MEDICAL CANNABIS
Frequently Asked Questions
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Doctors can issue Medical Documents (essentially a prescription) which authorize patients to purchase medical marijuana from a Licensed Producer.

Each patient is assessed individually by a medical doctor. If the doctor determines that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, they will be given a Medical Document (essentially a prescription).

Patients who receive a Medical Document must order their medical marijuana from a Licensed Producer. Our educator will help all patients select and register with a Licensed Producer.

The two main components of marijuana are 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC produces the psychoactive effects of marijuana. It also has analgesic, anti-nausea, appetite stimulant and anti-spastic effects. CBD does not cause psychoactive effects. It has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic properties. See Cannabinoids explained for more information.

Information on side effects for therapeutic use of marijuana is limited. Some known side effects include euphoria, intoxication-like effects, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired memory, disorientation, dry mouth, and rapid heartbeat. This is not a complete list. If your patient experiences anything unexpected after using Medical Marijuana, please have them consult with the healthcare team at HealthQuest 3.0.

Research has shown the overall addiction potential of cannabis to be less than for caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.

Depending on the method of health care delivery (which depends on the patient), there is no cost for the consultation if done in person. If a tele-medicine appointment is preferred, a fee of $75 is required. A $35 ‘no show’ fee may apply if your patient fails to attend their appointment or cancels with less than 24 hours notice. All patients must bring a valid provincial health card to their appointment.