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Medicinal Cannabis

The Doctors at Collins GP are Medical Cannabis authorized prescribers. 

Medical marijuana consultations and prescriptions can be offered via telehealth consultations.

Medicinal cannabis may besuitable for treating a range of Medical and Psychological conditions and Chronic Pain.

 

Getting started

The prescription of medicinal cannabis in Australia is controlled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and requires an application to be submitted by a doctor on the patient behalf.

Our Doctors assess your condition and recommend the format and titration that is most suitable for your individual needs.

The endocannabinoid system is a messaging system in your body (a series of chemical transmitters and receptors) that modulate just about every physiological function in your body. The endocannabinoid system:

  • regulates pain and inflammation pathways – in your joints and organs
  • affects how you sleep and how you feel (emotions)
  • regulates your appetite and metabolism
  • affects your memory and thinking (cognition)
  • regulates gastro-intestinal / gut function
  • regulates the protection and development of nerves in your body

The ECS dysfunction may occur in many people, and results in symptoms that often takes years to develop. This is now known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CEDS).

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What is plant-based medicine?

Plant-based treatments including cannabis have been used as a medicine for thousands of years. With hundreds of different active compounds shown to help a number of different medical conditions, medicinal cannabis is a valuable therapy option.

The many healing properties of medicinal cannabis have been studied worldwide.

Scientists found discover Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was a key component of cannabis’ medicinal properties – a breakthrough that would lead to using the plant for a number of modern treatments.

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Benefits of medical cannabis

Medical cannabis has been approved for more than a decade as a treatment for some people with multiple sclerosis and childhood epilepsy. Clinical trials continue to uncover cannabidiol benefits for several conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety: Clinical trials have shown the use of medicinal cannabis can reduce anxiety.
  • Chronic pain: Studies suggest CBD can ease cancer pain and lower arthritis pain.
  • Insomnia: Many patients experience better sleep with the aid of CBD oil.
  • Addictions: CBD can help ease cravings for tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Palliative care: Medicinal cannabis can be an adjunct to other palliative care measures.

There are many medical conditions managed by using CBD oil and other medical marijuana products.

Eligibility and access

While the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act (2016) in Australia permits the prescribing of medicinal cannabis, the process of obtaining it can sometimes be exhustive. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) allowed that cannabis products - which are not currently included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) - can be obtained through a Special Access Scheme (SAS-B) application, submitted by an authorised doctor.

There are currently over fifty ‘fast track’ health conditions that have regularly received approved SAS-B applications in Australia.

To discuss these conditions, and whether your health condition might be considered, speak with our doctor.

suitable chronic conditions that:

Lasted for three months or longer, and

Has not responded to conventional medical treatments or

Trialled treatment had unbearable side effects.

Any health condition that is considered a “Fast Track” condition for which the TGA has provided guidance.

How do I get medical cannabis?

Medicinal endocannabinoids (including CBD oil) is only available Special Access Prescription from a doctor. If your GP isunable to prescribe mMedical Cannabis ,you are welcome to book an appointment with one of our doctors. We offer telehealth (phone & video) consultations.

The application, called an SAS-B, must include clinically justified reasons for the use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing the dosing routine and length of treatment the patient is expected to arranged by Collins GP

Better known as CBD, it is one of more than 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, which means it causes the sensation of getting high that’s often associated with cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.

THC is a schedule 8 drug and requires approval from the TGA department for doctors to be able to prescribe it to patients.

The application, called an SAS-B, must include clinically justified reasons for the use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing the dosing routine and length of treatment the patient is expected to arranged by Collins GP

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently approved vaporisers for sale to patients listed on the TGA’s Special Access Scheme (SAS). It is only available with a prescription through the SAS portal.

What is a cannabis vape?

Vaping is the heating of cannabis flower or concentrate without burning. Vaporizers — also known as vape pens — are devices used heat cannabis for inhalation. Vapes come in portable or table-top varieties, and different types can be used for marijuana flower or oil concentrate.

Convection vs. Conduction Weed Vaporizers

Vaping is the process of heating a material enough to emit vapor without causing combustion. Convection and conduction vaporizers are the two dominant heating methods used in the vaporizing industry today. Though they are both healthier alternatives to smoking, it’s important to know the difference, as they both leverage different methods to vaporize your cannabis. 

Convection

Put simply, convection weed vaporizers heat your weed indirectly with a stream of heated air to slowly heat your herb. The process is comparable to air frying technology in terms of heating evenly without direct content. As a result, users get smooth, clean hits of vapor with virtually no chance of burning. 

Conduction

Conduction vaporizers use direct heat to vaporize your herb. In this form, heat has to directly touch the concentrate or herb, heating your weed below the combustion point. This is done with electricity. 

Pros and Cons

Generally, conduction doesn’t heat your concentrate as evenly or efficiently as convection. There’s a small chance that the herb will burn and leave a lot of residue in the chamber to clean out. However, they are usually cheaper than convection weed vaporizers, are less bulky, and heat up faster. 

Convection, on the other hand, burns evenly every time and there’s no fear of combustion. They are easier to clean and have better flavor control. However, they are often more expensive and sometimes not as portable as conduction weed vaporizers.