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If you’re considering medical cannabis as a treatment option for yourself or for a loved one, you probably have more questions than answers. The sheer volume of information available about cannabis can feel overwhelming, particularly because it’s not always easy to identify what information comes from a credible source.
The information contained on the pages of this website is the result of many years gathering data and researching medical cannabis, and by working closely with doctors, patients and government regulators.
You will likely have more questions after reading the information here and your doctor, and our customer service team are both great sources for your continued investigation.
Start your medical cannabis education HERE by learning about the plant.
Medical cannabis, also called medical marijuana, refers to the flowering head or “bud” of the female Cannabis sativa spp. indica plant and has become a well-recognized treatment option for the management of many medical conditions.
Only the producers licensed by Health Canada, CanniMed is one of these producers, can legally supply medical cannabis to patients and must comply with extensive quality, safety and security requirements.
At CanniMed Ltd., we are the only Canadian Licensed Producer following the strictest of manufacturing standards - Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) - the same standards and procedures followed by pharmaceutical companies. As a result, each and every bottle of our medical cannabis undergoes a 281-point quality control process.
Patients need to be aware that illegal marijuana cannot be trusted for purity and dose accuracy. Studies have shown that illegal marijuana can be plagued with very high levels of contaminants, including moulds. For immunocompromised patients this can be life threatening.
To learn about the different active ingredients in medical cannabis click HERE.
The active Ingredients: THC and CBD
Cannabinoids are the active chemical ingredients produced by the cannabis plant. More than 100 different cannabinoids have been identified, but research has focused on only two of them so far: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is the substance known to cause the psychoactive effects or the “high” felt from cannabis. Scientific studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, suggest that THC is effective in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), functions as an appetite stimulant for HIV/AIDS patients, reduces nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment, helps patients with insomnia, inflammation and pain.
CBD lacks nearly any psychoactive effect and is showing promise with epilepsy, including children with a severe form called Dravet’s Syndrome. CBD has also been used successfully by patients with genetic brain disorders, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and Parkinson's disease.
Trichomes under a Microscope
CBD also helps to make the “high” caused by THC more tolerable and can have an impact reducing the likelihood patients will experience paranoia or anxiety caused by THC.
Trichomes that grow on the outside of marijuana flowers contain the active ingredients in cannabis, including THC and CBD.
To learn why cannabis works as a medicine, click HERE
Why Cannabis Works – The endocannabinoid system
Every person has an endocannabinoid system, just like a nervous system and digestive system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in many processes in your body, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory.
Your endocannabinoid system naturally produces chemicals similar to those found in cannabis. These chemicals work to pass messages between the brain and different parts of the body through your neurons and receptors.
Some medical ailments affect the proper functioning of the endocannabinoid system, which can lead to many of the symptoms that patients experience as part of their condition.
The cannabinoids introduced with medical cannabis (which are called phytocannabinoids) help to treat those symptoms by supplementing the endocannabinoids normally produced in your body, and subsidizing your endocannabinoid system as a whole.
This illustration demonstrates how the cannabinoids from cannabis subsidize the standard messages sent between the receptors in your neurons. The dots represent the locations in the body where cannabinoids act on the endocannabinoid system.
Is medical cannabis right for you? Take a look at the medical conditions where both scientific and anecdotal data has shown it to be successful. Click HERE
Medical cannabis is not for everyone, but it can be a good fit for patients suffering from serious chronic and terminal illness.
Medical cannabis shouldn't be seen as a cure for any disease. Instead, it is a medicine used to relieve the symptoms caused by a variety of different diseases and conditions. Sometimes conventional medications simply are not enough, and in those instances cannabis may have a role to play.
Much of the evidence we have to support the therapeutic value of cannabis comes from anecdotal reports, but there is a steadily growing body of published scientific study helping to bring cannabis more into the mainstream medical community.
Medical cannabis has been used by patients to treat thousands of diseases and conditions. Some of the more common include:
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Depression and anxiety
- HIV and AIDS (to stimulate appetite and produce weight gain)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neuropathic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We are proud of the products we have available for patients. Click HERE to learn more.
To learn more about the production of our dried cannabis flower, take a look at this infographic that walks you through the entire product development process, including our industry-leading quality control program.
At CanniMed, we have carefully selected seven products to meet a wide range of medical needs and you will see that the name of each product was done specifically to ensure that our patients and their doctors know the exact concentration of THC and CBD they are using.
Recently, Health Canada has expanded the products we are permitted to sell to patients to include edible cannabis oils. To start we have decided on the following three products, and they will be available shortly.
Learn more about how to access medical cannabis HERE
As of April 2014, Health Canada changed the process in order to acquire medical cannabis in Canada. In most instances the process has become much more streamlined and consistent.
Who can prescribe?
Under Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), which are the rules governing the medical cannabis industry in Canada, only an authorized healthcare practitioner can prescribe cannabis to patients.
Physicians are recognized as authorized healthcare practitioners in every Canadian province and territory, as long as they are in good standing with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. This includes your general practitioner or family doctor, as well as specialists including oncologists and rheumatologists.
Nurse practitioners are technically allowed to prescribe medical cannabis, but currently no provincial nurse practitioner college or association has allowed their members to do so. This may change over the months and years to come, however.
Learn the questions to ask your doctor HERE
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Do as much research as you can on medical cannabis as a treatment for your particular condition before you book an appointment with your doctor. If you can find evidence that medical cannabis has helped other people with your condition, print out the study or article and bring it with you. A scholarly journal or academic study will be your best evidence, but less formal sources like patient testimonials or blog posts can also be helpful.
Clearly identify the symptoms you feel can be better managed with medical cannabis. Make a list of the medicines and therapies you have already tried and mark which have, and which have not, worked. Medical cannabis is often prescribed when conventional medicine just isn’t enough.
Here are some questions that you can ask your doctor during your visit:
- Given my condition, could medical cannabis be a valid treatment for me?
- Is medical cannabis safe for me to use?
- Will taking medical cannabis affect my other medications?
- What are the side effects?
If you doctor is not comfortable prescribing medical cannabis, ask if he or she would be willing to refer you to a specialist or cannabinoid clinic.
There is a three step application process to get access to medical cannabis. Details are available HERE, including all of the forms you will need.
The Application Process
There are three easy steps to complete your registration with CanniMed, or any other Licensed Producer. If you have any questions during your application contact us toll free at 1-855-787- 1577 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
STEP 1: SELECT AND DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION FORM
Forms can be filled out on your computer and then printed or they can be printed and then filled in by hand. CanniMed also accepts Health Canada’s forms and forms from other licensed producers. If you don’t have access to a computer, CanniMed would be pleased to mail the forms to you.
Please click on the form (A, B or C) that is applicable to you to download and fill out.
STEP 2: DOWNLOAD MEDICAL DOCUMENT TO BE FILLED OUT BY YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER
The Medical Document specifies the dosage and which products may be used. Similar to a prescription, it is completed by your doctor.DOWNLOAD MEDICAL DOCUMENT
STEP 3: SEND IN ALL COMPLETED FORMS
A photocopy of form A, B, or C is acceptable and they may be emailed (photo or scan), faxed or sent by mail or courier to CanniMed.
The original Medical Document, however, is required to be sent to CanniMed by mail or courier. Contact CanniMed for a free, postage paid, pre-addressed envelope for your convenience.
Alternatively, your doctor can fax us a copy of the medical document directly from their office.
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CanniMed Ltd. was established in 2013 to provide Canadian patients with access to a standardized and trusted supply of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) governed by Health Canada.
Our history is much deeper, however. Our parent company, Prairie Plant Systems, was the sole supplier to Health Canada under the previous MMAR program, and as a result of these 15 years, we have implemented standard procedures and processes that are in line with pharmaceutical manufacturing standards to ensure consistency of our products for Canadian patients.
Our vision at CanniMed Ltd. is to help people with chronic and terminal illnesses improve their quality of life when conventional medicine just isn’t enough.
Patient safety is paramount at CanniMed Ltd.
Our pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products are grown in accordance with rigorous health and safety standards and produced under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) helping to ensure a safe and reliable product. GMP is the criteria used to manufacture all pharmaceuticals in Canada.
Ongoing research into the efficacy of medical cannabis is critical and at CanniMed we are taking a very active role in this endeavour.
To date, the pharmaceutical-grade cannabis produced by Prairie Plant Systems, under contract with CanniMed Ltd., has been used in published clinical trial results to demonstrate the efficacy of smoked cannabis for chronic pain.¹
We have additionally started patient recruitment on a clinical trial looking to identify the safety and efficacy of vaporized cannabis for patients with serious osteoarthritis of the knee, and have other research projects ongoing in Tourette’s Syndrome and juvenile epilepsy, to name a few.
¹ MA Ware, T Wang, S Shapiro, A Robinson et al.(2010) “Smoked Cannabis for Chronic Pain: a Randomized Controlled Trial,” Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). 182:E694-E701.
We are so proud to be the newest CARP Recommended partner and look forward to working with and educating many more Canadians about medical cannabis.
By being a member of CARP, you will receive the following benefits with CanniMed:
- $50 credit upon registration as a new CanniMed patient
- 5% off our lowest posted price on all medical cannabis products
We look forward to serving you.