Cannabis for Medical Purposes

Medical cannabis: When people are very sick with certain illnesses, doctors may authorize the use of medical cannabis to help. Medical cannabis is often used when the usual treatments do not work. It is sometimes used for:

  • Sickness and throwing up from getting chemotherapy
  • Loss of appetite and body weight from cancer or HIV/AIDS
  • Pain and muscle problems from multiple sclerosis
  • Certain types of pain

It is important to know that the health risks of medical cannabis use are the same as non-medical cannabis. Because of this, it is important to make sure that the potential medical benefits of cannabis use outweigh the risks. It is best to speak with a health care provider to find out more information about whether cannabis may be helpful to treat a certain condition.

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What are the differences between medical cannabis, recreational cannabis and illegal cannabis?

Medical cannabis
Doctors may approve the use of cannabis for certain serious medical conditions where other treatments have not worked. For example, they may approve it to treat nausea for people who are getting cancer treatment. It may help people with AIDS who have a low appetite. It may also help people who have certain types of pain. Authorization to use medical cannabis must be given by a health professional. It is important to know that the health risks of medical cannabis use are the same as non-medical cannabis. Because of this, it is important to make sure that the potential medical benefits of cannabis use outweigh the risks.

Recreational cannabis
As of October 2018, Canadians are allowed to have and to use cannabis that is bought legally. Nunavummiut can order it from the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission or its agents. Some people use recreational cannabis to help with health issues. It is important to speak with a health care provider to ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk and that you are using the best treatment for your condition.

Illegal cannabis
This is cannabis that has not been approved by the government. It is grown and sold by people who are not allowed to do so. Illegal cannabis may have harmful chemicals or mould in it. With this type of cannabis, you have no way of knowing what is in it or how it was made, which can increase the health risks. If you decide to use cannabis, one of the ways to reduce the risks of illegal products is to always make sure that you buy from a legal source.

 

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