The TGA is aware of false claims made by some US and other International companies supplying products containing (or claiming to contain) CBD (Cannabidiol) and they are working hard to minimise this to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australian patients.
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Our process is fast simple and legal. Our team of Australian registered health practitioners and care navigators work together to help you understand if Medicinal Cannabis treatment is right for you.
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CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound that can be either extracted from the cannabis plant or synthetically derived. It’s important to note that CBD is both non-psychotropic or non-psycho-active. CBD is one of the fastest-growing nutraceuticals in the world, clinical studies show that CBD does have a range of potential health benefits for people suffering from a variety of conditions and indications.
Sativa: Sativa plants take longer to grow and they yield less flower than Indica plants. Sativa strains of the weed plant are often said to offer users a more of a mind (cerebral), energetic, high. Sativa strains are therefore commonly used to enhance creativity and productivity.
It is usually recommended that these oils are taken with, or just after, food. This can increase the amount that is absorbed into your body and make the medication more effective.
As covered above, CBD oil contains Cannabidiol (CBD) which is suspended in a carrier oil.
With a different process in sourcing and prescribing unlisted medication such as medical marijuana, Australian physicians are placed in a tough position as they seldom feel inadequately informed regarding marijuana and its beneficial uses in the medical field, simultaneously having to justify their decision on why medical marijuana is their recommendation of best best option for their patients. Adding to this, doctors are simply unable to closely monitor the patient’s condition and treatment progress after having started the administration of medical cannabis, with many variables to consider.
The majority of products containing medical cannabis, and CBD (Cannabidiol) in particular, are not included in the official list of the Australian Registered Therapeutic Goods or ARTG, which means it cannot be prescribed by a general doctor or a general practitioner nor could it be bought at a regular pharmacy just like any other conventional registered medicine.
With more Australians seeking medical cannabis and CBD Oil products, medical practitioners and health care professionals can now prescribe medical marijuana in Melbourne and across Victoria. CBD products in Victoria are not as readily available for patients, unlike common prescription drugs. The Special Access Scheme (SAS) rolled out across Australia allows patients to legally gain a license to access CBD Oil products and medical Cannabis
The Reality of Accessing Medical Marijuana in Victoria
In the current setting in Victoria, many doctors hesitate to prescribe medical cannabis and CBD Oil porducts and they do not feel confident in going through both applications for the prescription, due to the extensive admin work of going to TGA and the Health Department of the State or Territory, doctors tend to shy away from applying for a permit or an approved license. In turn, there are fewer patients than expected who can benefit from medical marijuana’s benefits and advantages.
The Office of Medicinal Cannabis, which is under the Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary authority that can give assistance and advice to those who are trying to gain access to medicinal cannabis within Victoria.
When considering medical cannabis for yourself, make sure to be fully informed and take time to explain to your doctor about the benefits of medical cannabis compared to traditional treatment and medicine you are taking. As a patient, you are entitled to medical advice but be prepared to explain how medical cannabis might just be the solution to your medical condition by doing your own research.
The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and provides advice on access to medicinal cannabis in Victoria.