Frequently Asked Questions

Is medical cannabis legal in Canada?

Yes. Health Canada has approved the use of cannabis as a legal medicine since 2001, and there are 35 Health Canada regulated licensed producers who sell it to Canadians. Possession and use of medical cannabis must be authorized by a regulated health care provider as a medical treatment. 

What is medical cannabis?

Cannabis is a drug that is made up of the leaves, flowers, and buds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The flower portions of the cannabis plant contain the richest concentrations of terpenes and cannabinoids which are  the most desirable compounds of the plant for medical and recreational cannabis users. The use of Medical cannabis may help treat symptoms like pain, nausea, fibromyalgia, IBS, seizures, migraines, lack of appetite and many more

Can I travel with my medication?

You may travel freely within Canada. You cannot travel outside of Canada with your prescription. For air travel it is recommended you check with the airline.

What should I expect before and after my consultation?

Shortly before your appointment, you will be contacted by one of our Patient Coordinators.  They will ensure that you have completed all necessary questionnaires and have uploaded ID and any supporting medical documents correctly.  You will then speak with a healthcare professional who will assess if you qualify for medical cannabis. If you are granted an authorization, one of our Patient Coordinators will call you back to help ensure that all your questions are answered and you are connected and registered with a Federally Licensed Producer of medical cannabis.

Where do I get my authorized medical cannabis?

Patients who receive an authorization / medical document must only order their medical cannabis from a Federally Licensed Producer in Canada.  You must agree to not purchase your medication for any other sources or use to medical documents to buy from the illicit market (like storefront or online dispensaries)

Do I have to smoke medical cannabis?

Health Canada recommends that cannabis be vaporized, not smoked. Vaporization is a way to inhale the active components of medical cannabis while avoiding by products of burning plant matter. Vaporizers work by heating the cannabis past the boiling point of the active compounds but below the point of plant matter combustion.  You can also speak to your practitioner about cannabis oils.

How do I use medical cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis can be used in a variety of ways. It can be vaporized, consumed in edibles or in concentrated oil. It can also be smoked although this method is not recommended. The intensity and duration of the effects of cannabis can vary depending on several factors, including how you consume it, the amount you use and how your body responds to the active ingredients.

What is the legal age to become a patient of medical cannabis?

To qualify for a medical cannabis prescription you must be at least 18 years of age. Patients under 18 can be assisted with parental supervision.

For how long is my prescription valid?

A physician can authorize your medical cannabis prescription for up to one year. The average prescription at NamasteMD is for one year.

A physician can authorize your medical cannabis prescription for up to one year. The average prescription at NamasteMD is for one year.

What if I can't make it to my appointment?

If you are not able to make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. You can reschedule your appointment in our mobile application, on the web, give us a call toll free at 1-844-747-3455, or send us an email to We have a 24-hour notice cancellation policy. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice may be subject to a $50 ‘no-show’ fee for initial assessments and a $45 ‘no-show’ fee for follow-up appointments.

Who is eligible for a medical cannabis prescription?

Each patient is assessed individually by one of our health care practitioners.   If the practitioner determines that a patient is a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, they will be given a medical document (a prescription)