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Information on Cannabis Education Appointments & Cannabis Use

The Screening and Cannabis Education Appointment – What to Expect:

  • A typical screening and education appointment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • These appointments are done in-clinic as well as remotely via telemedicine.
  • Our health care practitioner will gather relevant information about your health and medical condition.
  • We will provide you with a basic understanding of cannabinoid therapy, and guide you through the licensed producer (LP) selection process.

Frequently Asked Questions


For what conditions has medical cannabis been used?

  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis/Inflammatory conditions
  • Crohn’s Disease/Colitis/IBS
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Brain Injury
  • Alzheimer’s
  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • MS
  • HIV
  • RCPS (aka RSD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease

I'm concerned about the effects of smoking cannabis on my lungs - are there other ways of consuming it?

Smoking is the least recommended method of consuming medical cannabis.

The healthier alternative is to “vaporize” the product with a vaporizer. This provides an almost equal response time as smoking. There is also less lingering smell and you are able to easily control your dosage with the device.

Other common delivery methods include:

– Edibles (either by ingesting capsules or infusing your medicine with food)
– Topical creams
– Tinctures

Who should avoid cannabis?

Patients with a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or other disease of the airways), drug/alcohol abuse/dependence, or with a serious mental condition (e.g. schizophrenia) should consult their doctor before trying cannabis. You should also avoid cannabis if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to get pregnant, or if you are allergic to any cannabinoids.

Can you use cannabis while on other medication?

As with many medications, different combinations can have unpredictable effects. You should always consult your doctor before combining any medications.

Is medical cannabis legal?

Patients who qualify for our services will receive legal authorization (i.e. a prescription) from our physician specialists. Clients with current authorizations may carry up to a month’s supply or a maximum of 150g of Health Canada-approved product from a licensed producer. NOTE: This applies within Canada only – travel outside of Canada with your medical cannabis is not permitted.

Is my medicine covered by my medical plan?

At this time most medical plans will not cover medical cannabis costs.

If you are a veteran, you may have coverage through Veterans Affairs Canada.

Medical cannabis is regulated under the Narcotic Control Regulations and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, but it does not have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) which is required for provincial and third-party formularies (medical plans).

Medical cannabis expenses can be claimed on your income tax return under the Medical Tax Credit.

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a prescription drug consisting of the dried buds of the female cannabis plant.

The most common active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid which interacts with the system in the brain involved with pain transmission. The second most common cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD). This component is non-psychoactive and is known for its ability to calm the nervous system.

Cannabis provides relief from several serious symptoms such as severe pain, chronic nausea, loss of appetite, muscle spasms and more.

How much cannabis do you need to take and how often do you take it?

Medical cannabis prescriptions vary depending on the patient’s condition and the strain of cannabis. Your doctor can help you determine the right dosage for your situation. The average use of cannabis for medical purposes is from 1 to 3 grams per day. If you are just beginning to use cannabis, you should start with a small dose and increase it gradually until you reach a comfortable level.

What are the side effects of medical cannabis use?

The side effects of cannabis vary depending on the person, the strain of cannabis, and how the two interact.

Negative effects range from drowsiness and loss of focus to agitation leading to fear and paranoia. Such effects are temporary and go away within a few hours.

Can I carry cannabis with me on trips outside of Canada?

At this time, most other countries do not allow marijuana use or possession for any purpose. We do not recommend travelling internationally with cannabis.

Is it safe to use medical cannabis?

There have been no recorded deaths from cannabis use or abuse and we only work with licensed producers approved by Health Canada. Licensed producers are required to follow stringent manufacturing procedures and regular inspections by Health Canada.

How do I prove to authorities that I am authorized to possess medical cannabis?

Your proof of “authorization to possess” can either be the label(s) on your medication(s) and/or the invoice that comes with your medicine. Please note that ID cards provided by your licensed producer ARE NOT sufficient to prove lawful possession if you are questioned by authorities.

I'm a veteran and my coverage has been reduced to 3 grams/day. Is there a way to have it increased?

If you are being treated for a mental health condition such as PTSD, yes. We offer what’s called a “Second Level Assessment” service that involves a screening with one of our Cannabinoid Therapy Educators (CTEs) followed by an appointment with our psychiatrist to ensure we capture all the information required to apply for your increase in coverage.

If you would like to inquire about your eligibility for an increase in coverage, please contact your nearest MFT clinic.



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Information on Physician Appointments


What can I expect from my appointment with the health care practitioner?

  • Typical appointment time is 10 minutes.
  • The prescribing health care practitioner will decide your dosage requirements and the duration of your prescription.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get a medical document to receive medical marijuana?

The first step in acquiring your medical document is to talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner.  They will help you determine your treatment needs, and how to complete a medical document to be sent to the licensed producer of your choice.  Health Canada has step-by-step guidelines to help you, but we are also here to help you through the process!

How should I approach my doctor about medical marijuana?

The best approach is to be as informed as possible about your potential treatments, their side effects, and what you want to get out of your treatment.  Using our website as a resource can help you achieve this, and being open and honest with your doctor is always the best approach.  If you find your doctor is closed to the idea of medical marijuana, we are here to help you as best we can!

Am I eligible to receive medical marijuana?

If you are 18 years of age or older, a resident of Canada, and suffer from a serious medical condition that causes chronic pain, chronic nausea, appetite loss, sleep disorders, muscle spasms or seizures, you may be eligible to receive medical marijuana.  The best way to understand if medical marijuana can help your specific condition is to talk to a knowledgeable doctor about your treatment needs.

Once I mail my current Authorization to Possess document to Marijuana for Trauma Inc., how do I prove to authorities that I am authorized to possess medical cannabis?

Your proof of “authorization to possess” can either be the label(s) on your medication(s) and/or the invoice that comes with your medicine. Please note that ID cards provided by your licensed producer ARE NOT sufficient to prove lawful possession if you are questioned by authorities.

Is my medical condition treatable with medical cannabis?

Information on Ordering Medical Cannabis & Renewals


I just met with my health care practitioner. What happens now?

  • Your Medical Document and LP registration will now be faxed off to your chosen licensed producer. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing.
  • Once processed, the LP will notify you via email or phone that it has been processed. You can place orders with your LP online or by phone.
  • If you need assistance in ordering, your chosen LP has service representatives who can guide you through the process.
  • MFT offers ongoing education and support services. If you have any questions, please reach out to the clinic closest to you.

I’m due for my renewal. What happens now?

  • An MFT Administrator will contact you approximately 1 month before your prescription expires. This allows enough time to complete the required follow up paperwork and book you in for your next appointment, with no interruption in placing your orders.
  • If you were unable to renew your prescription, please contact our central client care team by calling 1-844-852-0020 or by email info@mftgroup.ca

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I obtain medical cannabis for illness or symptoms?

Visit our registration page here or find out more on Health Canada’s website here.

How do I receive my order of medical cannabis?

Once your order is processed, it is shipped priority mail to the shipping address we have on file. Your shipment will adhere to our privacy policy and will be completely discreet.

Is my medicine covered by my medical plan?

At this time most medical plans will not cover medical cannabis costs.

If you are a veteran, you may have coverage through Veterans Affairs Canada.

Medical cannabis is regulated under the Narcotic Control Regulations and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, but it does not have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) which is required for provincial and third-party formularies (medical plans).

Medical cannabis expenses can be claimed on your income tax return under the Medical Tax Credit.

How long will it take to receive medical cannabis?

Provided you and your doctor complete the medical document and submit it to your preferred licensed producer, there should be minimal delay in receiving your medical marijuana.  Since the production abilities and customer service of the licensed producers can vary, it is important to select a licensed producer that will be able to delivery product to you in a timely fashion.  We are here to help you find the licensed producer that is best for you!


Information on remote appointments


As an option for physician appointments, Marijuana For Trauma offers remote video appointments using software called VSee. It can be used from your home or a nearby MFT clinic location. This service is currently only available to Ontario residents.

Cost

The fee for remote appointments is $25. This fee is waived if you are a veteran, Canadian Forces member, first responder, or RCMP officer.

Booking a remote appointment

The process for booking a remote appointment is the same as booking a regular appointment:

  1. Obtain a referral from your primary care provider
  2. Register as a patient with MFT
  3. We will follow up with you to book your appointment

Every new patient is required to meet with one of our cannabinoid therapy educators (CTEs) before meeting with our physician.

Setting up VSee

Below are the instructions on how to setup VSee. Looking to know more or download VSee for your computer? Visit the VSee website here.