Resources and Information for Health Care Professionals

Source: Health Canada

Information for Healthcare Professionals

If you are a licensed healthcare practitioner and you want to know more about the use of marijuana for medical purposes (for example, pharmacology, risks, purported clinical indications, contraindications, etc.) the following resources will provide you with scientific and medical information to help you in discussions with your patients.

If you and your patient conclude that marijuana for medical purposes is an appropriate option for her/him, you will need to complete a medical document (or other document containing the same information). For additional application requirements, you can direct your patient to the section How to Access Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes.

When you discuss daily amount with your patient, it is useful to remember that the recommended daily amount dictates the total amount the patient will be authorized to possess.

Various surveys published in the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature have suggested that the majority of people using smoked or orally ingested cannabis for therapeutic purposes reported using approximately 1-3 g of dried cannabis per day.

While there are no restrictions under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations on the daily amount that you may authorize, there is a possession cap of the lesser of 150 grams or 30 times the daily amount.

View our list of frequently asked questions for healthcare practitioners.

Sample Medical Document for Marijuana for Medical Purposes

Help on accessing alternative formats, such as Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (PPT) files, can be obtained in the alternate format help section.

(PDF Version - 54 K)

This document may be completed by the applicant's authorized healthcare practitioner as defined in the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. An authorized healthcare practitioner includes physicians in all provinces and territories, and nurse practitioners in provinces and territories where prescribing dried marijuana for medical purposes is permitted under their scope of practice. If another document is used, it must contain all of the information below.

Patient's Given Name and Surname:
Patient's Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
Daily quantity of dried marijuana to be used by the patient: _ g/day

The period of use is ____day(s) _____week(s) _____month(s).

NOTE: The period of use cannot exceed one year

Healthcare practitioner's given name and surname:
Healthcare practitioner's business address:&
Full business address of the location at which the patient consulted the healthcare practitioner
(if different than above):

Phone Number:
Fax Number (if applicable):
Email Address (if applicable):

Province(s) Authorized to Practice in:
Healthcare Practitioner's Licence number:

By signing this document, the healthcare practitioner is attesting that the information contained in this document is correct and complete.

Healthcare Practitioner's Signature:
Date Signed (DD/MM/YYYY):

Source: Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/med/index-eng.php

Links to Resources For Healthcare Professionals

Marijuana.Ca has provided the following links to resources as references for visitors to the site and does not endorse the content contained within the links that are provided. 

Cannabinoid Research Organizations

Community-based Healthcare Organizations

Governmental Organizations


Non-Governmental / Non-Profit Organizations


Links to Scientific Research and Clinical Studies on Medical Marijuana

Cannabis-Med.Org - Clinical Studies and Case Reports 
On this site you will find clinical studies with cannabis or single cannabinoids in different diseases and case reports on the use of cannabis by patients. 
You may search for diseases (indications), authors, medication, study design (controlled study, open trial, case report etc.) and other criteria. 
Please visit Cannabis-Med.org  


Project CBD 
Project CBD is a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant.
Please visit  ProjectCBD.Org


Centre for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR)
University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). The purpose of the Center is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.
Please visit  CMCR.ucsd.edu


1023 Articles with the search criteria of (Cannabis OR Marijuana) AND (Pain)
Please visit PubMed.gov


89 Articles with the search criteria of (Palliative OR Hospice) AND (Cannabis OR Marijuana)
Please visit  PubMed.gov


US National Library of Medicine: Journal Citation Database
The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Selective Literature review
Please visit  PubMed Central


* The material on this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for a health care provider's consultation. Please consult your own appropriate health care provider about the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your own symptoms or medical conditions. The information herein does not constitute health, legal or technical advice.


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