National Surveys say that over 70% of Australians are comfortable with medical marijuana as a treatment for patients in need. Traditional medication and addiction is everywhere and Australians are looking to medical marijuana as a healthier and non-addictive alternative.
Note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied on in this way. Individuals wanting medical advice on this issue should consult a health professional.
Medical Cannabis is a product that is prescribed by a GP or specialist to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition. While similar to recreational marijuana, medical cannabis is highly regulated to ensure the health and safety of standards are that of pharmaceutical grade. Therefore only the best quality plants are grown, and mainly in organic conditions to avoid common allergies to pesticides and fungicides.
Such regulations are put in place to ensure that the highest quality treatment for the patient is maintained. Such methods are put into place to avoid patients seeking unregulated and illegal herbal cannabis (plant products). Such illegal strains could contain unknown concentrations of cannabinoids and potentially harmful impurities.
Why Medical Cannabis?
People suffering from chronic illness in which conventional medicine has not worked, or has worked less effectively, can request alternative treatment such as medicinal marijuana to their doctor.
In some cases, conventional medicine may not work or is cause debilitating side effects. Cannabis can help to relieve symptoms in the case for patients receiving chemotherapy or pain relief in disorders such as fibromyalgia. Synthetic drugs such as Nabilone (1) do exist and are used to reduce nausea in chemotherapy patients (2) and in multiple sclerosis (3,4) to reduces spasticity-related pain, however, some individuals prefer a more natural approach to their treatment.
Medical Cannabis or “weed” has been available in North America since the 1990s and has shown positive results in patients with Cancer, Chronic Pains, Epilepsy and so much more. Whether Australians are suffering from daily chronic pain or a serious illness, medical weed in the form of oil is the most common treatment available at Cannabis Clinics
How Does It Work?
Cannabis indica and Sativa plant both contain anywhere from eighty to hundred cannabinoids, however, both genetics and how they are grown can dramatically change the ratios of these cannabinoids in the plants. Each one chemical in the plant can have a different effect on the body, making it all the more dangerous to seek illegal stains without the proper medical rules and regulations.
Cannabinoids worth through the endocannabinoid system is a unique communications system found in the brain and body of many species. Cannabinoids produce their effects by interacting with specific receptors on the cells in your body, similar to commonly prescribed drugs such as SSRIs and analgesics. When the receptor on the cells is either activated or deactivated, the function of the cell changes accordingly. Depending on where the cell is and what type of cell it is determined the effect it has on the body.
Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two main cannabinoids for pharmaceutical use so far, with hopefully more to be discovered as research progresses.
THC is the “psychoactive” element in the cannabis plant and the main active ingredient in the anti-nausea, appetite increase and pain management effects used in the treatment of symptoms.
CBD, on the other hand, has the opposite effect and is believed to moderate THC with its anti psychoactive effect. Therefore, its believed CBD can negate the negative effects that people can experience from THC, such as anxiety & paranoia (5). As a result of this doctors can choose THC and CBD levels that are tailored for their particular patient, enhancing symptom relief and controlling for side effects.
CBD research is being conducted for its potential medicinal properties to treat disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and many more (6)). Additionally, disorders such as anxiety and their interactive effect with CBD are being actively studied with promising results (7
Why Not To “Smoke” Medical Weed?
Smoking, in general, is a particularly harmful way of taking cannabis and therefore smoking cannabis is not recommended by health authorities. Medical cannabis is consumed in a variety of safer ways, such as oils, oromucosal sprays and pills. Unlike smoking, alternative methods allow doctors to control both the dose and ratios of THC & CBD in a more therapeutic manner giving the best treatment to the patient.
Where Do I Buy Medical marijuana
The Office of Medicinal Cannabis has been established within the Department of Health and Human Services and provides advice on access to medicinal cannabis in Victoria. Read more about the Victorian situation with medical marijuana, how to buy it and the recommend research and medical practitioners prescribing medical cannabis at (Click Here).
New South Wales
The NSW Government has established the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation to further the understanding of cannabis and cannabis products for therapeutic purposes, and support evidence-based innovation. Read more about the NSW situation at (Click Here).
Queensland is making the use of approved medicinal cannabis products possible as a treatment for certain conditions when the patient has already tried the conventional treatments available for their condition or symptoms, and these have failed or cause intolerable side-effects. Read more about the QLD situation at (Click Here).
Medical practitioners in South Australia can legally prescribe medicinal cannabis products with Commonwealth and relevant state approvals. Read more about the SA situation at (Click Here).
Doctors can prescribe and pharmacists can dispense medicinal cannabis in Western Australia. Read more about the situation in Western Australia at (Click Here).
The Tasmanian Government has developed a medical cannabis controlled access scheme (CAS). The scheme will allow relevant medical specialists to be authorised to prescribe medical cannabis (unregistered cannabinoid products) in limited circumstances where conventional treatment has been unsuccessful. Read more about the situation in Tasmania at (Click Here).
Australian Capital Territory
Cannabis products can be prescribed as Schedule 8 controlled medicines in the ACT for medicinal uses. Read more about the situation in ACT at (Click Here).
A patient living in the Northern Territory must access medicines containing cannabinoids through a Northern Territory doctor who is authorised under the Special Access or Authorised Prescriber Schemes administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Read more about the situation in the Northern Territory at (Click Here).
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