Medical Cannabis FAQ
Questions about the MCLN, medical cannabis or medical CBD? It helps to be informed with up-to-date information about CBD and Medical Cannabis. These are the most common questions related to legally purchasing and using CBD and medicinal marijuana in Canada.
Medical Cannabis 101
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids (CBD) are the main chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers that produce non-psychoactive effects on human beings. The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. There are 100+ cannabinoids that can be identified in plants or manufactured by a medical marijuana laboratory for producing prescription medications. In other words, CBD is the opposite of THC in that it doesn’t produce the “high” that THC does. Among the 100+ cannabinoids, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most common ingredients found in medical marijuana products.
How Does Cannabinoids Work?
When a person ingests cannabinoids (CBD) it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the person’s organs, connective tissues, and brain. The effects of CBD produce a variety of therapeutic effects including a reduction of inflammation and pain throughout the body. CBD is also known to be effective in providing relief from stress and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Medical marijuana is extracted from cannabis plants and its main compound Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is used to treat various ailments and diseases. Marijuana plants contain 100+ cannabinoids. Unlike CBD, THC produces the "high" people feel when they ingest medical cannabis through edibles and smoking mariuana flower.
What Conditions Can Benefit From Cannabis?
Medical and scientific research has been conducted on the use of medical marijuana in treating a variety of diseases and ailments. Here are the ailments where recent research studies has shown medical marijuana may be effective in treating:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Appetite loss
- Inflammation of bones and joints such as arthritis
- Chronic neuropathic pain
- Crohn’s diseases
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis
What Are Potential Side Effects Of Medical Marijuana?
It is important to understand that medical cannabis affects every person in different ways. To avoid potential side effects of CBD and medical marijuana, we recommend you follow the medical information you get from our qualified medical practitioners during your virtual consultation. Bear in mind, you cannot overdose on marijuana or CBD and you should always ingest CBD and marijuana products in moderation. When in doubt, take small doses and wait at least one hour before you take the next dose.
These are the most common potential side effects:
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Confusion and disorientation
- Feeling drunk and having distorted thoughts
- Dizziness and sleepiness
- Dry mouth
- Short attention span
- Inability to concentrate and make decisions
- Paranoia and suspiciousness
- Motor skill impairment
In many instances, people do not experience all of these side effects at the same time. You should consult with your medical practitioner in our Virtual Clinic if you experience any of these side effects.
Becoming A MCLN Patient
How Much Does It Cost To See A Medical Practitioner?
We believe in giving people access to medical marijuana products in Canada. As such, there are no fees or upfront costs when booking a virtual consultation. As long as you are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada, your consultation is always free of charge.
How Do I Book A Virtual Consultation?
To book a virtual consultation, go to our Virtual Clinic and click on “Book An Appointment.” You will be directed to an appointment calendar where you can choose the preferred date and time for your consultation.
Do I Need A Health Card To Book A Virtual Consultation?
Yes, we do require a valid health card in order to book a virtual consultation.
How Much Does Medical Cannabis And CBD Products Cost?
The cost of medical cannabis and CBD products depends on the dosage of the strain of cannabis you are prescribed. Depending on which licensed producer you place an order with, they may reduce the tax to make it affordable. In most instances, patients pay between $50-$150 CAD per order.
Is Medical Cannabis And CBD Products Covered By OHIP Or Health Insurance Plans?
Currently, medical cannabis and CBD products are not covered by OHIP or your health insurance plan. Medical cannabis is tax-deductible as a medical expense, so be sure to keep your receipts and have them ready when you file your next income tax.
What Should I Expect During My First Virtual Consultation?
During your first virtual consultation, your medical practitioner will provide you with educational information on medical marijuana. Please let them know any questions or concerns you have about taking medicinal marijuana and CBD and they will be more than happy to answer them. Once you have discussed the certain ailments you would like to treat , your medical practitioner will make recommendations on which products you should consider. At the conclusion of your consultation, your medical practitioner will register you with our Health Canada approved licensed producer and tell you the next steps for browsing our Marketplace.
How Long Will It Take To Get My Medication In The Mail?
Your medication will be shipped to you directly from our licensed producer. Once you have placed your order online, Canada Post will ship it directly to the mailing address you placed on your order. Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Post is following specific handling protocols to ensure the safety of its delivery.
Can I Choose Any Licensed Producer?
Yes, you can choose any licensed producer located in Canada. You can switch to a different licensed producer any time. But if you do switch to another licensed producer, you may have to book another appointment with a medical practitioner that supports that licensed producer for a new prescription.
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