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 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 anxiety, 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 standard process of gaining access to the cannabis medication may not as simple as asking your doctor for a prescription.
As most cannabis products in Australia are unregistered, your doctor may need to follow a special process give you access to medicinal cannabis. Generally, the following steps are involved:
There are prescribers now however that fall under the Authorised Prescriber Scheme, who can issue certain categories of cannabis prescriptions directly to specified patients under their immediate care without requiring separate approval for individual patients, shortening the process. Feel free to enquire about how this works or see the link below.
We are happy to help as much as we can before patients consider 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 have close relationships with Doctors who are experienced in the field of Medicinal Cannabis and can offer you a referral pathway.
All major suppliers to Australia including Levin, Alfie, Sativite, Althea, Tilray, Cannatrek, Adaya, Spectrum Therapeutics, Little Green Pharma, Beacon Medical, ANTG and more are able to be supplied at Cranes.
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. We also offer same day delivery to nearby Sydney suburbs (please ring or email us for price and approximate time of arrival). You can either drop off or mail your scripts with the appropriate 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.