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Receive an overview of the chronic conditions medical cannabis has been approved for

Medical cannabis has been approved for a number of chronic conditions 

Growing evidence suggests that medical cannabis could help with the relief of wide reaching symptoms, where other conventional medications have failed or become prohibitive due to their often significant side-effects. To date, over 50,000 Australians have been approved for medical cannabis treatment across more than 30 conditions, including chronic pain, neuropathic pain, cancer, anxiety, epilepsy, and palliative care. While the number of prescribing doctors across Australia is steadily growing, many doctors are yet to be educated about medical cannabis and it is often overlooked as a viable treatment option, where patient might benefit. We can help you to have the conversation with your doctor and have put together an overview of the most prescribed conditions below.

Reference: Department of Health, Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee 

Chronic Pain

The #1 condition medical cannabis is being prescribed for. 1 in 5 Australians suffer from chronic pain, with symptoms including back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and migraine.

Neuropathic Pain

Chronically difficult to treat, medical cannabis could often be the last and only alternative for patients with neuropathic pain. 

Cancer

Similar to chronic pain, medical cannabis might mitigate symptoms in regard to cancer pain as well as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. 

Anxiety

Anxiety affects more than 20% of all Australians throughout all demographics. CBD-dominant medication could be a treatment alternative for these patients.     

Epilepsy

Where patients have been non-responsive to antiepileptic treatment regimes, the addition of CBD medication might reduce frequency of seizures in some cases. 

Palliative Care

When time is limited, ensuring quality of life is often the most important factor. The potentially lower side-effect profile of medical cannabis could make an important difference in these cases. 

While medical cannabis has most commonly been approved for the conditions above, the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) does not restrict specific treatment conditions and as such has to date approved over 30 different conditions. Other conditions include migraine, insomnia, fibromyalgia, depression, Alzheimer's, back pain, Parkinson's, PTSD, arthritis, neck pain, anorexia, multiple sclerosis, autism and more. They can generally be categorised into pain, mental health, spasticity management, neurological disorders, or sleep and eating disorders. If you suffer from any of these or similar conditions, medical cannabis might be a valid alternative for you.

Reference: Department of Health, Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee 

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When not to use medical cannabis

As with any medical treatment, some people may not benefit from its therapeutic properties. It is therefore important that your doctor has the most relevant and up-to-date information available to make an educated decision for your specific situation. The general guidance is not to use medical cannabis if (i) you have a history of psychosis or schizophrenia, (ii) a serious heart disease such as unstable angina, (iii) you are pregnant or breastfeeding, (iv) or hypersensitive. We can educate your doctor on these considerations in further detail to ensure that the most appropriate solution for you is being considered. For more guidance read the patient information on the TGA website.

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Disclaimer: Alternaleaf is not promoting the use of medical cannabis. Medical cannabis does affect every person differently, due to factors such as size, weight, health, dosage, tolerance and age. Medical cannabis might not work for you, and you might experience side-effects. Information provided by Alternaleaf is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please refer to your doctor. Medical cannabis in Australia is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and details about cannabis as a scheduled drug can be found on their website.

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