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Understanding medicinal cannabis.

As the medicinal benefits of cannabis continue to be substantiated, its ability to regulate pain, anxiety, and depression is being understood. This is leading to an increased demand for accurate information about medicinal cannabis and its applications.
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Cannabis bud being put into a test tube by scientist

Why cannabis?

Cannabis is a naturally occurring, highly adaptable and objectively impressive plant. It is made up of 80 – 130 unique chemical compounds called cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. These chemical compounds interact with the body's natural chemistry to help ease the symptoms of certain illnesses and disorders.

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Scientist harvesting cannabis plant

Cannabis' medicinal properties

Each plant strain has a unique chemical composition which in turn will yield a specific result when used as a medicine. Moreover, cannabinoids can be extracted and administrated as isolates or formulated with a specific terpene profile to treat specific conditions.  

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CBD oil being dropped into a bowl

How cannabis effects the body

The efficacy of the plant comes from the unique ability to interact with the human Endocannabinoid System (ESC), a network of receptors, enzymes and naturally occurring endocannabinoids that regulate and balance many human processes, including immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, and more.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does medicinal cannabis work?

There are many factors to consider when aligning the timing and efficacy of medical cannabis. Specifically, factors such as the condition being treated, the severity of the symptoms, individual tolerance, balance of cannabinoids, dosage and consumption method. The ‘high’ that can be experienced with THC rich products can be felt anywhere from two – 10 minutes after inhalation (vaping/smoking) or as long as 30 – 60 minutes via oral consumption, with the euphoria lasting anywhere from two to 10 hours. Your Canwell Australia doctor will monitor your prescribed products and their efficacy across virtual follow up appointments, making adjustments as required. As such, it is imperative patients complete the cannabis journal provided with the medicine.


What types of products are available?

There are numerous ways that medicinal cannabis products are administered. Your doctor will advise on the most appropriate delivery system based on your condition, physical health, dosage requirement and personal preferences. While there is still much research required to determine the most effective way to take your plant-based medicine, the majority of medical marijuana products prescribed in Australia are oil based and are consumed orally.

Which medical conditions can be treated by marijuana?

Thanks to a near global prohibition on cannabis, research and hard clinical data are still limited regarding the benefits of medicinal cannabis. However, as the belief in the plant’s efficacy continues to spread across the global medical community, hard data and anecdotal evidence are becoming increasingly available. In April 2021, the first medical cannabis product was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), specifically for childhood epilepsy. Moreover, research is underway to validate the efficacy of medicinal cannabis in treating conditions such as multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, non-cancer chronic pain, palliative care, insomnia, anxiety and endometriosis, to name a few.

How is medicinal cannabis different from recreational marijauna?

While medicinal cannabis is marijuana prescribed to relieve the symptoms of a specific medical condition, recreational use is generally accepted as the consumption of cannabis with the sole objective of experiencing the ‘high’ derived from high THC products. While much of the developed world is moving to legal recreational cannabis use for adults, Australia still has a strict prohibition on recreational use. However, medicinal cannabis is increasingly available for a number of conditions via your GP or dedicated cannabis doctor services such as Canwell Australia.

What are the benefits of medicinal cannabis?

Given the global industry is still developing, there is still much research by means of clinical trials required to make specific claims on the benefits of medicinal cannabis. With that said, there is mounting evidence (emerging trials and overwhelming anecdotal evidence) that certain products can reduce symptoms such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD and the reduction of tremors in Parkinson’s disease patients.