Legal medical cannabis (including CBD and THC formulations) as an alternative medicine has increased in interest over the past decade. Clinical studies on medicinal cannabis is limited, so many doctors (especially GPs) find it difficult to justify prescribing it.
The Commonwealth Department of Health has helped coordinate the development new clinical guidance documents for prescribers of medicinal cannabis products for treating a number of conditions. This includes chronic pain and palliative care, chemotherapy side-effects, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, as well as an overview document.
As of 2015, medicinal cannabis in Australia is legal, but is highly restricted and regulated. CBD oil is legal as long as it contains at least 98% cannabidiol and < 2% of other cannabinoids found in cannabis. Australia is far behind other countries in terms of cannabis regulation. The government however, particularly the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has made efforts to listen to consumers and improve the process.
So how do you actually get CBD oil?
The process of getting CBD oil can be difficult for an individual alone. It can be a tiresome process, involving several steps:
• Find a GP or specialist.
• Hope the doctor is well-educated in medicinal cannabis.
• Try to convince them that CBD oil is what you need to treat your condition.
• Have the doctor fill out a complicated medicinal cannabis application and send it to the TGA.
• Find a pharmacy with your prescription and TGA approval letter and try to order the oil.
• Convince the pharmacy to order the CBD oil for you (some are not willing to order cannabis products).
Thankfully, our clinic does most of that tiresome process for you, so you do not have to worry about any of the administrative work when trying to get CBD oil (or any other medicinal cannabis product). All you need to do with us is provide us with a GP referral or health summary and we can book you in with our doctors who are well-educated and informed about medicinal cannabis. We will do the rest, and all you have to do after your consultation is pick up your prescription from our pharmacy when it is ready.
Where can I get more information about being prescribed medical cannabis?
Feel free to take our free eligibility test or send us an e-mail at email@example.com for more information about CBD oil or any other cannabis product. You can call us at (02) 9098 9128. Alternatively, you can also request a booking with one of our doctors here.
If you are still in search of more information about the legality of CBD oil or other medical cannabis products, you can refer to this information source by the TGA.