After Health Canada introduced regulations to safe access to medical marijuana, there is now another alternative way for health. But because of certain regulations, it's not just a walk into a store to get it. Using this guide, you’ll find out how you can get your own medical cannabis prescription.
The first step to take is actually quite simple, book an appointment with your doctor. It's recommended that you use a family doctor, who is already familiar with your medical history, will be the quickest way to find out if cannabis is the right treatment for you. A lot of doctors still haven’t come on board with the idea of using marijuana medically, so you should be prepared for resistance. If this is the case, speak up about it. Talk about medications and therapies that haven’t helped with your condition and give information that will help back up your appeal.
When your doctor decides marijuana is the right treatment for you, they must give a medical document to authorize the usage of cannabis medically. The form may resemble this. The form will contain things like:
Your Full Name
Date of Birth
Address where you consulted your practitioner
The daily quantity of cannabis (in grams) you are authorized to use and time of use.
Your doctor will provide their name, license number, administrative information, and signature.
After you have the right documentation, you can finally register with a licensed producer to legally get a prescription.
When looking to get your prescription, legally, you want to have a producer who is licensed by the government. The last thing you’d want is to be getting prescriptions from an unauthorized source. Make sure to look into the producers and see if they are approved by Health Canada. For them to be approved, they would have to meet a specific set of requirements and undergo a strict application process.
There are two things you’ll have to provide your producer:
Your original medical document
And a complete registration form which will be found on the licensed producer's website or by directly contacting them
You have the option of registering with any Licensed Producer you’d like, but that process can be incredibly confusing if you're new to marijuana. Sometimes your doctor may help to recommend a specific producer, but most of the time they’ll only provide you a prescription to go off with.
To help know things to look out for when finding a Licensed producer on your own, here are some key factors.
Their pricing. Usually, most marijuana strains will range between $6-$15 per gram. Knowing this, you’ll want to find a producer that is affordable for your pockets.
Customer Support If you are truly unsure of how to go about this, it's best to look in different FAQ’s on producers pages, but calling their support teams might help to make a more informed decision.
Payment Options. Even though the most common form of payment is by credit card, you will want to check if they accept different methods in case that option becomes unavailable to you.
Licensed producers offer a range of marijuana with different levels of CBD (the non-psychoactive component) and THC (the main psychoactive component).
If you are looking to just experience health benefits without the high involved, look for strains with a high CBD and low THC ratio. The CBD is known for its ability to alleviate symptoms of conditions like epilepsy, arthritis, and anxiety without altering the mind.
There are many forms to these strains, like in edibles, pills, and oils. So you don’t have to worry about having harmful smoke or carcinogens. With every licensed producer, they have a list of products, prices, and strain availability. Make sure to go through and compare what best works with your budget before just looking at one site.
When you have found the right site, submit your medical cannabis application order online or on the phone. You can now relax and wait for your medication to be delivered to your home.