Cannabis Resources for Patients

Associations, Organizations, Societies

Arthritis Society
Since 2001, medical cannabis (also known as marijuana) has been a legal treatment option in Canada for certain health conditions, including arthritis. An estimated two thirds of Canadians who use cannabis for medical purposes do so to help manage arthritis symptoms. Learn More

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
In partnership with organizations across the country, CAMH has developed evidence-based resources to provide Canadians information about the health implications of using cannabis. The CAMH has put together a cannabis resource centre with information such as the brochure 10 Ways to Reduce Risks to Your Health When Using Cannabis, and other helpful information. Learn More

Pain BC Pain Toolbox
Pain BC is a non-profit society made up of health care practitioners, people living with pain, and others with a shared passion to improve the lives of people in pain in British Columbia. The Pain BC Pain Toolbox is full of helpful resources and links on ways to help manage your pain symptoms. Learn More

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
With the new legalization of cannabis in Canada, being aware of the potentially harmful effects of cannabis on a healthy pregnancy and your baby’s development is important. While research still doesn’t give us all the answers about the effects of cannabis or CBD on pregnancy and the baby’s development, for now, the only safe amount of cannabis to use while pregnant or breastfeeding is zero. Learn More

HealthLink BC Pain Management Clinic
Chronic pain often requires both counselling and medical treatment, because it can have a wearing effect on both the body and the mind. Learn More

MS Society of Canada
Disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) aim to either slow disease progression or manage symptoms of MS. Many individuals diagnosed with MS are using or considering using cannabis as part of their symptom management care plan. Learn More

Responsible Cannabis Use (RCU)

  • is an educational campaign aimed to inform consumers and organizations about cannabis laws and impaired driving penalties across Canada. Learn more

Articles & Research

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines: A Comprehensive Update of Evidence and Recommendations – AJPH POLICY

BC Provincial Academic Detailing Service, Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (July 2013) (List of patient resources on page 2)

Canadian Cannabis Survey 2019 – Government of Canada

7 Things You Need to Know about Edible Cannabis – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Ministry of Health

Travel Assistance Program (TAP BC)
The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. Learn More


Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain. Learn More