October 12, 2018
As of October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act and associated regulations will come into force. The recreational use of cannabis will be legal for adults who are 19 years of age or older, with certain conditions. Access to cannabis for medical purposes, which is currently administered under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, will now be administered under the Cannabis Act and associated regulations.
The College has received questions from RMTs about how the legalization of marijuana will impact massage therapy practice. Therefore, the College is providing the following guidance to the profession
1. Recreational or Medical Use of Cannabis by Patients
RMTs have asked what to do if a patient seeks massage therapy treatment while exhibiting signs of having recently used cannabis, or if a patient discloses the recent use of cannabis, whether recreational or medical.
2. Recreational or Prescribed Use of Cannabis by RMTs
The College’s Code of Ethics states that RMTs must not practice massage therapy while impaired. In the context of cannabis use, this applies regardless of whether an RMT is using cannabis for a prescribed or a recreational purpose.
3. Use of Cannabis Oil and/or CBD in Treatment
A number of RMTs have asked CMTBC whether they may apply cannabis oil or oil/lotion containing cannabidiol (CBD) as part of the provision of massage therapy.
The Cannabis Act and associated regulations do not expressly authorize RMTs (or any other health care practitioners) to apply cannabis oil or oil/lotion containing CBD as part of the provision of health care. The College has asked the Ministry of Health for its position as to whether the application of cannabis oil or a CBD product could be considered within the scope of practice for massage therapy, as defined by section 1 of the Massage Therapists Regulation.
Under section 2 of the Cannabis Act:
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Parisotto, Director of Inquiry and Discipline, at 604.736.3404 (ext. 106) or at Kate.Parisotto@cmtbc.ca.