FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Vaporisation results in rapid absorption into the body, with first effects occurring within 90 seconds, reaching a peak after 15-30 minutes, and can last 2-4 hours. This method is best used where a rapid onset of action is desired.
Oral preparations/sprays are absorbed more slowly and take around 30-90 minutes to take effect. Peak effects occur around 2-4 hours and can last for up to 8 eight hours or more.
Most medications prescribed are unregistered medicines and have not been approved by the Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Therefore, its prescription is only permitted for use under 2 specific conditions:
1. The treating doctor is granted an individualised patient approval to prescribe via the TGA’s Special Access Scheme
2. The treating doctor qualifies as an Approved Prescriber
Most interactions occur when our prescribed medications are combined with other medications that can cause drowsiness. As the active ingredients in some plant-based medicines can have sedative effect, adding it to other medications can compound the risk of sedation. Drug interactions will be discussed during the assessment.
Most side effects come from the active component in our prescribed medications, and potential side effects include:
• Dry mouth
• Cough/sputum/bronchitis (when inhaled)
• Cognitive effects
It is not advisable to take our prescribed medications while pregnant or breast feeding. Also, children, teenagers, and patients with a history of psychosis/schizophrenia, or unstable heart disease should avoid products containing certain active ingredients – speak to our doctors to learn more about this.
Interestingly, patients tend to quickly develop tolerance to side effects of our prescribed medication (over a few days), but not to its beneficial effects. So over time, escalation in dose is not generally needed, and often patients can maintain a stable daily dose for many years.
Reference: MacCallum CA and Russo EB. Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing. European Journal of Internal Medicine 2018; 49, 12-19.
The sensitivity of each person’s underlying endocannabinoid system is highly variable. Thus, alternative, plant-based treatments should be considered a personalised medicine. There is no single type of product, dosage, or mode of delivery that is optimal for everyone. We recommend speaking to your doctor to figure out a treatment plan that is right for you.
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2. MacCallum CA and Russo EB. Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing. European Journal of Internal Medicine 2018; 49, 12-19.