There are some steps you need to take before you can actually start treating your illness with medical cannabis. Since recreational marijuana is still illegal in Canada, you can’t simply walk into a dispensary and buy it. There are protocols that need to be followed to ensure you’re receiving marijuana for a medical condition, which is legal.
The first step is that you need to qualify under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). There are certain criteria you have to meet in order to be approved. Only when you’re approved can the process move forward. This approval gives you the legal right to be in possession of medical cannabis for health reasons.
Once you get approved, you can then reach out for a medical cannabis consultation.
Prepping for a Medical Marijuana Consultation
Before your consultation, you’ll have some paperwork to fill out. Each clinic usually has an information package that you need to fill out before you arrive. This contains all of the information about your medical condition, including previous treatment methods.
If you’ve received a referral from your doctor, they’ll usually send over the information that the clinic needs from you. However, there still might be some information that the clinic needs you to submit or confirm.
When you’re booking your appointment, ask about what paperwork and information the clinic needs from you. You don’t want to have to postpone your appointment because you didn’t have the right information with you.
Before you meet with one of the physicians, they’ll have gone over your paperwork to ensure they’re up to speed on your case. Even though they’ll have gone over your paperwork before you get there, they’ll still ask you about your condition, your family history, and why you’re now interested in seeking medical cannabis. They’ll also ask you if you’ve already used it successfully to treat your condition.
Bring Your Questions
You’ll have a multitude of questions before you start using medical cannabis, and a medical marijuana clinic is the perfect place to ask them. Come armed with your questions. Write them down so you don’t forget anything. Medical cannabis is a whole new treatment option for you, and so it’s good to be prepared.
The medical staff at the medical marijuana clinic will be able to answer all of your questions, and they’ll also give you answers to questions you probably wouldn’t have thought of. For example, they might offer advice on the different kinds of strains available to treat your condition. They’ll be able to suggest strains that are good options for you to take and also tell you about the ones to stay away from.
Your first visit to a medical marijuana clinic can be exciting and nerve wracking. After all, it’s a completely new experience and a new treatment plan that you probably have high hopes for. Make sure you have all of your paperwork completed to the clinic’s satisfaction and that you write down any and all of the questions that you have. The medical personnel at the clinic will be able to answer all of them and will develop a treatment plan to help you manage your condition.