Drug Facts

What is Medicinal Cannabis?

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.

Which medical conditions does is treat?

Which medical conditions does is treat?

Medicinal Cannabis is believed to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Pain and muscle spasms or cramps associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord damage
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and debilitation due to cancer or AIDS
  • Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy used in the treatment of cancer, hepatitis C or HIV infection and AIDS
  • Chronic pain; mainly associated with the nervous system, for example, that caused by a damaged nerve, phantom pain, facial neuralgia or chronic pain which remains after recovery from shingles
  • Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
  • Therapy-resistant glaucoma

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.

What are the possible side effects of Medicinal Cannabis products?

What are the possible side effects of Medicinal Cannabis products?

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:

  • Mood-altering effects
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations

Other possible effects are:

  • Relaxation
  • Fits of laughter
  • Hunger
  • Heightened sensitivity to the perception of colour and music
  • Lethargy
  • Distorted temporal and spatial awareness
  • The reaction time may be slower in first few hours after use

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.

Precautions and warnings

Precautions and warnings

  • If the patient has a genetic predisposition to psychosis (like schizophrenia) or other mental health problems, please consult a specialist before using Medicinal Cannabis.
  • If the patient has a pre-existing heart condition or is a cardiac patient, please consult your doctor before use.
  • Use during pregnancy is not advised. Continuous use of cannabis during pregnancy can affect the foetus. Also, certain components of cannabis (like THC) can infiltrate breast milk, therefore the use of Medicinal Cannabis is not advised while breastfeeding. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How to use Medicinal Cannabis

How to use Medicinal Cannabis

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.

GD Pharma Products

GD Pharma has a number of Medicinal Cannabis products in the pipeline, with varying concentrations of CBD and THC, including combination products. All GD Pharma products are proudly made in South Australia, to Australian cGMP standards.
GD Pharma’s GD Cann® products are currently unregistered therapeutic goods and are available in Australia via the Special Access Scheme B or under Schedule 5A of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 of Australia.
The products currently available include:

GD Cann®-C

(Cannabidiol 100mg/mL Oral Solution)

GD Cann®-T

(Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol 10mg/mL Oral Solution)
Products currently in the development pipeline:

GD Cann® THC:CBD 5:5

(Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol 5mg/mL and Cannabidiol 5mg/mL Oral Solution)

GD Cann® THC:CBD 5:100

(Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol 5mg/mL and Cannabidiol 100mg/mL Oral Solution)

How to Access GD Cann Products

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Federal Government Therapeutic Goods Administration Guidance Documents

State/Territory Medicinal
Cannabis Regulations

Introducing GD Pharma’s Compassionate Care Program

The Compassionate Care Program has been set up to offer those approved the Medicinal Cannabis product GD Cann®-C for a discount of $250 off the retail price, to assist during the introductory phase of the drug in Australia.

Contact us to find out more about GD Cann

Phone: +618 8362 3927