Medical Cannabis FAQ
Questions about Mothers Mary, CBD, or Medical Cannabis? These are the most common questions related to legally purchasing and using medicinal cannabis in Canada.
Medical Cannabis 101
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the main chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers that produce psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects on human beings. The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. There are 100+ cannabinoids that can be identified in plants or manufactured by a Medical Cannabis laboratory for producing prescription medications. CBD, unlike THC, doesn’t produce the “high”. It is non-intoxicating. Among the 100+ cannabinoids, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most common ingredients found in Medical Cannabis products.
How Does CBD Work?
When a person ingests cannabidiol (CBD) it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the person’s organs, connective tissues, and brain. The effects of CBD produce a variety of therapeutic effects including a reduction of inflammation and pain throughout the body. CBD is also known to be effective in providing relief from stress and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Does Medical Cannabis Work?
Medical cannabis is extracted from cannabis plants and its main compound Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is used to treat various ailments and diseases. Cannabis plants contain 100+ cannabinoids. Unlike CBD, THC produces the "high" people feel when they ingest Medical Cannabis through edibles and smoking flower.
What Conditions Can Benefit From Cannabis?
Medical and scientific research has been conducted on the use of Medical Cannabis in treating a variety of diseases and ailments. Here are the ailments where recent research studies has shown Medical Cannabis may be effective in treating:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Appetite loss
- Inflammation of bones and joints such as arthritis
- Chronic neuropathic pain
- Crohn’s diseases
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis
What Are Potential Side Effects Of Medical Cannabis?
It is important to understand that Medical Cannabis affects every person in different ways. To avoid potential side effects of CBD and Medical Cannabis, we recommend you follow the medical information from our qualified medical practitioners during your virtual consultation. Bear in mind, you cannot fatally overdose on cannabis or CBD. You should always ingest CBD and cannabis products in moderation. When in doubt, take small doses and wait at least one hour before you take the next dose.
These are the most common potential side effects:
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Confusion and disorientation
- Feeling drunk and having distorted thoughts
- Dizziness and sleepiness
- Dry mouth
- Short attention span
- Inability to concentrate and make decisions
- Paranoia and suspiciousness
- Motor skill impairment
In many instances, people do not experience all of these side effects at the same time. You should consult with your medical practitioner in our Virtual Clinic if you experience any of these side effects.
Becoming a Mothers Mary Patient
How Much Does It Cost To See A Mothers Mary Medical Practitioner??
Mothers Mary believes in giving people access to Medical Cannabis products in Canada. As such, there are no fees or upfront costs when booking a virtual consultation. As long as you are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada, your consultation is always free of charge.
How Do I Book A Virtual Consultation?
To book a virtual consultation, go to our Virtual Clinic and click on “Book An Appointment.” You will be directed to an appointment calendar where you can choose the preferred date and time for your consultation.
Do I Need A Health Card To Book A Virtual Consultation?
Yes, you do require a valid health card in order to book a virtual consultation.
How Much Does Medical Cannabis Products Cost?
The cost of Medical Cannabis and CBD products depends mainly on the dosage. Depending on which licensed producer you place an order with, some offer compassionate pricing for lower incomes. In most instances, patients pay between $50-$150 CAD per order, with flower ranging from 8-12$ a gram.
Is Medical Cannabis Covered By Provincial Healthcare Or Private Health Insurance Plans?
Currently, Medical Cannabis and CBD products are not covered by provincial insurance. Some private insurance plans will reimburse cannabis under a health spending plan, you would need to verify with your provider. Medical cannabis is tax-deductible as a medical expense, so be sure to keep your receipts (or print them from your licensed producer’s dashboard) and have them ready when you file your next income tax.
What Should I Expect During My First Virtual Consultation?
During your first virtual consultation, your medical practitioner will provide you with educational information on Medical Cannabis. Please let them know any questions or concerns you have about taking medicinal cannabis and they will be more than happy to answer them. Once you have discussed the certain ailments you would like to treat , your medical practitioner will make recommendations on which products you should consider. At the conclusion of your consultation, your medical practitioner will register you with our Health Canada approved licensed producer and tell you the next steps for browsing our Marketplace.
How Long Will It Take To Get My Medication In The Mail?
Your medication will be shipped to you directly from our licensed producer. Once you have placed your order online, Canada Post will ship it directly to the mailing address you placed on your order. On average producers have a 3-5 business day delivery window, so be sure to plan and order accordingly so as to not run out of medicine.
Can I Choose Any Licensed Producer?
Yes, you can choose any licensed producer located in Canada. You can also choose more than one producer by splitting your prescription. Be sure to mention this at your appointment. You can switch to a different licensed producer any time. Depending on the producer, and the time since your last appointment, you may need to book another appointment with your prescribing medical practitioner.
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