I am extremely proud to report that the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic has received well over 3,300 patient referrals. The variety of cases we see is simply astounding, with a patient population age range between 2 and 92 years old. The variety of symptoms and conditions is equally broad and includes treatment resistant seizures, chronic pain of various etiologies, gastrointestinal disorders as well as psychiatric complaints. The incredible range in patients who are considering cannabinoids as a therapeutic option attests to the potential of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis to fill a gap in treatment that is not being met by available pharmaceuticals. Because prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis are a different class of medication, they represent potentially life altering treatments for patients who have often exhausted all traditional approaches.
The system by which patients can access medical cannabis, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) allows our patients to purchase medical cannabis from licensed producers (LPs). LPs are companies that are regulated by Health Canada and authorized to grow, sell and distribute cannabis to patients who have a valid prescription. Because these companies are heavily regulated, their product is safe, with each batch being tested for contaminants such as mould, bacteria, pesticides and heavy metals to ensure their product meets safety standards. Each batch is also tested for the concentration of THC and CBD, the two most active compounds in the plant. As a physician I feel comforted to know that my patients who use medical cannabis have access to a safe product free of contaminants.
In future blogs I will talk about the endocannabinoid system, various symptoms and diseases that may benefit from medical cannabis, discussing ways of consuming medical cannabis and monitoring use in order to get the best possible effect. Please let me know if there is a topic you would like to hear more about
Thank you for the opportunity to work with you on your path to health,