When authorized correctly, prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis may be an important part of a patient’s symptom management and recovery plan. If you believe prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis may help you, talk to your doctor about obtaining a referral to CMClinic.
Patients referred to CMClinic undergo an initial medical examination to assess their needs and suitability for therapy. Every patient is treated with their unique needs in mind. CMC physicians work with each individual to create a customized treatment plan depending on their condition, lifestyle, and medical history.
If deemed appropriate, a CMC doctor will authorize cannabinoids or medical cannabis. Our experienced educators then help patients navigate the new medical cannabis regulatory system, educate on authorization details and advise on how to access a licensed producer. Through regular follow-up appointments, CMC ensures that the medication authorized has its desired outcome.
If you have any questions or are ready to visit a clinic, please give us a call.
To book a CMClinic appointment, we require a family physician or specialist’s referral.
An initial visit includes a consultation with a physician as well as a free introductory cannabinoid education session with a trained cannabinoid educator.
For your first visit, please bring the following:
Some prescription cannabinoids (IE Nabilone) are covered by OHIP and private insurance companies.
Medical cannabis is not covered by OHIP and only under rare instances is it covered by private insurance. If you have private insurance or deal with Veterans Affairs, our physicians can help you apply for coverage.
The cost of medical cannabis is set by individual licensed producers (LP). Current costs range from $5 to $15 a gram. This will depend on the licensed producer selected and whether or not you qualify for a compassionate care program. (Note: not all LPs offer compassionate care programs.) Most patients will use less than 1 gram a day.
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 to 7 business days to fully process your registration.
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 the maximum benefit from using less than 1 gram a day. There is a possession cap of less than 150 grams or 30 times the authorized daily amount. Additionally, medical documents can be written for no longer than 12 months at one time, though this is rare.
If you qualify for medical cannabis, the physician will give you an authorization at the end of your appointment. The authorization can be sent to any licensed producer who will then send your medication by mail or courier.
If you qualify for prescription cannabinoids, the physician will give you a prescription at the end of your appointment. The prescription can be filled at your local pharmacy.
In some circumstances, patients may be authorized to grow their own cannabis. They will need to purchase their starting materials from a Health Canada-authorized source. Further information on this process can be found here.
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is the new set of regulations from Health Canada for growing, buying, and selling medical cannabis in Canada. It outlines a system for doctors, patients, and large-scale commercial growers. These growers are called licensed producers.
Under the new regulations, healthcare providers are the only individuals legally able to authorize medical cannabis to patients. A physician will provide the patient with a medical document, which is similar to a prescription, indicating the condition being treated, recommended dosage, and duration of time to be used.
To obtain access to medical cannabis, patients must send their medical document to a licensed producer who will then send the medication to the patient via mail or bonded courier. No prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis is held on-site at the CMClinic. At CMClinic, we handle all of this for you!
At your first visit, please bring the following:
If you have any additional documentation in your possession that would help the physician with your medical history, we encourage you to bring them to your appointment (for example, x-rays, CT scans, MRI reports, or letters from your specialists)
Any physician you are seeing can refer you. This includes specialists such as psychiatrists, rheumatologists, oncologists, etc. If you have exhausted other therapies and your physician refuses to refer you, please contact us.
Prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis have been shown effective in improving symptoms of ailments for which a number of first-line treatments have failed. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) sleep issues, mood, pain management, appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis are not first-line treatments for any of these conditions and will be considered only after traditional treatments have failed.
Your appointment length may vary depending on the nature of the visit. Most physician consultations last roughly 30 minutes. If you are given an authorization, you will also have an meeting with a patient educator, which could take up to 20 minutes. Follow-up appointments are generally significantly shorter. We recommend allowing between 1 hour to 1 ½ hours for your appointment.
CMClinic only accepts patients who have been referred by their physicians or medical specialists. After your physician completes the patient referral form, CMClinic will contact you to book an appointment.
Can I just walk into the clinic and wait to see a doctor?
No, patients will be seen on a referral basis only. We do not accept walk-ins. Talk with your physician to see if you may be a candidate for prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis and have them complete the patient referral form.
There is no fee to see a physician at CMClinic, although we do require a referral from your family physician or specialist. A $15 urine sample processing fee applies to all clinics outside Ontario.
During your initial visit, you will receive a consultation with a physician, as well as a free introductory cannabinoid education session with one of our trained cannabinoid educators.
After you and your physician determine that medical cannabis is right for you, you should never pay for a medical document (similar to a prescription) for medical cannabis.