WHAT IS 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 plants- but are very different.
The manufacture of medicinal cannabis is highly regulated and controlled and must conform to strict Good Manufacturing Practices. This means that products are free from harmful ingredients, that doctors know what is in it, and that the ingredients are 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 medicinal cannabis product specifically to treat the symptoms of a medical condition or to ease the side effect of other treatments.
All drugs have side effect, 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 medicinal cannabis.
There have been no recorded human deaths directly attributable to ingesting cannabis. Conversely, opioids that are highly addictive and can produce a euphoric and lethargic state 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 (30-59yo) are more likely to die from prescription drug overdose with Oxycodone and Benzodiazepines leading the list.
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 used widely as a medicine. Furthermore, Cannabis was used globally as a medicine dating back 5000 years.
WHAT‘S THE COST?
We offer the most affordable pricing in the market and can prescribe any legal medical cannabis products available.
Approximately $4 to $10 a day on average depending on the prescribed product and the amount individually used. This could also vary depending on the pharmacy dispensing fee.
Price lists can be provided by a doctor within an individual professional consultation.
This differs per doctor and clinic. CDA Clinics suggest Affiliate Doctors should charge the following costs:
IN THE CLINIC:
• Initial Consultation $200 (potential rebate $73*)
• Subsequent Consults $65 (potential rebate $38*)
• Initial Consultation $199
• Follow Up $59
• Additional Admin Fee $35
* Prices and Medicare rebates per patient and clinic. Please visit the clinic for more information. CDA only suggests what clinics or doctors may charge. Prices are subject to change without warning. No Medicare rebates for Telehealth. Please visit our website for more information. www.CannabisDoctorsAustralia.com.au
CANNABIS DOCTORS AUSTRALIA
Providing medical cannabis access to patients and doctors in Australia.
If you‘d like to find out more or book a consultation please get in contact with us via our website:
HOW CANNABIS WORKS IN OUR BODY
Every human has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that restores balance by promoting sleep, appetite, stress reduction, and modulation of pain and inflammation.
There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that activate receptors in your own ECS.
Our bodies produce Endocannabinoids similar to Phyto-cannabinoids in cannabis plants. There are even natural Endocannabinoidsfound in human breast milk,
Essentially, cannabinoids from medical cannabis can increase the effectiveness of your own ECS.
The main cannabinoids are called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).
THC is what causes the ‘high’ feeling, but it has also been found to reduce nausea, vomiting, pain, muscle spasms and improve sleep and appetite.
CBD has been found to reduce the ‘high’ caused by THC, and may also be effective for seizures, pain, and anxiety.
Together, THC and CBD may benefit a range of conditions.
BLACK MARKET CANNABIS
Illegal cannabis is grown from unknown sources and may contain pesticides, moulds, bacteria, and harmful contaminants. Illegal cannabis, including ‘homegrown’ cannabis, can contain unknown and potentially dangerous concentrations of active ingredients.
Some people falsely believe that the cost of medical cannabis is higher than black market cannabis.
Cannabis purchased in this way is illegal and you could be prosecuted for having it in your possession without a prescription.
Black market cannabis has been cultivated over the years to contain high amounts of the cannabinoid THC, which will make you feel ‘high’ and may not necessarily be right for your condition.
Black market cannabis is inconsistent and you cannot be sure of what you’re getting.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors in our body act as message receivers. Once your body receives cannabinoids from the cannabis plant your receptors can become more activated and increase the effectiveness of your own ECS.
Cannabinoids impact physiological processes especially in pain, sleep, appetite, inflammation, and immune responses.
HOW TO ACCESS MEDICAL CANNABIS
Medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by an Australian-registered medical practitioner and must be accessed through special pathways. The Special Access Scheme (SAS) is managed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Cannabis Doctors Australia (CDA) is onboarding and training Affiliate Doctors all over Australia on how to safely prescribe prescrible medical cannabis. We also offer Australia-wide Telehealth services so patients can consult with CDA doctors from the privacy and comfort of their own homes.
CDA provides a training program for all medical practitioners that would like to prescribe medical cannabis for their own patients. Feel free to refer your doctor to us.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to find your nearest prescribing doctor. However, we’ll require a referral and medical history from your regular doctor.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
‘Fast Track’ conditions:
•PTSD / Anxiety
•Chemotherapy induced nausea
However, the TGA will consider approving any chronic medical condition that’s lasted for 3 months or longer and hasn’t responded to conventional medical treatments, or the previous treatments have caused side effects.
Please register on our website and you’ll recieve a letter for your regular doctor who will need to refer you to CDA. We’re not asking your doctor to support or prescribe medical cannabis; instead we’re asking them to validate your symptoms.