QUICK GUIDE TO
MEDICINAL CANNABIS

Learn about the basics and improve your understanding of how medicinal cannabis may be appropriate for many Australian suffering from various medical conditions.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids, the major active ingredients in medicinal cannabis, are naturally occurring chemical compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Over 100 cannabinoids are found in the plant.  The two main ones that are the most extensively studied, and that are prescribed in medicinal cannabis, are: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol (THC).

Types of Medicinal Cannabis

In general, prescribed medicinal cannabis in Australia can be in three combinations: CBD-only, THC-only, or commonly, a combination of both.

CBD. There are numerous clinical studies demonstrating CBDs role in management of seizures, pain and even anxiety disorders. Unlike THC, the compound responsible for the ‘high’  associated with marijuana, CBD, is non-psychoactive.

THC. This compound, besides being psychoactive, may have other therapeutic effects, including pain and nausea relief, relief of muscle spasms and helping with appetite.

Combination of CBD + THC. These can come in different ratios, such as 1:1, 1:2, or even 1:20.  The combination used will depend on your primary condition, other conditions and symptoms, and other factors in your situation.  We take a holistic approach to your treatment and tailor it as best we can for you.

How Do You Take Medicinal Cannabis?

Once you have been prescribed medicinal cannabis, our doctors will work together with you to guide you through dosing.  The exact regime will depend on your symptoms and condition, but generally speaking you will start at a low dose and increase over time in a controlled way, to get the most out of your medication.

What are the most common methods for taking the medication?

Orally

Most prescribed medicinal cannabis comes in an oil form, which is swallowed.  Some also come in a spray, under the tongue.  This gets absorbed through the lining of the mouth (as well as swallowed eventually).

Ingested forms are useful for many conditions, as the benefits usually last longer after each dose compared with the inhaled forms.

Via Inhalation

For recreational users, this is the most popular method.  However, this is less commonly prescribed given the unknown risks associated with smoke and lack of consistency and regulation with vaporisers.

Through Skin (Transdermally)

There may be topical medicinal cannabis medications available in Australia in the future.  These may be useful for treatment for specific areas of the body, though likely only for .

How to Book For Medicinal Cannabis Prescription

Although medicinal cannabis has been legal in Australia for 2.5 years now, the process to access medicinal cannabis can still be time-consuming and frustrating for both doctors and patients.

Through our comprehensive clinical services, we provide the following:

✓ Affordable doctors eligibility consultation, with no added processing fees

✓ Easy to understand guidance during your application process

✓ Professional advice based on clinical and scientific evidence

There is no need delay – our registered medical practitioners can assess your eligibility and start you on your journey to better health.

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