Here at Medwell Medical and Wellness Clinic we help to assist doctors and patients alike in navigating the regulatory pathway for prescribing Cannabinoid products in Australia through the Cannabis Centre Sunshine Coast.
We work closely with patients who suffer from chronic pain which is debilitating and living with it daily is challenging. Chronic pain affects many Australians, in fact over 3 million people suffer from chronic pain. For many medicinal cannabis therapies may be beneficial in relieving this chronic pain.
Medicinal Cannabis is a highly regulated medication and access to this service will be dependent on meeting strict guidelines while also consenting to regular monitoring and follow up appointments in-clinic. Our doctors also work in conjunction with patient’s regular GP’s and health professionals that do not prescribe, to help incorporate medicinal cannabis.
Medwell Medical & Wellness Clinic welcomes new patients and patient referrals from any general practitioners, medical specialists and health professionals who feel their patients may benefit from medicinal cannabis treatment.
Medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner. Before prescribing medicinal cannabis, the doctor will assess each patient to decide if the treatment is appropriate for their condition and individual circumstances. The doctor will take a medical history and a family health history. The doctor will also consider the patient’s current medications and any problems with drug dependence and substance abuse.
Due to the stringent application process both Doctor and patient have to complete, we are very clear that medicinal cannabis is not considered a first line medication. The final decision is assessed by the TGA whether you are granted access to medicinal cannabis, therefore our doctors screen everyone carefully.
You might be eligible for cannabinoid medicine if you have any of the following conditions lasting 3 months or more:
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Palliative Care
- Chemotherapy induced nausea & vomiting
Other conditions also approved by the TGA consist of the following:
- Neuropathic pain,
- Cancer Pain,
- Spasticity from neurological conditions,
- Anorexia and wasting associated with chronic illness (such as cancer)
If you feel Medicinal Cannabis might be a suitable treatment for you please contact us. Please review the process below:
- Review all the information and links provided to you on this page.
- Contact us and ensure you let us know you are wanting a consultation for Medicinal Cannabis.
- Consultation with our specialised medicinal canabis registered nurse and doctor to ensure you meet the criteria.
- Approval of SAS B Application (approximately 7 day turn around, longer for more complex applications)
- Follow-up Consultation: Patient medication dosing adjustment (titration) and review of treatment plan.
- Medication dispensed to you by a nominated pharmacy.
- Commencement of medication.
- If required your Medwell Clinc Doctor will notify your treating specialist/s of your approval, approved medications and dosing rates.
- Monthly prescription repeats, including tracking patient progress and dosing
All applications are not guaranteed for approval. Ultimately the final decision is made by the TGA. This is why our nurses and doctors have a very strict screening process to ensure the greatest success.
The cannabis plant produces between 80-100 cannabinoids with two of the main active cannabinoids being THC and CBD.
Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and the Endocannabinoid System
The use of medicinal preparations of cannabis can be traced back over five thousand years, making it one of the oldest medicinal plants.
There are approximately 480 different compounds within the cannabis plant including over 300 non-cannabinoid compounds. The plant produces between 80-100 cannabinoids with two of the main active ingredients being CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabiniol).
- The most studied cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant which lacs the euphoric intoxicating effects of THC.
- It is not a cannbinoid receptor agonist.
- CBD may reduce the psychotropic effects produced by THC.
- Clinical studies suggest that CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nauseant, anti-emetic, anti-psychotic, anti-ischemic, antixiolytic and anti-epileptic effects.
- Has the only psychoactive component of medical cannabis.
- May be responsible for the analgesic and anti-emetic properties of cannabis.
- Recommended that patients start with low THC strains and gradually titrate the dose.
- Start low and go slow.
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