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Northbridge Medical Centre is committed to providing the highest level of care to all our patients by tailoring our approach to fulfill the needs of individuals. We are now offering medicinal cannabis consultations in our Perth clinic, to allow patients to have access to medicinal cannabis.
Medicinal cannabis, also widely known as CBD oil, is increasingly becoming more popular and acceptable as a therapeutic option for various medical conditions.
Medicinal cannabis is produced by combining various chemicals with cannabis that is grown specifically for medicinal use. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requires strict certification of all medicinal cannabis products produced in and imported into Australia. The product prescribed by the doctors and dispensed from the pharmacy are formulated securely with quality assurance being regulated.
The main chemicals used are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannbinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound known for its analgesic, antiemetic, antispasmodic and psychotropic effects. CBD is a non-psychotropic compound known for its anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antianxiety and sedation effects.
The ratio of THC to CBD is the primary focus in managing the patient’s medical conditions and symptoms.
If you wish to find out the latest news and information about medicinal cannabis in Western Australia, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health TGA Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia
The Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provides guidance and continual updates on the use of medicinal cannabis. The current position held by TGA is that medicinal cannabis should only be considered after established treatments have been unsuccessful or if the patient is unable to take a treatment to due adverse effects.
For detailed clinical guidance about these conditions, please refer to Australian Government Department of Health TGA Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia
The following are conditions supported by TGA with limited evidence of possible benefits using medicinal cannabis as treatment option:
Medicinal cannabis may also be beneficial in the following medical conditions:
The risk of severe side effects and the risk of dependency with medicinal cannabis is low.
Depending on each individual patient, the type of product and the dosage, there may be potential side effects.
The following are the known side effects for CBD and THC products:
The following are potential rare side effects for THC products:
There are no specific medical conditions to determine eligibility for medicinal cannabis treatment.
However, the doctor at Northbridge Medical Centre does not diagnose your medical conditions. Your own General Practitioner is required to provide your list of medical conditions and the diagnosis of your disorder.
TGA has recommended that medicinal cannabis should only be considered when:
Application to TGA to access medicinal cannabis may not be approved if the above conditions are not met.
The cost of consultation is separate from the cost of the medicinal cannabis product.
The cost of medicinal cannabis can vary depending on the type of product being prescribed, the dose that is required along with pharmacy dispensing fee.
The average cost is likely to be between A$4 to A$10 per day. There is currently no subsidy available from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Some Private Health Funds may provide subsidy for medicinal cannabis. Please check with your health funds directly.
Driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. THC can be detected in the urine and may take up to five days to clear from the body.
Depending on the type and dose of the medicinal cannabis, patients may need to avoid driving or operate machinery while being treated. Please speak to your doctor about this.
Steps to take to determine suitability for medicinal cannabis:
In order to be successful in applying for TGA approval:
The doctor involved in your consultation will need apply to TGA for approval prior to prescribing medicinal cannabis. To meet the TGA requirement, the following documentations are required:
Consultation at Northbridge Medical Centre:
Medicinal cannabis consultation can be conducted face to face at Northbridge Medical Centre or via Telehealth. It is advisable that the first consultation be conducted face to face. This is to allow the doctor to be familiar with your medical conditions, provide appropriate examination and organize appropriate investigations
Medicinal cannabis consultation fee:
Initial consultation: $250
Subsequent consultation: $150
How to book a medicinal cannabis consultation with Northbridge Medical Centre:
Compassionate access program:
Your doctor at Northbridge Medical Centre is also able to apply for compassionate access supply of the medicinal cannabis products for some patients who are undergoing financial hardship. Please talk to the doctor about the scheme.
The knowledgeable team at Northbridge Medical Centre are here for any questions or concerns you may have about medicinal cannabis and CBD oil treatment. Simply contact us or all 08 9228 8339 to book in your consultation.