What conditions is medical cannabis used for?
Medical cannabis is currently being used to treat a number of different symptoms. Any chronic condition lasting longer than 3 months may be eligible if traditional medications have failed to provide relief. The TGA has provided data on conditions that have been approved in the past. The most common being: Chronic pain, Neuropathic pain, Cancer pain, Anxiety/Depression, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Migraine, Sleep disorders, Epilepsy/Seizure Management, Spasticity from neurological conditions, and Autism symptoms. Contact us if you wish to know more.
What are the possible side effects of Medicinal Cannabis?
Similar to many medications, patients taking medical cannabis may experience side effects. Generally, the side effects for CBD are less than those for THC. Some known side effects of THC include euphoria, intoxication-like effects, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired memory, disorientation, dry mouth, and rapid heartbeat. This is not a complete list. Please consult with a doctor regarding possible side effects and what steps should be taken if you experience anything unexpected after using medical cannabis.
Care must be taken when consuming medical cannabis not to drive while under the influence of cannabis. Research has shown that cannabis use has an effect on a person’s ability to drive. Unlike alcohol, there is no specific concentration of cannabis that can be identified as an indicator of impairment. It is illegal for any patient being treated with medicinal cannabis containing THC to drive while undergoing treatment. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.
Patients should not drive or operate machinery while being treated with medicinal cannabis that contains THC. All states in Australia have Mobile Drug Testing. Currently all drivers that test positive will be charged.
Is Medicinal Cannabis covered under PBS?
No. At the current time Medicinal Cannabis is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and therefor not covered by the PBS. This may change in the next couple of years as more products are tested and verified for registration with the PBS.
You may be eligible for a rebate from your Private Health Insurance Extra's Cover, if you plan includes non-PBS pharmaceuticals. Check with your insurer to see what rebate may apply for the cost of the cannabis medicine.