For Health Professionals

Aphria goes beyond the foundation regulatory requirements to ensure we provide safe, consistent, and effective medical cannabis products.

Prescription Process

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    Patient Registers

    Patient completes Aphria's registration package.

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    Physician Prescribes

    Physician completes the medical document. This outlines the number of prescribed grams per day, duration of the prescription, and any THC limits.

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    Aphria Registers

    Your patient will be registered and contacted by our Patient Care Team within 48 hours.

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    Patient Orders

    Your patient may place an order through their online account or over the phone.

Resources for Health Professionals

To request an Aphria Product Guide for Health Professionals, contact our Medical Education department:

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are the legal sources of medical cannabis?

    The only legal access to medical cannabis in Canada is through Health Canada Licensed Producers, such as Aphria. Some Canadians still have personal production licenses, which grant them authorization to produce medical cannabis for personal use.

  • Do I need a specific license to prescribe medical cannabis?

    No, there is no additional license required to prescribe medical cannabis. The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) designate medical practitioners and nurse practitioners with prescribing privileges. However, nurse practitioners should consult with their College to determine their recommendations to prescribing medical cannabis.

  • What products should my patient order?

    The product selection process may involve some trial and error. Patients who are new to medical cannabis should “start low and go slow”, in other words, start with strains that are low in THC and increase gradually, as needed. Aphria’s knowledgable Patient Care Team is available to patients for strain selection guidance.

  • What are the benefits of cannabis oil vs. dried cannabis?

    Cannabis oil products allow for more precise and controlled dosing, this option may be ideal for novice patients. Cannabis oil can be applied directly under the tongue or incorporated into an edible, whereas dried cannabis may be vaporized, smoked, or incorporated into an edible or tea. Along with the differing ingestion methods, cannabis oil is processed by the body differently than dried cannabis. This results in a gradual onset of effects in comparison to smoking or vaporizing dried cannabis. Patients report experiencing the effects of cannabis oil for a longer duration than smoked or vaporized dried cannabis.

  • How should I follow-up with my patients?

    Each patient receives an informational package with their first order. Within this package is Aphria’s Medical Journal, designed to assist patients with strain selection and tracking symptom management progress. We encourage patients to bring their Medical Journal to all follow-up appointments.

  • How do patients receive their medical cannabis?

    Under Health Canada regulations, patients will receive their medication by a courier service that ensures the tracking and safekeeping of the package during transportation. The destination may include the patient’s home address, their Health Care Practitioner’s address, or in the case of an individual who is responsible for the patient, the shipping address specified in the caregiver’s registration document.

  • Is medical cannabis covered by Health Care benefits?

    Currently, medical cannabis is not covered by most insurance plans. However, medical cannabis may be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes.

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