Use of dried cannabis for medical purposes
The new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations came into effect on April 1, 2014. To assist its members in complying with the regulations and to ensure patient safety, the Collège des médecins du Québec is developing tools and forms for physicians and their patients in collaboration with the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC). These documents are provided here together so that they can be consulted easily.
Any physician who wishes to familiarize himself with the new framework for prescribing cannabis must read the document Guidelines concerning the prescription of dried cannabis for medical purposes in full. A summary is provided below.
- The use of dried cannabis for medical purposes is not a recognized treatment.
- An unrecognized treatment can only be used within a research framework.
- As of April 1, 2014 and until further notice, only certain indications will have to be considered.
- Before considering the use of dried cannabis to treat a medical condition provided for in the previous regulations, other therapeutic options must be considered, in particular other forms of cannabinoids authorized for prescription by Health Canada.
- A physician who is asked to prescribe dried cannabis must read the medical literature and inform his patient that dried cannabis can only be prescribed within the framework of a research project.
- Before prescribing dried cannabis, the physician must obtain the written consent of the patient participating in a research project (consent form) and carry out a complete medical assessment (assessment and follow-up form).
- When a physician prescribes dried cannabis, he must plan the patient’s follow-up in accordance with the assessment and follow-up form and keep a register of all patients for whom he has prescribed dried cannabis.
- A physician may not supply the patient directly with dried cannabis or deal in cannabis or cannabinoids.
- A physician may not become or apply to become a cannabis producer.
- The prescribing physician must collaborate with the Collège and its partners in the collection of scientific data in order to improve knowledge and practices with respect to the use of cannabis for medical purposes and to ensure patient safety.
Documents and tools
A lot of information is provided on Health Canada’s Web site:
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