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A Starting Point

How to Talk to your Healthcare Provider

Determining whether medical cannabis is right for you is a matter for you to discuss with your healthcare provider.  

Talking to your Healthcare Provider

The clinical relationship between a healthcare practitioner and patient is personal and unique. You have a right to advocate for healthcare that is appropriate for you. Here are some suggestions that might help you to speak to your healthcare provider about whether a prescription for medical cannabis is right for you.

·         Have you discovered information that indicates that cannabis has the potential to help the particular condition that you experience?  If you have found clinical studies or research, bring these studies to the attention of your healthcare provider.  “Peer reviewed” research, or research based on scientifically controlled studies, is likely more persuasive than anecdotal accounts, but both may be helpful to your healthcare provider.

·         Tell your healthcare provider how you feel, and how you feel when you take medications that have been prescribed or when you tried therapies that have been prescribed. It may be helpful to keep a diary to remember these experiences.  What helped you, what did not help you, and what side-effects did you experience?

·         If you have tried cannabis, tell your healthcare provider what your experience of it was, how much you have used, how frequently, and your method of medicating (smoking, ingesting, etc.).

·         Tell your healthcare provider about all other medications that you are using, especially if they include sleeping medication, tranquilizers, pain medication, antihistamines, cold medications, anti-seizure medication, or antiviral drugs.

·       Some healthcare providers may be reluctant to discuss cannabis with you, because he or she is unfamiliar with cannabis, or because she or he does not  see cannabis as a potential prescription for your particular situation.  If that is the case, you can seek other opinions.  

·       There are healthcare providers and clinics that have particular expertise with cannabis. Ask your healthcare provider for a referral, if necessary. 

Cannabis may not be an appropriate prescription for some clients.  Speak to your healthcare provider about what is right for you. 

Safety Precautions

Cannabis may affect movement and perception and may do so differently depending on the cannabis strain, the individual who uses it, and how and when it has been used. Please discuss potential restrictions with your healthcare provider.

Medical cannabis should not be provided to anyone other than the person it was prescribed for.  Our Terms and Conditions confirm your commitment only to use medical cannabis as prescribed by your healthcare provider, and your commitment not to re-sell or otherwise transfer medical cannabis to any other person.

Cannabis should be stored safely and only accessible to persons authorized to access it.

If you feel you are at risk of addiction, speak to your healthcare provider or contact an addiction services organization in your area.

You may find these links useful:

Canadian Aids Society 

The Arthritis Society 

Canadian Cancer Society, Medical marijuana and cannabinoids

Chronic Pain Association of Canada

Multiple Sclerosis Society