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Medicinal Cannabis

What is medicinal cannabis?

The cannabis plant contains cannabinoids, which is used in the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It is also thought to be responsible for some of the medicinal effects of cannabis such as reduction of nausea, vomiting, pain and muscle spasms as well as improvements in sleep and appetite.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive and may be useful in the management of seizures, pain, and may have anxiolytic and antipsychotic effects.

Different cannabis strains contain different ratios of THC to CBD.

What forms are available?

There are a variety of medicinal cannabis products available, including:

  • Raw (botanical) cannabis, which for medicinal purposes should be vaporised but not smoked
  • Oils
  • Liquids
  • Oral sprays
  • Gels or creams

Although medicinal cannabis treatment may help one condition or symptom, this does not mean it will have benefits for other conditions or individuals, even with the same product and the same dose.

Side effects

Like all prescription medicines, medicinal cannabis products can have side effects. Products containing CBD and TCH include decreased or increased appetite, diarrhoea, dry mouth, fatigue and sedation, fever, vertigo, and nausea and vomiting.

THC has been associated with convulsions, feeling high or feeling dissatisfied, depression, confusion, hallucinations, paranoid delusions, psychosis, and cognitive distortion (having thoughts that are not true).

The extent of side effects can vary with the type of medicinal cannabis product and between individuals.

How to access

Medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner after a thorough assessment.

Before prescribing medicinal cannabis, our doctor will assess your individual circumstances to decide if the treatment is appropriate for your condition. This will include your medical and family health history, and any current medications that you may be taking.

If the doctor feels that medicinal cannabis is a suitable therapy for you, they will submit an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on your behalf to request permission to access the medicine. They will also apply for approval to prescribe under South Australian law.

If the TGA grants approval, your doctor will provide you with a prescription and the details of the pharmacy that can dispense the medicine for you. Medicinal cannabis is generally not stocked on the shelf at the pharmacy. Therefore, you will need to take your prescription to our partner pharmacy and they will order the medicine for you to collect a few days later.

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In a medical emergency, please call 000 and ask for an ambulance or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.