A Clinical Approach to Prescribing Cannabis:
The Clinic Network (TCN) is committed to supporting physicians who wish to acquire a “working knowledge” of the science behind cannabinoids and how to effectively apply this knowledge within a clinical setting. Given that this branch of medicine does not have an established clinical history (evidence based research), the 5 years of experience our physicians and support staff have acquired is vitally important.
Patients who are tired of or unresponsive to prescription drugs are turning to natural types of medicine; and cannabis requests to physicians are increasing exponentially. The following document is intended to clarify and answer some of the questions that physicians may have.
TCN support staff and physicians have in place standard policies and procedures to deal with patient screening, intake, assessment and documentation. This includes identifying patients with risk factors
To initiate the process, TCN has created an “Intake form” which patients can fill out online or in clinic and our central care team will aid them through our process. The form includes information concerning the patients past medical history, previous cannabis use (including frequency, timing and method of consumption) as well as a list of previous and current medications. The purpose of acquiring this information is to ensure the patients safety and prevent abuse. Certain risk factors are considered including
Once the patient completes the screening process, an appointment will be made with one of our trained educators and with a TCN healthcare professional. The initial consultation will involve a review of the information from the screening process, identify the main purpose (ailment) for the
There are two sub-species of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Indicas are as a rule more sedative and Sativas more stimulatory. Since they are not individual species, they are
There is no “established” dosing schedule for medicinal cannabis,
Dosage regimes vary depending on the
Vaporization, which occurs at between 180 and 200 degrees C (just short of combustion with occurs at 230 degrees C) offers a much more efficient and less harmful method of ingestion. According to University of California researchers, smokeless and odourless cannabis-vaporizing devices deliver the same or a higher level of active therapeutic ingredients and produces the same biological effect as smoking cannabis, but without the harmful toxins.
TCN educators will advise patients on usage parameters as well as the risks of cannabis treatment. In
From our support staff, patients will receive a thorough understanding of the relevance of Licensed Producers, cannabis types (Indica and Sativa)
TCN and most Licensed Producers offer compassionate pricing based on disability and/or the
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