Patient Guide to Medical Cannabis

A guide to help you understand legally purchasing and using medical cannabis in Canada.

The information outlined in this document is meant to be used as a guide only and should not be considered medical or legal advice. Furthermore, this document is intended only for patients who are working with O Cannabis Clinic.  Everything  in this document is considered factual information at the time of publication.

 

Medical cannabis is a medication derived from the cannabis plant. The two main components of cannabis (or 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.
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 encrypted messenger system and consult with our healthcare team via their secure patient portal.
When heated, cannabis will release THC and CBD. It is believed that when these compounds enter the body, they act to prevent the nerve signals coming from the site of pain from being understood by the brain.
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.
Research has shown the overall addiction potential of cannabis to be less than for caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
No. Currently, the only method of ordering medical cannabis is directly through a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider. Pharmacies are not legally authorized to sell or provide medical cannabis.
Once your authorization and registration forms are faxed to the Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider (done centrally through O Cannabis Clinic), the medical cannabis provider will contact you by phone within 2 days of receiving your authorization, allowing you to place your order for your medicine. Please note that we do our best to connect our patients with their medication provider in the education session with your O Cannabis Educator. If that did not happen and you have not heard from your medication provider within 2 days after your meeting with our nurse practitioner, please call us at 1-888-410-6585 or send us an instant message through the secure patient portal.
Health Canada approved medical cannabis providers are not permitted to accept payment by any other method that credit card (e.g. they cannot take debit card, cash, cheque, money order). Once the payment has been processed, the medication provider will let you know the exact day the product will be shipped.
Your medication will be discreetly shipped to you directly from a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.
The cost of medical cannabis varies with each individual. Patients are paying anywhere from $150-$300/month on medicine.
You are permitted to purchase up to 30 days worth of medication at one time.
No. You can purchase whatever amount you like. For patients who do not want to purchase the entire amount, we recommend purchasing the minimum amount that will allow for free shipping.
Some insurance companies do offer medical cannabis coverage. These are considered on a case-by-case basis.
According to Health Canada, you are only allowed to place an order for and buy 30 days worth of marijuana at a given time. For example if your prescription is 1 gram per day, for 3 months, the most that you can buy at a time is 30 grams of marijuana. You must contact your Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider 30 days after you have purchased your first month’s supply to purchase the next month’s supply of medication. Please remember that you are only allowed to purchase more medication within a 30 day period if you are written a prescription for a greater dose during those 30 days. You are legally allowed to carry with you the maximum amount of marijuana that you are permitted to buy for 30 days (in the example above this would be 30 grams). There are many intricacies to purchasing Medical Marijuana, many of which are regulated by Health Canada. O Cannabis Clinic and/or your Licensed Producer will help you manage these intricacies. Should you have any questions about this process, please contact your licensed producer or O Cannabis Clinic directly.

Health Canada’s General Licensing Rules

Please remember that your license for medical cannabis possession is on each bottle of medication shipped to you. When you leave your house with your medicine, always be sure to carry it in the original bottle.
If the license on the bottle has expired, you are not legally allowed to carry cannabis after that date.
You will have to see your nurse practitioner again to renew your authorization.
No. You are not legally allowed to leave the country with medical cannabis, even if you are travelling to places where it is legal.
Yes. You can travel/fly with medical cannabis within Canada. When you travel, please be sure to take all the necessary precautions to prevent any issues. Specifically, carry the cannabis in the original bottle you received it in, as this includes your license to possess medical cannabis.