It’s not for everyone

Only a knowledgeable physician can tell you if medical marijuana is an option for you.

But using your medication responsibly is up to you.

Pre-existing conditions

People with a history of drug or alcohol dependence should consider medical marijuana only in close consultation with their doctor. Individuals with a history of certain conditions including heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other lung disease should not use marijuana except under a doctor’s supervision.

Anyone with a history of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia should avoid marijuana or use only under the supervision of a doctor.

Driving and Operating Machinery

Marijuana can alter motor skills, reaction time and attention span – all important to the safe operation of motor vehicles and many kinds of machinery. Most available cannabis strains contain significant levels of THC – the psychoactive cannabinoid that produces a marijuana ‘high’.

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In Canada, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while impaired by any substance.

Medical marijuana users need to be aware that impairment charges can result from a visual inspection of you or your vehicle. If an arresting officer thinks he/she smells marijuana that alone can be sufficient evidence for arrest.  Unlike alcohol, there is no established legal limit to determine marijuana impairment. Testing is further complicated by the fact that traces of cannabinoids remain in the bloodstream for up to a month. Subjective evidentiary procedures and severe legal consequences make “impairment” a major issue for patients.

If your work involves operating machinery you may want to develop a treatment schedule that will not impact your performance on the job. For example, you may function best taking your medication in the evening, after work.

Marijuana and developing minds

There is no age limit for access to medical marijuana in Canada. However you must be over 21 to join National Access Cannabis.

Here’s why:

Some studies have raised concerns that cognitive development in adolescents may be impaired by chronic use of marijuana. Although critics have noted major confounding factors – including the social consequences of involvement with law enforcement or school authorities — we believe caution is appropriate for adolescent patients. Another reason young people should approach cannabis with caution? Researchers have identified an association between marijuana use in adolescence and the risk for schizophrenia in those vulnerable to the disease.

Believing in personal responsibility.

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Is medical cannabis treatment right for you?

Researchers are just beginning to determine the therapeutic potential of more than 80 medically significant cannabis compounds.

Patients report that medical cannabis helps manage a wide variety of conditions including chronic pain, symptoms associated with cancer, mood disorders, intractable seizures, spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and many others. Additional benefits of cannabis therapies include fewer side effects, better mood and appetite.

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