Is medical cannabis for you?

If you’re considering whether medical cannabis can help with your unmet medical need, here’s some information to get you started.

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What the product may be used for

Your healthcare professional may authorize medical cannabis for a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Chronic neuropathic pain that impacts your daily activity or impairs your mobility.
  • Mood disorders such as anxiety, which are common in patients with chronic pain.
  • Sleep disturbances and clinical insomnia, made worse by pain and anxiety.

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Speaking with a healthcare professional can help you determine whether medical cannabis is right for you.

Get answers to your questions

Our FAQs answer your questions about medical cannabis, how to register and order, our products, safety, quality assurance, and programmes to help with the cost.

How cannabis works in your body

Cannabinoids are the main active ingredients in medical cannabis. They are produced by the human body, found in plants, or can be manufactured in a laboratory for use in prescription medications. THC and CBD are the two most commonly discussed cannabinoids and are found in relatively high concentrations in the plant. Depending on your needs, you may wish to take a product containing THC, CBD, or a balance of both.

What is the difference between THC and CBD

These are the two most common cannabinoids found in medical cannabis.


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THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for many of the pharmacological effects of medical cannabis, and may be helpful to relieve pain and nausea, help with sleep disorders, and improve appetite. It can cause euphoria.

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CBD (cannabidiol) may be helpful for reducing inflammation, seizures, and anxiety and to improve sleep. It is not known to cause the intoxicating, euphoric effects that THC does. In fact, it may help reduce these effects.

The Endocannabinoid System

We naturally produce cannabinoids—called endocannabinoids—that interact with cell receptors throughout our bodies. Endocannabinoids are like a key, receptors are like a lock, and they fit together to produce effects in the body.


Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in many physiological functions, including pain, sleep, inflammation, memory, digestion, immune functions, and neuroprotection.


THC and CBD also interact with the receptors of our ECS. This could partly explain why cannabis seems to have an effect on such a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.

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Patient Resources

The files below do not fully conform with all applicable guidelines for accessible digital documents. For the most accessible experience, please contact the  Spectrum Customer Care Team at 1-855-558-9333.

Patient Resources
Patient Resources
Patient Resources
Patient Registration Form(114.5 KB)
This must be submitted by the patient to register with Spectrum Therapeutics.
Patient Medical Document(101.9 KB)
This is completed and submitted by a healthcare professional on behalf of their patient.
Veteran Affairs Form Consent to Disclose(63.1 KB)
We are required to provide a patient's information to Veterans Affairs Canada to arrange direct billing.
A Guide for Patients(5.5 MB)
This guide covers terminology, choosing a product, methods of administration, dosing guidance, and tips for staying safe.
Patient Dosing Diary(250.6 KB)
Keep a written record of the effects of your medical cannabis therapy to help you and your healthcare professional track the efficacy of different cannabis products.
A Patient's Guide To Reimbursement Options For Medical Cannabis(429 KB)
This card explains private insurance coverage and how to claim income tax credits for medical cannabis in Canada.

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Searching for a doctor?

Talking to a healthcare professional can help determine if medical cannabis is right for you.

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Get answers to your questions

Our FAQs will answer your questions about medical cannabis, registering and ordering, our products, safety, quality assurance, and pricing.

Veteran Care

Our program of care dedicated to Canadian veterans can help verify coverage, arrange direct billing with Veterans Affairs Canada, and ensure your coverage is uninterrupted.

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Learn about The Spectrum Therapeutics Framework

The Spectrum Therapeutics Framework is a straightforward colour-coding system that simplifies the understanding of medical cannabis. This helps healthcare professionals and patients communicate clearly about product selection.

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You can explore and order from our full range of softgels, cannabis oil (THC oil and CBD oil), dried flower, pre-rolls, and edibles.

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