FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What forms do I need?
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis we will look at each patient on a case by case basis.
Doctors can use their own referral format or ours which can be found here. Please note, all information is treated as strictly confidential.
How does medical cannabis work?
The cannabis plant produces natural compounds called cannabinoids that can help regulate our body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for many key physiological functions, including mood, memory, energy, metabolism, and immunity. These compounds can be extracted from the plant and used in medicine to help alleviate a host of symptoms.
The cannabinoids that are in greatest abundance in cannabis (and used most in medicine) are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and CBD (cannabidiol).
Will I get a ‘high’ from medical cannabis?
Can I grow or purchase my own cannabis?
Secondly, street-sourced products can often be contaminated with bacteria, moulds, heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides that can be harmful when consumed. Therefore, we would strongly recommend using a pharmaceutical-grade cannabis medicine. This would ensure there is consistency of product, along with a guarantee that it is grown under sterile and contaminant-free conditions.
How do I know what product and dose is right for me?
Is medical cannabis addictive?
Will I develop tolerance to medical cannabis?
When should I not use medical cannabis?
What are the potential side effects of medical cannabis?
Potential common side effects include:
• Dry mouth
• Cough/sputum/bronchitis (when smoked)
• Cognitive effects
Does medical cannabis interact with other medications?
Is medical cannabis a registered medication?
1. The treating doctor is granted an individualised patient approval to prescribe cannabis via the TGA’s Special Access Scheme
2. The treating doctor qualifies as an Approved Prescriber
How is medicinal cannabis taken?
How quickly should I feel the effects of medicinal cannabis?
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.
Can I drive after taking medicinal cannabis?
Is medicinal cannabis expensive and what are your fees?
As medicinal cannabis is an unregistered medicine, it is not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which makes it more expensive than other PBS-approved medications. Most patients can expect to pay between $5 to $10 per day for medicinal cannabis but it ultimately depends on the dose and frequency.
At Cannadoc Health, we pride ourselves in providing a high-end comprehensive service in all aspects of cannabis-based treatment. We understand that it can be hard to find good, reliable information in the medicinal cannabis space. Therefore, we have made it a priority to provide in-depth education to our patients so they can make an informed choice regarding their treatment.
At the initial consult, we conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical history, and based on your situation, we tailor a specific treatment plan to your needs. This first consult will take approximately 45 minutes and the out-of-pocket initial cost for this consultation is $200.
Dependant upon the finding in the initial consultation we then apply to the TGA and State Health body on your behalf for a permit to access medicinal cannabis. This application process can be complex and time consuming, and as such attracts a once-off administrative fee (variable). Subsequent follow-up appointments will usually incur an out-of-pocket fee of approximately $50 to $75 depending on the services rendered.
If you have any questions on our fee structure or how the process works, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
2. MacCallum CA and Russo EB. Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing. European Journal of Internal Medicine 2018; 49, 12-19.
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