Frequently Asked Questions – Patients

Patients

There is no fee to see a physician at CMClinic, although we do require a referral from your family physician or specialist.

With your initial visit you will receive a consultation with a physician as well as a free introductory cannabinoid education session with one of our trained cannabinoid educators. 

After you and your physician determine that medical marijuana is right for you, you should never pay for a medical document (similar to a prescription) for medical marijuana.

CMClinic only accepts patients who have been referred to the clinic by their physician or medical specialist. After your physician completes the Patient Referral Form, CMClinic will contact you to book an appointment.

No, patients will be seen on a referral basis only. We do not accept walk-ins. Talk with your physician to see if you may be a candidate for prescription cannabinoids or medical marijuana and have them complete the Patient Referral Form.

  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord disease
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from HIV/AIDS infection
  • Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis
  • Seizures from epilepsy
  • A debilitating symptom that is associated with a medical condition or with the medical treatment of that condition
  • In the context of compassionate/end-of-life care

Your appointment length may vary depending on the nature of the visit. Most physician consultations are roughly 30 minutes. If prescribed, you will also see a patient educator which could be up to  20 minutes. Follow up appointments are generally significantly shorter. We recommend allowing between 1 hour to 1 ½ hours for your appointment.

Prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana have been shown effective in improving symptoms of aliments for which a number of first line treatments have failed. Symptoms included (but are not limited to) sleep issues, mood, pain management, appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana are not first line treatments for any of these conditions and will be considered only after these traditional treatments have failed.

Any physician you are seeing can refer you. This includes other specialists (IE: psychiatrist, rheumatologist, oncologist, etc.) If you have exhausted other therapies for disabling ailments and your physician refuses to refer you, please contact us.

At your first visit please bring the following:

  • A valid provincial card
  • A pharmacy report of all current and past medications
  • If you have any additional documentation in your possession that would help the physician with your medical history, we encourage you to bring them to your appointment (for example, x-rays, CT Scans, MRI reports and letters from your specialists)

The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is the new set of regulations from Health Canada for growing, buying and selling medical marijuana in Canada. It outlines a system for doctors, patients and large-scale commercial growers. These growers are called Licensed Producers.

Under the new regulations, healthcare providers are the only individuals legally able to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. A physician will provide the patient with a medical document, which is similar to a prescription, indicating the condition being treated, recommended dosage and duration of time to be used.

To obtain access to medical marijuana, patients must send their medical document to a Licensed Producer, who will then send the filled prescription to the patient via mail or bonded courier. No prescription cannabinoids or medical marijuana is held on-site at the CMClinic. At CMClinic we handle all of this for you!  

 

In some circumstances a patient may be authorized to grow their own cannabis. They will need to purchase their starting materials from a Health Canada authorized source. Further information on this process can be found here

If you qualify for medical marijuana, the physician will give you a prescription at the end of your appointment. The prescription can be sent to any Licensed Producer (LP) who will then send your medication by mail or courier.

If you qualify for prescription cannabinoids, the physician will give you a prescription at the end of your appointment. The prescription can be filled at your local pharmacy.

Various surveys published in peer-reviewed literature have suggested that the majority of people using inhaled or orally ingested cannabis for medical purposes reported using approximately 1-3 grams of cannabis per day. In our experience, most patients will receive maximum benefit from using less than 1 gram a day. There is a possession cap of the less than 150 grams or 30 times the prescribed daily amount. Additionally medical documents can be written for no longer than 12 months at one time, though this is rare. 

This will depend on a number of factors including the current volume of referrals at your selected licensed producer. Traditionally it can take anywhere from 5-7 business days to fully process your registration. 

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The cost for medical marijuana is set by the individual Licensed Producers (LP). Current cost ranges between $5 and $15 a gram. This will depend on the licensed producer selected and whether or not you qualify for compassionate care programs (note: not all LPs have these). Most patients will use less than 1 gram a day.

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Some prescription cannabinoids (IE Nabilone) are covered by OHIP and private insurance companies.

Medical marijuana is not covered by OHIP and only under rare instances by private insurance. If you have private insurance or deal with Veterans Affairs our physicians can help with applying for coverage.

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