Is medicinal cannabis legal?

Medicinal cannabis is a legal treatment option in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and some states in the US, which allow patients to have access to medicinal cannabis in special circumstances, usually in cases where other standard treatments have failed.

What areas of use has medicinal cannabis been shown to be effective in?

Medical research into the use of cannabis is currently limited, but more and more studies are now being performed on the use of medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of conditions.

Who can access medicinal cannabis?

The requirements and regulations governing who can access medicinal cannabis differ from country to country. Generally, medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed for patients by a registered medical practitioner after they have obtained government approval to do so. Speak to your Doctor about whether medicinal cannabis is appropriate for you.

How can I find a doctor to prescribe medicinal cannabis for my condition?

You should consult your specialist or GP about medicinal cannabis – depending on the state or country you live in, you may need a referral to a specialist to obtain a prescription.

Althea Concierge can help you find a local doctor who is familiar with prescribing medicinal cannabis.

What should I ask my doctor?

Questions you should consider asking your doctor include:

  • Is medicinal cannabis used to treat my condition?
  • What benefits could medicinal cannabis treatment have for my condition?
  • Are there any risks for me if I start taking medicinal cannabis for my condition?

What if my doctor says “no” to medicinal cannabis?

Talk with your doctor about why you’re seeking treatment with medicinal cannabis and if it’s appropriate for you and your condition. Medicinal cannabis may not work for everyone and should only be considered after other standard treatment options have been explored.

If your doctor isn’t familiar with the process for prescribing medicinal cannabis and would like to talk to someone, you can put them in touch with us.  Contact Althea.

Althea’s Concierge can also help you find a local doctor who is familiar with prescribing medicinal cannabis.

How do I access medicinal cannabis products once I have a prescription?

You will be able to fill out your prescription at a pharmacy which dispenses medicinal cannabis – your doctor can give you advice on where to fill your prescription. You can also find a list of pharmacies that dispense Althea medicinal cannabis products through Althea Concierge.

Will I get high while taking medicinal cannabis?

You should talk your doctor if you are worried about any potential side effects.

Do I smoke medicinal cannabis?

Most medicinal cannabis therapies use cannabis oil or soft gel capsules, which are administered orally, although dried flower products are available. It is recommended to vaporise dried cannabis for inhalation rather than smoking.

Medic is a free online education for healthcare professionals wanting to Learn More about the safety, clinical considerations and areas of use of medicinal cannabis.

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