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Why do patients take medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis may be used to alleviate symptoms for a variety of conditions. It has most commonly been used in neuropathic pain and other chronic pain conditions. There is limited, but developing clinical evidence surrounding its safety and efficacy, and it does not currently have an approved Health Canada indication.
What routes of administration will be recommended?
Can be consumed orally or by inhalation (vaporizing). The route of administration will depend on physician recommendation and availability through the licensed producer.
Can be consumed orally (under the tongue) or mixed with food. Cannabis oils, provided by licensed producers, can not be vaporized due to the carrier oils used.
Please note that other forms of cannabis such as edibles or tinctures are not sold by licensed producers under the ACMPR as they considered illegal by Health Canada.
What are the main active ingredients?
The chemical ingredients of cannabis are called cannabinoids. The two main therapeutic ones are: a. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a partial agonist of CB1 and CB2 receptors. It is psychoactive and produces the euphoric effect. b. Cannabidiol (CBD) has a weak affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors and appears to exert its activity by enhancing the positive effects of the body’s endogenous cannabinoids. Each cannabis product will contain THC and CBD, however the THC:CBD ratio will differ depending on the product and/or licensed producer.
Is it possible to develop dependence on medical cannabis?
Yes, abrupt discontinuation after long-term use may result in withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, chronic use may result in psychological dependence.
Where do I get my authorized medical cannabis?
There is never any cannabis on site. Patients who receive a Medical Document must order their medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer.
How much cannabis can I order?
It is up to your healthcare professional to determine the duration and dosage amount within your medical document.
Your medical document includes a daily maximum quantity that you are permitted to receive for each 30 day period. Please note that the maximum quantity of medical cannabis that Spectrum Cannabis is authorized to deliver in one order is 150 grams.
How long will it take to receive my order?
Within major city centres, delivery time is expected to be within 1-3 business days of ordering, if your order is placed and paid for by 3 pm. Delivery time is dependent on carrier and location. A signature is required upon delivery.
Can I travel with my medicine?
Yes, as long as you are traveling within Canada. Remember: Even when traveling to countries with permissive cannabis laws, Canada’s export laws prohibit taking cannabis out of the country. Therefore, you should NOT take it across borders.
Who should avoid cannabis?
Patients with a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or other disease of the airways), drug/alcohol abuse/dependence, or with a serious mental condition (e.g. schizophrenia) should consult their doctor before trying cannabis. You should also avoid cannabis if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to get pregnant, or if you are allergic to any cannabinoids.
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