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What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis (also called medical marijuana) is cannabis prescribed to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition.

The cannabis plant contains compounds called cannabinoids, and the two most researched cannabinoids are:

There’s a difference between medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis. Non-medicinal cannabis is the form that people use to get ‘high’.

Depending on the patient and medical condition, a product containing only CBD, or CBD and THC, may be suitable for the intended clinical benefit. 

In Australia, the most common medical cannabis prescriptions are for chronic pain, anxiety and sleep disorder.

It is important to acknowledge that referring to cannabis as though it were one type of medicine is misleading as there are various forms that medicinal cannabis can take as well as a range of strengths and varieties.

Cannabis products that are legally acquired through a GP are highly regulated and adhere to strict pharmaceutical standards for safety and quality, unlike cannabis acquired through the black market.

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James Fitsioris

James is one of the Co-Founders at Cannabate. When he’s not writing about medical cannabis, you’ll most likely see him on the phone cracking up at his own jokes to our patients.

(written by Co-Founder and brother Charlie – someone please stop him)


Please note that James at Cannabate is not a licensed medical practitioner and therefore is not providing medical advice. We do not endorse the use of cannabis or any other illicit drugs. Like any medication, cannabis has potential negative side effects and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. For the latest information on cannabis prescription and use, please visit the TGA website. If you are considering cannabis as a treatment option, we encourage you to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

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