By: Arthritis Society
Dr. Daniel is the executive director at Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMP). Regulations state that patients are only able to access medical cannabis with a prescription from their physician. It used to be that patients were able to grow their own cannabis, or have someone grow it for them. Or they could actually buy it directly from Health Canada. That’s no longer the case. In the current regulations, patients are only able to get their prescription or their medication filled by a licensed producer and then get their medications sent to them in the mail.
A lot of the medication is found on the internet and there are some very reputable resources out there. Such as those found at the Arthritis Society website. Other resources which are reputable include those from Health Canada. This administers the medical cannabis program in Canada. There’s a lot of other websites that are available for patients. Websites that are hosted by licensed producers.
Those are the companies that produce herbal cannabis. It’s important to know and understand that not all websites are created equal. not all information out there is true and accurate. It’s important to compare one website to another to ensure that you’re getting the appropriate information. It’s often very intimidating for patients to go and talk to their doctor about anything. Medical cannabis having such a stigma, it’s especially anxiety provoking. It can be very effective if you’re well prepared when you go to that meeting.
It can be very effective for you and also very useful for the physician that you’re seeing. Whether it be a physician that you have a long-standing relationship with or a physician that you’re seeing for the first or second time. It would be very welcomed by the physician if you had documents stating your condition, your treatments that you’ve tried in the past, as what you’ve failed and what you’re currently using. That will help them to determine where you are at in your disease course, as well as where you might benefit, in terms of therapies going forward. If you’re still nervous or anxious about meeting your physician to discuss cannabis or any other therapy the Arthritis Society has a great guide to helping you prepare for these difficult conversations.