Medical marijuana 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. Doctors can now issue Medical Documents (essentially a prescription) which authorize patients to purchase medical marijuana from a Licensed Producer.
Each patient is assessed individually by our cannabis educators and a medical doctor.
If the doctor determines that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis they will be given a Medical Document (essentially a prescription). See our Patient Info section for more details.
The two main components of cannabis are:
9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
THC produces the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It also has analgesic, anti-nausea, appetite stimulant and anti-spastic effects.
CBD does not cause psychoactive effects. It has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic properties.
There is never any marijuana on site. Patients who receive a Medical Document must order their medical marijuana from a Licensed Producer.
Information on side effects for therapeutic use of marijuana 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 doctor regarding other possible side effects and what steps should be taken if you experience anything unexpected after using Medical Marijuana.
Health Canada recommends that cannabis be vaporized, not smoked.
Vaporization is a way to inhale the active components of medical marijuana while avoiding by products of burning plant matter. Vaporizers work by heating the marijuana 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.
If you are not able to make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a 24-hour notice cancellation policy. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice may be subject to a $100 ‘no-show’ fee for initial assessments and a $65 ‘no-show’ fee for follow-up appointments.