Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Atlas and Medical Cannabis

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What is medical cannabis, and is it legal?

Medical cannabis is made up of the dried leaves, flowers, and buds of the Cannabis plant. Within the plant lies many cannabinoids now being used to treat a variety of medical illnesses. Scientists now understand that these unique cannabinoids interact with the human brain to play sometimes an important therapeutic role in many of the body’s functions, including the heart, the digestive, the endocrine, the immune, as well as the nervous systems. Family practitioners across Canada can now prescribe cannabis use for therapeutic applications to their patients.

Cannabis can be smoked, brewed into tea, vaporized, sprayed under the tongue, applied to the skin, or cooked in food.

Health Canada regulates who is a legal producer of medical cannabis, and with your doctor’s prescription in hand, you may purchase directly from one of the many legitimate producers of medical cannabis, and your order may be shipped directly to you, or your doctor’s office.

In Canada, it is against the law to possess, sell, give away, or grow cannabis without legal permission from Health Canada. The legalization of cannabis for medical purposes aspires to achieve both health and safety objectives for Canadians. To thwart much of the illegal drug trade and black market trafficking while assuring Canadians are receiving medical cannabis quality and proper dosages.

Possession and use of medical cannabis must be authorized by a health professional as a medical treatment. If you think you might want to try medical cannabis, talk to your doctor.

What is THC and CBD?

These are the active chemicals in cannabis that researchers believe have medicinal applications, specifically cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are believed to have pain relieving and other therapeutic uses.

What do medical experts say about the science behind using medical cannabis to treat illnesses?

The medical use of cannabis has been studied, but experts still don’t agree on how it works, or whether it’s safe for everyone to use. However, more and more health professionals are seeing positive results for some of their patient’s conditions and many feel it may be more beneficial than other drug related therapies that have harsh side effects.

Why do some medical experts recommend cannabis?

They believe it may provide their patient with significant more pain relief when normal pain medicines don’t work or have unwanted side effects.

They believe it may help put a patient more at ease than other medications so it might improve a state of well being faster, may improve appetite and alleviate pain and/or nausea in people who have serious health conditions, including cancer and AIDS.

They believe it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness (spasticity) in people who have multiple sclerosis.

They believe it may assist in calming their patients who may be having trouble with anxiety adjusting to new and difficult health related realities.

Why some medical experts don't recommend medical cannabis at all?

In some cases, cannabis may affect your memory, judgment, and coordination, therefore driving under the influence, is not recommended.

In other cases, medical experts say smoking cannabis may harm your lungs, however, smoking, is not the only way that cannabis can be ingested. There are now edibles and the use of vaporizer pens.

Or, still in other cases, medical experts may feel other prescription drugs might work just as well.

When should I consider medical cannabis as a potential treatment for my condition?

Medical cannabis is often considered an alternative to traditional treatments when other prescription drugs have been tried. Cannabis may interact with other medications you are on, so it’s important to have a frank discussion with your doctor before coming to any conclusions on your own.

How much medical cannabis should I take?

After receiving a medical document from your doctor, you should only take the required dosage amount indicated in your prescription.

What are the side effects of taking medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis may cause sleepiness or control mood, like sedatives, anxiety drugs, and other antidepressants. Cannabis lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, so use caution if you take medications for these conditions. It also increases the chance of bleeding if you are on blood thinners.

How long will the effects of taking medical cannabis last?

You may be affected for hours after you use cannabis so it’s important to help keep a log of how much you used, how you ingested it and how it made you feel, so that can help your doctor treat you better on your next appointment. Don’t forget to keep track of any unwanted side effects as well which may include, dry mouth or a faster heart rate

Can I get addicted to medical cannabis?

Some people who regularly use cannabis may become dependent on it. Studies have shown that the addiction rate for cannabis is estimated to be 9%. Although that number sounds relatively low, it’s important to discuss the risks with your doctor. The risks of addiction are higher in people who started using it in their youth, use it every day and /or have mental health related issues.

People who have smoked cannabis often and then quit may have withdrawal symptoms. These include anxiety, trouble sleeping, and cravings for the drug.

What is the difference between Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica?

Both Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica are the main two varieties of the plant used in medicine. Each variety has a myriad of different strains, each with different cannabinoid profiles and medicinal effects. Indica’s strains contain more chlorophyll than their Sativa counterparts and usually those plants mature faster. There is a lot of cross breeding now going on creating new hybrids, and each resulting hybrid’s effects will also grow, mature and differ medically depending on each Sativa or Indica types uses and in what proportion. Most producers of medical cannabis will have their own hybrid strains and hybrids now dominate the marketplace due to their shorter growing period.

What is synthetic cannabis?

Synthetic cannabis is made of dried plant material that is treated with chemicals that produce ‘high’ effects like cannabis’s. It is sold as incense under a variety of trendy names, such as K2 or Spice. The labels often claim that these products are safe and/or natural, when in fact, the active chemicals are created in a lab and they might be dangerous.

Health Canada does not recommend the use of these products due to the inaccurate ingredient labeling which may lead to serious side effects.

People think that using these drugs will make them feel the same as when they use cannabis, however, these synthetics are different, and the effects are hard to predict. That’s because the type and strength of the chemicals used are often unknown.