Some prescription cannabinoids (IE Nabilone) are covered by OHIP and private insurance companies.
Medical cannabis 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.
The cost for medical cannabis 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.
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.
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.
If you qualify for medical cannabis, 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.
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 Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is the new set of regulations from Health Canada for growing, buying and selling medical cannabis 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 cannabis 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 cannabis, 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 cannabis is held on-site at the CMClinic. At CMClinic we handle all of this for you!
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)
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.
Prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis 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 cannabis are not first line treatments for any of these conditions and will be considered only after these traditional treatments have failed.
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.
- 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
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.
Can I just walk in to the clinic and wait to see a doctor?
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 cannabis and have them complete the 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 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 cannabis is right for you, you should never pay for a medical document (similar to a prescription) for medical cannabis.