Before we get into everything you need to know about Cannabis In Australia, let's get into what it is.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis (CBD/THC) is derived from a plant and comes in various forms such as oils, capsules, spray and the most popular being flower (can also be referred to as nugs, buds or nuggets). Various worldwide studies have shown that cannabis can relieve symptoms such as pain, muscle spasms, nausea, epilepsy, sleep disorders, eating disorders and more.
What are Cannabinoids and How do they work?
Cannabinoids are compounds which are found in cannabis. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids. The one cannabinoid that is the most popular is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD (cannabidiol). Cannabis works as the cannabinoids act quickly on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This is a communication system in the brain and body that affects, mood, memory, sleep and appetite.
Is Cannabis Legal?
Medicinal Cannabis products are legal in Australia, given that it has been prescribed to you by a Doctor (GP). In saying this, each state in Australia have separate laws regarding Medical Cannabis and it's use.
How Can I access Medical Cannabis?
It's best to talk to your GP or one of Australia's Cannabis Doctors.
Is Medical Cannabis Covered By The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)?
No. In Australia, there are currently no Medical Cannabis products that are subsidised by the PBS. The cost of every Medical Cannabis product varies depending on the product and your dose. However, there are some private health funds which cover some of the costs. It's best to speak to your provider to see if Medical Cannabis is covered.
Can I drive Once I Medicate With My Cannabis?
No. It is against the law to drive under the influence on Medical Cannabis, even if you feel not impaired you should not drive.
Can I Travel With My Medical Cannabis?
Yes, you can travel up to 3 months supply of your medical cannabis in Australia. You cannot travel internationally with your Medical Cannabis.