Medicinal Cannabis pharmaceutical products are derived from the dried flowering heads and leaves of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The Cannabis Sativa plant is comprised of approximately 100 unique chemical compounds called cannabinoids, in addition to a range of other chemical compounds.
The two intriguing compounds, from a medicinal perspective, are the cannabinoids Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
These two compounds have been found to provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. THC is mainly responsible for the effects of the Cannabis, but other cannabinoids, like CBD, may also influence the effectiveness of the drug.
The chemical composition of the cannabis determines the exact effects and side effects of the product. The Medicinal Cannabis products manufactured by GD Pharma, and distributed by the Green Dispensary Compounding Pharmacy, comply with the strictest quality standards and are manufactured in a TGA approved, GMP facility in South Australia. These products are intended for medical use only on a prescription basis.
Medicinal Cannabis is believed to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:
There has also been a positive feedback for effectiveness with a range of other conditions, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, epilepsy, itching, migraine, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, ADD and brain trauma. It is important to note that Medicinal Cannabis does not cure any of the above mentioned medical conditions, but has been effective in relieving the symptoms associated with them.
Treatment involving Medicinal Cannabis is up to the prescribing doctor’s discretion, given each patients diagnosis and circumstances. A doctor will only prescribe Medicinal Cannabis products if the standard treatment and registered medicines for the medical condition are ineffective or causing too many side effects.
Medicinal Cannabis products are generally prescribed and administered in very low dosages, which means that the amount and severity of possible side effects are greatly reduced. Side effects have been noted when a high dosage of the drug is given, or the use of the drug is combined with substances like alcohol which can intensify possible side effects.
The possible known side effects of Medicinal Cannabis use are:
Other possible effects are:
Larger doses of Medicinal Cannabis can be associated with feelings of euphoria. This altered perception may cause confusion; however, the effects will usually disappear after a few hours.
Current formulations of Medicinal Cannabis manufactured by GD Pharma are all oil solutions to be taken orally. Upon prescription and consultation with your doctor, the prescribing doctor will determine the dosage required (patient/condition dependent) and how to take the drug. Generally, the Medicinal Cannabis is prescribed in low dosages. If the effect of the low dosage is insufficient, your doctor will gradually increase the dosage until the optimal balance is reached between the effectiveness of the results obtained and minimal occurrence of side effects.