Should I get a medical marijuana prescription from the government?

Published Feb 24, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
What is medical marijuana? Medical marijuana is a plant used to treat medical conditions and symptoms. 

How to qualify for medical marijuana

The law in Canada for anyone requiring the use of medical marijuana is the same in all provinces and territories across Canada. Each province requires a patient’s medical information to be approved by ACMPR and Health Canada.

The decision to use marijuana for medical reason is the sole responsibility of the patient and the health provider. The patient considering the use of medical marijuana should consult with their family health provider. If your family health provider is not educated in medical marijuana, he or she can refer you to a licensed health providerwho is. Medical marijuana is prescribed by a licensed health provider, so the more that the health provider is educated about medical marijuana, the better. Your medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana use can benefit from will be discussed, andthe decision will be made to apply for your license. At this time the required dose for your medical condition will also be discussed.

The ACMPR is administered by Health Canada, and it has two main roles: Licensing and monitoring the commercial industry, registering individuals to produce a limited amount for their personal medical use.  Production and sales of medical marijuana are regulated by the Federal government.

How to qualify for medical marijuana authorization

A medical document must be filled out by a health provider or doctor, much like a prescription.  The health providers license information, the patient's name, and date of birth, it also must include the amount of herb to be used daily, expressed in grams. A period of use time must also be included, a time frame of up to one year.

There is no age requirement when a licensed health provider is recommending the use of marijuana for medical care.

Here are some of the medical issues that would warrant the use of medical marijuana:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Muscle spasms
  • Insomnia from chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Marijuana can improve the appetite for patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety

Can you get medical marijuana for anxiety?

Medical marijuana is often prescribed for patients who suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is the number one mental health issue in Canada. Often people who experience anxiety also experience out of control feelings, some struggle with low self-esteem and have extreme issues at handling pressure, whether it be at work or home, this is a short list of issues.

Some strains that are advisable for treating anxiety are:

White Widow: sativa dominant, full body high great for anxiety and PTSD symptoms.

Sour OG: hybrid strain, mellow and relaxing great choice for anxiety.
Cherry Pie: Indica dominant will give you a clear mind enabling you to handle stressful situations better.

Grandaddy Purple: Indica hybrid, great for physical relaxation often needed in anxious and stressful situations.

How to purchase medical marijuana in Canada

  • Registering with a licensed producer
  • Register with Health Canada to grow a small amount for themselves
  • Register someone else to produce it for them

Just because recreational marijuana became legal October 17, 2018,in Canada, is not a reason for not obtaining your medical marijuana from a registered LP’s.  Medical marijuana needs to be closely monitored to ensure that patients are receiving the correct doses recommended by their health provider.

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