Medicinal cannabis refers to a range of quality assured, pharmaceutical cannabis preparations intended for therapeutic use. Medicinal cannabis preparations include tablets, oils, tinctures and dried herb.
Scientific knowledge about how cannabis affects the body is still limited. That said, the evidence base for medicinal use of cannabis is developing quickly and the TGA has developed guidance documents suggesting medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for certain conditions, including;
- multiple sclerosis
- nausea and vomiting
Any patient, with any medical condition, can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by their doctor, if your doctor believes it is clinically appropriate and may be beneficial for your condition. Your doctor might provide medicinal cannabis products to treat the symptoms of a medical condition, or the side effects of a medical treatment (e.g., chemotherapy).
While any doctor can prescribe medicinal cannabis products, your doctor may need to apply for relevant Government approvals before they can issue a prescription to you. At Turn The Corner, Dr. Caitlin, Dr. Chance, Dr. Nick and Dr. Tamsin all hold the relevant approvals to issue medicinal cannabis prescriptions where they deem it appropriate.
It is important to note that 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.