O Cannabis National Medical Cannabis Clinic

Licensed Producers Vs. Dispensaries

Advantages of buying medical cannabis from a LP and not a dispensary:

– Prices for medical cannabis vary from $2.50-$15.00
– Rigorous quality control and testing, for standardization and therapeutic effectiveness, guaranteeing the same medicinal benefits of every time you order.
– Expedited and tracked shipping; ships next day ordered before 1 PM on the previous day
– Patients are legally allowed to possess cannabis
– Discounts with compassionate pricing programs – if eligible
– You can travel within Canada carrying your prescription
– Lower THC strains available to reduce psychoactive effects
– High CBD strains for pain and inflammation relief
– Potential for coverage if you are a Veteran, First Responder, and/or Medical Health Professional (as per Bill 163)
– Child-safe containers
– Order is placed online or by telephone
– All LPs are regulated by Health Canada, with the ability to recall and refund (if issues arise)

O Cannabis Clinic has nurse practitioners who are qualified to prescribe medical cannabis. We send your registration and medical document through our secure fax directly to the Licensed Producer. The LP can be viewed as a ‘pharmacy’ of medical cannabis; they are authorized and licensed to produce and distribute medical cannabis under the marijuana for medical purposes regulations (MMPR).

What is a Terpene?

For many people the word Terpene is strange and unfamiliar. Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis it’s distinct smell. Terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and can produce various effects. There are several common cannabis terpenes.

Different harvests have the potential to have different terpenoid profiles because of variance during growing, due to the techniques used to grow each harvest.

Lab tested products can give you an idea of which terpene profile is in each plant, often offering more than one terpene per plant. Without lab testing we rely on our nose!

Limonene: citrus in flavor. Used to promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer and bronchitis. “Super lemon haze” is an example of a cannabis strain that often has a citrus aroma.

Myrcene: Earthy and musky with a hint of fruit, like hops. Shown to effectively reduce inflammation. This terpene also has sedative and muscle relaxing properties and is found in most strains of cannabis, especially indicas.

Linalool: Floral, with a touch of spice. This terpene is what we smell in mint, cinnamon and lilac. It has been shown to effectively reduce inflammation, modulate moto movements and potential for alleviating symptoms caused by liver damage.

Pinene: Woodsy, like a pine tree. Anti inflammatory properties and is found in a variety of strains.

Terpinolene: Woodsy.

Terpineol: Lilac, spring flowers. Antioxidant effects.

Carophyllene: black pepper, spice. Helps treat anxiety and depression.

What is the Difference Between an Indica and Sativa?

Sativa strains are recognized by their uplifting effect that affects the mind directly, producing an energizing and stimulating effect. It also gives a strong creative stimulus to revitalize creativity. People suffering from depression have also found the use of Sativa helpful.

Some other common effects of Sativa include:

Increased focus
Reduced nausea
Increased appetite
Headache and migraine relief
Muscle relaxation
Pain relief
Depression relief
Fatigue relief
Indica strains are used for a calming, euphoric feeling. This helps to reduce anxiety and induce feelings of relaxation. Indica’s have strong muscle relaxing properties and are known for helping to relieve pain. Often used as a nighttime medication to help ease people to sleep.

Some other common effects of Indica’s include:

Chronic pain
Muscle spasms
Decreased nausea
Increased appetite
Relief of insomnia
Muscle relaxation

Can I Travel With My Medicine?

You can safely travel WITHIN Canada with your medicine.

AVOID taking your medicine outside of Canadian borders.

Below is information provided by the government of Canada:

When you travel abroad, you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. If you get caught with illegal drugs, even if they are considered legal in Canada, being a foreigner or not knowing local laws is no excuse – any more than it would be in Canada. Your Canadian citizenship does not give you immunity or preferential treatment in other countries.

Taking cannabis products across Canada’s borders, even if you are authorized to possess or produce cannabis for medical purposes in Canada, is a serious criminal offence. It will remain a serious criminal offence even after recreational cannabis is legalized under the proposed Cannabis Act. Transporting cannabis products across Canada’s borders, even to jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis, could result in criminal prosecution and fines.

You mat be denied entry to a foreign country if you have previously used cannabis products, whether for medical purposes or not, even if you used them legally in Canada.

Being authorized under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations to possess or produce cannabis for medical purposes in Canada also does not permit you to import to Canada or export from Canada cannabis seeds or dried cannabis.

Are There Any Side Effects to Taking Cannabis?

Side effects are based on multiple factors and are variable depending on the dose, method of administration, and prior experience.

Some commonly reported side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Red eyes
  • Anxiety or paranoid thoughts
  • Faster heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting

Please let the O Cannabis nursing team know if you are experiencing any negative side effects.

Call 877-278-1929 to book a follow up telemedicine consultation with a nurse today. 

Is My Medical Vaporizer Covered?

Many insurance companies do cover vaporizers if you are prescribed medical cannabis. These claims are often done on a case by case basis. Please speak to our nursing team to get you a letter from the Nurse Practitioner recommending a medical cannabis device.

What is a Vaporizer?

A vaporizer (‘vape’) is a device used to vaporize the active ingredients of cannabis (CBD & THC). Research has shown- Vaporizing can be up to 78% more effective than smoking. Vaporization produces 95% fewer carcinogens and is less likely to irritate the upper respiratory tract.

If you require a medical cannabis vaporizer, we recommend the Black Mamba and Pax devices. All devices do the same thing. This means that regardless of the price of the device, it will do the job.  

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Can I Drive While on my Medicine?

If you are using medical cannabis with "THC," your judgement may be impaired.Therefore, driving and operating heavy machinery should be avoided. Patients must use their own judgement while using their medicine.

How Do I Dose My Medical Cannabis Oil?

MOTTO: Start Low and Go Slow

Every Licensed Producer recommends dosing their oil differently.

We recommend that you start at the lowest recommended dose and gradually increase to your therapeutic dose slowly.

Typical Dosing:

CBD Oils- Start at 1ml

THC High Oils- Start at 0.25ml

THC:CBD Oils-Start at 0.5ml

Increase by 0.25mL every 3 days until you find the lowest, most effective dose.

Example titration schedule:

Days 1-3: 0.25mL
Days 4-6: 0.50mL
Days 7-9: 0.75mL
Days 10-12: 1mL
Days 13-15: 1.25mL

NOTE: this is a general rule of thumb. If you have any questions about dosing your medical cannabis oil, please call our Nursing Team at 877-278-1929.

How Much Does Shipping Cost?

The shipping costs that the Licensed Producers charge to ship you your medicine vary dependent on the licensed producer and shipping platform. Some licensed producers offer free shipping, and most will ship your medicine for free if you spend over $150.00.

It's best to contact your Licensed Producer directly to find out what their shipping policies are. Their number can be found in your Medical Cannabis Guide.