Frequently Asked Questions

Cost

Some private health funds have been known to cover Medical Cannabis. it’s worth looking into your coverage scheme and contacting your private health fund for further information.

Currently, there is no PBS funding and we do not have a access to a compassionate scheme at this time.

The consultations are affordable compared to other clinics and the payment is for the Doctor’s time. The whole process for each individual patient can vary in time however there is a lot of work required to be undertaken by the Doctor.

The cost of Medicinal Cannabis products is not currently subsidised by the Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means that patients will need to fund the cost of treatment themselves. The amount paid will vary depending on the type of product prescribed and the dose recommended by the Doctor.

We constantly research to understand if any health fund providers are willing to provide a subsidy. At this stage, there are few who are supportive of it however it’s important to do your own research and confirm with your own health fund if they do subsidise consultations or products relating to Medical Cannabis.

Each health fund will vary depending on an individual’s level of cover however they will only subsidise a pharmaceutical prescription benefit when the following criteria are met: 1) The drug is only available by prescription, 2) The drug is listed within the MIMS schedule and, 3) The name of the drug does not appear in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

Medical Cannabis in Australia is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). To be considered on the PBS the product must be registered and approved for use by the TGA. In order to get approval by the TGA, a company has to submit clinical trials that can sometimes take years to complete.

The cost of Medicinal Cannabis products is not currently subsidised by the Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means that patients will need to fund the cost of treatment themselves. The amount paid will vary depending on the type of product prescribed and the dose recommended by the Doctor.

Australians are used to having medicines heavily subsidised by the government, however, due to the scheduling of Cannabis medicines as controlled drugs and the lack of quality Australian research, the government will not yet list them on the PBS.
Additional to this, the Cannabis market is still very new and market development is dependant on demand as well as ease of access and the loosening of legislation.

Medicare rebates are available for the consultations (in-clinic only), however, the amount of paperwork and customer service that’s required for each patient (due to the many steps involved for the clinic) still requires an administration charge.

DVA does subsidise Medical Cannabis for veterans through an approval process. The process is the same for both in-clinic and TeleHealth consultations, however, the DVA (upon accepting an application) will cover consultation costs in addition to the product for in-clinic but not TeleHealth. The process is as follows:

1. Patient specialists required to complete CDA DVA Referral form (this can be done before or after the initial consult),

2. A CDA Dr will consult with you regarding the application process and submit the application to the DVA,

3. The DVA VAPAC either approve or ask for more information,

4. Once approved, the letter is sent to the Doctor for a prescription. (Approval process can take weeks to months and once approved, the Doctor calls DVA for a specific approval number for each prescription, i.e. an “RPBS prescription”),

5. This approval lasts for 3 months before renewal. Please note that the DVA may not reimburse you for costs already incurred.

Conditions & Eligibility

There have been no large-scale clinical trials in the world specifically using Cannabis to treat cancer. Whilst we have had some patients’ cancer tumour reduce in size whilst taking Cannabis, this, unfortunately, is not enough evidence to prove that. It has been found to be very effective for improving negative symptoms associated with some cancers i.e. chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and vomiting.

Some private health funds have been known to cover Medical Cannabis. it’s worth looking into your coverage scheme and contacting your private health fund for further information.

Yes with certain conditions and with parental consent.
As Medicinal Cannabis has a very wide therapeutic window, as well as a wide margin of safety, children of all ages have been approved for Medicinal Cannabis therapy.
The enquiry must be made by parent/carer. Children are required to have a parent or their legal guardian with them during the consultation. In Australia, each state or territory has a different legal age for children and the prescribing Doctor must abide by the state and federal law.
TGA applications for children can take longer for a child to be approved.
Our requirements:
1.      Referral
2.      Health Summary
3.      Parental Consent
4.      Letter of endorsement from Paediatrician or Specialist who  diagnosed the child = (The letter is written either for or against the use of Medical Cannabis, even if the specialist or doctor doesn’t agree or want to endorse medicinal cannabis this letter can still be used for TGA applications  because our Doctors will provide clinical research and evidence to contrary and use it as a way to inform the TGA that the Dr providing the letter of endorsement is not educated enough to provide that Justification.).
In some cases, further, documentation may be required from the child’s physician or psychiatrist. Please speak with your prescribing Doctor for more information.
Prescribing is based on disease progression and symptom control at the discretion of your prescribing Doctor.
In order to be eligible, you must have a chronic Medical condition that has lasted longer than 3 months and has not responded to conventional Medical treatment including over the counter or prescription medications.

Please take our free eligibility screening here

https://cannabisdoctorsaustralia.com.au/eligibility-screen/

Cannabinoids (CBD & THC)

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis plant that has huge therapeutic potential when it interacts with the body. It plays a role in many of the body’s biological responses, including balance in our body’s immune system, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, sleep and more.

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychotropic Cannabinoid compound with many Medicinal benefits. THC has strong analgesic, appetite stimulant, antiemetic, and antispasmodic properties. THC is responsible for the euphoric effect as described by patients.

No. CBD also is known as cannabidiol is a non-psychotropic Cannabinoid compound known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits amongst many others. THC or delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychotropic that has a strong analgesic and appetite stimulant. it’s also known for its euphoric effects.

CBD has a narrow side effect profile. Some reported side effects of Cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness, however, these are very uncommon.

Patients with autoimmune disorders or those who suffer from a lot of allergies could have a negative response from carrier oil or capsule container. In those cases, CBD Isolate (which is 99% pure CBD) would be a better form to try CBD.

Signs of liver injury have also been reported in some patients, but this is very uncommon.

Side effects from CBD are very uncommon but they might include dry mouth, nausea or even allergy to the carrier oil in the CBD. We also look for other interactions with other medications, most commonly the P450 metabolism medications.

THC is a psychotropic Cannabinoid and the side effects include increased heart rate, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired short-term memory, dry mouth, nausea, anxiety, increased appetite and euphoria.

CBD is completely non-psychoactive meaning it won’t make you feel high or sedated.

Some patients find their pain is controlled by CBD alone. As CBD is a strong anti-inflammatory, it can subsequently decrease inflammation which can alleviate the pain. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

CBD also is known as Cannabidiol is a non-psychotropic Cannabinoid compound known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits amongst many others.

THC or delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychotropic that has a strong analgesic and appetite stimulant. it’s also known for its euphoric effects.

Studies are inconclusive around this issue; however, it’s worth keeping in mind there are several Cannabinoids that are naturally present in breast milk, produced by the body’s own EndoCannabinoid system.

CBD oil has been shown to be of little risk to both adults and children so it may not be problematic at all. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

The term “entourage effect” was coined in 1998 by Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabbat and Raphael Mechoulam. There are 100’s of different Cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. These compounds work together, synergistically, supporting each other to produce the desired therapeutic effect that is greater than the sum of their parts.

Each part of the plant on its own is not as effective as the whole working together. For example, the modulating effect of CBD on the psychoactive properties of THC is part of the entourage effect.

As of today in the literature, no cases of abuse and physical addiction have been identified in animals nor humans.

Administration

NO! Cannabis oil that is meant to be consumed orally is not compatible with vaporisers. Because MC oil is not a vape liquid it will damage a vaporiser as well as could be detrimental to one’s health. Currently, there are no legal MC vape oils available on the Australian market.

Currently, in Australia, it’s only legal to vaporise flower.

When Medicinal Cannabis is vaporised, the effects are immediate and last 2-4 hours. Alternatively, when Medicinal Cannabis is consumed orally, the onset is delayed, having an effect anywhere from 30 mins up to 2 hours after ingestion. Additionally, the effects last much longer from 4-8 hours depending on the dose taken.

At this stage, Medical Cannabis is not approved in Australia for rectal administration.

Use this as a guide only:1. Wait 30-60 seconds after your vape reaches temperature before taking the first puff. 2. Drag on the mouthpiece until you fill your lungs with vapour. 3. Exhale.
Most dry herb vaporisers are session vapes- meaning they cut off at some point and need to be turned on for another round. Depending on the heat temperature, there more than likely will be life left in the bud which is known as “already vaped bud” (AVB). Mixing the herb before each session will help maximise usage by keeping the granules evenly vaped. This is observed by the colour change in the bud after each session. A good guide to AVB should hold green to greeny brown colour. When AVB begins to look brown that is the ideal stopping pint as there are minimal Cannabinoids left in the product.
Currently, Medical Cannabis is administered via inhalation or orally.
Use this as a guide only: Playing around with your vaporiser will help you find what temperature works best for you. As there are differences and advantages to different temperature ranges, it comes down to consumer preference. 1. 165° C-177° C makes the buds lightly toasted, producing a cool fresh tasting vapor that is less harsh on the throat. Possible side effects are decreased at this temp, and it’s best suited for patients new to MC therapy or recommended for daytime use. Descriptions: light euphoria, calming, invigorating. 2. 177° C- 200° C in this range the vapour is thicker and warmer. More Cannabinoids are accessed, and the psychoactive effects are noticeably stronger (as more THC is volatilized). Descriptions: relaxed, euphoric but not sleepy. 3. 200° C- 205° C is the range for maximum Cannabinoid extraction. The vapor is hot and less flavourful, and the psychotropic effects are at their strongest.  Best suited for night-time. If it begins to burn your temperature is too high. Description: Intense effects, strong euphoria, lethargy.

A vaporiser is an electronic device which allows patients to release the active ingredients and therapeutic compounds of Cannabis via inhalation rather than smoke.

When used properly, a vaporiser heats dry herb to just below the point of combustion, which produces the flavour and effect of the plant into a vapor form.

Vaporising results in significantly more efficient extraction (a 46% increase) of Cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, as well as decreases the irritation and harmful effects caused by smoking.

Since no plant matter is being burned, no potential carcinogens are consumed. Vapor is much more flavourful and smoother to inhale than smoke, which makes the entire experience more enjoyable and comfortable for the user.

At least 40% of product is lost to combustion when smoked, making it difficult to estimate the dose of your Cannabinoids that your are receiving. Additionally, there is well-documented evidence that smoking, in general, is harmful to your lungs. Therefore, smoking of Cannabis products should not be supported.

Vaporisation with temperature controlled devices allows you to heat the the Marijuana to the optimal temperature to decarboxilate the product without combustion occurring.

First and most importantly, it must be compatible with dry herb! The two categories of vaporisers are desktop and portable. Desktops units are powerful stationary devices made for at-home users, while portable vaporisers are engineered for on-the-go consumption.

Price varies throughout the two categories and is based on preferred heating method, battery life (in the portable range), as well as temperature settings. Depending on each individual patient’s needs will determine the type of vaporiser required.

We recommend getting a vaporiser that can handle dry herb and oil and has a temperature control panel.

Convection vaporisers work by pushing heated air through the herbal material to produce a vapor. Convection technology tends to be much gentler on herbal blends, producing a mellower flavour and promoting the gentle release of active ingredients.

As it’s difficult to accurately measure the air temperature as opposed to the temperature of the chamber itself, convection units typically require power-hungry thermostats to provide accurate readouts. As a result, they can suffer from slightly reduced battery life or increased power consumption (depending on if they are desktop or portable).

Conduction vaporisers, on the other hand, require herbal material to make direct contact with a hot surface. This makes them easier to regulate. However on the downside, they can heat very fast and carry a risk of combustion. Conduction vaporisers can also heat unevenly meaning patients may have to stir their blends more frequently to ensure the bowl is heating efficiently. it’s worth noting though, that every vaporiser will inevitably use a combination of the two to some degree.

Use this as a guide only:
1. Ensure the vaporiser is off, or the chamber is not hot.
2. Grind up your flower bud to make fine to medium granules.
3. Place dry herb into your vaporiser’s herb chamber.
4. Pack the herb in with an even consistency making sure the surface is relatively flat, and making sure the herb isn’t packed in too tight. (airflow still needs to pass through it).
5. Turn on the device and select your desired temperature.

Dosing

With CBD it should be noted each patient is personally searching for their own “optimal dose” aka a maintenance level. Depending on the concentration, it’s important to clarify your starting dose with your prescribing Doctor.

Your Doctor will recommend a therapeutic dose. However, the number and timing of drops to reach optimal dose will vary between individuals. With THC oil, it’s important to start with a low dose and gradually increase (or decrease) the dose over a period of time (also known as titrating). One’s sensitivity to THC is a key factor in determining one’s optimal dose. Cautious titration is urged. Contact your prescribing Doctor for more information.

Every person has a sweet spot. You have found your CBD dose when your Mood, Sleep pattern, and Symptoms are better controlled. It’s important to take personal inventory after each week, paying particular attention to Mood, Sleep pattern, and Symptom control.

Titration is a term we say in medicine that basically means to gradually change your dose. Its the old “Start low and go slow” motto.

Example of a titration guide:
Week One- 1 drop 2 x a day
Week Two- 2 drops 2 x a day
Week Three-3 drops 2 x a day
Week Four- 4 drops 2x a day
Week Five- 5 drops 2 x a day

(This is just a guide and varies according to the concentration of product prescribed.)

Book in for a consult with your prescribing Doctor.

In the case of taking too much THC, time is going to be the remedy. Finding a quiet, safe space to relax and be calm, and having a trusted person stay with you will be beneficial.

There has never been a Cannabis-related death recorded and the lethal dose is unachievable. Distraction and time is the key as the “High” will pass. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

In the case of taking too much THC, time is going to be the remedy. Finding a quiet, safe space to relax and be calm. Having a trusted person stay with you will be beneficial.

There has never been a Cannabis-related death recorded and the lethal dose is unachievable. Distraction and time is the key as the “High” will pass. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

CBD has a wide safety profile so overdosing is rare. Potential side effects may be extreme relaxation and sedation. In case of overdose, contact the prescribing Doctor for supportive and symptomatic care.
Depending on the time and the amount is taken will depend on if you feel stoned over as each person will metabolise Medical Cannabis differently.
Micro dosing is the action or practice of taking or administering very small amounts of a drug in order to benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.
No one has ever died from Cannabis. There is no achievable lethal overdose ever been recorded in the history of humankind. Ever.
Depending on how long a patient has been taking certain types of medication will gauge the physical addiction as well as potential withdrawal one might have. Please discuss titration of medications with your prescribing physician before you change your medication regimen,
You have found your CBD dose when your Mood, Sleep pattern, and Symptoms are better controlled.
It’s important to take personal inventory after each week, paying particular attention to Mood, Sleep pattern, and Symptom control.
Your prescribing Doctor will formulate a treatment plan with a dosing guide individualised to each patient.
If you have an allergic reaction that presents as anaphylaxis please contact emergency services on 000. We also would advise contacting your prescribing Doctor so we can take the appropriate measures in recording adverse reactions as per the Medical code of conduct guidelines.

Legal

As every workplace’s policies and procedures vary, it’s up to the employer whether special consideration will be made.

As CBD does not have a psychotropic component, therefore it’s safe to drive and will never show up on a roadside drug test. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-sedative hence why it’s absolutely okay with to drive.

It’s illegal to drive in Australia if you are impaired from any substances whether a legally prescribed drug or not.

THC does have a psychotropic element to it, meaning it can cause psychedelic effects and could potentially make a person feel “high”. Because of this, driving whilst under the influence is not recommended.

Please check with the transport authority in the State you live in. Currently, mobile roadside testing includes THC but not CBD. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

The devices used in Roadside drug testing are able to detect THC (the active component in Cannabis) for several hours to days after use. The exact time will vary depending on the amount and potency of the Cannabis used, administration technique and individual metabolism. Inactive THC residue in the body of a driver from use in previous days or weeks can also be detected. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

The devices used in Roadside drug testing are able to detect THC (the active component in Cannabis) for several hours to days after use. The exact time will vary depending on the amount and potency of the Cannabis used, administration technique and individual metabolism.

Inactive THC residue in the body of a driver from use in previous days or weeks can also be detected. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

A nation’s laws apply in internal and territorial waters (12 miles from the coastline) with limited jurisdiction in its contiguous zone (between mile 12-24). Once a ship is 24 miles from any coastline it’s cruising in international waters and the law of the ship’s motherland applies. Long answer, it’s NOT recommended to bring MC onboard a cruise ship unless you are aboard a ship in which the waters and ship’s origin Medicinal Cannabis laws are clearly legal.
The Office of Drug Control recommends that all Australians who are planning to travel overseas with medication follow the same travel advice given for travellers entering Australia under the traveller’s exemption. When traveling outside Australia, it’s recommended to check each country’s legislation that you touch down in. If you must touch down in a country where you are unaware of the legislation it’s recommended to leave your product on the plane. it’s important to note that some countries have very strict rules regarding certain types of medications, being brought into their country.
Traveling within Australia with a legal prescription and a TGA approval is absolutely fine.
You need to have your TGA approval letter when you’re travelling and ideally a copy of your prescription.
When carrying Medicinal Cannabis, it must be in the original packaging with a valid prescription attached to it. Also, a TGA approval can be helpful for identifying your unique SAS identification number and the amount of Medical Cannabis that your physician prescribed.
No, at this stage Cannabis is only  Medically available for humans.
it’s a federal law and legal via correct pathways. Tasmania is very difficult to obtain approval however if a patient from there provides a referral, our Doctors can consult and obtain approval for the patients located in Tasmania.
At this stage, we do not know when the government will legalise it for recreational use.
it’s at the discretion of each individual patient on what they wish to disclose and to whom they disclose it to.
No, the personal import is subject to strict controls including import permit requirements from the Office of Drug Control and applicable state and territory requirements.

Process – Before the consult

We are in the process of creating some research studies. Watch this space.
Of course! You can register as a carer for another individual on our website.

An access scheme is essentially the pathway in which the Medical practitioner will obtain an approval or a prescription to a patient. The most common schemes are the Special Access and Authorised Prescriber Scheme. However, there are also the following schemes available in Australia: Compassionate Use Scheme (NSW only) and Compassionate Access Scheme.

Currently, the TGA approves Medical Cannabis therapy for 52 conditions or any condition that has not responded to conventional Medical treatment and has persisted for 3 months. Chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety/depression, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, schizophrenia, epilepsy, tinnitus, bipolar disorder, cancer pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, neuropathic pain, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and ADHD are just a few conditions that have been approved.
From the time you pay for the consultation with the Doctor until you hear from a pharmacy please allow up to 2 weeks.
Please make sure that you have enquired to be a patient and taken the referral form and letter to your regular doctor.

See our blog post on how to get a referral from your regular GP

https://cannabisdoctorsaustralia.com.au/how-do-i-approach-my-doctor-for-a-referral/

At CDA our Doctors get access via the Special Access Scheme. This allows for the supply of an unregistered drug to an individual patient and is reviewed/approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Any registered Medical practitioner in Australia can legally prescribe Medical Cannabis by obtaining approval from the TGA.
Your Doctor can contact us as we offer Doctor education sessions as well as affiliate Doctor training programs.
According to AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulations Agency, Search Results, “A conflict of interest in practice arises when a practitioner, entrusted with acting in the interests of a patient or client, also has financial, professional or personal interests or relationships with third parties which may affect their care of the patient or client”. In layman’s terms- no.
Absolutely, It’s important to be open and honest with your Medical practitioners to ensure that they are able to treat you accordingly. Additionally, Medicinal Cannabis can interact with a few medications so consuming under the eye of aware practitioners is recommended.
After you have been approved by the TGA, your CDA Doctor will notify your referring Doctor. Dosing and contact information will be made available to your referred Doctor for continuity of care. Titration of medications must be monitored by a health professional as our duty of care to our patients.

Yes, please!! We want to know so we can check potential drug interactions and ensure the safety and efficacy of all prescribed medicines.

 In writing please lodge your complaint to CDA Complaints Department PO Box 2277 Burleigh Heads BC, Qld 4220
Generally speaking, the TGA approves Scheduled drugs for periods of 3-12 months depending on the product selected.
DVA Information

What’s the process?

1. The patient’s specialist is required to complete a CDA DVA Referral Form. This can be done before or after the initial consultation. The form is available for download from our website in the Doctors tab.

2. A CDA Doctor will consult with you regarding the application process and submit the application to the DVA.

3. The DVA VAPAC either approve or ask for more information.

4. Once approved, the letter is sent to the Medical Cannabis Doctor for a prescription. The approval process can take weeks to months and once approved, the Doctor calls the DVA for a specific approval number for each prescription, i.e. an “RPBS prescription”)

5. This approval lasts for 3 months before renewal.

Please note that the DVA may reimburse you for costs already incurred upon completion of the D1181 Application for Reimbursement form.

The DVA process can take up to 3 months to be completed and, although we do our best to get the approval in a timely manner the approval is not guaranteed. We ask our patients to be patient and to keep your receipts!
Please provide your prescribing Doctor with your medication chart so we can right the dosing and administration regimen for the care staff.
All you need is a telephone! But we can also videoconference if that is preferable to our patients. Please make sure to add our number to your mobile so you know when its us trying to get hold of you! We often get no answer.
Determining which product is right for you depends on the therapeutic properties of the plant. Things to consider are THC %: CBD%, along with the Cannabinoid, terpenoid, and flavonoid content.

Process – After the consult

After the initial consultation, the Doctor will send you an invoice via email for payment. Once this invoice is paid they’ll submit your application to the Department of Health (TGA) for approval.

You may pay over the counter at the clinic in cash or using a debit or credit card. If you are a TeleHealth patient you’ll recieve an invoice via email after your initial consultation. Please make sure that you use the invoice number as the reference so that we can connect your payment to your invoice. The invoice has bank details for a bank transfer. If you have not received your invoice within 24 hours please contact us.

Once your application is submitted to the TGA the Government accesses your case. This can take anywhere from 1-7 business days (or more for special cases). During this time, our Doctors liaise with the government on your behalf, following up on any additional details, questions or relevant information the department of health may need.

Once your prescribing Doctor receives your TGA approval, they will create a prescription for the product selected and have it sent to the pharmacy to be dispensed.
The Doctors are required to send a billing list at the end of each consultation day to the PCT who will invoice the patients. Any delay in receiving an invoice may be linked to the delay in Doctors providing the billing list.

Process – Product dispensing

Once approved, the prescribing Doctor liaises with the pharmacy, providing them with your prescription and the approval letter. The pharmacy then orders the medication from the supplier. This can take up to 3 business days.

If you elect not to go with our preferred pharmacies it can take longer to get your prescription as the pharmacy may need to set up accounts with the suppliers and may not understand the process or government requirements. They may also charge you significant dispensing fees which will make the product seem more expensive than it is.

We do our best to ensure patients receive their products in a timely manner, however sometimes things are out of our control. There can be delays with either the application approval or the pharmacy receiving the product. In rare circumstances, prescriptions can be get lost in the post.

Please ensure that you have paid for your consultation. Telehealth patients paying by bank transfer may not have put the invoice number in the bank transfer reference and therefore there may be issues with the reconciliation of your payment. In this instance we may require a screen shot of your payment to locate the payment.

If it’s been longer than 10 business days (2 weeks) since you made payment for the consultation and you’re yet to hear from the clinic or pharmacy regarding your application, we advise you to firstly contact the the dispensing pharmacy.

If the pharmacy has already received the prescription they will investigate where the order is. If the pharmacy is yet to receive the prescription you can get in contact with us to investigate. If this is the case please email info@cdaclinics.com.au.

Generally speaking, we tend to favour Broadbeach Waters Pharmacy, as they are very knowledgeable about the products we prescribe, can easily and quickly access the products, as well as price match promise.
To avoid additional dispensing fees for the patient (up to $100) and any delays with product ordering (as each wholesaler has a different ordering process) the Doctors will use their preferred pharmacies.
Yes! Any pharmacy in QLD can dispense Medicinal Cannabis, being mindful that they don’t always have the most competitive price.
Once your approval has been received by the pharmacy, you can either pick up your medicine or, alternatively have it securely delivered for a small postage fee.

Once the relevant pharmacy receives the script from the Doctor the pharmacy will contact you via phone or SMS to advise.

With proper identification, a person other than yourself can pick up the product on your behalf.

Process – Subsequent or Follow-up consults

Your prescribing Doctor can only write prescriptions for up to 3 months, as per the governing body standards. After 3 months have passed your Doctor’s review of your treatment plan and progress is required.

If you require a repeat prescription please book in for a follow up appointment with your prescribing doctor.

4-6 weeks after Medical Cannabis therapy has commenced, our prescribing Doctor wants you to have a follow-up appointment.

At this time, they’ll review your symptoms, provide modifications if necessary, and give you scripts with refills to last a few more months. The maximum time-frame of these scripts depends on whether you’ve been prescribed THC or CBD.

Product

In Australia, Hemp Seed Oil does not contain active concentrations of CBD or THC as these are not found in the seed of the Cannabis plant.

Australian Hemp oil is a health product rich in Omega-6 (GLA) and Omega-3 (SDA) essential fatty acids. These fats may help the body metabolise fat, counteract aging, increase immune system strength, lower cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease.

In Australia, Medicinal Cannabis containing CBD is a Schedule 4 prescription only medication as set out by the TGA. In Australia, Medicinal Cannabis containing THC is a Schedule 8 Controlled Drug as set out by the TGA. You can only obtain these legally with a prescription via a licenced and registered Medical Doctor.

Beware of buying CBD or THC from non-licenced, illegal or overseas pathways as they as compliance to Australian standards is not enforced and these products may not be true to their label or advertising.

Full-spectrum CBD uses the whole plant and associated Cannabinoids and CBD isolate is the pure form of CBD and there is no risk of THC intake since CBD isolate is molecularly separated from the rest of the Cannabis compounds.

Isolate can be prescribed to those that have many allergies or intolerance to carrier oils. Isolates are also good for compounding into other products such as ointments or creams to use topically for skin conditions or pain.

Full spectrum products contain many naturally occurring Cannabinoids and may provide the ‘entourage effect’ although more research is needed to fully understand this.

Each individual is treated differently and your prescribing Doctor will discuss and recommend a dose based on your condition. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.

Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabis sourced illegaly can be derived from the same Cannabis strain, however, there are important and distinguishable differences.

Cannabis grown from the black market comes from unknown sources and can contain mould, pesticides, and bacteria which could be harmful.

Cannabis cultivated and manufactured for the Medicinal market is subject to strict regulations and must conform to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). These standards ensure products are free from harmful ingredients or potential bi-products.

Because legal Cannabis is highly regulated and tested for quality control, patients can be ensured they are receiving consistent medication making accurate dosing from one product to the next.

Additionally, data gathered from patients treated with legal Cannabis helps contribute to a growing knowledge database, creating an evidence-based practice of its benefits for a variety of conditions.

Terpenes are organic compounds responsible for the multitude of flavours and aromas of the different varieties of Cannabis. Besides the fragrance they generate, terpenes also possess various beneficial Medicinal properties.
Each individual is treated differently and your prescribing Doctor will discuss and recommend a dose based on your condition, however, Sativa dominant strains are usually recommended for daytime use. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.
Each individual is treated differently and your prescribing Doctor will discuss and recommend a dose based on your condition, however, Sativa dominant strains are usually recommended for daytime use. Please consult your prescribing Doctor for more information.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains most of the Cannabinoids, except THC, extracted from the Cannabis plant.
Cannabis should be stored in a glass container in a cool, dark place with a little bit of humidity (59-65%). To prevent degradation do not store in a refrigerator, freezer, around electronics, or high up on shelves (heat rises).
Hemp and Cannabis are both derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, however, vary according to their chemical constituents. Hemp refers to a Cannabis plant grown for industrial or food use and has a THC content of  less than 0.3% in dry weight. Cannabis Sativa plants are grown for Medicinal purposes and can contain higher levels of THC, CBD as well as the many additional Cannabinoids which are utilised in medicine.
CBD oil and hemp oil come from different parts of the Cannabis plant. CBD oil uses the whole plant, while hemp oil comes from its seeds.  CBD oil is mainly used in the holistic or alternative wellness space to help balance the body’s internal systems, while hemp oil (now considered hemp seed oil) is mainly used in food and skincare products.
Historically speaking, Cannabis was classified under Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica according to the plant’s physical description. Cannabis indica was known as a short squat plant with properties that elicited feelings of calm, relaxing and sometimes sedating. Cannabis Sativa, on the other hand, was known as a tall thin plant with properties that elicited feelings of energizing, creativity, and uplifting. Over decades, these two subspecies have been crossbred many times over making the majority of Cannabis a hybrid. As scientific knowledge advanced, we began to understand the plant beyond its physical description and focused on the individual plant profile, looking at the composition of the plant’s chemical constituents such as Cannabinoids and Terpenes.

Please follow the advice as per the Doctor’s instructions. If you have read the Post consultation guide and are still unsure how to take the product please email us with your questions at info@cdaclinics.com.au so we can request assistance from the Doctor.

Our Doctors prescribe any legal product on the market, They prescribe CDA branded products through the wholesaler Burleigh Heads Cannabis as well as any other brands (examples are Tilray, Althea).
The products that are sourced through Burleigh Heads Cannabis are imported from Europe and Canada. There are some companies in Australia that also cultivate Cannabis.
Patients are considered on a case by case basis and product selection is guided by the clinical judgement of your prescribing Doctor.
Firstly, it’s illegal to import/purchase Medicinal Cannabis products from online/overseas unless you have the relevant licences. In addition to it being illegal to purchase online without a prescription in Australia, the product may not be what it states as they do not have to comply with Australian regulations.
At this stage with the regulations from the Office Drug Control (ODC) and the Australian Government, the initial costs to cultivate and set up a grow facility in Australia are expensive. This means that the product is more expensive to help facilitate paying off the initial capital expenses.
Our products are pharmaceutically graded and have to comply with the Australian standards. When purchasing black market Cannabis, you have no idea what’s in the product and it generally can have toxins or foreign matter in it. Medical-grade Cannabis is consistent and heavily regulated by Australian standards which are among the best in the world.
CBD is a scheduled 4 medication, therefore an application by your prescribing Doctor to the TGA is warranted.