Our decision to change the name of our company reflects our alignment with existing global partners Tikun Olam. Despite the change to our trading name we continue to cultivate Australian grown cannabis from our local premises here on the Sunshine Coast.
Cannabis is a term used to describe any plant in the genus Cannabis, including dried flowers, leaves, seeds, extracts and resins.
The cannabis plant produces a group of chemicals called cannabinoids, one of which is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). This is the main cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ produced by cannabis.
Besides THC, another important chemical found in medicinal cannabis is cannabidiol (or CBD). Though almost identical to THC in terms of chemical structure and medical uses, CBD doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects.
‘Medicinal cannabis’ refers to the range of legal, approved and quality assured cannabis preparations intended for human therapeutic use. This includes pharmaceutical cannabis preparations such as oils, tinctures, capsules and other extracts.
Medicinal cannabis contains specific active components in known amounts and mixtures, which can be carefully controlled, standardised and administered for patient use.
Medicinal cannabis is a legal treatment option in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and some states in the US, which allow patients to have access to medicinal cannabis in special circumstances, usually in cases where other standard treatments have failed.
In most cases, medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner with an appropriate approval. If a doctor is not authorised to prescribe medicinal cannabis products or is not sufficiently familiar with cannabis prescribing, he or she can refer their patient to a prescribing doctor. Once applications are finalised and approved, all medicinal cannabis products are dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. Further information regarding access to medicinal cannabis for consumers and medical practitioners can be found on the TGA website (FAQ).
You should consult your specialist or GP about medicinal cannabis – depending on the state or country you live in, you may need a referral to a specialist to obtain a prescription.
The TGA has established quality standards for medicinal cannabis products and all companies who import, manufacture, and supply medicinal cannabis products in Australia are required to meet them.