Medical Cannabis Adelaide
Accessing medical cannabis clinics in South Australia
CA Clinics is proud to support South Australian medical cannabis patients.
Accessing medical cannabis begins with a Complimentary Screening Appointment, which is conducted online. These easy-to-arrange appointments take about 15 minutes where your condition and case history will be briefly assessed to ensure approval criteria are met. Then an Initial Consultation explores your condition and possible medicinal cannabis treatment options available before CA Clinics submits your application to the relevant authorities.
You can book a screening consultation here or call us to find out more information on 1300 991 477.
What conditions can medical cannabis be approved for?
The five main conditions that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provides guidance for the use of medical cannabis are:
Other common conditions where medical cannabis may be prescribed include, but certainly aren’t limited to:
It is a requirement for TGA approval that there is some preclinical or clinical evidence that medical cannabis or CBD therapy will benefit your condition or reduce symptoms.
How much does medical cannabis in South Australia cost?
Since the inception of the Australian legal medical cannabis framework in 2016, the price of medical cannabis prescriptions has been tracked. Prices have slowly been decreasing over time and at present data shows that patients are spending an average $51 per week on cannabis medicines.
Price points can range from $14 to $91 per week depending on the condition being treated and individual presentation. Australian research indicates these prices are comparable to the illicit market and within a tolerable range for patients. This should prompt individuals to seek quality medical cannabis prescriptions instead of untested illegal products.
How long do medical cannabis approvals take?
Medical cannabis application approvals ordinarily arrive within a week. In our recent experience, approvals are being processed within 3-4 days of application submission.
Some cases can take a longer than a week if there is substantial evidence and justifications to consider. However, some applications are processed and approved within 24 hours!
Local South Australian regulations require additional approval for prescriptions extending past two months in duration, though this should not impact your approval timeline. CA Clinic medical practitioners are well-versed in the nuances of local legislation to ensure a smooth application process.
How long does it take for my medical cannabis to arrive?
Once approval has been received the consulting doctor sends your personalised medical cannabis script to your pharmacy. Pharmacies are not allowed to hold medical cannabis stock on-site, so the pharmacist will order your prescriptions. Medical cannabis prescriptions are usually shipped to the pharmacy or your residence within 10-15 business days.
Medical cannabis in Adelaide via telehealth
All CA Clinic consultations are available via telehealth. Much the same as visiting your local GP, the doctor or nurse will ask you questions about your condition and case history to gain a thorough understanding of what the best options might be. They will share with you the options available that are relevant to your health and provide details on the timeline of the application for TGA approval.
Telehealth appointments can’t include physical examinations such as vital signs and therefore your medical practitioner might ask further questions, request files from your regular medical practitioners, or seek out extra investigations if required.
Accessing medical cannabis via Telehealth appointments reduce some of the barriers to individuals who live in rural areas, have mobility challenges or health conditions that prevent them from attending a clinic. Patients are still able to receive high-quality healthcare and support via digital means such as video or phone consultations.
Why CA Clinics in South Australia?
CA Clinics is the first and largest medical cannabis network to launch after inception of legal medical cannabis pathways in South Australia in 2016. Our experienced doctors and nurses have extensive training in the medical profession and have undertaken additional training and research in medical cannabis and the endocannabinoid system.
CA Clinic doctors have a comprehensive knowledge of medical cannabis and CBD products available in Adelaide. Through viewing consultations through the lens of personalised medicine, CA Clinic medical practitioners ensure the most appropriate medical cannabis treatment protocol for your unique presentation.
Many of our doctors cultivate their medical cannabis knowledge through additional research projects and by contributing to clinical trials with the goal of spreading evidence-based information and practises to both medical professionals and patients.