Medicinal Cannabis 

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What is Medicinal Cannabis?

 

The cannabis plant contains a variety of different compounds that can have thereapuetic properties, called Phytocannabinoids. When talking about medicinal cannabis, the most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Medicinal Cannabis products are described byt the amount of THC and CBD they contain. THC can have both medicinal and psychoactive effects on the body, and CBD has medicinal and no psychoactive effects on the body. 

 

The cannabinoids found in medicinal cannabis can affect receptors in the body, particularly in the brain and nervous system. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, a system that helps to regulate other systems within the body. When the endocannabinoid system is not functioning properly, it can contribute to many conditions and diseases including:

  • Pain

  • Inflammation

  • Psychiatric disorders

  • Neurogenerative diseases

 

There are many different conditions that Dr Kosari may choose to treat with medicinal cannabis, if standard therapies are not working for you. The effect of medicinal cannabis taken by mouth is usually between 60 - 180 minutes, and the effects usually last 6-8 hours. 

Some uses of medicinal cannabis include:

  • Chronic non-cancer related pain eg. Severe arthritis or Fibromyalgia

  • Epilepsy

  • Nausea and vomiting from Chemotherapy

  • Palliative care

 

In Australia, medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, after thorough assessment of your condition and circumstances. Approval is granted on a case-by case basis and if your approval finishes or needs to be altered, then your medical practitioner will need to reapply. The rules and regulations can vary between different states, and may affect whether or not medicinal cannabis can be prescribed. 

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