Prescribing medicinal cannabis.

Aust Prescr. 2020 Oct;43(5):152-159

Authors: Arnold JC, Nation T, McGregor IS

The Australian Federal Government legalised access to medicinal cannabis in 2016:
More than 100 different cannabis products are now available to prescribe Most are oral preparations oils or capsules containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabidiol Dried-flower products are also available:
As most products are unregistered drugs prescribing requires approval under the Therapeutic Goods Administration Special Access Scheme-B or Authorised Prescriber Scheme:
Special Access Scheme Category B applications can be made online with approval usually being given within 24–48 hours However supply chain problems may delay dispensing by the pharmacy:
By the end of 2019 over 28000 prescribing approvals had been issued to patients involving more than 1400 doctors mostly GPs More than 70000 approvals are projected by the end of 2020:
Most prescriptions are for chronic non-cancer pain anxiety cancer-related symptoms epilepsy and other neurological disorders However the evidence supporting some indications is limited:
Many doctors are cautious about prescribing cannabis While serious adverse events are rare there are legitimate concerns around driving cognitive impairment and drug dependence with products containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol Cannabidiol-only products pose fewer risks:

PMID: 33093741 [PubMed]

Source: ncbi

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