this blog article for more information on how to consume cannabis.
Most licensed producers will have a wide range of products of varying profiles. Therapeutic strains for your condition will have a specific amount of THC, CBD or a combination of both. At this point, it is up to you to decide what cannabis you will use and how you will use it.
After starting your treatment, you will want to record your results. Journaling your positive and negative response will help you and your health care practitioner. Your health care practitioner may use this information to titrate your dose.
You will likely experiment with a few things at the start of your treatment. They are:
- testing of strains-what do you find that works
- methods of consumption and
- discovering your therapeutic dose.
Have patience and work through the steps with your health care practitioner. Most of our clients have improved their quality of life and so can you.
We believe everyone should be able to live a full life and hope that you will achieve your health goals.
For more information about specific medical conditions you wish to treat, please contact us.
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