Under the current Australian regulations, not everyone can access plant-based therapies. To qualify, you must have:
If you meet those criteria, then TeleGreen Medical’s doctors can discuss the pros and cons of plant-based therapies with you.
In 2016, the Australian government legalised the prescription of cannabis for some medical conditions.
Medical cannabis is cultivated carefully for its useful components, grown in a controlled environment to ensure appropriate conditions and nutrients. It is then manufactured into a stable medication with controlled dosing. This sort of cannabis is not a recreational drug sold on the black market – it is a carefully produced medication prescribed by a licensed doctor.
Cannabinoids are substances found in plant-based medicine. The two key ones are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These can be isolated and turned into medications which your TeleGreen Medical doctor may prescribe for you.
These plant-based therapies work by interacting with your own endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a complex system that regulates many functions in your body, helping you manage your sleep, mood, body temperature, appetite and pain and more.
Your body is constantly adjusting to your environment, for example, regulating your temperature according to your surroundings. When you take cannabinoids, they essentially take over this regulation, giving your body additional tools to help regulate your system, with an aim to ease your symptoms.
You’re doing this with a medication that has been carefully produced with predictable levels of cannabinoids under the care of an experienced doctor.
These medications are not only legal for assisting your condition(s) but therapeutic benefits are consistent and reproducible.
What would you like to know about plant-based therapies or TeleGreen Medical?
The TGA has approved plant-based medicine prescriptions for the following conditions in recent years under the Special Access Scheme:
Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
Epilepsy / Seizure management
Spasticity from neurological conditions
TeleGreen helps by providing convenient access to our qualified, and experienced doctor (Dr Danny Cai). Dr Danny Cai who can assess your condition, review your current treatments, advise on whether plant-based medicine might help and, if so, prescribe it to you.
No. You can make a direct appointment if you wish.
You can also be referred to us by your GP, psychiatrist or pain specialist. That can be helpful because it means we receive information about your current treatment from your existing clinical team. We then write back to them to make them aware of our treatment so that you receive joined-up care.
Yes, it’s important to remember that all prescription medications have potential side effects.
The potential side effects of plant-based medicine include:
Yes. Whenever you start any new medication, whether it’s conventional or alternative, your doctor should review with you in a few weeks to see if it’s working well.
That’s how we do things at TeleGreen Medical. If we start you on plant-based therapy, we will explain the potential benefits and side effects, remain available to you if you need advice, and call you for a follow-up appointment to see whether the treatment is helping you and whether you’re experiencing any side effects.
From there, we can decide together whether you should continue the medication or adjust treatment.