When it comes to seeking a prescription for medical cannabis, knowing where to start can be confusing. If you believe that you may benefit from the use of medicinal cannabis, here is everything you need to know before you begin the process of acquiring a prescription, as well as what to know once you have one.
How will medicinal cannabis benefit you?
Firstly, it is important to do your research to understand the benefits of medicinal cannabis and how it could positively affect your life based on the conditions that you have. Here are some conditions and symptoms that may be helped through the use of medical cannabis:
- Chronic pain
- Side effects of cancer treatments
Take a trip to the GP.. or just jump online
Up until recently, starting the process began with visiting your medical professional who, depending on your location and history, would assess your circumstances and if suitable, would prescribe you with medicinal cannabis or direct you to a specialist that was able to do so.
While you can still head to a GP to talk about whether medical cannabis is right for you, medical professionals in certain states require strict authorisation to administer a medicinal cannabis prescription, which means it isn’t always easy to know if you are visiting someone that can help. You can read more about how the legalities around medicinal cannabis differ throughout Australian states and territories here.
To take the guesswork out of the process, you now have the option to go through the same process without leaving your home.
During your virtual consultation, your situation will be assessed and if it is deemed clinically appropriate you will be issued a prescription for the product best suited to your circumstances and lifestyle. The product will then be posted to you, allowing for a seamless and stress free experience.
Things you need to know
Having a prescription doesn’t make it legal to drive. It is important to know that even if you have a prescription for medicinal cannabis, it does not make it legal to drive while it is in your system. It is a criminal offence nationwide to drive with any trace of THC in your system, which is important to acknowledge when you are using medicinal cannabis.
If you think you could benefit from the use of medicinal cannabis, you can book a virtual consultation here.