What is the definition of medical cannabis?
According to pharmacists.ca, “The term “medical cannabis” is used to describe products derived from the whole cannabis plant or its extracts containing a variety of active cannabinoids and terpenes, which patients take for medical reasons, after interacting with and obtaining authorization from their health care practitioner.” (Canadian Pharmacists Association).
The reason individuals may use medical cannabis or extracts is most commonly known to treat neuropathic or chronic pain conditions. Patients may develop dependence on medical cannabis products to alleviate pain which could result in withdrawal symptoms given the intake comes to a halt.
How does one obtain access to medicinal cannabis?
Patients in looks to obtain a medical marijuana prescription must do so through their physician or nurse practitioner. There are three in which this can be completed:
One may register with a licensed producer on Health Canada’s website: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/ services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/licensed-producers/authorized-licensed-producersmedical-purposes.html
One may grow their own marijuana after registering with Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/ health-canada/topics/production-cannabis-for-your-own-medical-purposes.html
One can designate a professional to produce the marijuana for them.
What is the definition of recreational cannabis?
Recreational cannabis is consumed to pursue psychoactive or intoxicating effects. Reasons for consuming recreational cannabis are generally used for a social or individual psychoactive experience. One may experience the benefits of cannabis that include therapeutic effects but seeking medical guidance to experience those therapeutic effects are encouraged to do so through a medical prescription. The purpose of recreational cannabis is not to address your health issues meaning any claims not prescribed by a healthcare professional are false.
Medical cannabis is found to be cheaper than recreational cannabis. Discounts can be given based on income and tax deductibility. Although both recreational and medical cannabis are subject to taxes, some licensed producers will take on the tax for their medical patients.
Licensed producers are under heavy and strict regulations as products must go through thorough testing and quality assurance (QA) protocols. Medical cannabis providers have geared towards producing topicals, tinctures, and vapes in continuous varieties while recreational cannabis follows the mainstream assortment. Therefore, the selection of medical cannabis products is greater than recreational offerings.
No one person using cannabis for recreational purposes is allowed to hold more than 30 grams of cannabis at a single time. Medical cannabis patients can hold various amounts depending on their prescription. For example, if a patient is prescribed cannabis on a 30-day supply at 3 grams per day, it would be equivalent to holding 90 grams at a single time. However, the maximum prescription sits at 150 grams. Additionally, one person could grow up to 4 plants in their household for recreational use, while medical cannabis patients could grow more after applying for a personal production license.