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FAQs

How can I save money on medical cannabis?

A limited number of insurance plans cover the costs of medical cannabis. Call your provider for details. Also, cannabis is an eligible medical expense, and can be claimed on your taxes, but only if it has been prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

Is cannabis addictive?

According to a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, less than nine per cent of cannabis consumers become dependent (compared with over 67 per cent of nicotine users and 22 per cent of people who drink alcohol.) However, cannabis dependence is not associated with the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms of other legal drugs such as alcohol, nicotine or opioids.

Can cannabis replace other prescriptions?

In many cases, yes. Several studies have demonstrated patients successfully substituting cannabis for other prescriptions, including opioids, benzodiazepines and antidepressants. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, nearly a quarter of Canadian seniors take 10 or more prescription drugs. Since cannabis may treat several symptoms at once, it has the potential to reduce adverse drug interactions by reducing the number of overall prescriptions. In a study with seniors in Israel, researchers found that over 18 per cent had stopped taking opioid analgesics or reduced their dose after six months.