Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to bring with me to the medical appointment?

At your first visit please bring the following:

 

  • A valid Alberta health care card
  • Picture ID
  • A list of  all current medications including homeopathic and over the counter (OTC) medication used regularly eg. Acetaminophen
  • If you have any additional documentation in your possession that would help the physician with your medical history, we encourage you to bring them to your appointment (for example, x-rays, CT Scans, MRI reports and letters from your specialists)
  • If you do not have a list of all of your medications and reports  that is no problem we can access the information on your behalf

 

Why We Need to Know Your Medications

Some medications may have interactions with medical cannabis such as : antiviral- protease inhibitors, anticoagulants, SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and others.  We will verify what medications you are taking to ensure there are no interactions.

How do I know I am a candidate for medical cannabis?

Health Canada states patients with the following conditions should not use cannabis :

  • If you are under the age of 18
  • If you have severe cardiopulmonary disease
  •  If you have respiratory insufficiency (asthma, COPD) (unless using oils)
  •  If you have severe liver or renal disease
  •  If you have a personal history of psychiatric disorders (especially schizophrenia) or a family history of schizophrenia
  • If you have mania, depression (these patients should be under careful psychiatric monitoring)  
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have a history of substance abuse, including alcohol abuse, or concomitant use of psychoactive drugs

Prescription medical cannabis has been shown effective in improving symptoms of many infirmities for which a number of first line treatments have failed. Symptoms such as  (but are not limited to) chronic pain, inflammation , appetite stimulant , nausea, sleep issues, spasticity , seizures and mood.

Although,  medical cannabis is not first line treatments for any of these conditions many patients will be consider seeking medical cannabis for treatment after these traditional treatments have failed.

A complete assessment by a Physician at MD Cannabis Clinic  will determine if you are eligible for medical cannabis

*A patient must be a minimum of 18 years old with a valid Alberta Health Care Card and has tried a first line treatment that has failed.

Why choose MD Cannabis Clinic ?

We take the time required to educate you about the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis and provide patients with essential guidelines for safe and effective use of medical marijuana. We assist you in choosing the best medication option for your condition and symptoms. We will assist you with registering and placing your order with a licensed producer. We customize your treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals and provide you with ongoing support and education.

We will also work with your referring physician ( if applicable), and provide them with a summary of your treatment plan. We offer a high quality of care to our patients, in a calm, efficient atmosphere. We welcome complex care patients that require more time for evaluation. MD Cannabis Clinic is a medical clinic that specializes in cannabis.

I want to know more about medical cannabis

Please visit our healthcare partner KannaVolve for more clinical and evidence based research on cannabis: http://kannavolve.com/patients/#FAQ

What is the difference between medical and recreational cannabis
PRICE

In other markets where cannabis was legalized, Medical Cannabis is on average 30-35% less expensive.

GUARANTEED SUPPLY

There is an anticipated shortage for recreational cannabis at launch. Licensed Producers will be giving preferential access to medical patients.

PRODUCT VARIETY

Medical Patients will have first access on Health Canada approved products like pills, topical, and patches. Recreational users will have less product regulation.

POSSESSION LIMITS

Medical Patients are allowed to carry 1 month’s supply or 150 grams (whichever is lowest). Recreational users can only possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public.

GROW CAPACITY

ACMPR Home Growers can grow 4 plants for every gram allotted. Recreational growers will have a maximum of 4 plants per household.

TAX ADVANTAGES

Medical Cannabis is a Medical Expense at tax time. Recreational cannabis is not.

CBD STRAINS

Medical Patients will have full access to CBD products. The recreational market will be THC dominated.

MEDICAL BENEFITS

Health Insurance companies are offering Medical Cannabis Coverage. Recreational cannabis will not be covered by health insurance.

DELIVERY METHODS

Medical Patients will have first access on Health Canada approved products like pills, topicals, and patches. Recreational users will have less product regulation.