FREQUENT MEDICAL & PERSONAL QUESTIONS
Cannabis is considered to be a safe medication. Research shows cannabis has less addiction potential than caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. However, frequent or long-term cannabis abuse can lead to increased tolerance, dependence, and the potential of withdrawal during discontinuation of use. Young users and individuals with certain mental health diagnoses have been shown to be at higher risk for cannabis addiction.
Information from Health Canada is available here.
Information from the Public Health Agency of Canada is available here.
Health Canada recommends that medical cannabis be consumed using a vapourizer, rather than smoked. Use of a vapourizer allows patients to inhale the active components of medical cannabis while avoiding byproducts of burning plant matter and associated carcinogens. Vapourizers work by heating the cannabis past the boiling point of the active compounds but below the point of plant matter combustion. Vapourizing cannabis is not only considered safer for lung health, but is also more cost efficient.
Authorized patients who receive a medical document must register with, and order their cannabis from a licenced producer. Our counsellors will assist you in choosing the licensed producer that best suits your needs, as well as through the registration process.
There is never any cannabis on site or for sale at Cannabis Supply Co. locations.
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 is non-psychoactive. It has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic properties.
Medical Cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001. On October 17, 2018 the Cannabis Act made accessing medical cannabis significantly easier for Canadians.
Physicians, including psychiatrists (and nurse practitioners in some provinces) can now issue medical documents which authorize patients to purchase medical cannabis from licensed producers. This system is part of the current Cannabis Act.
There are several reasons why having a prescription to access medical Cannabis is advantageous.
Here Are A Few Key Points:
CONSISTENT SUPPLY Patients will have a consistent supply of the medication that works for them.
DISCRETE For those that want to keep their medical cannabis use confidential, it gets ordered on line and delivered directly to your home.
COVERED BY INSURANCE Covered under medical prescription by most major providers
MEDICAL TAX WRITE OFF Applicable against your tax returns
SUPERVISED BY A PHYSICIAN Professional Physicians will provide all of the education and counseling to help you get started
BETTER PRICING & SELECTION Purchasing directly from licensed producers means better pricing.
CONVENIENCE Easy online ordering with often same day shipping to your door
You cannot drive after you have consumed THC products. CBD has no psychoactive properties so it is safe to consume and operate a motor vehicle
No you do not have to inform your family doctor, however it is a good idea to always let your family doctor know how you are being treated. Our practitioner is only here to help you with Medical Cannabis. They will not help you with other health care needs unrelated to Medical Cannabis.
Insurance coverage varies from person to person. At this point most insurance companies do not cover the cost, however we have heard of some people getting coverage. We suggest you contact your insurance company to find out for certain.
A great alternative to smoking is using a vaporizer. Licensed producers are currently able to produce Oils, capsules, and gelcap.
You may travel in Canada with your medical cannabis however you cannot cross any international borders, regardless of the laws in the country you are travelling to. It is always best to keep your medication in the original package when travelling. If you transfer it to a different container, always carry a copy of your prescription with you.
A Licensed Producer or LP of Cannabis is basically a custom pharmacy that deals specifically with different strains of Cannabis.