MEDICAL CANNABIS

By July 19, 2019cannabis

Dr Zalokar can prescribe medical cannabis –  CBD ( Cannabidiol ) for chronic pain , anxiety, nausea. It is legal to drive on CBD.

Talk to the doctor about whether medical cannabis may be suitable as an adjunct therapy (that is another treatment used alongside primary treatment) for your conditions or symptoms.

Note that CBD does not cause drowsiness or make you “high” , unlike THC which is the other type of cannabis. It is legal to drive on CBD but not with THC.

If your doctor believes that it would be effective, they can contact the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for approval to allow supply of the product. An application to prescribe cannabis incurs a fee.

Your doctor will also need to arrange for a pharmacy to dispense the medication to you. Currently we use the Goodprice Pharmacy, Robina, tel 55621966.

Cost of medical cannabis

Medical cannabis is not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) so patients need to pay the costs of purchasing the product.

A rough estimate of cost is $170 – 200 per month for CBD oil. A bottle is $275 and lasts for 50 days at 4 drops per day.

There is currently no government subsidy for the cost of medicinal cannabis. Some private health funds give a partial rebate on the prescription cost.

Travelling with medicinal cannabis

Each state or territory legislation is slightly different, and each has their own requirements. If you are travelling to Queensland from another State or Territory, your medicinal cannabis must have been prescribed by a doctor who holds the relevant Commonwealth approval.

Conditions that may benefit

The Queensland laws do not limit what symptoms or conditions may be applied for by your doctor. However, the doctor will need to supply sufficient scientific evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis for the particular symptom or condition.

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Conditions that may benefit

The Queensland laws do not limit what symptoms or conditions may be applied for by your doctor. However, the doctor will need to supply sufficient scientific evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis for the particular symptom or condition.

More and more research is being conducted on the uses of medicinal cannabis. The scientific evidence base is limited but suggests that medicinal cannabis may be suitable to treat:

  • some types of chronic non-cancer pain
  • Anxiety
  • nausea and vomiting
  • severe muscular spasms

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