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Medical Marijuana FAQ: Everything You Need to Know

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April 06, 2018 9:00 AM

Medical-Marijuana-FAQ-Everything-You-Need-to-Know-compressor.jpgAre you looking to obtain a medical marijuana card? Are you confused about the process and where to start? Keep reading and get answers to these questions and more.

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Is medical marijuana legal?

Yes, because this marijuana’s sole purpose is medicinal, it is legal. Existing federal law allows Canadians to legally use medicinal marijuana as authorized by a medical practitioner. Producers with permission from Health Canada can legally grow medicinal cannabis as well.

How do I obtain medical cannabis?

You need an authorized document, known as a medical document, to obtain medical marijuana. You’ll receive one after a consultation with a health practitioner at a medical clinic. There, you can discuss your symptoms, issues, and any supporting documents you have to show how this treatment is right for you.

What is it used to treat?

Medical cannabis is used to treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses, ranging from eating disorders and nausea to glaucoma and anxiety. It’s being used to treat war veterans suffering from PTSD. People commonly know it for its treatment of chronic pain and pain relief.

How do I know which strain is right for me?

There are many popular strains of medicinal marijuana. Your medical professional will authorize the best strain for you based on your symptoms and needs. They’ll provide the guidance to give you an idea of which strain best fits your condition.

A licensed provider may also be able to provide some information about the products they sell. Regardless of who you ask, both medical practitioners and producers are educated and knowledgeable regarding different strains to treat different pains.

How do I receive it?

Medical marijuana is discreetly packaged and shipped by mail service, either through a courier or Canada Post. You won’t be able to pick it up in person. Once you’ve acquired a medical document, you need to have it authorized to receive the medical cannabis. You’ll be directed to a licensed producer, who will complete this step.

How do I pick the right licensed provider?

Doctors and nurse practitioners cannot recommend a specific licensed producer. The choice is left completely up to the patient. The doctor or practitioner can direct you to Health Canada’s list. You can ask different producers directly about the different products they carry.

Do I have to smoke it?

As the patient, you can choose how to take this medication. You can inhale, bake, and ingest medicinal marijuana in whatever way is most comfortable for you. Are medical marijuana edibles right for you? There may be one method you prefer over the other. Keep in mind that your medical professional or licensed producer cannot instruct you how to take the medication. That decision is left to you.

Is there an age requirement?

There is an age requirement regarding consultations and approval for obtaining medicinal marijuana. Anyone under 25 needs a parent or guardian to sign a consent form, as well as attend the appointment with you to obtain the medical document. Although 25 is the age of majority, long-term users under this age could experience a reduction in neurological development from this authorization.

How long is the medical document good for?

The medical document can be valid for a maximum period of one year. Some doctors may sign for the entire year or they may choose to sign it in three- and six-month increments, allowing for scheduled follow-ups and reassessments. It depends on your symptoms and the doctor or nurse practitioner assessing you.

For more questions and concerns, see how the medical professionals at Aleafia can help you.

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