Precautions / Warnings

Marijuana/ cannabis is not an approved therapeutic product in Canada.

Patients should consult their healthcare practitioners when considering the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

We strongly suggest reviewing 2 sources for information on Precautions, Warnings:

Health Canada’s Information for Health Care Professionals - Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids; February 2013 ( Health Canada website; see Precautions (Section 5), Warnings (Section6), Adverse Effects (Section7).

Authorizing Dried Cannabis for Chronic Pain or Anxiety: Preliminary Guidance from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Mississauga, ON: College of Family Physicians of Canada; 2014 (available on the College’s website ). Recommendation 4 regarding which patients marijuana therapy is not appropriate for, Recommendation 5 regarding which patients it should be used in with caution and Recommendation 6 which directs physicians to follow the regulations of their provincial medical regulators when authorizing dried cannabis are of specific interest.

You can view the guidelines/ positions/ policies/ statements on the use of medical marijuana, of medical associations and colleges of physicians and surgeons in Canada, Click here