As Canada prepares to make marijuana legal by July 1, 2018, many dispensaries and medical cannabis “clinics” are popping up—and disappearing—all across the GTA. For the most part, these are still technically illegal operations (hence why they seem to disappear overnight), which makes procuring marijuana for a doctor-prescribed treatment plan difficult. Many patients cannot afford to wait for their medicine to come through the mail; they’re in need of immediate relief from their symptoms.
This leaves some patients foraging out into the city to find relief fast, but for many, this means taking unfortunate risks. If you’re looking for faster relief from your symptoms, but want to ensure you’re safe while you do it, here are three signs of a great medical cannabis clinic.
1. Extensive Medical Knowledge
You want your doctor to know what he or she is talking about—right? This is true whether you’re seeking a prescription to relieve pain or a blood thinner to help with a clot. When you go to a doctor, you want to know your questions will be answered completely and with knowledgeable authority.
A good clinic has fully licensed doctors on site who are knowledgeable about the treatments they prescribe. Any doctor can write an authorization for medical cannabis, but few do because they are inexperienced with it as a treatment.
If you’re looking to try medical marijuana as part of your health plan, you want a clinic that knows the appropriate doses, strains, ingestion methods, and side effects of cannabis.
2. Committed to Your Total Health
Medical cannabis isn’t a party drug in disguise—it can be part of a total health plan designed to provide you with relief from chronic conditions, like pain, arthritis, epilepsy, or PTSD. It by no means is a cure-all solution and it’s often most effective when used as part of a comprehensive plan.
A quality medical clinic familiar with authorizing cannabis will be committed to your total health, of which marijuana can be an effective part. The doctor will ask about your medical history and your symptoms, and will discuss with you all the possible solutions. He or she will also answer all your questions so you are fully prepared to move forward with a total health plan.
3. Fully Licensed Dispenser
To officially grow and dispense marijuana, you must be recognized by the government as an official producer. Most of the dispensaries you’ve seen pop up all across the GTA do not have such licensing. Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) are the strict guidelines that define medical cannabis prescriptions and treatments. This is the body of the government that sanctions legal producers.
You want your clinic to be registered with the ACMPR to ensure the product it’s selling is of high quality and up to the rigorous standards of government oversight. Your product will be clean and safe, and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. Any “clinic” that cannot claim status under the ACMPR is one best avoided.
Aleafia’s Total Health Clinic in Vaughan
The best way to get your medical marijuana in the GTA is through the Aleafia total health clinic, located in Vaughan. The organization not only has doctors on site who are trained in authorizing marijuana, but Aleafia is a licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis as well. This means you can speak to a doctor about your condition, have an expert discuss what the best strain and dosage will be, and have an official provider package your prescription.
With appropriate government oversight and a commitment to your total health, going to an organization like Aleafia is the safest, easiest, and best way to get your medical cannabis.