Medical Cannabis 101

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

CBD and THC oils are the most commonly prescribed forms of medicinal cannabis currently in NZ.

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Capsules and Soft Gels

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

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 advise for?

  • Opioid sparing
  • Social anxiety
  • Vomiting from chemo
  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trigeminal
  • Neuralgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Appetite Stimulation
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Post excercise muscle recovery
  • Insomnia
  • Raynauds
  • Migraines
  • PTSD
  • HIV
  • Insomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic back pain
  • Essential tremor

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

For more information go to:

transport.govt.nz