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Difference between hemp and cannabis?

Hemp and cannabis are both derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, however, they do vary according to their chemical constituents. Hemp refers to a cannabis plant grown for industrial or food use and has a THC content of less than 0.3% in dry weight. Cannabis Sativa plants are grown for medicinal purposes and can contain higher levels of THC and CBD, as well as the many additional cannabinoids utilised in medicine.

Difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

CBD oil and hemp oil come from different parts of the cannabis plant. CBD oil uses the whole plant, while hemp oil comes from its seeds. CBD oil is mainly used in the holistic or alternative wellness space to help balance the body’s internal systems, while hemp oil (now considered hemp seed oil) is mainly used in food and skincare products.

I don’t know how to take the product I have been prescribed - what do I do?

Please take your product as per the doctor’s instructions. Please also read the Post-Consult Handout provided after your initial consultation. The pharmacist will also be able to clarify the dosage instructions provided by the doctor.

Will prescribed raw flower forms be consistent between batches?

Whilst raw medicinal cannabis products aim to be as consistent as possible within chemovars, please be aware that the colour, aroma, taste and appearance of flower products may vary slightly. This is due to natural variance in these organic, botanical products.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds responsible for the multitude of flavours and aromas of the different varieties of cannabis. Besides the fragrance they generate, terpenes also possess various beneficial medicinal properties.

What cannabis species is recommended for daytime?

Each individual is treated differently, and your prescribing doctor will discuss and recommend a dose based on your condition. However, Sativa dominant strains are usually recommended for daytime use. Please consult your prescribing doctor for more information.

What cannabis species is recommended for night time?

Each individual is treated differently, and your prescribing doctor will discuss and recommend a dose based on your condition. However, Indica dominant strains are usually recommended for night time use. Please consult your prescribing doctor for more information.

What forms and types of product are available?

There are various forms of CBD and THC currently available for doctors to prescribe to eligible patients in Australia, including Oil, Capsules, Flower, Crystal, Lozenges, Spray and Topicals.

What's THC?

THC, short for Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound with many potential medicinal benefits. THC has potential strong analgesic, appetite stimulant, antiemetic, and antispasmodic properties. THC is also responsible for the euphoric effect as described by patients.

What's the difference between an isolate and full spectrum oil?

Full-spectrum CBD uses the whole plant and associated cannabinoids. CBD isolate is the pure form of CBD and there is no risk of THC intake since CBD isolate is molecularly separated from the rest of the cannabis compounds.

What's the difference between CBD and THC?

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid compound known for its potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, amongst many others. THC, or Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychotropic cannabinoid compound that has potential strong analgesic and appetite stimulant properties. It’s also known for its euphoric effects.

What's the entourage effect?

The term “entourage effect” was coined in 1998 by Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabbat and Raphael Mechoulam. There are over 100’s of different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. These compounds work together, synergistically, supporting each other to produce the desired therapeutic effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. Each part of the plant on its own is not as effective as the whole plant working together. For example, the modulating effect of CBD on the psychoactive properties of THC is part of the entourage effect.

Where does the product come from?

Products currently come from various sources. Some are imported from overseas (Europe, Canada) and some are grown in Australia. To be certain of where your product comes from, you can check with the relevant supplier.

Why can't I get THC flower straight away?

Patients are considered on a case by case basis and product selection is guided by the clinical judgement of your prescribing doctor.

Why can’t I buy the product online or from overseas?

Firstly, it’s illegal to import/purchase medicinal cannabis products from online/overseas unless you have the relevant licences. In addition to it being illegal to purchase online without a prescription in Australia, the product may not be what it states as they don’t have to comply with Australian regulations.

Is medicinal cannabis the same as black market cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis and cannabis from the black market can be derived from the same cannabis strain, however, there are important and distinguishable differences. Cannabis grown from the black market comes from unknown sources and can contain mould, pesticides, and bacteria which could be harmful. Cannabis cultivated and manufactured for the medicinal market is subject to strict regulations and must conform to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). These standards ensure products are free from harmful ingredients or potential bi-products. Because legal cannabis is highly regulated and tested for quality control, patients can be sure they’re receiving consistent medication and taking the accurate dose from one product to the next. Additionally, data gathered from patients treated with legal cannabis helps contribute to a growing knowledge database, creating an evidence-based practice of its benefits for a variety of conditions.

What's the difference between black market cannabis and what your doctors provide?

Our products are pharmaceutically graded and have to comply with the Australian standards. When purchasing black market cannabis, you have no idea what’s in the product and it can generally have toxins or foreign matter in it. Medical-grade cannabis is consistent and heavily regulated by Australian standards which are among the best in the world.