Is medical marijuana legal in Canada?
Yes. Medical marijuana became legal in Canada in 2001.
How do I know my condition makes me eligible to get medical marijuana?
- You must be 25 or older to be eligable (some exceptions apply).
- Symptoms associated with painful medical conditions for example AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, spinal cord injury, chronic back pain (see detailed list below).
- Compassionate relief for palliative care is also eligible to be treated with medical marijuana.
- Safe alternative to narcotic pain medication.
Conditions that we treat include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Auto accidents
- Back & neck pain
- Brain injury
- Chronic nausea
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s Disease
- Eating disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)
- Kidney failure/dialysis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Sleep disorders
- Spinal cord injury and disease
If you have further questions regarding the medical conditions eligible for treatment please contact us.
Why do I have to be older than 25 to get medical marijuana?
We cannot see patients who are younger than 25 years of age due to reasonable concerns that cannabinoid therapy may result in psychosis or developmental issues in young people.
Why do I need my doctor’s referral?
We cannot book your intake visit without a referral from your doctor or specialist. Consult with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of using medical cannabis for your condition. We provide a referral form that outlines the information we need from your family doctor or specialist. We adhere to federal regulations regarding the confidentiality of the information you provide.
How much will my appointment cost?
Visiting the Caledon Medical Cannabinoid Clinic is covered by valid health card and there is no additional cost to you.
Do you have walk-in hours?
No, we only see patients by appointment. Once we receive your doctor’s referral we will call you to book your appointment.
What will happen during my first visit to the clinic?
We assess your needs and health status during your first visit and answer any questions you may have. To improve efficiency and save time, we will ask you to complete questionnaires regarding your health before you see the doctor.
If you are prescribed medical cannabis the doctor will discuss a safe delivery method that does not involve smoking. We will advise you about expected benefits and possible side effects. We may also prescribe non-medical therapies such as yoga and mindfulness meditation to help you manage pain, mobility and quality of life. Doctor may also refer you to other specialists for additional medical or surgical pain management options.
Where do I get my medical marijuana?
If it’s determined that medical cannabis should be a part of your treatment plan, you will get a prescription for medical marijuana after your have been seen by the doctor. Please Note: We do not keep any medication on the premises.
Are prescriptions for medical marijuana covered by my insurance company?
Insurance companies do not cover the cost of the treatment. There are some exceptions, contact your insurance company. You can claim the cost of your perscription on your income tax.
Do I have to smoke my prescription marijuana?
No one should smoke.
Your prescription can be taken by the following three methods: 1. Inhalation of vaporized cannabis 2. Aerosol spray 3. Ingestible: in the form of pills or edibles.
I’m pregnant/breast feeding. Can I still use the therapy?
Medical cannabis is not recommended during pregnancy and breast feeding.
What if I cannot make it to my appointment?
If you are not able to make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a 24-hour notice cancellation policy. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice is subject to a $50 ‘no-show’ fee as it deprives other patients from seeing the doctor.