Medical Cannabis FAQ

Questions about Spartan Network, Medical Cannabis? It helps to be informed with up-to-date information about Medical Cannabis. These are the most common questions related to legally purchasing and using CBD and Medical Cannabis in Canada.

Medical Cannabis 101

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are the main chemical compounds found in Medical Cannabis. The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. There are 100+ cannabinoids that can be identified in plants or manufactured by a Medical Cannabis laboratory for producing prescription medications. In other words, CBD is the opposite of THC in that it doesn’t produce the “high” that THC does. Among the 100+ cannabinoids, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most common ingredients found in Medical Cannabis products.

How Does Cannabinoids Work?

When a person ingests cannabinoids, they interactinteract with the endocannabinoid receptors in the person’s organs, connective tissues, and brain. The effects of cannabis may produce a variety of therapeutic effects including a reduction of inflammation and pain throughout the body. CBD is also known to be effective in providing relief from stress and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How Does Medical Cannabis Work?

Medical Cannabis is extracted from cannabis plants and its main compound Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is used to manage various ailments and diseases. Cannabis plants contain 100+ cannabinoids. Unlike CBD, THC produces the "high" people feel when they ingest Medical Cannabis through edibles and smoking marijuana flower.

What Conditions Can Benefit From Cannabis?

Medical and scientific research has been conducted on the use of Medical Cannabis in managing a variety of diseases and ailments. Here are the ailments where recent research studies have shown Medical Cannabis may be effective in assisting:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Inflammation of bones and joints such as arthritis
  • Chronic neuropathic pain
  • Crohn’s diseases
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Multiple sclerosis

What Are Potential Side Effects Of Medical Cannabis?

It is important to understand that Medical Cannabis affects every person in different ways. To avoid the potential side effects of Medical Cannabis, we recommend you follow the medical information you get from our qualified medical practitioners during your virtual consultation. Bear in mind, you cannot overdose on Cannabis or CBD and you should always ingest CBD and Cannabis products in moderation. When in doubt, take small doses and wait at least one hour before you take the next dose.

These are the most common potential side effects:

  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Coughing
  • Feeling drunk and having distorted thoughts
  • Dizziness and sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Short attention span
  • Inability to concentrate and make decisions
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia and suspiciousness
  • Motor skill impairment
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

In many instances, people do not experience all of these side effects at the same time. You should consult with your medical practitioner in our Spartan Wellness Virtual clinic if you experience any of these side effects.

Becoming A Spartan Network Patient

How Much Does It Cost To See A Spartan Network Medical Practitioner?

Spartan Network believes in giving people access to Medical Cannabis products in Canada. As such, there are no fees or upfront costs when booking a virtual consultation. As long as you are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada, your consultation is always free of charge.

How Do I Book A Virtual Consultation?

To book a virtual consultation, go to our Spartan Wellness Virtual clinic and click on “Book An Appointment.” You will be directed to an appointment calendar where you can choose the preferred date and time for your consultation.

Do I Need A Health Card To Book A Virtual Consultation?

Yes, you do require a valid health card in order to book a virtual consultation.

How Much Does Medical Cannabis Products Cost?

The cost of Medical Cannabis products depends on the dosage of the strain of cannabis you are prescribed. Depending on which licensed producer you place an order with, they may reduce the tax to make it affordable. In most instances, patients pay between $50-$150 CAD per order.

Are Medical Cannabis Products By Health Insurance Plans?

Currently, Veteran Affairs Canada may cover Medical Cannabis for Canadian Armed Forces veterans and RCMP. Other health insurance plans may cover Medical Cannabis, contact your provider for more information. Medical Cannabis is tax-deductible as a medical expense, so be sure to keep your receipts and have them ready when you file your next income tax.

What Should I Expect During My First Virtual Consultation?

During your first virtual consultation, your medical practitioner will provide you with educational information on Medical Cannabis. Please let them know any questions or concerns you have about taking medicinal Cannabis and they will be more than happy to answer them. Once you have discussed the certain ailments you would like to manage, your medical practitioner will make recommendations on which products you should consider. At the conclusion of your consultation, your medical practitioner will register you with a Health Canada approved licensed producer and tell you the next steps for browsing our Marketplace.

How Long Will It Take To Get My Medication In The Mail?

Your medication will be shipped to you directly from your licensed producer choice. Once you have placed your order online, Canada Post will ship it directly to the mailing address you placed on your order. Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Post is following specific handling protocols to ensure the safety of its delivery.

Can I Choose Any Licensed Producer?

Yes, you can choose any Health Canada approved licensed producer located in Canada. You can switch to a different licensed producer any time. But if you do switch to another licensed producer, you may have to book another appointment with a medical practitioner for a new prescription.

If you couldn’t find an answer within our Frequently Asked Questions section, please feel free to contact us with your questions at info@spartannetwork.ca.