Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, our most common asked questions are answered right here.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

“Endo” is a Greek prefix meaning internal or within. “Cannabinoid” is a class of chemical compound most notably found in the cannabis genus.
A system of receptors, spread throughout the entire body, the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate and maintain homeostasis among the body’s other systems. This is one reason cannabis appears so effective for such a wide range of ailments.

The body’s endocannabinoid receptors are where cannabis cannabinoids are received, resulting in different physiological responses. Endocannabinoids are chemical compounds naturally produced by the body, they are like cannabis cannabinoids in molecular structure.

What symptoms can be eased with cannabis?

Some of the most common symptoms to be eased with medical cannabis include: PTSD, Anxiety/Depression, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, and inflammation based symptoms such as Fibromyalgia or IBS.

For a complete list of Heath Canada’s potential therapeutic uses please visit: HC – Potential Therapeutic Uses

Where do I purchase medical cannabis?

Currently, the only companies in Canada who can legally sell cannabis for medical purposes are Health Canada’s Licensed Producers. You can find them here: Licensed Producers List

How much does medical cannabis cost?

The average cost of medical cannabis from Health Canada’s licensed producers (LP) is between $5-15/gram. Depending on the conditions and the choice of dosing methods, the typical daily dosage ranges from 1-5 grams/day. Certain licensed producers also offer compassionate pricing programs to those with incomes below $24k-30k.

Can I grow my own?

Yes. On 24 August 2016, the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) took effect. Under these regulations patients have the right to grow their own cannabis for medical purposes.

You can find more information here.

Will I be impaired ("stoned")?

You don’t have to be. Becoming impaired is considered one of THC’s negative side effects and is very much avoidable. Impairment results from too much THC. There is a short period while getting started when cannabis patients are more prone to becoming impaired; we call this a regulation period. Once a person is regulated (i.e. found their proper strain, delivery method(s), and dose) they will no longer experience impairment from regular dosing. Furthermore, many available strains of cannabis have anti-psychoactive compounds like CBD, which will reduce many of THC’s negative side effects.

Do I have to smoke cannabis for its benefits?

Not at all, while smoking cannabis can be beneficial, it is not the most effective nor the most efficient mode of delivery. Some other ways to take cannabis include:

Edibles (oils/capsules)

Can medical cannabis affect my job?

That is dependent on your area of employment. Under Canadian law, an employer must make reasonable accommodations for an employee based on medical need. With that said, there are a variety of intricacies involved with work place accommodation, and it would be beneficial to consult a Human Resources professional before medicating at work.

Sativa vs. Indica?

Sativa and Indica are the two main classes of cannabis. Cannabis affects everyone differently, however, in general you can expect a Sativa to provide a stimulating, uplifting, and/or focused feeling. You can expect an Indica produce a relaxed, body focused effect. Most varieties of cannabis are hybrids of both Indica and Sativa, and can show properties from both.

It is important to recognize that strong Sativas should be used with caution. In small doses, they can be therapeutic however in regular and larger doses they can prove to be uncomfortable and increase anxiety. Sativas should be avoided prior to going to sleep, as any other stimulant should.

How long before I notice benefits from medical cannabis?

This will depend on several factors, namely, how your endocannabinoid system responds, your metabolism, and your method of ingestion.

If you are ingesting cannabis oil, it may take several days before your body really starts to respond. If you do not notice any changes within a week of using oil, feel free to reach out to one of our team members for guidance.

What is a cannabis coach?

At CannaWellness, our coaches are professional, experienced resources who can provide direction and education with regards to individualized cannabis wellness strategies, strain selection, ingestion methods and give ongoing support answering any questions you may have about your cannabis therapy.

What if I'm still serving?

Canadian Forces members, should be prescribed by the on base physicians. If medical cannabis has been prescribed by a licensed physician, the CF member is entitled to use the medication. However, the member must be aware that use will have several caveats associated with it. These may include Medical Employment Limitations (MLE’s), as well as the understanding that the individual will need to cover their own medical cannabis related costs.

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