Curious about Medical Cannabis? Addressing 3 Common Medical Marijuana Myths

Medical Cannabis has been a legal medical treatment option for Canadians since 2001, and both studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that Medical Cannabis can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as chronic pain.

If you have been suffering from persisting pain such as nerve pain, back pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia and have had limited success with traditional medications, you may want to consider Medical Cannabis.

For many people who suffer from both daily and intermittent pain, quality of life can be greatly impacted by their symptoms. Medical Cannabis is an alternative or supplementary treatment option for patients, which offers the chance to ease your pain, and regain your strength and quality of life.

There are many myths and misconceptions about Medical Cannabis which can prevent a patient from pursuing a prescription, so we want to shed some light on the facts.

Myth #1: Medical Cannabis has to be smoked

One of the many misconceptions about Medical Cannabis,  is that it must be smoked. This however is not the case! Recent industry innovations have produced the ability to take your Medical Cannabis in a variety of forms, including edible oils measured with a syringe and then placed under the tongue, as well as oil capsules which can simply be swallowed!  It is easier now than ever to administer your Medical Cannabis with options including dry cannabis to be vaporized, oils, capsules, oral sprays, and more! The array of options allows for truly personalized medicine.

Myth #2: Medical Cannabis will make me “high”

Another misconception is that Medical Cannabis makes you feel ‘high’, and although this is not false, this is only true for certain varieties  (‘strains’) of Medical Cannabis which are rich in the medicinal compound THC. THC is what is responsible for the ‘psychoactive effects’ or ‘high’ that is commonly associated with recreational cannabis use. But don’t get us wrong, THC is a great medicinal component that can be used to treat pain, PTSD, depression and improve sleep, just to name a few.

A proportion of patients who suffer from pain, choose to choose Medical Cannabis strains that are very rich in the compound CBD, at least during the day. This is because CBD is non-psychoactive, and does not produce a ‘high’. CBD rich products are often used to treat pain because it is an anti-inflammatory and has analgesic properties. Your cannabis doctor, in combination with a Patient Educator will help you choose strains of cannabis that are best for your needs and conditions.

Myth #3: I’m probably not eligible for Medical Cannabis

In 2001, this statement may have very well been true for most Canadians. However, with increased research and medical acceptance of Medical Cannabis, doctors are increasingly comfortable with prescribing Medical Cannabis for a variety of conditions, illnesses and symptoms which can impact one’s quality of life. Some, but not all of the medical conditions that can be treated with Medical Cannabis include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety/ anxiety disorders/ stress
  • Arthritis
  • Auto accident injury
  • Back and neck issues
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Chronic nausea (caused by medication, chemotherapy or otherwise)
  • Chronic pain
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy (to help control seizures)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Hepatitis C
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Failure/Dialysis
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spinal Cord injury/disease

If you are interested in learning more about how Medical Cannabis can be used to treat you or a loved one, please contact Apollo Cannabis Clinics by calling 416 840 5991, or by emailing .

Apollo is a leading Medical Cannabis research organization in Toronto, who has a staff of up to 10 HealthCare practitioners, including pain specialists and psychiatrists, who can prescribe Medical Cannabis. Apollo provides personalized treatment plans for every patient and was recently voted TOP CLINIC ( East ) in the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards.

For more information about Medical Cannabis or to book a Medical Cannabis Appointment, contact Apollo Cannabis Clinic today!


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