Cannabis for Medical Purposes

  • Individuals with certain health conditions can obtain a medical certificate from a doctor to obtain limited amounts of cannabis for medical purposes through a licensed producer.
  • Doctors may authorize medical cannabis to relieve symptoms of certain conditions that have not responded to usual medical treatments, including:
    • Severe nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy;
    • Loss of appetite and body weight in cancer patients or in individuals living with HIV/AIDS;
    • Pain and muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis; and
    • Certain types of pain.

What are the differences between medical cannabis and non-authorized cannabis?

Medical cannabis use: People with specific medical conditions can get an authorization from a doctor to use medical cannabis. It requires a doctor to complete forms.

Non-authorized cannabis use: Non-authorized cannabis has also been referred to as recreational cannabis. There are people in Canada who use recreational cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Cannabis for non-medical use is legal in Canada from October 2018. Cannabis from illicit sources can pose greater health risks because the potency and purity of the products are unknown. One of the ways to reduce the risks of illegal products is to ensure that you buy your cannabis from a legal source.

For more information. go to: Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC)

 

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