Frequently Asked Questions – Physicians

Physicians

Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. Through the use of these therapies, CMClinic treats the needs of patients suffering from chronic pain and disabling illnesses. CMClinic is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, educating patients, physicians and the community and advancing research in the medical marijuana field.

Patients referred to CMClinic will undergo an initial medical examination to assess their needs and suitability for prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana use. If deemed appropriate, the doctor will prescribe medical marijuana. Our cannabinoid educators will help patients navigate the new medical marijuana regulatory system, providing patient education on their prescription and advising on accessing a licensed producer. Through regular follow up appointments, the clinic ensures that the medication prescribed continues to have its desired outcome.

The physicians and cannabinoid educators at CMClinic are your partners in providing effective care to your patients. CMClinic maintains an open dialogue with the referring physician. Following your patient’s appointment at the CMClinic, we will send you a Consultation Letter, containing information on the prescription written, dosage recommended, and duration of use. CMClinic works collaboratively with you to ensure the patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

If you think your patient may benefit from prescription cannabinoids or medical marijuana, please download and complete the Patient Referral Form below. Completed forms can be faxed to CMClinic at 1-844-320-9652.

Patient Referral Form

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

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

Patients should never pay for a medical document (similar to a prescription) for medical marijuana.

  • 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

The physicians and cannabinoid educators at CMClinic are your partners in providing effective care to your patients. CMClinic maintains an open dialogue with the referring physician. Following your patient’s appointment at the CMClinic, we will send you a Consultation Letter, containing information on the prescription written, dosage recommended, and duration of use. CMClinic works collaboratively with you to ensure the patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

Wait times vary from location to location depending on referral volume and physician availability. If there is a reason your patient needs to see us more urgently, please call us at 888-282-7763.

CMClinic is dedicated to educating its patients and referring physicians regarding the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. CMClinic hosts educational seminars on a variety of topics to help educate and inform patients, physicians and the community at large about this emerging field. Topics include chronic pain management, palliative care, offsetting side-effects of other drugs, regulatory framework of medical marijuana, proper administration of medical marijuana, addiction information, etc.

For upcoming seminars and events at the clinic, click here.

Additional Information:

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!  

 

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 recommended dosage and duration of time to be used.

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

The medical document covers basic information such as the daily amount needed, the duration prescribed and any restrictions. In this regard, it is similar to a prescription.

A sample medical document can be accessed on Health Canada’s website

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. 

There are numerous routes of administration available. The route of administration used will depend on both physician recommendations and licensed producer availability. 

Dried Herbal Cannabis 
Typically dried marijuana is consumed orally or inhaled. Smoking is not recommended. Some individuals use their dried marijuana with a vaporizer or in teas.

Cannabis Oil 
Some licensed producers can provide patients with cannabis oil extracts. These products are usually taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed with food. Cannabis oils provided by your licensed producer can not be vaporized. Oil typically comes in three forms, CBD dominant, Mixed and THC dominant. 

Cannabis Capsules
Cannabis capsules may be available to patients depending on the licensed producer they are registered with. The potency of these products can vary significantly. 

 

Please note that licensed producers can only provide dried marijuana, cannabis oil or oil based cannabis capsules. Other forms of marijuana, such as edibles or tinctures, are not permitted to be sold by licensed producers under the ACMPR. 

More than 5,000 doctors have written a recommendation for prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana in the past. This represents about 7% of all doctors in the country.

In addition to the consultation referral, all medical records pertaining to main diagnosis including recent consultations with specialists and diagnostic imaging reports.

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