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Physician Information

Some physicians may be unfamiliar with authorizing cannabinoids and medical cannabis due to (and not limited to) minimal experience with medical cannabis, unfamiliarity with dosing and ingestion methods, and side effect profiles. CMClinic physicians are experts in the research and development of best practices for cannabinoids and medical cannabis use. Our proprietary training programs ensure physicians are specially trained in cannabinoid treatment assessments.

CMClinic physicians and cannabinoid educators are your partners in providing effective patient care. Following patient appointments, we provide consultation letters, containing information on authorization, recommended dosages, and duration. CMClinic works collaboratively to ensure your patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

Our physicians are always available to discuss any questions or concerns regarding patient care and referrals. We invite you to attend one of CMClinic’s educational seminars or events, which help educate and inform fellow physicians about this emerging field.

As medical cannabis is a new area of medicine, many physicians are unfamiliar with the process of authorizing its use for their patients. That's why I'm pleased to answer any questions or concerns you may have."

Dr. Michael Verbora

Dr. Michael Verbora

How to Refer a Patient to CMC

If your patient may benefit from prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis, please complete the online patient referral form using the link below, or download and complete one of our regional forms. Completed forms can be faxed to CMClinic at 1-844-320-9652.

Online Patient Referral Form
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Frequently Asked Questions

What information is required?

In addition to the consultation referral, all medical records pertaining to the patient’s main diagnosis, including recent consultations with specialists and diagnostic imaging reports, are required.

How many doctors support medical cannabis?

More than 5,000 doctors have written a recommendation for prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis in the past. This represents about 7% of all doctors in the country.

What routes of administration will be recommended for my patients?

More than 5,000 doctors have written a recommendation for prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis in the past. This represents about 7% of all doctors in the country.

What routes of administration will be recommended for my patients?

There are numerous routes of administration available. The route of administration used will depend on both physician recommendations and licensed producer availability.

Dried Herbal Cannabis

Typically, dried cannabis is consumed orally or inhaled. Smoking is not recommended. Some individuals use their dried cannabis with a vaporizer or in teas.

Cannabis Oil

Some licensed producers can provide patients with cannabis oil extracts. These products are usually taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed with food. Cannabis oils provided by a licensed producer cannot be vaporized. Oil typically comes in three forms: CBD dominant, mixed, and THC dominant.

Cannabis Capsules

Cannabis capsules may be available to patients depending on the licensed producers they are registered with. The potency of these products can vary significantly.

Please note that licensed producers can only provide dried cannabis, cannabis oil, and oil-based cannabis capsules. Other forms of cannabis, such as edibles or tinctures, are not permitted to be sold by licensed producers under the ACMPR.

Are there daily amount and duration restrictions under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations?

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.

What does the medical document cover?

The medical document covers basic information such as the daily amount needed, the duration authorized, and any restrictions. In this regard, it is similar to a prescription. A sample medical document can be accessed on Health Canada’s website.

Can patients grow medical cannabis themselves?
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.
What is the role of doctors under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)?

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 recommended dosage and duration of time to be used.

What is the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)?

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!

How can I learn more about prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis?

CMClinic is dedicated to educating its patients and referring physicians regarding the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis. CMClinic hosts educational seminars on a variety of topics to help educate and inform patients, physicians, and the community at large about this emerging field. Topics include chronic pain management, palliative care, offsetting side effects of other drugs, regulatory framework of medical cannabis, proper administration of medical cannabis, addiction information, and more.

Additional Information:

How long will my patient wait for an appointment?

Wait times vary from location to location depending on referral volume and physician availability. If there is a reason your patient needs to see us more urgently, please call us at 888-282-7763.

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

The physicians and cannabinoid educators at CMClinic are your partners in providing effective care to your patients. CMClinic maintains an open dialogue with the referring physician. Following your patient’s appointment at the CMClinic, we will send you a consultation letter containing information on the authorization, dosage recommended, and duration of use. CMClinic works collaboratively with you to ensure the patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

What are the most common conditions cannabis is authorized for?
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis
  • 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
  • Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis
  • Seizures from epilepsy
  • A debilitating symptom that is associated with a medical condition or with the medical treatment of that condition
  • In the context of compassionate/end-of-life care
How much does my patient have to pay for an appointment with CMClinic?

There is no fee to see a physician at CMClinic, although we do require a referral from your family physician or specialist.

During their initial visit, your patient will receive a consultation with a physician, as well as a free introductory cannabinoid education session with one of our trained cannabinoid educators.

Patients should never pay for a medical document (similar to a prescription) for medical cannabis.

How do I refer a patient to CMClinic?

If you think your patient may benefit from prescription cannabinoids or medical cannabis, please download and complete the patient referral form below. Completed forms can be faxed to CMClinic at 1-844-320-9652.

Patient Referral Forms
Why refer my patients to CMClinic?

Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis. Through the use of these therapies, CMClinic treats the needs of patients suffering from chronic pain and disabling illnesses. CMClinic is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis ,by educating patients, physicians, and the community, and by advancing research in the medical cannabis field.

Patients referred to CMClinic will undergo an initial medical examination to assess their needs and suitability for prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis use. If deemed appropriate, the doctor will authorize medical cannabis. Our cannabinoid educators will help patients navigate the new medical cannabis regulatory system, provide patient education, and offer advice on accessing a licensed producer. Through regular follow-up appointments, the clinic ensures that the medication authorized continues to have its desired outcome.

The physicians and cannabinoid educators at CMClinic are your partners in providing effective care to your patients. CMClinic maintains an open dialogue with the referring physician. Following your patient’s appointment at the CMClinic, we will send you a consultation letter containing information on the authorization, dosage recommended, and duration of use. CMClinic works collaboratively with you to ensure the patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

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