Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal cannabis refers to a range of quality assured, pharmaceutical cannabis preparations intended for therapeutic use. As there is limited scientific evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis in most conditions, and in many cases the evidence is for its use together with other medicines, it is prescribed only when approved treatments have been tried and have failed to manage conditions and symptoms.

The TGA has developed guidance documents suggesting medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for certain conditions, including those below. Your doctor might prescribe medicinal cannabis products to treat symptoms of a medical condition, or the side effects of a medical treatment (e.g., chemotherapy).

  • epilepsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain
  • palliation

Doctors must hold relevant Government approvals before they can issue a prescription for medicinal cannabis to you. At Turn The Corner, Dr. Caitlin, Dr. Nick and Dr. Tamsin all hold the relevant approvals to issue medicinal cannabis prescriptions where they deem it appropriate. If the doctor does not feel that a medicinal cannabis prescription is clinically appropriate and beneficial for your condition, they will not provide it. Similarly, your doctor might feel that medicinal cannabis in some formats but not others is appropriate for you.

Medicinal cannabis products are not currently subsidised by the Government through the PBS. In other words, their full cost must be paid by the patient. The costs of medicinal cannabis products can vary substantially, and be significant over time.

If you are interested in discussing whether medicinal cannabis might be an appropriate treatment option for your condition, please make an appointment with one of the Turn The Corner doctors above at either our Brunswick or Northcote clinic.