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Medical Cannabis for Neurological Disorders

We specialize in providing assessments for medical cannabis for neurological disorders.

What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis encompasses the utilization of constituents derived from the *Cannabis sativa* plant to address a spectrum of medical conditions. Within the cannabis plant, specific molecules known as cannabinoids are present. These molecules engage with the body's intricate endocannabinoid system (ECS), a comprehensive regulatory network distributed across both the body and the brain. 

The ECS serves a pivotal role in the fine-tuning modulation of various vital physiological processes. Within the brain, the ECS governs plasticity— the brain's ability to adaptively change over time—and communication between brain cells, which provides transmission of signals within the brain and from the brain to the body.

With over 100 cannabinoids sourced from Cannabis sativa, specific combinations of these compounds are harnessed for targeted treatments. Among these cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most prominent and widely recognized. Through extraction from the cannabis plant, these cannabinoids, alongside others, are formulated into oils, sprays, and capsules that are commonly employed for therapeutic purposes. CBD and THC, both individually and in conjunction, exhibit potential in treating various neurological conditions in both adults and children, including epilepsy, headaches, concussion, and sleep-related issues. 

To learn more about our medical cannabis program, book a free informational call with one of our health navigators.

Eligibility for Assessment

  • Adults & Pediatric Patients
  • Any Neurological Disorder or Question of Neurological Disorder
  • Specific Neurological Conditions: Epilepsy, Headache/Migraine, Concussion, Functional Neurological Disorder, Autism and Sleep
  • Case-by-Case Basis: Pain, Anxiety, Cannabis Use Disorder & Substance Misuse

How Does It Work?

Our medical cannabis program provides an initial comprehensive virtual education session so there is a foundational understanding of the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can potentially be useful for various neurologic conditions. This helps our patients and their families develop a strong rationale for choosing medical cannabis and empowering patients to make informed decisions about their care.

By combining the most up-to-date medical literature with over 7 years of clinical experience treating more than a thousand adult and pediatric patients, we offer a careful and organized approach to medical cannabis care. We have developed formal and structured protocols to help treat conditions such as: epilepsy, headache, concussion, sleep, autism and more. Our team provides guidance, oversight and ongoing education—enhanced by our medical cannabis research program— to help patients and families navigate the complex and sometimes confusing landscape of medical cannabis treatment. 

Our program provides care from a harm reduction perspective, realizing there are still many outstanding research questions regarding medical cannabis. We help patients come to a decision that is balanced and thoughtful so patients and families feel confident in exploring medical cannabis as a treatment option.

Frequently
Asked
Questions

Where can I find resources on the basics of medical cannabis?

Dr. Evan Lewis has developed various online resources here


A video on the basics of medical cannabis can be found here.

Where can I find resources on the laws & regulations of medical cannabis in Canada?

Dr. Evan Lewis has developed various online resources here.

A video on the laws & regulations of medical cannabis can be found here

I lost the link to the virtual education session on medical cannabis. Where can I find that?

The virtual education session for medical cannabis can be found here.

Dr. Evan Lewis has also developed various online resources here.

Can I claim medical cannabis as a medical expense in Canada?

Yes, you can claim expenses related to medical cannabis up until a certain amount each year. This can be found on Lines 33099 and 33199 of your Canadian Income Tax Return

See here for more details.

Will I be able to drive if I am taking medical cannabis?

There are rules in Ontario regarding cannabis use and driving and they can be found here.

There are certain limits of THC that are permitted. There is no concern with CBD as CBD does not provide impairing effects on driving. 

Most protocols at our clinic do not utilize THC during the day; therefore, you will be able to drive in most circumstances. If THC is used during the day for your treatment protocol, then discuss the implications on driving with the physician.

Our Locations

The medical cannabis virtual consultations are run from our Toronto Clinic.

Numinus Toronto Eglinton Avenue
491 Eglington Ave. W, Suite 100, Toronto, ON M5N 1A7

Schedule an informational call with a health navigator to get started.

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Disclaimer

Cannabis has not been approved by Health Canada or the Food and Drug Administration for any mental health indication and its use has serious risks and may cause serious side effects. Always consult a physician before starting or stopping any medication or other treatment. Please refer to the FAQ below and our Cannabis Disclaimer.

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