Medicinal Cannabis in Australia

Cannabis in Australia can be a topic of taboo, with much speculation about its legality in our country. WIth the community villainizing cannabis because of its illegal recreational past, it can prevent people talking to their doctors about medicinal cannabis benefiting their health symptoms. Greencare desires to educate the Australian population on the benefits of medical cannabis and how it may help relieve health symptoms.

Is medicinal cannabis legal in Australia?

The cannabis landscape in Australia is changing and becoming more socially acceptable since medicinal usage became legal in 2016. Whilst recreational cannabis is illegal in all states and territories except ACT, medical cannabis is legal Australia-wide. Medicinal cannabis is any cannabis product prescribed, by a doctor, to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition. Medicinal cannabis is changing the lives of people around the world with positive health outcomes. While it’s still a heavily-regulated and strictly-controlled product in Australia, medicinal cannabis may be prescribed by doctors where deemed clinically appropriate for treatment and management of a condition. 

Australia medicinal cannabis stats

In 2019, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted 25,182 applications from doctors to prescribe a patient with medicinal cannabis. This was more than a 10-fold increase from 2018. Up to 31 May 2021, the TGA has approved over 120,000 SAS Category B applications for medicinal cannabis. Patient usage of medicinal cannabis in Australia is growing rapidly.

What types of medicinal cannabis are there?

Medical cannabis is a heavily regulated, scheduled drug. You may get prescribed CBD, THC or a THC/CBD combination medication depending on the condition being treated. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that has medical properties and the ability to reduce the effects of THC. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that can give a euphoric state whilst also having medical properties. At Greencare, your highly-experienced specialised doctor will work on a treatment plan individualised to your health symptoms, ensuring it’s the right fit for you. 

Am I eligible for medical cannabis? 

Medicinal cannabis is approved to be prescribed for over 50 conditions in Australia. However, there is no official list of medical conditions that the TGA approves cannabis for 100% of the time. As long as you meet eligibility requirements, your specialised Greencare doctor can apply for medicinal cannabis to treat your health condition. Symptoms and health conditions the TGA have approved medicinal cannabis for in the past include; 

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer and Cancer Pain
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • CINV
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD
  • Tremors

And many more health conditions.

Want to learn more about medicinal cannabis or learn if it may benefit your health symptoms? Book a consultation with one of our highly experienced Greencare doctors today to receive a personalised treatment plan for your health concerns.