WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS?

Medical cannabis can benefit individuals suffering from a variety of conditions and symptoms, including :

Anxiety

Arthritis

Cancer

Chronic Pain

Depression

Epilepsy

IBS & IBD

PTSD

Sleep Disorders

*** It should be noted that each patient must be examined on a case-by-case basis by a licensed and practicing physician to determine if medical cannabis should be considered a treatment option.

ANXIETY

Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term for different conditions characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear. While anxiety is a normal emotion, individuals with an anxiety disorder are affected in a way that inhibits them from carrying on their life normally. They include Panic Disorder, Social anxiety disorder, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.
The Endocannabinoid System and Anxiety
A Systematic Review of Plant-Derived Natural Compounds for Anxiety Disorders
Antidepressant-Like and Anxiolytic-Like Effects of Cannabidiol: A Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa
Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients
Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report

Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and swelling.

Involvement of the Endocannabinoid System in Osteoarthritis Pain
The Nonpsychoactive Cannabis Constituent Cannabidiol is an Oral Anti-Arthritic Therapeutic in Murine Collagen-Induced Arthritis
Preliminary Assessment Of The Efficacy, Tolerability And Safety Of A Cannabis-Based Medicine (Sativex) In The Treatment Of Pain Caused By Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth caused by genetic and/or environmental changes. Each type of cancer is unique with its own set of characteristics and treatments. Some common types of cancer are bladder cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer.
Therapeutic use of Cannabis sativa on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting among cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis
Patterns of Use of Medical Cannabis Among Israeli Cancer Patients: A Single Institution Experience
Cannabis in Cancer Care
Cannabinoids: Potential Anti-Cancer Agents
Medical marijuana for cancer

chronic pain

Chronic pain is defined as any pain last more than 12 weeks. It differs from acute pain, a normal reaction to an injury that lasts for a shorter amount of time. Chronic pain often lasts for months or even longer.
The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain: A Prospective Open-label Study.
A survey of cannabis (marijuana) use and self-reported benefit in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
Cannabinoids for treatment of chronic non-cancer pain; a systematic review of randomized trials
Cannabis as an Adjunct to or Substitute for Opiates in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Re-branding cannabis: the next generation of chronic pain medicine?
Efficacy and adverse effects of medical marijuana for chronic noncancer pain
Cannabis Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia: Effect on Symptoms Relief and Health-Related Quality of Life
Initial experiences with medicinal extracts of cannabis for chronic pain: Results from 34 ‘N of 1’ studies
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel group study of THC/CBD spray in peripheral neuropathic pain treatment
Medical Cannabis Use Is Associated With Decreased Opiate Medication Use in a Retrospective Cross-Sectional Survey of Patients With Chronic Pain.
Role of the Cannabinoid System in Pain Control and Therapeutic Implications for the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain Episodes

Depression

Clinical depression, also known as major depression is a complex mood disorder caused by various factors including genetic predisposition, personality and stress. It includes seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, depression with psychosis and dysthymia. While feeling unhappy is a normal emotion, individuals with clinical depression have feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.
Antidepressant-like effect of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids isolated from Cannabis sativa
Antidepressant-Like and Anxiolytic-Like Effects of Cannabidiol: A Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa
Endocannabinoid Signaling in the Etiology and Treatment of Major Depressive Illness
Cannabinoids Elicit Antidepressant- Like Behavior and Activate Serotonergic Neurons through the Medial Prefrontal Cortex

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

Cannabidiol in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy: an open-label interventional trial
Phytocannabinoids and epilepsy
CBD-enriched medical cannabis for intractable pediatric epilepsy: The current Israeli experience
Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders
Report of a parent survey of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD is a chronic condition that cause inflammation of the digestive tract (intestines).

They include :
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They can cause severe diarrhea, ulcers, abdominal pain, fever and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications.Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a group of symptoms that include abdominal pain and trouble with bowel habits – either going more or less often than normal or having a different kind of stool. These symptoms persist over an extended period of time, often years.

IBD vs. IBS

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a non-inflammatory condition while inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) causes chronic swelling, inflammation, ulcers or other damage to the bowel.
  • IBD is a structural disease meaning that there is underlying physical damage that causes the symptoms. However, IBS is a “functional disorder” meaning its symptoms don’t have an identifiable cause.
  • Both IBD and IBS can cause stomach pain, bloating, constipation or urgent bowel movements but IBD can also cause extreme fatigue or rectal bleeding.
Cannabidiol in inflammatory bowel diseases: a brief overview
Treatment of Crohn’s Disease with Cannabis: An Observational study
Cannabinoids in Intestinal Inflammation and Cancer
Cannabis use amongst patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Medical Marijuana for Digestive Disorders: High Time to Prescribe?
Cannabinoid CB2 receptors in the gastrointestinal tract: a regulatory system in states of inflammation

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. A traumatic event can be exposure to an actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Symptoms include unpleasant thoughts, physical sensations, emotions or behaviours stemming from the traumatic event. Individuals with PTSD may feel nervous or “on edge” all the time and detached from reality.
PTSD Symptom Reports of Patients Evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder
The Use of Medicinal Marijuana for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of the Current Literature
Summary of Experience of Medical Marijuana Use in Canadian Military Veterans Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Use of a Synthetic Cannabinoid in the Management of Treatment-Resistant Nightmares in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms by Cannabis resin: A review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence

Sleep
Disorders

Sleep disorders are a disruption of the sleep patterns and include snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation and restless legs syndrome.
Endocannabinoid Signaling Regulates Sleep Stability
Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature
The Nonpsychoactive Cannabis Constituent Cannabidiol is a Wake-Inducing Agent
Cannabis Species And Cannabinoid Concentration Preference Among Sleep-Disturbed Medicinal Cannabis Users
Effect of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on nocturnal sleep and early-morning behavior in young adults
Endocannabinoid Modulation of Cortical Up-States and NREM

“Live each day as if your life had just begun.”

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

How To Become a Medical Cannabis Patient

Pre-Qualify Now

CannaConnect Standard Membership

$249

  • An appointment via tele-medicine or in-person with a qualified cannabis educated physician
  • Unlimited telephone and email support including a free initial consultation upon becoming a new member
  • Renewal discount of $100 if you renew with us after your first year as a CannaConnect member
  • Personalized renewal tracking to ensure there are no gaps in your treatment
Other Amount:

CannaConnect Veterans Membership

$0

If you are a veteran (military/RCMP), we would like to offer you a free membership and assist you with getting coverage for medical cannabis through Veterans Affairs Canada. Simply get in touch with us via telephone at 1 (888) 779-8462 or email us at info@cannaconnect.ca to learn more about this membership plan and how we can assist you with getting the coverage that you deserve.

YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

Before Your Appointment

  • Prepare a list of questions you have regarding medical cannabis. This can include dosages, consumption method and types of strains. Some frequently asked questions include:
    • What is the difference between CBD and THC?
    • Which method of consumption would work best for me?
    • What proof will I be given that I am permitted to carry my medication?
    • Will my medication be covered by my health insurance?
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the licensed producers and their products, there is no pressure to decide on one, clinic staff can help you find the best fit.
  • Gather all required documentation including a valid health card, list of previous and current medication and any additional documents that help the clinic staff understand your medical condition (can include MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, specialist records, etc.)

During Your Appointment

  • Be prepared to answer questions regarding your previous and current medications. You may choose to disclose if you currently use cannabis to self-medicate, full disclosure may be beneficial in helping clinic staff to better assess your situation, however the choice to disclose is yours to make.
  • Inquire about the questions you prepared beforehand about medical cannabis. This is not the time to be shy, no question is a bad question, and clinic staff are happy to help!
  • You will choose a Licensed Producer to obtain your prescription from. You may be able to split your prescription between multiple Licensed Producers. Talk to the cannabis clinic staff about which Licensed Producer is best suited for you based on your needs.
  • You will not be leaving the cannabis clinic with medical cannabis. There is no medical cannabis at the clinic. Clinics only help you get a medical prescription for cannabis and do not handle any cannabis.

After Your Appointment

  • Wait until your registration is completed. This can take up to several days depending on the Licensed Producer’s response time.
  • Once registration is complete, you will be notified and ready to order.
  • You are now ready to place your order from your chosen Licensed Producer!

PATIENT RESOURCES

Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

Founded in 2014, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM)/Canadiens pour l’accès équitable à la marijuana médicale (CAEMM) is a federal non-profit, patient-run organization dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients.

https://cfamm.ca/

Project CBD

Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. They provide educational services for physicians, patients, industry professionals, and the general public.

https://www.projectcbd.org/

Hempster.com

Hempster is an online cannabis community and wellness brand providing a simple, yet refined experience with a focus on news, education, edible recipes, and strain reviews.

http://hempster.co/

Leafly

Leafly is the world’s largest cannabis information resource. Leafly is the largest cannabis website in the world, with over 10 million monthly visitors and 40 million page views across its website and mobile applications

https://www.leafly.com/

Medical Jane

Medical Jane has worked diligently to create a patient-focused resource offering trustworthy education, helpful guides, and access to industry professionals.

https://www.medicaljane.com

Cannabis Life Network

Cannabis in Canada is the leading source of breaking news and expert opinion on cannabis-related developments in Canada. Original content published daily.

https://cannabislifenetwork.com/

FAQ’s

Yes it is legal to use cannabis for medical purposes in Canada, provided you meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a valid Medical Document (an authorization, similar to a prescription) from your doctor
  2. Purchase your medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer.

In 2016, Health Canada released the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) that outlines all the rules and regulations regarding medical cannabis in Canada.

The content of THC and CBD compounds vary across strains and will produce different effects. You can speak with a CannaConnect Medical Cannabis Educator to assist you in choosing the strain best suited for your needs.
Once you submit your patient registration form on our website, an email confirmation will be sent within 24 hours to the email address you provided. If for whatever reason you have not received it within 24 hours, please contact us at info@cannaconnect.ca
After successfully submitting your patient registration form, you will receive an email confirmation containing all the information you submitted as well as a unique reference number. Once we receive your registration form, a CannaConnect representative will get in touch at the number you provided for your free initial consultation.

During your initial consultation, a CannaConnect representative will answer all your questions regarding the ACMPR program, including but not limited to:

  1. Do I qualify for medical cannabis?
  2. How do I get medical cannabis?
  3. What is my maximum daily dosage?
  4. Where am I allowed to medicate?
  5. How do I arrange an appointment with a licensed MMPR physician to get a prescription?
Your membership (and ACMPR Medical Document) Is valid for 1 full year from your prescription start date.
Any medical document indicating that you have seen a Canadian-licensed physician regarding your medical issues such as doctor visitation notes, a symptom report, diagnosis or X-Ray will be required to qualify for medical cannabis. A copy of these medical documents can be easily requested from your doctor or medical clinic. If you are unsure if the medical documents you have are sufficient, please ask one of our CannaConnect representatives during your free consultation.
If you have not yet reported your condition or symptoms to a doctor, you will need to do so in order to qualify. Simply visit your family doctor or a walk in clinic and report your symptoms. Depending on your doctor’s assessment, you may get a prescription for pharmaceutical medication which should be included with your medical documentation that you submit. Alternatively, if tests are required, complete these tests as they will be able to provide you with a more complete diagnosis.
If you are visiting your doctor to report your symptoms or to request documentation, you are not obligated to disclose your intent to use cannabis. If the clinic asks why you are requesting medical documentation, simply tell them that it’s for your personal records.
According to Health Canada’s guidelines, a patient must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for an authorization to possess cannabis for medical purposes.
The price varies by producer and strain but ranges from $2.50/g for trim to $15.00/g for premium strains.
Yes, medical marijuana purchased from a licensed producer is permitted as a medical expense under the Canada Revenue Agency and qualifies for the medical tax credit.