The Clinic Network (TCN) is committed to supporting physicians who wish to acquire “working knowledge” of the science behind cannabinoids and how to effectively apply this knowledge within a clinical setting. Given that this branch of medicine does not have an established clinical history (evidence-based research), the 5 years of experience our physicians and support staff have acquired is vital.
Patients who are tired of or unresponsive to prescription drugs are turning to natural types of medicine, and cannabis requests to physicians are increasing exponentially. The following document is intended to clarify and answer some of the questions that physicians may have.
To initiate the process, TCN has created an “Intake form” which patients can fill out online or in clinic and our central care team will aid them through our process. The form includes information concerning the patients past medical history, previous cannabis use (including frequency, timing and method of consumption) as well as a list of previous and current medications. The purpose of acquiring this information is to ensure the patient’s safety, and to prevent abuse. Certain risk factors are considered including history of addiction, depression, emotional disorders and high dose recreational use.
There are two subspecies of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Indicas are as a rule more sedative and Sativas more stimulatory. Since they are not individual species, they are cross breed to create hundreds of hybrid strains, each strain holding a different pharmacology.
There is no “established” dosing schedule for medicinal cannabis, however according to Health Canada, the average patient use is between 1-3 grams daily. The average percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) is 17% and 5% respectively. However, it should be noted that there is an increased demand for high CBD with low THC flower and oil products. CBD promotes calmness, a positive sense of well-being, an upbeat mood and relaxation. Patients describe the experience as that of being clear-headed and focused, with no change in cognitive function.
Dosage regimes vary depending on the patients aliment, and preferred method of intake (i.e vaporizing, oral ingestion or smoking).
TCN educators will advise patients on usage parameters as well as the risks of cannabis treatment. In particular, patients will be cautioned with regard to driving or the of use heavy equipment while using cannabis. Also, possible side effects are discussed such as anxiety or mood changes.
From our support staff, patients will receive a thorough understanding of the relevance of Licensed Producers, cannabis types (Indica and Sativa), THC and CBD ratios, pricing, product delivery, packaging, labeling and maintenance of documentation to ensure legality.
TCN and most Licensed Producers offer compassionate pricing based on disability and/or the patients financial circumstances. Patients are advised that medicinal cannabis & related product purchases are tax-deductible.
TCN operates clinics and resource centres in Toronto (Involved Medicine – Chronic Pain), Brampton, Bowmanville, Kitchener/Waterloo and Edmonton. Nationally, we also offer Telehealth consultations.