Medicinal Cannabis Melbourne

Accessing medical cannabis clinics in Victoria

 

CA Clinics supports Melbourne’s medical cannabis patients through telehealth consultations, which provides them with the same quality of care from the safety of their homes. This is an especially important step in helping Victorians get by the current COVID-19 lockdowns. It also means that patients in regional Australia still have easy access to treatments they need.

In addition, CA Clinics has a doctor stationed in Melbourne to cater specially to the state’s patients.

Screening Appointments are conducted online and generally take about 15 minutes to assess whether your condition and case history fit TGA criteria. You can book a screening consultation here or call us on 1300 991 477.

What conditions can medical cannabis be approved for?

There are five conditions that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) specifically provide guidance for regarding the use of medical cannabis:

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 oil will benefit your condition or reduce symptoms.

How much does medical cannabis in Victoria cost?

Data collected over the past three years of a legal medical cannabis framework in Australia has shown medical cannabis prices to be slowly decreasing with time. At the moment, data indicates patients are spending on average $51 per week on cannabis medicines.

Different conditions require vastly different doses, for example, epilepsy requires much higher doses of CBD than anxiety. Thus the average price can range between $14-$91 depending on the individual.

The CAM study tells us this is both an acceptable price range for patients and comparable to the illicit market price, which should encourage individuals to seek quality medical cannabis prescriptions instead of unknown illegal products.

How long do medical cannabis approvals take?

Usually, medical cannabis application approvals take less than a week, though in our experience sometimes approval can come within 48-72 hours after the application was submitted.

Delays past 10 business days are usually indicative of complex cases requiring substantial review of the justification and scientific evidence. On the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes applications are processed and approved on the same day!

 

How long does it take for my medicinal cannabis to arrive?

Once approved, your consulting doctor will send the medical cannabis script to your pharmacy, where it will be ordered in by the pharmacist. Pharmacies are not allowed to store medical cannabis stock onsite. Depending on where the prescription is being sent from, it usually arrives at the pharmacy or directly at your residence within 10-15 business days.

 

Medical cannabis via telehealth

If you are not yet familiar with telehealth, you’ll find it to be very similar to the experience at your doctor’s office. The doctor or nurse will ask you various questions about your condition and case history, run through with you the options available and timeline of the application for TGA approval.

In lacking that face-to-face interaction, telehealth appointments can’t include physical examinations or blood tests. Thus, your medical practitioner may ask additional questions, request files from your regular medical practitioners, or seek out extra investigations if necessary.

Telehealth appointments reduce some of the barriers individuals have when it comes to seeking out healthcare, in the medical cannabis arena or otherwise. Video or phone consultations allow for those who are geographically out of range, have mobility concerns or health conditions that prevent them from attending a clinic, to still receive high-level of healthcare and support via digital means.

Why CA Clinics in Melbourne?

CA Clinics is the first and largest medical cannabis network to launch after inception of legal medical cannabis pathways in 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 know the medical cannabis and CBD oil products available in Australia inside and out. Through viewing consultations through the lens of personalised medicine, your doctor will ensure the most suitable medical cannabis product and dose for your unique presentation.

 

Can I access medicinal cannabis outside of Victoria?

If you don’t live close enough to access our Melbourne clinic or are located in regional areas you can still access CA Clinic services via telehealth from anywhere in the state or country. Some other common questions about medical cannabis and access can be found on our FAQs page, or contact us via email [email protected] or on 1300 991 477