Procuring cannabis in Canada is pretty straight forward (for the most part) if you know where to go and whom to speak to. However, getting a medical cannabis recommendation is another story depending on where you live.
Since Quebec needs to be…umm, different (see: difficult) in this area, we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you apply for your medical cannabis recommendation. Surprisingly, I didn’t lose any hair or years off of my life as I had originally feared, so, win!
So why is it so challenging to obtain a medical cannabis card in Quebec?
The college of physicians for Quebec is far more strict when it comes to narcotic prescriptions. For this reason, Quebec doctors rarely sign scripts, instead, they refer their patients to out of province physicians or clinics with telecommunication.
Why get your medical cannabis recommendation?
Once I was offered more resources and explanations into how cannabis strains differ from one another, I was flabbergasted by just how vast the selection was. Take Leafly, for example, hundreds of strains and counting, each catering to a different ailment or mood with FULL explanations and breakdowns. Wouldn’t you rather know exactly what kind of flower or extracts you are buying and what you should expect from your experience?
There are SO many advantages to buying cannabis from a dispensary or going through a clinic and or LP (licensed producer). For starters, you never know what you’re getting from the black market, (I hate this term, btw) pushers/dealers. So many questions to be asked: what’s in this, what am I REALLY smoking, where is it from, etc etc.
Purchasing regulated cannabis means that the growth process is monitored, tested and signed off on. It’s super strict, so what you see is what you get and you know exactly what you are consuming. Transparency is important!
Getting your medical cannabis recommendation in Quebec with Sante Cannabis
First step: Referral
Go see your family doctor (if you have one) or a physician who has treated you in the past (preferably for the condition that you would like to be treated for with cannabis).Visit Sante Cannabis online to get the referral form.
May the force be with you.
Second step: Family medical file & history of medication
You will need to provide a list of medications from your pharmacy that you have been prescribed over the last 3-5 years. This part is probably the biggest pain in the ass, but when you get here, give yourself a pat on the back because the hardest parts are over!
They need to see that you have tried other medications other than cannabis. Once you have sent everything in, expect to wait 4-6 weeks for a follow-up and answer from the clinic.
Third Step: Wait
If you’ve made it this far, the hard part is over. You should get a call back or an email from the staff at Sante Cannabis within 6-8 weeks.
Here is a list of cannabis clinics and services that can help you out across Canada
It’s very easy for adults in Canada to access legal medication through a specialist doctor or their family doctor. All of the below-listed companies are packed with online resources to help you get that medical recommendation. So, even if you’re living in Quebec, these folks make it very easy for adults living across Canada to access legal medication through a specialist doctor or their family doctor.
National Acess Cannabis
For the most part, your doctor will need to complete the attached ‘Medical Referral Form‘ in order to be eligible to see our doctor. $50+tax yearly administration fee. If your doc refuses, you will need to obtain a copy of your prescription history and any medical info regarding what you would like to be treated for.
Get the lowdown by visiting National Access Cannabis online for a more detailed explanation.
Annual fee: $50
Canada Bliss Herbals
Canada Bliss Herbals is an online retailer that requires a membership signup. Once you fill out the necessary application you will be connected with a doctor who will ask you a couple of questions via skype.
Visit them online to apply and view their process or access their e-shop.
Annual fee: $50
Here are the basics to registering yourself with Cann Trust. For a more detailed explanation, visit them online and you’ll be registered in no time.
Step 1: Talk to your doctor and have them complete the CannTrust Medical Document.
Step 2: Register to become a patient with CannTrust
Step 3: Submit your documents to CannTrust online, or via secure fax line at 1-844-295-6641 or via mail at:
P.O. Box 92068-9200 Weston Road
And there you have it, register with the right LP or clinic to meet your needs and you’ll be medicating in no time!