What do I need to know?
Medical marijuana has been legal in all Australian states since 2017, however many doctors and patients are still frustrated that the process for approval can be complex and time consuming.
Dr Jane Chapman at WellMed Gold Coast is well versed in the latest scientific research and legislation regarding the prescription of Medicinal Cannabis, and is fully compliant with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
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Frequently Asked Questions
You will need to bring a referral from your regular GP / specialist containing a full medical history, copies of previous tests & procedures, and a list of previous & current medications for your condition.
Alternatively, please download and fill out our New Patient Form and make your appointment today.
Dr Chapman will advise you at your initial consultation about eligibility i.e whether or not your condition makes you a viable candidate for Medicinal Cannabis.
Medicinal Cannabis is available for patients who have a chronic condition that has not responded to, or has experienced adverse reactions/side effects from standard medical treatment.
|Initial / Eligibility Consultation||30 minutes||$200||$73.90|
If you are a Gold Card DVA Cardholder, the Doctor can apply to DVA for full coverage of the consultations.
At the first consultation Dr Chapman will discuss your condition and your requirements.
During the initial consultation, Dr Chapman will obtain all the information to include on the TGA SAS application document and await the approval.
The TGA SAS application takes 2-3 days for approval.
State Health Departments differ from state-to-state. If state approval is required, this is in addition to the TGA approval and can take between 1-4 weeks.
Once Dr Chapman has received your approval, you will be contacted for a follow-up consultation, where the appropriate dosage will be prescribed. Dr Chapman will explain your dosage to you and how much to use each week.
Dr Chapman will also explain to you how to increase your dose until you reach therapeutic effect. There is no standard dosage (1 pill size does not fit all). As every patient has their own ENDOCANNABANOID SYSTEM TONE. This means your unique dose must be titrated (adjusted) by yourself following Dr Chapman’s instructions.
Any pharmacy in Australia can dispense Medicinal Cannabis, however, pharmacies are not permitted to stock it.
Once the script has been written by Dr Chapman, any pharmacy can order in your Medicinal Cannabis product, which will take 1-2 days.
Your Medicinal Cannabis can be collected by you in person presenting your prescription. This is a heavily regulated medication, the TGA currently only approves the same script by the same Doctor. In other words, your own GP, will not be able to duplicate the script.
No. CBD, which is the non-psychoactive compound found in Cannabis, will not get you high. It is safe and does not produce any adverse side effects.
TGA has approved Medicinal Cannabis for the following conditions:
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Palliative care indications
- Cancer pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Spasticity from neurological conditions
- Anorexia and wasting associated with chronic illness.
Evidence suggests Medicinal Cannabis has also been successfully used in treating:
ADHD, Addiction, AIDS, Arthritis, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Gout, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Insomnia, Liver Disease, Menopause, Multiple sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Neuropathy Pain, Osteoporosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Shingles, Sickle Cell Disease, Social Anxiety Disorder, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Tinnitus, Tourette’s Syndrome and more...
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are both know as Cannabinoids, and both trigger cannabinoid receptors in the Endocannabinoid system.
THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that causes the effects of feeling high, whereas CBD has no psychoactive effects.
Perhaps more than any other plant, cannabis has been used as a medicinal treatment for thousands of years, in many cultures including Chinese, Egyptian, European, Greek and the Islamic world.
In Western medicine prior to 1937, there were at least 2000 cannabis medicines produced by over 280 manufacturers, for many ailments including pain relief, inflammation, epilepsy, cancer, nausea & vomiting, muscle spasms, cramps, migraines and as an aid to sleep.
Since 1937 the stigma that marijuana has held as a “psychadelic” drug are quickly being eradicated through scientific research which shows the huge benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment plan.