September 25th, 2003
Naturopaths in Canada support the medicinal use of cannabis.
At a recent board meeting, the Canadian Naturopathic Association's position on medicinal cannabis was brought to the table and discussed.
The CNA supports the use of cannabis medicinally, but naturopathic doctors do not wish to dispense it from their offices.
Executive Director Shawn O'Reilly wrote "We would support a similar set-up to the current situation in B.C. where the Compassion Club recognizes a recommendation/referral from an ND as they would one from an MD."
Currently, Health Canada only recognizes the endorsement for cannabis use from a regular MD or specialist, and have not formally acknowledged the NDs, or naturopathic doctors as able to legally prescribe cannabis.
Regular GP physicians and medical specialist MDs are currently prescribing and dispensing cannabis as medicine, although marijuana is actually a natural herbal remedy.
The plant has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and numerous scientific studies have found the plant beneficial for a wide variety of medical conditions including multiple sclerosis and cancer.
Doctors in Canada have been asked by Health Canada to dispense cannabis to patients from their offices, but they are adamantly opposed to this in principle.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are experienced and well trained in dispensing herbal remedies and plants, while medical doctors (MDs) prescribe manufactured pharmaceutical drugs.
The cannabis plant is not a manufactured drug, so many patients question the justification of doctors prescribing a plant in order to be considered legal medical cannabis users.
The Canadian Naturopathic Association (CNA) is a not-for-profit professional association representing the interests of naturopathic doctors and promoting naturopathic medicine throughout Canada.
Its membership consists of naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medical students, suppliers of natural remedies for professional use, and the provincial naturopathic associations.
To find a Naturopathic Doctor, or ND in your area, contact:
Canadian Naturopathic Association/Association canadienne de naturopathie
1255 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario, M2K 1E2
Back to the list of articles
Please visit our forum, or e-mail any questions or comments.