Guidelines for your Medical Marijuana Evaluation

Poster on
August 23, 2018
Medical Marijuana

To obtain that Medical Cannabis Prescription that you need you must meet certain criteria set out by Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

You will have to talk to a physician who will ask you certain questions to determine whether they believe you to be eligible to legally possess cannabis for medical purposes.

You may therefore be wondering what the medical marijuana evaluation is and what questions you may be asked?

If you have an examination and would like to be prepared to help it go as smoothly as possibly then please read the following guidelines.

What should I do prior to the evaluation?

The first step would be to decide how you meet the criteria for a medical marijuana prescription. You may be a candidate if you suffer from any chronic ailment and if you have found that traditional medicine to be ineffective or if the side-effects have had too much of an effect on your day to day life.

Previous cannabis prescriptions have been issued for any of the following ailments: –

Chronic Pain, Migraines/Headaches, Arthritis, Anxiety, PMS, Depression, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Insomnia, ADD/ADHD, ALS- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Incontinence, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Osteoporosis, PTSD, Seizures, Sleep Apnea and more.

If you have any of these conditions, then you should document evidence relating to your condition and symptoms. If you can provide proof to your medical professional, it can significantly improve the chances of getting a referral.

What doctor should I choose?

For the most efficient and painless process, you should choose a telemedical doctor who can prescribe you online. It is also advisable that you find somebody who can issue follow-up care just in case your needs change during your prescription or just in case you may have any questions.

Fortunately at NamasteMD we can issue you with a prescription and have you shopping for medical cannabis online within 24 hours and give you all the follow-up care you need.

The first part of the process with ourselves is to access the website or download the app and to fill in a short application form that will allow us to pre-assess you. So please make sure you have listened to the advice above for a smooth ride.

My evaluation is booked – What should I think about?

So, you have followed the previous steps and now your medical marijuana evaluation is just around the corner, you may be wondering what sort of questions you might be asked just to give yourself time to prepare.

First of all – remember you are speaking to a medical professional. They want to hear about your symptoms and how they are causing you issues within your everyday life, they don’t want to hear about what you get up to on the weekend with your friends.

Tell them everything you can about your condition as long as it is medically relevant and try to be as thorough and as detailed as possible.

What questions will I be asked?

Your doctor will not only be assessing whether prescribing cannabis to you will be of benefit to your health, but they will be looking as to whether it may have any adverse effects – after all a medical professional has a duty of care over their patients.

Have a think about the following questions you may be asked: –

  • You will be asked what you condition is and to describe how it negatively affects your day to day life.
  • Have previous attempts at conventional medications failed to treat your ailment? – Here it is of benefit to provide any evidence you may have.
  • Have you ever misused marijuana or any other psychoactive drugs? – It is best to be honest, the doctor won’t want to prescribe marijuana if you are considered at high risk of having adverse effects.
  • Have you had any previous experience with cannabis and THC – again here it is good to be honest, if a patient hasn’t had any prior experience with THC then the doctor can limit the amount put onto the prescription to allow for minimal psychoactive effect if the patient isn’t used to it.
  • How do you intend to use the prescription – So whether you intend to vaporize your cannabis, smoke it or however else you would choose to use it – Here the medical expert can provide you with the best ways for your specific condition.
  • Do you currently use (or have you used) cannabis for medical purposes previously? Explain how much you have used, how you used it and what effects it may or may not have had on you.

You could maybe even write down your responses to these questions just in-case you struggle in an examination scenario. Please note that the doctors may ask other condition specific questions not on this list, but that’s nothing to worry about – just answer as truthfully and as honest as possible.

My examination has finished – what happens now?

So now you will be given your medical marijuana prescription – your health care professional will be able to provide recommendations upon the best places to shop for your medical cannabis online and then all you have to do is wait for it to arrive in the post.