Eligibility and access
While it has been made legal to prescribe cannabis in Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a set of criteria that patients must meet in order to be approved for treatment using medicinal cannabis. A doctor must apply on their patient’s behalf through the Special Access Scheme (SAS-B) and provide medical justification for doing so.
Read more about your eligibility and how to access plant based medicine here.
Getting your first script
The first step in seeing whether plant based therapies like medicinal cannabis are a suitable treatment option for you is to speak to your doctor. However, as a relatively new treatment option, not all doctors are comfortable prescribing it without further information.
Read our advice on how to speak to your doctor and how they can get more information on plant based medicine.
Managing your treatment
As with any other medication, the journey of using plant based therapies is not always smooth, and it can take some careful management to achieve the ideal outcome. We have outlined some of the common issues experienced by patients when beginning this pain management treatment and how you can address them.
Read more about how you can manage your treatment pathway here.
The Australian Government does not subsidise the cost of products like medicinal cannabis through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the cost of treatment can vary depending on the condition, product prescribed and clinic appointment costs. However, we have provided some indicative costs and how Cannatrek is making plant based therapies more affordable for patients.
Read more about the costs of plant based medicine.