Medicinal Cannabis Information For Patients & Caregivers
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Medicinal cannabis is still relatively new to New Zealand so it can be difficult for patients to navigate the scheme and find out the best way for them to access medicinal cannabis products.
New Zealand’s Medicinal Cannabis scheme was introduced on the 1st of April 2020. The purpose of the scheme is to improve access to quality medicinal cannabis products for patients. Under the new scheme, cannabis-based medicines can be prescribed by a doctor without having to get specialist or ministerial approval, and it has made it easier to create and manufacture these medicines in New Zealand as well as import them. Over time this will allow more patients to access a wide range of products that meet stringent minimum quality standards.
If you think medicinal cannabis could help you, the first point of call is a visit to your GP. Your doctor will have knowledge of your medical history and is in the best position to advise you on whether a medicinal cannabis product is a suitable treatment option for you. If your GP determines that medicinal cannabis could be beneficial to your circumstances, they will be able to write you a prescription for a specific medicinal cannabis product. Once you have a prescription from a doctor, a pharmacy will be able to dispense the medication for you, in exactly the same manner as any other prescription medicine. The pharmacist will give you information on dosing and how to take the medicine.
Alternatively, there are several doctors and clinics around New Zealand who specialize in prescribing medicinal cannabis for treating a variety of conditions. As medicinal cannabis is a relatively new treatment option in New Zealand, some GPs may not feel comfortable prescribing it as a treatment option for their patients. If this is the case, specialist medicinal cannabis clinics such as Cannabis Clinic, Green Doctors, CannaPlus, Arataki Wellness Centre,or RestoreMe will be your next best option.
More information on the medicinal cannabis scheme and the products that have been verified by the Medicinal Cannabis Agency can be found here on the Ministry of Health website.
If you would like to dive a bit deeper into the history of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand and read about , you can download Growing Potential: An Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis in New Zealand – an informational resource written for New Zealanders.
Track, Learn and Earn with Strainprint.
Strainprint is a comprehensive cannabis tracking app, designed to assist medicinal cannabis patients and prescribers in monitoring cannabis usage and its impacts. It offers various features such as strain tracking, symptom tracking for logging conditions you seek to address, dosage and consumption tracking, and effect monitoring to identify the most effective strains and consumption methods.
This app is popular among prescribers and medical cannabis patients looking to refine their treatment plans and gain insights into how different strains and consumption methods affect their symptoms, making it a valuable tool for making informed decisions about medicinal cannabis use. Points are awarded with each session logged, and these can be redeemed at the Strainprint store for products and vouchers.
Membership is available through participating specialist medicinal cannabis clinics, doctors and/or if you can show a prescription for a medicinal cannabis product from New Zealand, NUBU can supply you an activation code. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details