Thanks to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), residents of Canada have been able to purchase medicinal marijuana for nearly two decades now. Even with cannabis becoming fully legal for recreational consumption in October 2018, many people still prefer to acquire a legitimate medical prescription for their cannabis.
To acquire medicinal marijuana, an individual in Quebec will first need to have a diagnosis for one of the numerous qualifying conditions at any point in the last five years. Your family physician can then fill out the medical documentation that you’ll need to be able to purchase medicinal marijuana.
Once you have your documentation in order, it’s a simple matter of choosing a licensed commercial producer and registering with them by inputting your medical documentation details. Once you have registered as a patient, you’ll be able to visit a medical dispensary in person or order your medicine by mail if you’d prefer.
The laws surrounding recreational and medicinal use of marijuana can vary slightly. The total amount of marijuana that you’re allowed to purchase and carry at one time is a great example of this.
The maximum amount of cannabis you’re allowed to purchase recreationally is 30 grams. Compare that to the amount that you’re allowed to purchase with a valid medical prescription – a one month supply, up to a maximum of 150 grams. This difference remains one of the main reasons why patients choose to still seek a prescription even with full legalization in place.
There are also restrictions in place surrounding where you’re allowed to consume cannabis, whether recreationally or medicinally. In Quebec, individuals are only allowed to smoke or vape cannabis in their own home. However, there have been many reports about how lax these laws actually are, so provided you aren’t causing any sort of disturbance, the odds of running into any sort of issues are quite low.
It’s also important to note that even though you can take your medicine with you when traveling from province to province, international travel with marijuana purchased in Canada is completely illegal.
Qualifying Medical Conditions for a Medicinal Marijuana Prescription in Quebec
Perhaps you’re wondering if medicinal marijuana is right for you. There are thousands of people out there who have tried a variety of different medications for their condition with no luck, but once they tried marijuana, found relief at last.
Medicinal marijuana could be a great option for you if you suffer from any one of the following conditions:
- Eating Disorders
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Chronic Pain
If you suffer from any of these conditions and you’re still struggling to find relief, then perhaps it’s time for you to book a meeting with your family physician to discuss your options in order to see if medicinal marijuana could be right for you.
How Medicinal Marijuana Can Relieve Your Symptoms
Medicinal marijuana has been found to be incredibly effective when it comes to providing relief for the unpleasant symptoms that can accompany the health conditions listed above.
In general, cannabis strains that are high in CBD are the types most commonly prescribed for medicinal patients. CBD strains are highly effective at relieving pain, reducing anxiety and stress, and helping with any appetite issues.
Cancer patients in particular who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment find that marijuana is fantastic for helping them to keep their appetite up. It’s also effective at combating the nausea and vomiting that many chemotherapy patients commonly experience.
Individuals who deal with chronic pain caused by conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, inflammation, or injury also find a great deal of relief when using marijuana as a medication. It’s again recommended that these individuals go with a strain that’s high in CBD, as it promotes relaxation.
Medicinal marijuana is also effective as a treatment tool for mental disorders like anxiety and depression. Many individuals who suffer from these conditions report marked improvements in their moods and outlook when medicating with cannabis. Studies have actually found that CBD possesses certain antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties, which would help to explain its efficacy.
Another big benefit that medicinal marijuana has over traditionally prescribed treatment options for anxiety and depression is that dependence and withdrawal is less of a risk. There are horror stories all over the web about what people can go through when they withdrawal from the most commonly prescribed SSRI and anti-anxiety medications. Medicinal marijuana can be a far safer (and natural) alternative for these patients.