Medical
Cannabis
Patients

Supporting you in your health and wellness journey through treatment with medical cannabis.

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Patient Eligibility

If you’re over the age of 25 and have an injury or medical condition that could be aided by medical cannabis, you will most likely be eligible. Those under the age of 25 are rarely approved for medical cannabis, but in very specific medical situations, it is possible to qualify. Keep in mind that Margaree Health Group does not charge an administration fee for your appointment. See below for some of the most common conditions for Medical Cannabis use.

Unsure if you’re eligible? Please contact us for more information.

Are you a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

Visit our Veterans and First Responders page for more information about how we can help.
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Referral Process

Step One

Print off the referral form, take it to your primary care physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist, and have them complete the form with you. The referral form must be sent directly from your physician’s office to Margaree Health Group. Your physician can request the Margaree location closest to you.

Step One

Step Two

Once your referral is received and reviewed, the clinic will call you to schedule an appointment. The clinic will also provide you with instructions on how to complete the necessary paperwork prior to your appointment. Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment for support.

Step Two

Step Three

At the appointment, you’ll be seen by a doctor and health educator who will create an individualized treatment plan. During our visit all of the documents and dosage information will be provided to you.

Step Three

Step Four

We will assist you in completing the registration process with your licensed producer and all of the contact information will be provided at the end of your appointment.

Step Four

Step Five

Once the medical documents and licensed producer registration has been processed, you’re ready to order! Patients are responsible for ordering their own products, but our healthcare professional will help you chose which products are best for you. If you’re unsure how to proceed with your order, we are here to help!

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Step Six

A consult letter will be sent to the primary care physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist, who referred you.

You are never alone. If at any point in the process you become overwhelmed or don’t know how to proceed, please reach out to us. We are more than happy to help and are available for support throughout your journey to wellness. If you receive products after your appointment and have misplaced your dosing instructions or are not sure what the dosage should actually look like, be sure to reach out!

Step Six
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How to Obtain
Medical Cannabis

Once your paperwork has been processed and our physicians complete your prescription, you’re ready to order medical cannabis from a licensed producer. Our health educators will help you select the licensed producer that best suits your needs and budget. Each licensed producer offers a variety of products at different price points and percentages of THC and CBD. Depending on your injury or condition, a particular licensed producer might have a specific product that would benefit you.

Medical cannabis products aren’t all created equal. It could take some time to find out which product works best with your symptoms and lifestyle. When you start using medical cannabis, it’s important to start slow and follow the dosage recommended by your physician. Depending on your individual needs, your prescription may need to be adjusted to a higher or lower dosage, or a different strain of medical cannabis. When it comes to medical cannabis as a treatment option, individual results may vary. What might work for you may not work for others.

Ready to get Started? Download a referral form to take to your Physician

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Quick Facts on Medical Cannabis Ratios

Medical Cannabis products generlly fall into three different categories, depending on their ratios of THC to CBD.
THC Dominant
THC-dominant strains contain mostly THC and little CBD and will have strong psychoactive effects.

CBD Dominant

CBD-dominant strains contain mostly CBD and little THC and will have little or no obvious psychoactive effects.

Balanced Ratio

Balanced strains fall somewhere in the middle. They have THC and CBD, but generally not as much as dominant strains.

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Medical Cannabis
Education

Cannabis is very complex. It has many different dimensions, components, and use cases. In our education section below, we share some basic information about medical cannabis. However, this is only a very preliminary look at cannabis, not a comprehensive description or list.

We also give patients the opportunity to ask questions about medical cannabis during their appointments. If you have any questions about medical cannabis, or about becoming a patient at Margaree, we are here to help.

History of Cannabis Use

Cannabis has been used for medicinal and recreational proposes in many different cultures throughout history. In the 19th century, cannabis quickly gained popularity in western medicine as an analgesic, anticonvulsive, and hypnotic. Overtime, selective breeding has amplified the effects of cannabis. This combined with a greater understanding of effective consumption methods help make cannabis the medicine it is today. Now a days, cannabis education and policy changes are becoming clearer as patients are choosing medical cannabis over other modern medicines.

Medical vs. Recreational

Aiding your injury or condition with medical cannabis has multiple advantages over self-diagnosing with recreational cannabis. Our team of practitioners and health educators will monitor the progress of your medical cannabis usage and assist you in all aspects of treatment. Our team of health educators will help you establish the lowest effective dose of medical cannabis, strain choices, recommend follow up time frames, and answer any questions you have. They will also help you choose the licensed producer and product that best suits your medical and financial needs. 

Certain medical cannabis products are not available in the recreational market. With medical cannabis, the dosage of THC and CBD is measurable and can be acquired through products not available to the recreational market, such as cannabis oils.

The cost of recreational cannabis cannot be claimed; however, the cost of medical cannabis can be claimed as a medical expense on your tax return. Some insurance providers will cover the cost of your prescription or a portion of your prescription. It is best to contact your insurance provider for more information about their policies regarding medical cannabis.

THC vs. CBD

THC and CBD are the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Both of these interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body and brain, but they differ dramatically in their effects.

THC
CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC):

THC works by mimicking the effects of anandamide and 2-AG. These neurotransmitters occur naturally by the human body and assist with sleeping and eating habits, the perception of pain, and other bodily functions.

Sativa vs. Indica

There are two primary varieties of medical cannabis plants, and each offer a different set of benefits. Understanding the difference between the two is important to finding the right strain for you.

Although there are numerous types of cannabis, the two major types of cannabis plants are indica and sativa. Each strain has its own effects on the body and mind resulting in a wide range of medicinal benefits. Indica strains generally provide a sense of relaxation and sativa strains tend to provide a more energized experience; however, everyone’s experience is different. A strain that works for another person might not necessarily work you, and vice versa.

There is also a wide range of cannabis strains that fall in-between sativa and indica, these strains are called hybrids. Hybrid cannabis strains often provide a more balanced combination of sativa and indica effects. These strains can also be more sativa or indica dominate, providing similar effects to the more dominant strain.

Cannabis Sativa
Cannabis Indica

Sativa Benefits:

  • anti-anxiety
  • anti-depressant
  • treats chronic pain
  • increases focus and creativity
  • for day time use

Oil vs. Dried Cannabis

Cannabis oil and dried cannabis are two of the most popular products for medical use and there are benefits to both. Our medical professionals can assist you with selecting the product that will best suit your needs.
Dried Cannabis
Cannabis Oil

Consumption:

There are multiple methods to consume dried cannabis, but we recommend using a vaporizer for the benefits it provides over smoking cannabis (vapour vs. smoke inhalation).

Effects:

Instant to 2 minutes after use.

Duration:

3-4 hours

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About us

We are a collaborative clinical team partnering with medical professionals, patients and the community, to support you in your health and wellness journey through treatment in medical cannabis. From the moment you walk through our door, you are now part of the team. We provide one-on-one patient visits, education and resources to you and your family.

Contact Info

FAX (REFERRALS)
1-866-558-5652
Location

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Email

info@margareehealth.ca

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