Medical Marijuana in Canada | FAQ

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Medical Marijuana FAQ

With so much information circulating online, it can be tough to pinpoint the facts regarding medical marijuana. We’ve complied the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions here – if you have further questions please let us know and we can add them to our list.


Q: What is medical marijuana?

A: Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, refers to the use of cannabis and its cannabinoids to treat disease or improve symptoms. Cannabis is used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms.


Q: How does medical marijuana benefit your health?

A: Your body already makes cannabinoids that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural cannabinoids work better.

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Q: What is MMPR?

A: The MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes regulations) is a set of rules for buying and selling medical marijuana in Canada. It outlines the rules and systems for doctors, patients, and producers.


Q: How do I know if I’m eligible to receive medical marijuana?

A: Patients wishing to access medical marijuana no longer need to contact Health Canada. Instead, the responsibility of authorizing patients falls entirely on doctors.

In order to purchase medical marijuana from a Licensed Producer, patients need to have a medical document, which is similar to a prescription.


Q: What health conditions or symptoms can medical marijuana be prescribed for?

A: MMPR allows medical marijuana to be prescribed for any condition, but there is no office guideline on its use for specific medical conditions.


Q: How do I register?

A: Your healthcare practitioner must complete and file a medical document on your behalf. You will also need to obtain a registration form to submit along with your medical document. You can find our registration process and all of the information you need here.


Q: Is there a limit on how large my prescription can be?

A: While there is no limit for your prescription amount, there are regulations regarding how much you can carry with you. There is a possession cap of either 30 times the daily quantity of dried marijuana indicated by your healthcare practitioner on your medical document, or 150 grams of dried marijuana (whichever is less).


Q: How much dried marijuana can I possess at one time?

A: There is a possession cap of either 30 times the daily quantity of dried marijuana indicated by your healthcare practitioner on your medical document, or 150 grams of dried marijuana (whichever is less).


Q: How do you take medical marijuana?

A: There are many methods, including ingesting, drinking, vaporizing, topical application, and smoking.


Q: Are there alternative methods of using marijuana besides smoking?

A: Yes, some patients prefer to use a vaporizer to inhale without actually burning marijuana. You can also make oils or butter to use in baked goods or herbal tea infusions. Additionally, you can also purchase capsules, oils, tinctures, and topicals.


Q: How much marijuana do you need to take, and how often do you take it?

A: Prescriptions will vary depending from patient to patient and depending on the specific strain of medical marijuana. Consult your medical healthcare practitioner to determine the right dosage for your health.


Q: What are the side effects of marijuana use?

A: Side effects will vary between different strains and patients.

Side effects may include drowsiness and loss of focus. Effects are temporary and will go away after a few hours.


Q: Who should avoid marijuana?

A: Patients with a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other disease of the airways, drug or alcohol abuse or dependence might not be the right candidates for medical marijuana. We always recommend consulting your healthcare practitioner to ensure medical marijuana is right for you.


Q: How should I store my medical marijuana?

A: It is best stored in a secure, dry, and cool place.


Q: How often will I need to get my prescription refilled?

A: The doctor that signs your medical document is able to set the length of validity at any point within one year. After this time, you will need to get your medical marijuana prescription refilled.


Q: Once I am registered, what do I need to prove that I have the authority to possess medical marijuana?

A: Your proof of authority can either be the label on the packaging or a separate document that accompanies your shipment of medical marijuana.


Q: Can I travel with my prescription?

A: You are allowed to travel with your prescription within Canada. In order to do so, you must carry your Federal license with you. We recommend that you contact your airline regarding their policies and confirm that your license is federally valid.


Q: How do I know what strain to purchase?

If you need help selecting the right strain for your specific medical condition or symptoms, the team at Med Pot Now is able to work with you to help you during the selection process. We also have several blog posts for you to review to help guide you.


Q: Can I buy edibles from Med Pot Now?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to supply you with edibles at this point in time. You are able to purchase oils and butters from us and make your own edibles. For more information on this, please read this blog post on changes in the law regarding medical marijuana edibles.



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