Medicinal Cannabis explained
The active ingredient of medical cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD) found in the hemp plant. This CBD doesn’t give the ‘high’ associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed by heath professionals, and the prescription filled by a qualified pharmacist.
Clinical trials are ongoing to ascertain the efficacy of cannabinoids in treating a number of illnesses and ailments. Cannatrek partners with highly regarded healthcare professionals in your area who are experienced in the use of medicinal cannabis.
Finding out if you are eligible
Medical cannabis laws in Australia are evolving, with stakeholders that include the Australian Government, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Department of Health, and the Office of Drug Control. Fortunately, progressive treatment options can include cannabis medicines in some situations where patients are known to benefit.
Contact Cannatrek regarding eligibility for medicinal cannabis and information about our authorised prescriber scheme.
How to access medicinal cannabis
A qualified medicinal marijuana doctor or affiliated healthcare clinician can give clinical guidance if you:
– Have a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor
– You have tried traditional treatments that showed no significant efficacy, or resulted in side effects.
The TGA has listed more than 50 health conditions suitable for treatment with medicinal cannabis.
Getting a personalised treatment plan
Medical cannabis treatments are now part of mainstream medicine supported by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Cannabis extracts such as nabiximols and sativex have been used for more than a decade to treat ailments that include multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Cannatrek can put you in touch with general practitioners and pharmacists in your local area who are experienced in prescribing effective alternative therapies for wide-ranging health conditions.
Why consider alternative therapies?
Alternative therapies generally aim for long-term holistic treatment outcomes without unwanted side effects. The cannabis plant contains beneficial cannabidiols for assisting with Paediatric care, palliative care, and lots of common medical conditions.
The total health benefits of medicinal cannabis are still being investigated, with many potential new medicinal uses being considered for approval with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
How medical cannabis gets delivered
Cannatrek takes the guesswork out of your medicinal cannabis prescription. There are Special Access Schemes for unauthorised therapeutic goods in Australia, and plant based medicinal cannabis prescriptions are obtained through the SAS-B pathway.
Cannatrek links patients with independent doctors who support the use of plant based therapies. You can book a convenient telehealth appointment with a highly-qualified doctor, and take the opportunity to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and any questions you have about medical cannabis plant based therapies.
If the doctor believes you are eligible, they can make an application for a medicinal cannabis prescription. Cannatrek is an authorised grower, producer, and provider of medicinal cannabis products for the Australian market, including delivery of your medicinal cannabis script to a pharmacy near you.
Medical cannabis availability
Any pharmacy in Australia that meets Department of Health guidelines can dispense medicinal cannabis products, although a doctor’s prescription is required. To make this prescription, your doctor will need approval from the TGA through the Special Access Scheme SAS-B application, or if the doctor is a TGA approved authorised prescriber.
Although it may seem complex, Cannatrek makes the entire process easy. We work with progressive health professionals to deliver access pathways for the benefit of all Australians. Whether you live in NSW, Vic, Qld, or any other Australian region, Cannatrek can get your cannabis medication sorted.
Pricing of medical cannabis
Medicinal cannabis products are not funded by the Australian Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means the patient needs to pay the full cost of medicinal cannabis, regardless of the product type or dosage.
How well does medicinal cannabis work?
Every person responds differently to plant based alternative therapies. It’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually build up to your desired level. Medicinal cannabis can be taken in a variety of ways:
Inhalation: Dried flower and vape concentrate are inhaled, with effects lasting from 2 to 4 hours.
Ingestion and sublingual: Oils, sprays, and soft gels that can be ingested or administered under the tongue. Effects can last from 6 to 8 hours.
Topical: Oils, lotions, and creams that are applied topically to the skin. Effects can be immediate and last for 1 or 2 hours.
Your response time and reaction will depend on the dosage, concentration, individual biological factors and method of consumption.
Where can I buy medicinal cannabis?
Cannatrek offers a number of initiatives to make currently unregistered medicines and alternative pain management treatments more accessible and affordable for Australian patients. We partner with general practitioners and health professionals who understand the confidential nature of your patient information, and we aim for best possible health outcomes for all our customers. If you are a pharmacist, you can purchase directly from us.
Cannatrek for pharmacists
Cannatrek makes ordering medicinal cannabis simple. When a patient presents you with a script or e-script, simply head to the Cannatrek Plus portal where you will find lots of product information and the tools needed for managing orders.
Once the order details are complete, including TGA approval documentation, Cannatrek will do the rest, including fast dispatch for orders received before midday on the same day, Monday to Friday. The entire process can be completed within 72 hours of placing the order.
Medicinal cannabis is an efficacious drug for treating a wide range of ailments. It is fast acting, non-toxic, and causes very few adverse effects. Considering its versatility, cannabis medicine is underutilized, and there are opportunities for medical cannabis doctors in Australia to expand their reach.
Cannatrek invites doctors and allied health professionals to become partners or authorised prescribers of medicinal cannabis. Our medical practitioners are leading the way forward with alternative health treatments that provide optimum outcomes without the need for strong opioids or invasive medical procedures.
Contract Cannatrek today, and learn natural and gentle methods to treat serious health conditions.