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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


1. It's too early to have an opinion, and it's not responsible to prescribe something that is not defined or researched.

Response: Marijuana through history may well represent thousands of different strains, grown in uncontrolled back yards and environments, with pesticides, molds, and “additives”. However, we are in a new age in which strains are cultivated specifically to address specific health conditions. These strains are pure, clean and more importantly… they can be reproduced. Doses can be controlled and calculated while vaporizers can deliver a known amount of product. Newer formats of product will be even better, as they become available from “Health Canada” or FDA.

Components of high grade medical cannabis have been defined. These include more than just THC, but also antioxidants, terpenes and CBD levels. Even brain receptors responses to these products are now well defined. Neuro-feedback technology can also “map” the brain’s response to such products. The natural marriage of components in medical cannabis have not been reproduced by the pharmaceutical industry, much to their dismay as this fact has denied them of billions of dollars in profit.

2. For what conditions is medical marijuana useful for?

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

3. I'm worried about addiction and withdrawal side effects.

Response: The current statistic of a 9% addiction rate among cannabis users needs to be viewed from a certain perspective. If a product such as cannabis resolves an undiagnosed depression or anxiety, then we cannot use the term “addiction” when the patient resists removal or denial of a product that makes him/her feel better. The percentage of undiagnosed depression/anxiety in the general population has been quoted to be as high as 30% and cannabis has been shown to help this diagnosis in adults.

In my personal experience, withdrawal is rare, and simply represents the return of the underlying symptoms that existed well before marijuana was ever used. Even in the rare situation that might have been said to be a possible case of withdrawal, the symptoms of craving and agitation lasted only about 3 to 4 days and were not very uncomfortable. This is vastly different to narcotics, benzodiazepines or even antidepressants.

An incidental note here is that if you ask the average PTSD patient without chronic pain if they could see their life without medical cannabis, they will usually state that they would much rather not have need for any treatments, and that they would like to return to a life without any medical treatments at all, including cannabis.

4. I can't condone the smoking of marijuana as it might cause lung cancer.

Response: I fully agree that smoking any product may increase the risk of lung and cardiovascular problems. The healthiest solution is to “Vaporize” the product which is very effective and provides an almost equal response time as smoking, with the added advantages of a much more efficient use of the costly product. There is also lingering smell and the added advantages of a much more measured and controlled dose with the newer devices.

The risk/benefit ratio is unknown.

5. How does medical marijuana benefit your health?

Marijuana has been found valuable in the treatment of many illnesses and conditions throughout history.  Although many of the benefits we hear about are anecdotal, a large global effort is underway to understand the medical benefits of marijuana using scientific and clinical approaches.  The major benefits have been associated with reductions in pain, help with sleeping disorders, side-effects from pharmaceuticals or cancer treatments, and other symptom relief.

6. Who should avoid marijuana?

Patients with a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other disease of the airways, drug or alcohol abuse or dependence, or a serious mental disorder, such as schizophrenia should all consult their doctor before trying medical marijuana. You should also avoid marijuana if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to get pregnant, or if you are allergic to any cannabinoid.

7. How does one take medical marijuana?

There are many methods of ingesting marijuana including eating, drinking, vaporizing and smoking. We also have techniques and recipes for preparing marijuana in edible forms, in tinctures and for vaporization.

8. Can you use marijuana while on other medication?

Some pain medications have been proven to be more effective in combination with marijuana. However, with all medication, different combinations can have unpredictable effects. You should always consult your doctor before combining any medications.

9. What is the difference between Indica and Sativa?

There are two basic types of Cannabis plants, Sativa and Indica. Sativas are taller plants originating from Mexico, Columbia and Southeast Asia. Sativas usually have a higher THC content and cause a stimulating, uplifting effect. Indicas are shorter, dense plants originating from Afghanistan, Morocco, Tibet, etc. Indicas have a more sedative or relaxing effect and can be used for anxiety reduction.  Within these two types of Cannabis exist many sub-types or strains of Sativa and Indica.  Many of these strains are given seemingly odd or interesting names, usually based on a slang description.

10. Is marijuana legal?

Marijuana is still a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is a criminal offence. Marijuana is only legal when used by an authorized patient for medical purposes.

11. Are there alternative methods of using marijuana besides smoking?

Always store your marijuana in a cool, dry and above all SECURE place. Consider using a safe or other locked secure container to store your medicine.  Ensure that any edible product is also well marked and secured against mistaken identity.

12. What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a prescription drug consisting of the dried buds of the female cannabis plant. The active ingredient is THC, a cannabinoid, which interacts with the system in the brain involved with pain transmission. Marijuana provides relief from several serious symptoms such as severe pain, chronic nausea, loss of appetite, muscle spasms and others.

13. What are the side effects of medical marijuana use?

The side effects of marijuana vary quite a bit among different strains of Cannabis and different people. 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. Smoking marijuana carries many of the same risks as smoking cigarettes and is not advisable. Because of the adverse health effects of smoking, other methods of ingesting marijuana are preferable.

14. How much marijuana do you need to take and how often do you take it?

Medical marijuana prescriptions vary depending on the patient’s condition and the strain of marijuana. Your doctor can help you determine the right dosage for your situation. The average use of marijuana for medical purposes is from 1 to 3 grams per day. If you are just beginning to use marijuana, you should start with a small dose and increase it gradually until you reach a comfortable level.  The limit set by the MMPR is 30 times the daily quantity of dried marijuana indicated by your doctor on your medical document OR 150 grams – whichever is less.

15. Can I carry marijuana with me on trips outside of Canada?

At this time, most other countries do not allow marijuana use or possession for any purpose. It is definitely not a good idea to carry marijuana while travelling internationally.

16. Is it safe to use medical cannabis?

There have been countless studies about the benefits of medical cannabis. Currently, it is being used to treat many illnesses; such as symptoms of PTSD, cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, chronic pain, arthritis, depression and many others. In addition, there has been no recorded deaths from cannabis use or abuse. If you are unsure about the benefits of medical cannabis, contact your physician to discuss it further.

17. Is medical cannabis addictive?

A good source of information about this topic is found by clicking here.

18. 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 on the product packaging or a separate document from the licensed producer. This official document will accompany your initial shipment.

19. 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.



Conclusion: Medical cannabis is certainly not a first line treatment yet. The expectation remains that if a patient is requesting consideration for therapy, he/she would have tried several if not many other standard treatments first. These treatments would have failed for valid reasons, including serious side effects or poor risk/benefit ratios for the other drugs. If some form of treatment is required , then this situation certainly sways the formula towards a better risk/benefit ratio for cannabis.

In the case of PTSD, almost all patients have tried and failed with standard therapies and have experienced a long list of side effects including an increase in suicidal thoughts or tendencies. In this specific group where suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies are very high as compared to other diagnoses, the risk of not treating this group is far more dangerous than the decision to treat.


Useful Links

For information on how the endocannabinoid system is a possible target to treat both the cognitive and emotional features of PTSD Click here

Marijuana for Trauma is happy to promote The Wellness Soldier, where you can find healthy cannabis infused recipes put together by veteran chef Cody Lindsay. To visit The Wellness Soldier’s website, please click here.

To read an interesting article on Cannabinoid modulation of prefrontal-limbic activation, during fear extinction learning and recall in humans Click here

To find out about new approaches to Pharmacological treatments of PTSD Click here

To read about how targeting the endocannabinoid system can treat haunting traumatic memories Click here

By clicking here, you can read information on how Cannabinoids and glucocoticoids modulate emotional memory after stress.

Information about how the Endocannabinoid system provides an avenue for evidence based treatment development for PTSD.

By clicking here, you can read important information on how Cannabinoid receptor expression and phosphorylation are differentially regulated between male and female cerebellum and brain stem after repeated stress.

Information about how Cannabinoids prevent the development of behavioral and Endocrine Alterations in a Rat Model of Intense Stress.

Read about how considerable evidence suggests that cannabinoids modulate the behavioural and physiological response to stressful events.


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 a four step guideline to help you (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/access-acceder-eng.php), 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 on the product packaging or a separate document from the licensed producer. This official document will accompany your initial shipment.

Is my medical condition treatable with medical cannabis?

Indicated in the following link are the medical conditions that can be treated by medical cannabis. The information provided has not been verified by Marijuana for Trauma Inc. http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/resources/illnesses-treatable


Information on Ordering Medical Marijuana & Renewals


I just met with my healthcare 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. 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 marijuana?

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!


VSee Video Telemedicine


As an option for physician appointments, Marijuana for Trauma offers video appointments using VSee, from your home or from one of our locations nearest to you. Below are the instructions on how to setup VSee. Looking to know more or download VSee for your computer? Visit the VSEE website here.