Consumption & Effect FAQs

No, it does not have intoxicating effects like THC does.
We prescribe a lot of CBD for anxiety. While there aren’t a lot of double blind randomised controlled trials on it, there is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence. We’ve had a lot of patients with anxiety who have found CBD extremely helpful.

According to many people around the world, cannabis can help with a variety of causes of pain.  That said, the evidence is largely anecdotal and the majority of studies are of mixed quality. At Green Doctors clinic we may also try to use medicinal cannabis as an adjunct to other analgesics that patients are taking.  Whilst all our doctors are fully registered in NZ and work in General Practice, it should be noted that we do not have, and do not purport to be, vocationally registered Pain Specialists.

Once of the most common reasons why cannabis is used globally is to aid sleep. Whilst the best thing for sleep is no medication at all, if you’re not sleeping well then that affects the rest of your life. Many people turn to sleeping tablets which are addictive and don’t work very well. The THC in marijuana helps to increase your delta slow wave sleep which is the part of sleep where you regain a lot of your energy. It also reduces your REM sleep so you don’t dream as much which is why a lot of sufferers with PTSD use it.

Oils and capsules are taken orally and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Rubs and creams generally tend to not be that good because cannabis is hydrophobic (it doesn’t like water) and has a hard time penetrating the skin.

Dried cannabis products can be vaped. They can also be smoked but we don’t encourage that due to the formation of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The process of burning cannabis also uses a lot more up compared to vaporising.

There are two medically approved devices on the market, the Mighty and the Volcano. You can find these for sale on our Shop page.

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