Over the past few years there has been increased interest from Australians in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Commonwealth, state and territory governments have used existing laws or passed specific laws to allow the prescribing and dispensing of medicinal cannabis products, as well as cannabis cultivation and manufacture for medicinal purposes.
According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), there have been very few well-designed clinical trials using medicinal cannabis, so there is limited evidence on its success in treating different medical conditions, or on effective forms and drug interactions.
Some medical conditions have seen positive results from the use of medicinal cannabis such as epilepsy in children, Multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting and some types of pain, however it is clear that more research is required to fully understand the risks and benefits of medicinal cannabis.
Medicinal cannabis products are highly regulated and the process of getting access to the medication is not as simple as asking your doctor for a prescription.
As most cannabis products in Australia are unregistered, your doctor will need to follow a special process give you access to medicinal cannabis. Generally, the following steps are involved:
Is it recommended that patients do some research before considering medicinal cannabis. Some useful resources include:
If you still have questions, please feel free to contact our pharmacists. We have extensive experience dispensing medicinal cannabis and can help to answer any of your questions.
Our pharmacists can also offer advice around the different dosage forms available including oils, capsules, sprays, topicals and dried flowers (for vaporisation only).
We also have close relationships with Doctors who are experienced in the field of Medicinal Cannabis and can offer you a referral pathway.
We also have close relationships with all of the major suppliers including Althea, Tilray, Cannatrek, Adaya, Spectrum Therapeutics, Little Green Pharma, Beacon Medical and ANTG.
If you are unable to pick up your medication from our pharmacy, we offer an express shipping option (Australia Wide) which is fast, safe and convenient. You can either drop off or mail your scripts and TGA approval and we will take care of the rest.
We understand Medicinal Cannabis products can be expensive so we strive to keep our prices as competitive as possible.