Medical cannabis is cannabis used for medical reasons. Medical use of cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001. To use cannabis for medical reasons, you must:
If you use medical cannabis, it’s important that you only use your own supply. Do not share your cannabis with others or use someone else’s cannabis. Your doctor has given you permission to use medical cannabis for your condition. If you use someone else’s cannabis, it could cause unwanted effects.
Medical cannabis is sometimes used to:
Even though medical cannabis may be used for many health conditions, research shows it may only help manage a small number of health conditions.
Your doctor may also prescribe medicines with THC and CBD that you get from a pharmacy. You don’t need the same type of permission from your doctor to use these medicines as you do for medical cannabis.
Learn more about
THC and CBD.
If you’re thinking about using cannabis for medical reasons, talk to your doctor. You can also visit the
Health Canada medical use of cannabis website for more information.
Non-medical cannabis is the legal, non-prescribed use of cannabis by people over the age of possession (in Alberta, this is 18 or older). Non-medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 2018. In Alberta, you can buy non-medical cannabis from a licensed store or online from a legal source.
Current as of: July 25, 2023
Author: Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
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