What is Medicinal Cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis is medical grade cannabis that is used for medical purposes and taken via specifically approved routes of administration.

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CBD & THC oils

Capsules and Soft gels

Capsules and Soft gels


CBD and THC oils are the most commonly prescribed forms of 

medicinal cannabis 

currently in NZ

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Capsules and Soft gels

Capsules and Soft gels

Capsules and Soft gels


CBD and THC also come in capsules and soft gels but these aren't available in NZ yet.

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Cannabis flower

Capsules and Soft gels

Cannabis flower


Vaping cannabis flower is preferred over smoking due to the lung toxicity that is associated with smoking cannabis. This should be available later in 2020 for Green Doctors to prescribe.

What is medicinal cannabis being prescribed for?

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THC

"It's not about getting high, it's about getting well." 

High as Mike (the movie)

One of the most common things we hear in the clinic is "Doctor I don't want to get high!"

 

Starting low and going slow reduces the high associated with THC. Adding CBD into the mix, reduces the high even more.


Can I drive while on THC?

Yes, but you can't be impaired while driving. 

If you're caught driving while impaired AND have THC in your system, you will receive the same penalty as a drink driving offence.


The police assess impairment by looking at:

1.  Your pupil reaction

2. A one leg stand assessment

3. A walk and turn assessment