Why a medical cannabis prescription is important.
What are the benefits now that we can access cannabis at any recreational store or online from various vendors.
Recreational cannabis came into play on October 17, 2019, across Canada. This allows Canadians of legal age to purchase up to 30 grams of legal cannabis at a time.
Why does purchasing from a recreational store or unregulated market seem more appealing than the process of obtaining a valid medical prescription?
Many Canadians are vastly misinformed of the benefits or assume it costs money, or they are a patient of a very “ anti-cannabis” doctor or medical practitioner.
There are clinics and unregulated vendors who will charge a fee to obtain a prescription or charge a membership fee that allows you to shop at their store.
This is unethical because medical cannabis is about allowing patients to have access to safe cannabis, not charging them unnecessary fees when they’re looking for relief to treat various medical conditions.
Medical cannabis is one of the oldest medicines known to man and was prohibited in Canada till July 2001 when the Access to medical cannabis act came into play.
This allowed Canadians suffering from deliberating symptoms of various diseases, cancer treatment, arthritis, and other medical conditions safe access to Cannabis.
A valid medical authorization has a plethora of positive benefits that help protect you and aid in making cannabis a more affordable option.
Some of the import points for you to consider.
A few insurance companies are now covering medical cannabis under their drug insurance policies as well for certain medical conditions. This is still murky water due to the fact cannabis does not have a DIN, which is a drug identification number that makes it hard for insurance companies to process such claims. Cannabis is vast, so it makes it difficult for healthcare professionals to label it and come up with a generic number to add it to the DIN system in Canada. As more research goes into Medical Cannabis, the government and other health professionals are developing ways to make cannabis more medically accessible to patients for fair prices. Employers are now being given the option to opt into coverage for medical cannabis for their employees. There is also lobbying going on behind the scenes as people fight for provincial medical coverage for cannabis. This is only a start and we have a long way to go but a future where medical cannabis is covered will become a reality.
Drug interactions, Titration, & dosing.
CBD and THC do interact with some medications. At a recreational store, you are not speaking to a health professional and legally they cannot offer health advice to you about medical conditions and what products may or may not work.
At a recreational store as well, They do not know what medications will interact with your current medical prescriptions. This can lead to a bad interaction, lack of support, and a lack of efficiency.
This is one of the main reasons why a lot of people are hesitant to try cannabis due to the fear of interactions. When you book an online appointment with a medical practitioner who prescribes cannabis, they can legally inform you of the drug interactions, teach you proper dosing, and how titration can help.
Read about titration here.
While some products on the recreational market are cheaper, the vast majority of cannabis on the medical side can be purchased at more affordable rates. Especially if you qualify for compassionate pricing.
Shoppers Drug Mart has a medical cannabis store and offers exceptionally affordable cannabis. Many good strains start at $4.07 a gram - $5.71 a gram. You also have access to a more steady supply of medical cannabis with more therapeutic options such as topicals and high CBD products.
When you purchase from a recreational store they don’t offer discounts typically or compassionate pricing.
A comprehensive guide to what Licensed Producers that offer discounts can be found here.
Possession limits and Human rights.
As a medical cannabis patient, you are authorized to carry up to 150 grams as opposed to the 30 grams a recreational user may possess. A medical user can carry 150 grams or 3 x the amount of their authorized limit in public.
As for human rights, under the ACMPR act, a medical patient has more protection, accommodations, and rights when it comes to working, driving, and housing.
You can claim your medical cannabis purchases on your yearly tax return. Medical cannabis is considered a medical expense and can be claimed in two different ways depending on your taxable income amount.
Research and clinical trials!
As a medical patient opportunities will arise for you to give your opinion on products and the medical cannabis system. We are the patients and consumers, Licensed producers value our opinions and they want to create products that help us.
We are the patients and us giving data helps improve the medical system. We help shape the future of medical cannabis in Canada.
Where can you obtain your prescription?
With the rise of COVID-19, many medical professionals and government officials discourage Canadian citizens from going out.
Luckily for us, many medical appointments can be conducted via video call. My preference for clinics is Apollo Clinics. You can pick your appointment time and have a virtual visit with a registered medical professional. This medical personal specializes in cannabis and can help answer any questions you may have.
Book here at https://apollocannabis.ca/
Medical cannabis is becoming more accessible, affordable, and is delivered to your door via registered post.
If you ever have questions or would like some recommendations on products to try my email is always open.
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* Disclaimer; I am not a medical professional and cannot offer you medical advice but I can direct you to medical professionals who can help.