How to access medical cannabis

The best person to consult about medical cannabis is your doctor. They understand your medical history and should be your first discussion around any cannabis therapies for your treatment.

Below is a step by step guide on how to access our medical cannabis products:

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1. Book an appointment with your doctor

Book an appointment with your doctor or specialist and obtain a prescription for medical cannabis. Follow our guide below on how to prepare for your appointment and what to bring.

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2. Have your doctor submit the SAS B form

Download the SAS B form and take this with you or send the link to your doctor. Your doctor must submit this form to the TGA.

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3. Take the TGA approval to your pharmacy

Once approved take the TGA (government) approval to your pharmacy and they will contact Herba Healthcare with details of the approval and their pharmacy registration.

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4. Begin your medical cannabis treatment

Herba Healthcare will ship the medical cannabis to the pharmacy or hospital. The pharmacist will dispense directly to you, and you can then begin treatment.

prescription

1. Book an appointment with your doctor

Book an appointment with your doctor or specialist and obtain a prescription for medical cannabis. Follow our guide below on how to prepare for your appointment and what to bring.

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3. Take the TGA approval to your pharmacy

Once approved take the TGA (government) approval to your pharmacy and they will email the approval to us at info@herbahealtcare.com.au and provide details of their pharmacy registration.

form

2. Have your doctor submit the SAS B form

Download the SAS B form and take this with you or send the link to your doctor. Your doctor must submit this form to the TGA.

approval

4. Begin your medical cannabis treatment

Herba Healthcare will ship the medical cannabis to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will dispense directly to you and you can then begin treatment.

prescription

1. Book an appointment with your doctor

Book an appointment with your doctor or specialist and obtain a prescription for medical cannabis. Follow our guide below on how to prepare for your appointment and what to bring.

form

2. Have your doctor submit the SAS B form

Download the SAS B form and take this with you or send the link to your doctor. Your doctor must submit this form to the TGA.

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3. Take the TGA approval to your pharmacy

Once approved take the TGA (government) approval to your pharmacy and they will email the approval to us at info@herbahealtcare.com.au and provide details of their pharmacy registration.

approval

4. Begin your medical cannabis treatment

Herba Healthcare will ship the medical cannabis to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will dispense directly to you and you can then begin treatment.

Under Australian law, medicinal cannabis is only available via prescription from a doctor and dispersed from a licensed pharmacy. As it is mostly an unregistered medicine, the doctor must be authorised to prescribe at both the Federal (Therapeutic Goods Administration; TGA) and State/Territory level (unfortunately this differs between States/ Territories).

Doctors appointment

It is essential to be your advocate as your doctor could be unfamiliar with medical cannabis and the treatment options available and may be hesitant to recommend it.

Many doctors are still unfamiliar with the current research that supports medical cannabis as a treatment plan. Bring documentation, studies and any other information that you believe will support your case; it is important to understand the facts yourself and advise your doctor why you think this is the best treatment option for you.

As a patient you are entitled to unbiased and professional medical advice, patients regularly ask doctors about different treatment options and medical cannabis is no different. Some medical professionals may have a negative attitude towards medical cannabis so it is important you be informed about medical cannabis and the benefits so you can receive your doctor's support.

Follow our guide below:

  1. Make a list of medicines and treatments you have tried for your symptoms. Identify which has worked and which hasn’t
  2. Identify the symptoms that you believe could be managed better with medical cannabis
  3. Describe the symptoms in detail
  4. Advise how you are planning on using medical cannabis (tincture, vaporisation.)
  5. If you are currently using cannabis, explain the amount you use and how often you use it
  6. Ask your doctor to recommend a dose and delivery method applicable for your treatment
  7. Arrange your prescription and a referral to a GMP certified medical cannabis supplier

Bring a secondary caregiver, family member or friend for support to make it easier if you are too nervous to bring the subject up. If your doctor is unable to assist you with access to medical cannabis, we can recommend a wide range of doctors that can assist in this area.