New WSIB medical marijuana policy

January 24, 2019

The WSIB has a new policy on cannabis for treatment purposes coming into effect on March 1, 2019. The policy is quite restricted for a substance that can be obtained without a prescription for recreational use. It restricts medical cannabis to designated conditions where there is "strong and consistent evidence of a therapeutic effect" in light of the health risks. Medical cannabis for the purposes of the policy does not include pharmaceutical cannabinoids (CBD).

The designated conditions include:

1. neuropathic pain
2. spasticity resulting from a spinal cord injury
3. nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy
4. loss of appetite associated with HIV or AIDS
5. pain and other symptoms experienced in a palliative setting

In all situations except a palliative setting, all "conventional" treatments must be exhausted, but conventional treatments may include pharmaceutical cannabinoids.

The policy can be accessed off the WSIB website.

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