We’ve seen a significant increase in the prescription of medical cannabis by doctors and specialists in Australia for treating a wide range of chronic health complaints.

So far, medical cannabis has shown results for people suffering from health conditions and severe illnesses like:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Endometriosis
  • IBS
  • PTSD
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Dementia
  • Immune Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
  • Spasticity

More therapeutic uses are being discovered as scientific studies are conducted. These trials are also finding new and improved ways to administer cannabis effectively.

Medical cannabis in Australia

There were approximately 3,100 prescriptions for medical cannabis in Australia at the beginning of 2019, and there are more pharmacists dispensing medicinal cannabis than ever before.

As the pharmaceutical cannabis market grows, so do the number of products used to administer it. Not everyone likes the traditional method of smoking or inhaling from a vapouriser, so other methods have been developed.

Some medicinal cannabis products are also altered to have reduced psychoactive properties. This means people can still benefit from its therapeutic effects, without the ‘high’ or intense side effects generally associated with its use.

Administration of medicinal cannabis

There is now a wide range of products in Australia used for the administration of medical cannabis, and more types of products are becoming available all the time.

Pharmaceutical forms of Medical Marijuana currently available in Australia include:

  • Liquid Capsules
  • Lozenges
  • Oro-mucosal spray
  • Crystal Isolate
  • Flower buds (also known as bud or flos)
  • Granules (ground-up flowers)
  • Oils

These medicinal cannabis products can be administered in a variety of ways.

Vapourising / Inhaled Administration

Vapourising results in a similar absorption rate and blood level reading as smoking. However, because vapourising is heating and releasing the desired cannabis compounds at a lower temperature, it is not combusting. This produces a lot of less harmful toxins than smoking.

The side effects of vapourising cannabis are more or less the same as smoking it:

  • Breathing Issues
  • Intoxication
  • Higher THC levels in the blood ( based on research conducted at Johns Hopkins University in 2017)

The big positive with vapourising medical cannabis is a consistent temperature. This allows patients to predict onset better while finding their optimal dose under medical supervision.

Another great benefit of vapourising is the efficacy. According to a study conducted by Californa NORML, medicating with medicinal marijuana using a vapouriser will convert a higher amount of THC, around a huge amount of 46% of the flower.

The effects last from 2 to 4 hours, being recommended to relieve conditions that requires a fast relief.

Oral administration

Capsules, lozenges and oral syringes are becoming a more common method of administration for those uncomfortable with the idea of vaping.

Bioavailability of cannabinoids when ingested are low (10-20%) due to the intestinal tract and liver metabolism, and the active compounds are absorbed much slower than with inhalation.

The maximum effects can occur two to four hours after consumption and can last from eight to as much as 24-hours after administration.

This can make dosing hard at first but is one of the safer ways to administer the drug. The prolonged onset and extended effects of oral application can be useful to people who have previously responded well to slow-release medications.

Full strength oral cannabis products can produce a strong, long-lasting effect, and some patients have reported preferring inhalation methods due to the shorter duration.

Canview sits at the leading edge of medical cannabis

The passionate team here at CanView are on the pulse of Australia’s medical cannabis industry. We provide one simplified ordering platform for doctors, pharmacies and patients to access a wide range of medical-grade cannabis products.

If you are a medical professional or patient who would like to know more about our services, then head to the FAQ page of our website for more information.

CanView does not endorse the use of Medicinal Cannabis without lawful prescription. Just like any Medicine, Medicinal Cannabis may have both positive and negative side effects on the user, and should only be prescribed to patients by a Health Professional with the authority and expertise to do so. The information provided by CanView is for informational and educational purposes, and is of a general nature. If you are interested in accessing Medicinal Cannabis please talk to your doctor and request a referral to a Medicinal Cannabis clinic.

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