Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Medical Cannabis Legal In Canada?
Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001. Doctors (and nurse practitioners in Ontario) can issue Medical Documents (essentially a prescription), which authorizes patients to purchase their medication from a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.
- Am I A Candidate For Medical Cannabis?
You may be a candidate if you suffer from any chronic ailment (see list here) and have found that traditional medications and therapies have been ineffective.
- Is The Clinic A Walk In?
No. All patients must be screened prior to booking an appointment at O Cannabis Clinic.
- What If My Physician Won’t Refer Me To O Cannabis?
If your physician is reluctant to complete a referral form and you have exhausted all other alternatives, please contact us to assist you in connecting you with a medical practitioner.
- How Do I Book An Appointment?
Please click on any "NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS" or "REGISTER NOW" button (there is a big red one in the top right hand corner of your screen) or call O Cannabis Clinic toll-free at 1-877-278-1929 to book a free consultation appointment exploring if you qualify for an appointment with a nurse practitioner in your area.
- What Will I Need For My First Visit?
All documentation O Cannabis Clinic has asked you to complete. Your free consultation will go over these in details.
- How Much Does It Cost To Be Seen At O Cannabis Clinic?
For fees, click here.
- What If I Can't Make My Appointment?
If you are not able to make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a 48-hour notice cancellation policy. Cancellations with less than 24-hours notice may be subject to a $50 ‘no-show’ fee.
- What If I Don't Have Access To Transportation And/Or I Can't Leave My Home But I Really Want To See If I Am A Candidate For This Medication?
We believe in easy access to quality medical care. Recognizing that many patients who would really benefit from medical cannabis may have significant barriers to accessing this service, we offer both in-person as well as telemedicine consultations with our entire team. If you wish to visit with our nurse practitioner via telemedicine, we can arrange that. Please just let us know when you are booking your appointment.
- If I Am Assessed At O Cannabis, Am I Guaranteed A Medical Cannabis Authorization Document?
Medical cannabis authorization is up to discretion of the nurse practitioner. At O Cannabis, we make every effort to thoroughly screen our patients before their appointment, to ensure they are candidates. We do not provide authorizations for patients who are seeking cannabis for recreational purposes.
- What Happens After My First Visit?
We have a very comprehensive follow-up and monitoring plan for our patients, to ensure you have a comfortable experience on your medical cannabis journey. We provide you with an educational session following your initial visit and are available to answer any questions you may have.
- How Much Does Medical Cannabis Cost?
The cost of medical cannabis varies with each individual. Patients are paying anywhere from $150-$300/month on medicine.
- How Will I Receive My Medication?
Your medication will be discreetly shipped to you directly from a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.
- How Long Will It Take For Me To Get My Medication?
Once a nurse practitioner at O Cannabis Clinic has assessed you, it typically takes up to 3-5 business days to receive your medication from your medical cannabis provider. Next day service can be made available.
- Is Medical Cannabis Covered By My Health Plan Or Private Insurance?
Some insurance companies do offer medical cannabis coverage. These are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- What If I Am A Canadian Veteran Or First Responder?
Medical cannabis for Canadian Veterans and RCMP Officers is typically covered by insurance.
- Who Can Get A Cannabis Prescription?
Once a patient assessed by one of nurse practitioners and it is determined that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, a Medical Document will be sent to a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.on the patient's behalf.
- What Happens After A Patient Gets A Cannabis Prescription?
O Cannabis Clinic’s team of healthcare professionals helps our patients navigate the confusing path to get connected to the best Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider for their condition. Our patient advocates ensure that our patients get the best medicine for the best price.
Additionally, our team of nurses follows up with our patients several times throughout their medical cannabis treatment journey. Patients are encourage to use our secure private messaging system to enquire about any questions or concerns they may have.
- Where Do I Fill My Prescription?
We help all of our patients who receive a Medical Document, order their medical cannabis from the most suitable Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.
- What Are The Active Ingredients In Medical Cannabis?
The two main components of marijuana are 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC produces the psychoactive effects of marijuana. 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.
- What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Medical Cannabis?
Information on side effects for therapeutic use of medical 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. If you or your loved one who is using medical cannabis experiences anything unexpected after using medical cannabis, please have them call 911 (if it is an emergency) or use our secure O Cannabis patient portal to consult with our healthcare team.
- What If I Don't Want To Smoke Medical Marijuana?
Excellent! We highly recommend that you do not smoke this medicine. Using a vaporizer, taking it in oil form or pill form is recommended. Please consult with your nurse practitioner for more information. The technology is improving constantly. Speak to our O Cannabis Educators for the latest and greatest medication delivery methods.
- Is Medical Cannabis Addictive?
Research has shown the overall addiction potential of cannabis to be less than for caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.