Medicinal cannabis is used to treat people with chronic pain and other symptoms from a variety of chronic conditions, for chemotherapy-induced nausea, or during palliative care.
To be eligible for medicinal cannabis, you must:
- Be over 18
- Be an Australian resident
- The Healthcare Practitioner (HCP) will be required to clinically justify why you should be prescribed medicinal cannabis. The HCP will ask you about your symptoms and/or diagnosis, details of relevant past treatments and procedures trialled or considered, including reasons why therapeutic goods currently included in the ARTG may not be the most appropriate treatment for you and appraise the expected clinical benefits versus the potential risks of the proposed treatment.
- Only the HCP can make the decision based on the above. Obtaining a Health Summary from your GP is recommended.
You can also read more information on the TGA website https://www.tga.gov.au/publication/guidance-use-medicinal-cannabis-australia-patient-information and https://www.tga.gov.au/access-medicinal-cannabis-products-frequently-asked-questions-faqs