General Information on medical cannabis

Is medical cannabis right for me?

Your family physician will help you determine if medical cannabis is the correct approach for your medical condition. If your family physician is not comfortable prescribing medical cannabis for you, or giving you a referral to our clinic, please contact us and we can assist your further.

What are different forms of medical cannabis?

Dried Cannabis-Can be consumed orally or by inhalation (vaporizing). The route of administration will depend on physician recommendation and availability through the licensed producer.

Cannabis Oil-Can be consumed orally (under the tongue) or mixed with food. Cannabis oils, provided by licensed producers, cannot be vaporized due to the carrier oils used.

What is medical Cannabis

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.

What is the difference between dried cannabis and cannabis oil?

Along with the differing ingestion methods, cannabis oil is processed by the body differently than dried cannabis. This results in a gradual onset of effects in comparison to smoking or vaporizing dried cannabis. Patients report experiencing the effects of cannabis oil for a longer duration than smoked or vaporized dried cannabis.


Am I getting a licensed card to carry my medical cannabis?

Patients may possess up to 30 times the daily quantity of dried medical cannabis specified in their medical document or up to 150 grams (whichever is less). In accordance with the ACMPR, a patient’s proof of authorization to possess medical cannabis is the client specific label with their details on each of their bottles and an appropriate piece of photo identification to demonstrate legal possession. Therefore, we are no longer required to supply our patients with a Patient ID card, and they are no longer required to carry one.

Are there daily amount and duration restrictions under ACMPR?

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.

How much medical cannabis can I possess?

Patients may possess a one month’s supply of cannabis or 150 grams, whichever is less.

If I live in a temporary dwelling, am I eligible to use medical cannabis?

Yes, you are eligible to use medical cannabis. However, the facility or home where you are living may have prohibitions. Therefore, you must verify with the facility if using medical cannabis is permitted and under what circumstances or conditions


How can I consume medical cannabis?

Patients can use dried cannabis in a variety of ways. Patients may choose to vaporize, smoke, or make edibles and teas with their medical cannabis. Cannabis oil can be applied directly under the tongue or incorporated into various recipes.

Legal status of medical cannabis

Can I legally purchase medical cannabis from a dispensary?

No. Health Canada and the Accesses to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) stipulate that medical cannabis can only be sold by a registered Licensed Producer (LP).

Is medical cannabis legal in Canada?

Yes, medical cannabis is legal in Canada for patients who receive authorization from a physician or nurse practitioner.

What are the legal sources of medical cannabis?

The only legal access to medical cannabis in Canada is through Health Canada Licensed Producers, Some Canadians still have a personal production license, which grants them authorization to produce medical cannabis for personal use

What is the legal age to obtain a medical cannabis prescription?

According to Health Canada, a patient must be at least 18 years of age to receive medical cannabis. However, most of the medical literature has recommended against the use of cannabis in individuals younger than 25 years. At CannaMed Clinic, we still take a case-by-case approach to determine if medical cannabis may be appropriate.

Legal age

Is there an age limit for being prescribed Medical Cannabis?

Our clinic does not have a minimum age requirement for our patients. Patients under 25 years of age will require parental consent and a different appointment process. Please give us a call if you would like more information.

Side effects

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Medical Cannabis?

Information on side effects for therapeutic use of medical cannabis is limited. Some known side effects include euphoria, intoxication-like effects, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired memory, disorientation, dry mouth, and rapid heartbeat. This is not a complete list. If you or your loved one who is using medical cannabis experiences anything unexpected after using medical cannabis, please have them call 911 (if it is an emergency) or use our secure O Cannabis patient portal to consult with our healthcare team.

First visit

What Happens After My First Visit?

We have a very comprehensive follow-up and monitoring plan for our patients, to ensure you have a comfortable experience on your medical cannabis journey. We provide you with an educational session following your initial visit and are available to answer any questions you may have.

Doctor’s Appointment

Can the doctor see me remotely?

Yes. we use Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to facilitate secure web visits for patients in Ontario. We can send you a secure link to join an appointment with the doctor.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No, you do not need a referral to see our doctors. However, we do accept referrals as they can provide greater clarity on the medical condition. With your permission, we can also send a request to your family physician to release any relevant medical information for your assessment.

How do I book an appointment online?

You can book online by clicking on the link provided on the website.

You can have your referring physician complete the form and fax us.

You can also book an appointment by calling us.

How long will my appointment be?

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.

I need to see a specialist. How can I do this?

You will need to see your family doctor and request a referral to see a specialist. Don’t have a family doctor? You can also do this within your local walk-in medical clinic.

Is the Clinic Walk-In?

No. All patients must be screened prior to booking an appointment at Cannabis Clinic.

Charge/ Fees

How Much Does Medical Cannabis Cost?

The cost of medical cannabis varies with each individual. Patients are paying anywhere from $150-$300/month on average for their medicine.

Is there a charge/fee to see the Cannabis Educator?

No. Education sessions with our Cannabis Educators are provided free-of-charge.

Is there a charge/fee to see the doctor?

No. All visits are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

What if I can’t afford the purchase of the product?

Start by ensuring you do not have a medical expense component in your health insurance plan that may be able to cover some costs. Next, find out if the licensed producer you are interested in has a compassionate pricing program. Many licensed producers offer up to 25% off for low-income patients. Talk to your cannabis counsellor if you need assistance exploring cost-effective options.

Doctor’s Prescription

Are prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis covered by OHIP and private insurance?

Some prescription cannabinoids (such as Nabilone) are covered by OHIP and private insurance companies. Medical cannabis is currently not covered by OHIP. Several private insurance companies do offer coverage for medical cannabis under specific conditions. If you have private insurance or deal with Veterans Affairs our physicians can help with applying for coverage.

Does medical cannabis have a DIN?

Pharmacological cannabinoids such as Sativex® (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol) and Cesamet® (nabilone) have been approved for specific indications by Health Canada, however herbal medical cannabis has not gone through Health Canada’s drug review and approval process, nor does it have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN).

How do I obtain a prescription for medical cannabis?

It’s best to speak to your physician about why you want to try medical cannabis. If your physician is not comfortable prescribing medical cannabis, contact our Patient Care team for a complete list of prescribing physicians in your area.

How long after my appointment can I order my medication?

After your appointment with us, please give our office 1-2 business days to send your prescription along with any other required documents to the Licensed Producer.

What are the most common conditions medical cannabis is prescribed for?

Medical cannabis is commonly used by patients who are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis (MS).

  • 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

What Happens After A Patient Gets A Cannabis Prescription?

Cannabis Clinic’s team of healthcare professionals helps our patients navigate the confusing path to get connected to the best Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider for their condition. Our patient advocates ensure that our patients get the best medicine for the best price.

What if my doctor refuses to prescribe cannabis?

Please let us know and we will contact your doctor to help with the transition process.

Where Do I Fill My Prescription?

We help all of our patients who receive a Medical Document, order their medical cannabis from the most suitable Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.

Who Can Get A Cannabis Prescription?

Once a patient is assessed by one of the nurse practitioners and it is determined that the patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, a Medical Document will be sent to a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider on the patient's behalf.

Why can’t I go to a pharmacy to fill my prescription for medical cannabis?

Pharmacies can only dispense medications “prescribed” by licensed physicians. The federal government classifies medical cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which means licensed physicians cannot prescribe it.

Will your Doctor sign additional prescriptions, paperwork or take me on as a long-term patient?

No, we only handle ACMPR applications. However, we can assist you with your renewal.

License Producer related

Can I register with more than one LP?

Your medical document, similar to a traditional prescription, may only be used to register with one Licensed Producer. If you wish to register with another Licensed Producer due to product availability, you can request an additional medical document or may cancel your registration with the original Licensed Producer and send the original medical document to a new Licensed Producer.

What is a Licensed Producer (LP)?

A Licensed Producer (LP) is a company regulated by Health Canada that can legally produce and sell medical cannabis to patients in Canada.


How do I know your medical cannabis is safe/chemical free?

At NorthCann Medz, the health and safety of our patients is our top priority. We hold ourselves to the highest quality standards, including above and beyond what is currently mandated for our industry.

Is Medical Cannabis Addictive?

Research has shown the overall addiction potential of cannabis to be less than for caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. (any references for this?)

Insurance cover

Is medical cannabis covered by Health Care benefits?

Currently, medical cannabis is not covered by most insurance plans. However, medical cannabis may be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes.

Is Medical Cannabis Covered By My Health Plan Or Private Insurance?

Some insurance companies do offer medical cannabis coverage. These are considered on a case-by-case basis.

What If I Am A Canadian Veteran Or First Responder?

Medical cannabis for Canadian Veterans and RCMP Officers is typically covered by insurance.

Required documents

What Will I Need for My First Visit?

All documentation that Cannabis Clinic has asked you to complete. Your free consultation will go over these in details.

Patient Registration

Who has access to the patient’s registry list?

Health Canada will maintain a confidential list of “qualified patients” and “approved caregivers” to whom the department has issued registry identification cards. Individual names and other identifying information on the list must be confidential and are not subject to disclosure, except to:

(a) authorized employees of the department as necessary to perform official duties of the department; or

(b) authorized employees of state or local law enforcement agencies, only as necessary to verify that a person is a lawful possessor of a registry identification card.

Product label related

What does the product label mean when it shows Actual vs. Potential?

This is a label change only and does not indicate a change to the products’ potency. The actual potency (THC and CBD) is the percentage of cannabinoids that the dried flower possesses as it occurs in its original dried state (i.e. – if you were to consume a dried cannabis bud without heating it). In order to activate the full potency potential of the cannabinoids (THC, THCa and CBD, CBDa) dried cannabis flower must be decarboxylated.

Medication receipt

Can I continue taking my current medications?

Please ensure that we are aware of all medications that you are currently taking. Unless advised otherwise, you should continue to take your current medications. Over time, you may find that you can reduce use of other medications as the cannabis product becomes part of your routine. For example, you may be able to take less ibuprofen for pain. Please do not stop any medications unless advised to do so.

How long after seeing the doctor it will take me to get my cannabis?

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.

How Long Will It Take For Me To Get My Medication?

Once a nurse practitioner at of Cannabis Clinic has assessed you, it typically takes up to 3-5 business days to receive your medication from your medical cannabis provider. Next day service can be made available.

How Will I Receive My Medication?

Your medication will be discreetly shipped to you directly from a Health Canada approved medical cannabis provider.

Travelling with medical cannabis

Can I travel with my medical cannabis?

Traveling with medical cannabis is permitted within Canada. Be sure to carry your registration documentation and store your cannabis in its original prescription bottle. If you’re flying, call the airline ahead of time to ensure you won’t run into any security delays.

Expiry date

Does cannabis have an expiry date?

Until regulations change with Health Canada, the ACMPR does not require an expiry date to be included on bottles of medical cannabis . More information to follow as it becomes available.

What If My Physician Won’t refer me to have medical cannabis?

If your physician is reluctant to complete a referral form and you have exhausted all other alternatives, please contact us to assist you in connecting you with a medical practitioner.

File transfer

I don’t see my doctor regularly, who do I contact if I need help with my cannabis treatment?

That’s ok, whether you see them often or not, your doctor is responsible for your medical cannabis treatment. We recommend making an appointment 3 months in advance of when your medical document expires to make sure you don’t have a gap in your care.

What are the benefits?

We are aware that the follow-up delays at our clinic can be long. Now you will not need to have appointments with a specialized clinic or more than one health care institution for your needs.

What if I don’t have a family doctor?

Don’t worry: your referring doctor is able to manage your cannabis treatment.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a patient wishes to cancel or re-book their appointment it must be done so within 1 full week prior to their appointment date. Failure to cancel or re-book within this time period will subject you to a non-refundable charge. Cancellations and re-bookings can only be done by speaking to our staff in person or by telephone. E-mails and voice mails will not be accepted. No exceptions.

Why was my file transferred to my regular doctor?

If you are being transferred back to your doctor, it means that you are in control and have been managing your treatment and symptoms well. Your primary care doctor can now be confident in monitoring your cannabis treatment as a part of your overall healthcare needs.

Will my care change?

It should get even better. With your doctor in charge of your cannabis treatment, you will have quicker and easier follow-up of your ALL health issues with someone who knows you well.


Can I drive after taking my medical cannabis medication?

It depends on the treatment you have been prescribed. Your health practitioner will determine this at your appointment. As a rule of thumb, don’t drive while feeling intoxicated.

Do your physicians support the option to grow my own medical cannabis?

Our physicians do not support the option to grow at this time. It is difficult to monitor and collect information in regard to dosing as the product is not tested by Health Canada. Products from licensed producers are made to be consistent and more effective compared to what can be grown on your own.

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How do I obtain accessories for medical cannabis?

Most licensed producers sell accessories to help in the effective use of your prescription. Oftentimes, licensed producers will offer you discounts on these accessories when placing an order with them.

Is GMP Corp a public company?

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Is my confidentiality protected?

Absolutely! We will not disclose patient information to others unless we receive specific written request from the patient. Patient information is stored electronically on secure servers and paper files are kept locked when not in use.

What If I Don't Want To Smoke Medical cannabis?

Excellent! We highly recommend that you consume your medical cannabis by using a vaporizer, taking it in oil form or pill form. Smoking dry cannabis flower produces carcinogens. Please consult with your nurse practitioner for more information or speak to our Cannabis Educators for the latest and greatest medication delivery methods.

Who can I speak to regarding investment into GMP?

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How can I check up on my patient?

If your patient has signed a permission to release records form (downloadable here), we are able to release this information to you.

How can I document adverse events or reactions?

You can report adverse events or reactions directly to the Healthcare Practitioner dedicate line. You must also report any serious or life-threatening adverse events or reactions to emergency services.

How do I prescribe patients?

You can prescribe patients online using our Healthcare Practitioner Portal or printable form which you can fax to us downloadable here.

How do I register as a prescribing physician?

You can register by signing up for our Healthcare Practitioner Portal here.

How secure is your patient portal?

Our patient portal has (insert type here) encryption, as required for PHIPA compliance.

What if I am experiencing technical issues and require technical support?

You can avail of technical assistance through our Healthcare Practitioner support line.

Where are my patients' records stored?

Your patients' records are stored in a PHIPA compliant server, on our secure licensed site in Toronto.

Who can I call for assistance?

You can avail assistance through our Healthcare Practitioner support line.


Are there fees for appointments?

Physician consultations for any cannabinoid therapy are free of charge. Upon your patient’s initial visit, they will undergo a consultation with one of our physicians or nurses, as well as a free education session with one of our trained patient educators from our patient care team.

Are there restrictions on the public possession limit under the cannabis act

Public possession limits for authorized patients who are registered with a federally licensed seller or with Health Canada are the lesser of 150 grams or a 30-day supply of dried cannabis (or the equivalent in cannabis product) in addition to the 30 grams allowed for non-medical purposes.

How can I learn more about medical cannabis?

GMP is dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners and patients about medical cannabis. GMP Corporation, through it’s GMP Academy division, is proud to sponsor a number of CME accredited programmes for physicians and nurse practitioners. Find out more by clicking here.

Healthcare Practitioners can also request an in-person or virtual educational session with a GMP Medical Representative. GMP also offers lunch & learn sessions for you and your colleagues. Contact the Healthcare Practitioner dedicated line (here) for more information or for any questions regarding help with prescribing, recommendations and regulatory or compliance matters.

You can find additional Information about medical cannabis in Canada on the following site:

How do I refer a patient to GMP Clinic

  • If you believe your patient might benefit from a prescription for cannabinoid therapy or medical cannabis, please download and complete the Patient Referral Form below. Completed forms can be faxed to GMP Clinic. See contact us for more or e-mail care@gmpcorp.com

  • Patient Referral Form

How does a patient choose a licensed producer?

Licensed Producers offer different medical cannabis products at different prices. A list of all Licensed Producers is available on Health Canada’s website. Our educators will work with patients to assist in choosing the most appropriate product from the most appropriate producer.

How does a patient purchase medical cannabis?

Individuals with a medical need, and who have the authorization of their health care practitioner are able to access quality-controlled medical cannabis formulations by registering with medical licensed producers. Healthcare practitioners are responsible for completing medical documents authorizing patients to access medical cannabis. This document is then sent to the patient’s Licensed producer of choice. Once the patient registers with the Licensed producer, they are able to receive their medication via post. If patients register with GMP Medical as their licensed producer of choice, they may pick up their medicine at the GMP clinic location on Alness Street in Toronto.

How long will my patient wait for an appointment?

GMP Clinics offers appointments within 24 hours of scheduling.

How will I be informed of my patient’s treatment and progress?

GMP Clinic is committed to continuity of care and maintaining open communication with you about your patients. Upon completion of your patient’s consultation, an official letter will be sent to you outlining your patient’s treatment plan including authorization amount, duration, administration method, restrictions & recommendations, and your patient’s licensed producer.

I have a patient that is only 9 years old, will you be able to see them?

Yes absolutely. We have Health Care Practitioners that are comfortable seeing patients under <18y/o

Is there a maximum period for which a medical authorization can be written under the cannabis act?

The period of use specified in a medical document must not exceed one year.

What conditions, indications or symptoms should I consider making a cannabinoid therapy referral for?

Based on the most up-to-date recommendations from Health Canada (see here - hyperlink), the following is a list of indications with documented or emerging evidence for the use of medical cannabis.

Well-Documented Evidence for Indications for the use of medical cannabis:

  1. Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting

  2. Chronic pain

  3. Epilepsy

  4. HIV/AIDS related Anorexia and Nausea

  5. Multiple Sclerosis (Pain/Spasticity)

  6. Palliative Care of Cancer patients

Emerging Evidence for Indications for the use of medical cannabis:

  1. Alcohol & Opioid Dependency

  2. Anxiety Disorder

  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder

  4. Headache Disorders/Migraines

  5. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s)

  6. Neurodegenerative Disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)

  7. Spinal Cord Injury

  8. PTSD

What does the medical authorization document cover?

  1. The Medical Authorization document covers basic information such as the daily amount(s) or recommended doses, the duration of the authorization and any restrictions on the type of cannabis to be used. In this regard, it is similar to a prescription.

A sample Medical Authorization document can be accessed on Health Canada’s website or downloaded below

What happens after the consultation?

Once your patient has received a medical document allowing the use of medical cannabis, our patient educator will help patients select a Licensed Producer and select a product that suits their needs. Patient educators also help patients with Licensed producer registration, making orders, and guidance on the administration of their medical products.

What happens during the consultation process for my patient?

Patients that are referred to GMP clinics will undergo a full medical history to assess their suitability for medical cannabis. Should medical cannabis therapy be deemed appropriate for the patient, the practitioner will provide them with a medical document outlining their maximum daily allowance and any other recommendations or restrictions on use.

What information is required to refer a patient?

In addition to the consultation referral, GMP Clinic will require access to any medical records pertaining to your patient’s main diagnosis, including any recent consultations with specialists and any available diagnostic imaging reports.

What routes of administration will be recommended for my patients?

There are a number of options when discussing routes of administration available to patients. The route of administration used will depend on the specific physician recommendations as well as product availability from the Licensed Producer.

Cannabis can be available in the following formats:

  • Cannabis Extracts

  • Edible Cannabis

  • Dried Cannabis

  • Cannabis Topicals

Contact patient care to discuss available formulations and routes of administration, care@gmpcorp.com

Why should I refer patients to GMP Clinics?

We provide premium, patient-focused clinical services tailored to suit the needs of all of our patients. Our experienced physicians and nurse practitioners use an evidence-based approach with regular patient follow-up appointments, and a trained patient educator team providing access and education about a wide variety of medical cannabis formulations from licensed producers across the country.