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Medicinal Cannabis, also called medical marijuana is a herbal medication that is derived from plants of the genus Cannabis. Cannabis – based products come from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems and seeds of the cannabis plant.
Cannabis has been shown to relieve pain, prevent or reduce vomiting and it has ani-inflammatory properties. This is because the substances called cannabinoids act on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This is a communications system in the brain and body that influences mood, memory, sleep and appetite.
At present there are thousands of Australians who are now using medicinal cannabis to treat conditions such as chronic pain.
Medicinal Cannabis is tightly regulated in Australia through Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Doctors can apply to the TGA to supply medicinal cannabis to certain patients through the Authorised Prescriber Scheme and Special Access Scheme. Patients are able to access medicinal cannabis though either a specialist doctor or their GP.
The GP applying to the TGA must meet certain requirements and must obtain a permit.
For more information on eligibility and consultation process please phone us for an appointment at Asquith Doctors.
Source:
TGA (Medicinal cannabis products), Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Medical cannabis), SA Health (Medicinal Cannabis Evidence Reviews and Guidance), Queensland Health (Patient guide to accessing medicinal cannabis), Epilepsy Action Australia (Cannabis for epilepsy)

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