Cannabis is a natural alternative or complement to conventional medicine for certain conditions.
Health Canada lists the following conditions as sufficient reason to use cannabis:
- Severe pain/persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury/disease
- Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer or HIV/AIDS
- Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis
- Seizures from epilepsy
There are many more conditions cannabis can help with. See our research and other resources.
Although Health Canada does not endorse the use of cannabis as medicine, in 2001 medicinal marijuana was legalized in Canada under the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR), which allowed for cannabis patients to grow their own medication at home or with a designated grower. In May 2014, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) laws came into effect, which requires patients to buy from licensed producers. Although the MMPR application does not provide necessary health support for cannabis patients, it is beginning to pave a more accessible path to natural health alternatives.
Filling out the following form is step one in applying for access to medicinal cannabis through Canada’s MMPR application system.
You will also have to talk to your doctor, choose a licensed producer and find the right strains for you.