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doctors who prescribe cbd oil

Health stores sell certain types of “pure CBD”. However, there’s no guarantee these products will be of good quality.

A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments had not worked or were not suitable.

Long-term pain

But in reality, most products will contain a certain amount of THC.

It is licensed in the UK for people with MS-related muscle spasticity that has not got better with other treatments.

If you experience any side effects from medical cannabis, report these to your medical team. You can also report them through the Yellow Card Scheme.

To be considered a CBD product under Section 2A of the Act, the product may contain only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and certain other related substances, and cannot contain any other controlled drugs or psychoactive substances. See a detailed definition of CBD.

CBD products are not classified as controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

CBD products

A patient must have a prescription from a doctor registered to practice in New Zealand before they can be supplied any medicinal cannabis product, including any cannabidiol (CBD) product.

On 1 April 2020 the Ministry of Health began accepting applications from medicinal cannabis product suppliers for product assessments. The purpose of an assessment is to establish whether the product meets the Medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard.

A doctor may not prescribe a medicinal cannabis product that is not an ‘approved’ medicine unless:

Wayfare falls into this category, although we do often work with patients’ own doctors, and there are some cannabis clinics who refer to us to provide extra support for patients. We are now also providing a telehealth option as well.

You can get on a video conference with a doctor or Nurse Practitioner, who will assess you and provide an authorization for medical cannabis. Some of these services are stand-alone whereas others are provided by cannabis clinics as described above.

Very few doctors and specialists are readily prescribing cannabis, for a variety of reasons. Many will simply refer you to a cannabis clinic, or even suggest you go buy it from a retail store.

Cannabis clinics

There are four ways to get a prescription for CBD oil or other medical cannabis products:

The cost for this service is usually fully-covered by insurance as a home nursing expense.

The educational portion of your visit, where you select a licensed producer and product, is quite often handled by a lay person who may have the title of “cannabis educator”, “canna counsellor”, or “patient educator”. These people rarely have medical training, although they may be knowledgable about particular strains, the pricing programs of the various producers, and how to use a vaporizer.

Some doctors may have a single licensed producer that they have a relationship with. They will forward your prescription to that producer, who will then call you to help you choose a product. It’s convenient for the doctor, but it doesn’t leave the patient with any choice of producer. This is unfortunate because no single producer can meet the diversity of needs that patients have.