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Find answers to the most frequently asked questions

What does Alternaleaf do?

Alternaleaf is an education and advocacy platform designed to empower patients in two ways: 1) Helping you to discuss eligibility and trialling medical cannabis with your regular GP; or 2) Finding you an appointment with a specialist that has experience in prescriber medical cannabis.

How quickly can I get an appointment with an Alternaleaf doctor?

Once you we have received your completed booking form, a doctor will be in touch within 24 hours to book in your consult.

Are the consultations via telehealth or face to face?

Most appointments are conducted via a telehealth phone call to ensure convenience and safety during COVID. Where a face to face consult is geographically feasible, this should be discussed with your Alternaleaf doctor.

Do I need a referral to be seen by an Alternaleaf doctor?

No, you do not need a referral from your regular GP. Alternaleaf doctors are practising GPs with extensive experience prescribing medical cannabis.

How long does it take to receive my medication?

After your initial consultation, you receive your medication within a week, sent to a pharmacy near you or delivered to your home.

Am I eligible for medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis has been prescribed for over 30 chronic conditions. If you have trialled a conventional medicine without success, you could evaluate medical cannabis as an option with your doctor. We have a developed a patient questionnaire for you to find out if medical cannabis might be suitable for you.

If I have tried other formulations, will I be prescribed the same one by an Alternaleaf doctor?

Alternaleaf doctors will prescribe the formulation that will be most beneficial to you, which may not be the product that you have tried before. Your doctor will make this decision based on your medical history and personal situation - you do not get to choose your own medicine.

What is the cost for appointment with a specialist?

We offer a complementary and obligation-free screening to identify if you are suitable for medical cannabis. Your first consultation with the doctor costs $149 and is a 45min appointment to take your detailed medical history and also includes the application of a permit with the TGA for you to access medical cannabis. Thereafter, follow up consults (25min) cost $49 to monitor your progress and condition, as well as provide you with a repeat scripts - the frequency of consultations is determined by you and the doctor.

My regular doctor is open to prescribing but doesn’t know how? What can I do?

We can help you to talk to your doctor and explain the process. You can complete the quick questionnaire here and provide your doctor details at the end. Alternatively your doctor can reach out to us directly via to request a one-on-one education session with our team.

How much does treatment with medical cannabis cost?

You can expect to pay around $5-10 per day for medication - usage depends on a variety of factors including age, weight and medical history. Medical cannabis is currently not covered by the PBS.

I have used recreational cannabis previously, can I still access medical cannabis?

Yes you can. Many patients use recreational cannabis for pain relief or other symptoms and wish to access a medical-grade product reliably and without the risk of legal repercussions.

Can I drive while being treated with medical cannabis?

The devices used in Roadside drug testing can detect THC for days after use. Your doctor will advise that you should not drive while being treated with medical cannabis.

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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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