Introduction to Cannabis
Glossary of Terms
What is TealValley
Teal Valley Inc. is Canada’s most prominent Cannabis Patient Care company. Teal Valley works with physicians in order to provide the best possible patient education and post-clinic care.
What is a Licensed Producer?
Medical Cannabis is grown across Canada in highly regulated state of the art facilities called Licensed Producers. Each Licensed Producer is subject to stringent testing and quality control, as dictated by the MMPR regulations and enforced by Health Canada.
What is the MMPR?
The MMPR or Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, is Health Canada’s legal framework for Medical Cannabis.
How much will my Medical Cannabis cost and is it covered under OHIP?
Currently Cannabis is not covered by OHIP. Prices range from $5-15 per gram.
Will my Insurance cover my Medical Cannabis?
Some private plans may cover a portion of your cannabis prescription purchase. We feel strongly that medical cannabis should be covered by insurance and are happy to help you get coverage on your private plan.
What is the Medical Document?
The Medical Document is equivalent to a medical cannabis prescription.
How do I get a prescription for Medical Cannabis
Step 1, Obtain a referral (from your GP, specialist or walk-in clinic) and have it faxed to your preferred Cannabis clinic. Typically referred patients are contacted to book an appointment on a priority condition basis but six weeks is the average wait time.
Step 2, At your appointment you should be prepared to fill out paperwork for the clinic and to determine if you are a suitable candidate for medical cannabis therapy.Step 3, The prescribing physician establishes that you are a candidate for medical Cannabis and creates the medical document (prescription), which is transmitted to a Licensed Producer.
How much does is cost/what are the clinic fees?
There are no clinic fee’s with any Teal associated clinics.
How do I place an Order?
Patients can order from their Licensed Producer's website or over the phone
How do I know who my LP is? How do I know the status of my registration?
A TealValley representative can help with any patients who do not know which Licensed Producer they are with. Patients can call their Licensed Producer for any status updates on their registration.
What should I be ordering if I can’t remember the strain or THC/CBD percentages recommended by my doctor?
A TealValley representative or a customer care agent from your Licensed Producer can help guide you through each producer’s strain selection.
What are the most common conditions Cannabis is prescribed for?
- • Chronic Pain
- • Nausea and Vomiting
- • Multiple Sclerosis
- • Wasting Syndrome/Loss of Appetite
- • Seizure Disorders
- • Fibromyalgia
- • Crohn’s Disease / Inﬂammatory Bowel Disease
- • Arthritis
- • Anxiety and Depression
- • Glaucoma
- • Sleep disorder/Insomnia
How do I get my prescription filled?
All Cannabis prescriptions are filled through your chosen Licensed Producer. Ordering is done online at your Licensed Producer's website or over the phone.
What payment options are there?
Methods of payment include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Debit, pre-paid credit cards, e-transfer, personal and certified cheques and money orders.
How is the product shipped? How long for delivery?
All Medical Cannabis products are shipped via Canada Post or Courier. Delivery is usually between 2-5 business days.
Is my Medical Cannabis partially covered by ODSP and/or CPP?
To establish if you are eligible for ODSP or CPP, please refer to your Licensed Producer. Each Licensed Producer has their own policy and various pricing options.
How do I get a copy of my prescription?
Patients can request a written note from the prescribing Physician, but copies of the Medical Document (prescription) are not issued at this time.
How should I be taking my medical cannabis?
Patients can choose to vaporize or make edibles with their Cannabis. They may also choose to take Cannabis oil, which is available from a select group of producers. TealValley does not recommend smoking Cannabis. If you have additional questions about taking your Cannabis please call our customer care line.
How much Cannabis can I order, and posses at one time?
Every patient is legally allowed to posses up to 150 grams, or 30 times their daily limit, whichever is the lesser of the two.
Is Medical Cannabis legal to carry and what do I do when I’m travelling, can I drive after taking Medical Cannabis?
Medical Cannabis is currently only legal in Canada. Travelling within Canada is allowed provided the patient can prove they have a Medical Cannabis prescription. Travelling with any form of cannabis to the United States or internationally is Illegal.
How should I prove that I am a registered medical marijuana patient (to a policeman, or employer)?
When your Medical Cannabis product arrives, you will receive a labeled container indicating that you are a patient who legally possesses Medical Cannabis.
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Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds unique to cannabis that act upon the human body’s cannabinoid receptors, producing various effects which may benefit patients. Cannabis’ primary cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the psychoactive effects (or the high). There are over 85 known cannabinoids with varying effects.
Cannabis is a plant genus that produces three species of flowering plants: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. All three species are used to produce medical cannabis.
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CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis, and is the second most prevalent cannabinoid after THC. Research has shown that CBD produces a physical effect without the psychoactive effects (the high) associated with THC.
Concentrates are a potent consolidation of cannabinoids made by dissolving cannabis in its plant form into a solvent. Referred to by a variety of slang terms, the classification of concentrates is often dependent on the manufacturing method and the consistency of the final product.
Edibles and medibles are edible goods that have been infused with cannabis extracts. They are commonly-baked goods such as cookies and brownies, but can also be flavored drinks, breads, candies and more. Edibles have a slower effect than other delivery methods since the cannabinoids first must be absorbed through the digestive system.
Cannabis flowers are the hairy, sticky, crystal-covered bits that are harvested and dried to be used as medication. When they are allowed to be fertilized by male plants, these flowers will produce cannabis seeds. If not, they will continue to produce the resin that contains active cannabinoids until they are harvested or begin to die.
Hemp is a fibrous product that can be produced from the male cannabis plant and can be used in the manufacture of rope, paper, beauty products and more. Commercial production (including cultivation) of industrial hemp has been permitted in Canada since 1998 under licenses and authorization issued by Health Canada.
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Hybrid cannabis plants are a genetic cross between two or more separate strains of cannabis. Hybrids can happen unintentionally, but they are usually bred specifically to combine desired traits of the original plants. Most cannabis available today is some form of hybrid.
Indica is used to refer to the Cannabis Indica species of cannabis. Generally these plants originated in the Middle East and Asia. Compared to their Sativa counterparts, Indica plants are shorter and bushier, and have more compact flower structure. This species is known for their physical effects in contrast with the cerebral
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Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR)
Canadian government regulations that allow approved and licensed patients to possess and use cannabis to treat specific medical illnesses or conditions. As of March 31, 2014, the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations was repealed and replaced by the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. To read the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, visit:Justice Laws website.
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)
Canadian government regulations replacing the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) as of March 31, 2014. Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) allow Tilray and other licensed cannabis producers to provide patients with dried cannabis for medical purposes. To participate, a patient must have a health care practitioner complete a medical document to be submitted to Tilray or another licensed producer along with a completed registration form. As of April 1, 2014, MMPR is the only legal means for Canadians to acquire medical cannabis. To read the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, visit:Justice Laws website
Marihuana is the general term for female cannabis plants or their dried flowers. Females are distinct from male plants in that they produce flowers containing a high percentage of cannabinoids. “Marihuana” is the spelling that appears in Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is used by Health Canada in legal documents related to the Act.
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Pinene is a terpene commonly found in pine trees.
Sativa refers to the Cannabis Sativa species of cannabis plant. In general, these plants originated outside of the Middle East and Asia and include strains from South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Thailand. These strains tend to grow taller than indicas, are lighter in color and take longer to flower. Sativas are known for their cerebral effects in contrast with the physical effects of indicas.
A strain is a specific variety of a plant species. Cannabis strains are developed to produce distinct desired traits. Cannabis strain names often reflect the plant’s appearance, effects or place of origin.
Terpenes modify the effects of THC and other cannabinoids, augmenting a strain’s medicinal properties. Cannabis strains are distinguished by the variety of terpenes they produce, which contribute to differences in aroma and flavor.
THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the most well-known and most abundantly available cannabinoid in cannabis plants. THC is also the component in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects or high. Research has shown THC to be an effective medical treatment for a range of conditions.
A tincture is a liquid cannabis extract, usually made with alcohol or glycerol, that is often administered with a dropper. Tinctures can be flavored and are usually placed under the tongue, where they are absorbed quickly.
A topical is a cannabis product where the active properties of the flowers have been extracted and added to a product such as a lotion or a cream that is applied to the skin.
Trichomes are the resin production glands of the cannabis plant. THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are produced in these glands.
A vaporizer is a device used to consume cannabis. It heats either flowers or cannabis-infused oils to a temperature that produces a cannabinoid-laced vapor to inhale. Vaporizing is healthier than smoking since there is no smoke to ingest, but this method still produces almost instantaneous effects.
Wax is a form of concentrate
Weed is a slang term for cannabis.