Frequently Asked Questions

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 chemical compounds called cannabinoids, one of which is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the main cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ produced by cannabis.

Besides THC, another important chemical found in medicinal cannabis is cannabidiol (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.

Yes. Medicinal cannabis is a legal treatment option in Australia and several countries including Canada, the UK and some states in the US.

Generally, medical cannabis can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner with appropriate approval. If a doctor is not authorised to prescribe it, or not sufficiently familiar with prescribing cannabis, they can refer their patient to one who is. Once applications are finalised and approved, the 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.

Generally, medical cannabis can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner with appropriate approval. If a doctor is not authorised to prescribe it, or not sufficiently familiar with prescribing cannabis, they can refer their patient to one who is. Once applications are finalised and approved, the 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.

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.