Accessing Medical Cannabis
Medical Cannabis can be legally prescribed by any Australian-registered Medical Doctor. Medical Cannabis and illegal Cannabis come from the same type of plant – but are very different.
The manufacture of Medical Cannabis is highly regulated, controlled, and must conform to strict Good Manufacturing Practices. This means that products are free from harmful contaminants, Doctors know what’s in it, and the ingredients remain the same from bottle to bottle.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia ensures all prescribed Medical Cannabis products are tested and approved to strict standards. Manufacturers develop Medical Cannabis products specifically to treat the symptoms of a medical condition or to ease the side effects of other treatments.
All drugs have side effects, and like any other medicine, Medicinal Cannabis may or may not be right for you. It’s important to speak to your Doctor about your treatment and any questions that you might have about Medical Cannabis.
Cannabis has been cultivated in the last century to be very high in THC – the psychotropic component – but not all Cannabis makes a person ‘feel high.’
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2017) report shows that Cannabis has a lower risk of dependence than coffee, alcohol and nicotine. Before the prohibition of Cannabis in Australia in the 1920s, Cannabis was widely used as a medicine. Furthermore, Cannabis was used globally as a medicine dating back 5000 years.
There have been no recorded human deaths directly attributable to ingesting Cannabis. Conversely, opioids kill 113,000 people globally each year. Accidental drug deaths in Australia are at their highest levels and now eclipse the annual road toll. Middle-aged Australians (30-59yrs) are more likely to die from prescription drug overdose with Oxycodone and Benzodiazepines leading the list.