Medicinal cannabis users are being pressured into self-medicating in the unregulated market without the support of a medical professional, according to a survey that reveals flaws in the medical cannabis consumption regime.
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Access to cannabis for medical or recreational purposes is legal in Canada, provided the patient has a document provided by a healthcare professional.
Results from the medical cannabis patient survey conducted by Cannabis Medical Canada (CMC) show that only 37% of respondents say they have a medical document.
A worrying situation for the body, since patients who do not have this sesame benefit much less from the support of health professionals and resort to the black market of cannabis.
About 83% felt a sense of stigma from health professionals regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes and 57% had difficulty finding a health professional to obtain a medical document, according to the federal agency.
In addition, 60% say they have to obtain supplies from the unregulated market because the regulated market poses too many obstacles to them, whether in terms of costs or the difficulty of obtaining a medical document.
Cost remains the main obstacle for patients leaving the medical cannabis network to turn to other informal resources used by one in three patients.
“Canadians absolutely need the support of a health care professional to ensure their own safety and the effectiveness of their treatment,” CMC’s Max Monahan-Ellison said in a statement Thursday.
Mr. Monahan-Ellison recommends reviewing pricing policy and increasing entry points to the medical cannabis market.