Medicinal Cannabis access under a cloud...

Author: Teresa McDowell  Date Posted:30 March 2019 

Medicinal Cannabis access under a cloud!

In March of this year (2019) I had the pleasure of attending the United in Compassion ‘Medicinal Cannabis Symposium’ in Tweed Heads, NSW.

This three-day event brought together Australia’s leading medicinal cannabis scientists, academics and educators to discuss the current regulations and problems regarding patient access and supply.

Almost three years since the government announced it would legalise Medicinal Cannabis fewer than 150 people have ever been given approval. The rescheduling and current regulations are greatly flawed and the process cumbersome to say the least. 

Patients wishing to access medicinal cannabis must do so via prescription from a prescribing doctor. The doctor must then get approval via the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association) which can take months.  Interestingly doctors do NOT have to get approval from the TGA to prescribe opiates or pharmaceuticals – why is cannabis any different?

As one of the attending doctor’s (and cannabis researcher) Dr Donald Abrams stated at the symposium – ‘Cannabis does not require a package insert’

Many people are becoming aware of the remarkable stories of sufferers of Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD and other neurological disorders benefiting from the use of CBD oil.  Chronic pain sufferers are best treated with equal amounts of CBD and THC.   Yet, if a patient cannot source their medicine via the current system and their only option is to access it on the black (or green) market, that usage puts the patient (and compassionate supplier) at risk of prosecution. 

Why should one’s natural health choices be deemed a crime? 

So much more needs to be done across the Medicinal Cannabis space, along with reintroducing a Bill for Independent regulation and ditching the TGA, education is key.  Where are the schools for doctors and nurses for the endocannabinoid system?  

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) comprises endocannabinoids, receptors within the nervous system and around the body that cannabinoids bond with, plus Enzymes that help break down cannabinoids.  This system is crucial in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, or put simply, our body’s ability to restore balance and maintain equilibrium.

We are hard wired to receive cannabinoids and this medicine should no longer be denied.  The current hierarchy (of the few) needs to compassionately act to bring about regulatory change to benefit ALL.

While attending the Symposium we were lucky enough to view the Director’s Cut of the Australian Documentary ‘High as Mike’.  A compelling film highlighting Mike’s very personal story as he tries to find answers and treatment for a brain tumour that will eventually rob him of his sight.  

I encourage anyone in Australai interested in medicinal cannabis to host or attend a screening of the documentary.  Screenings can be arranged through Fan Force

Let's build on the groundswell of awareness and support, let's act to force legislative change.


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