Medical Cannabis Dispensing
Medical cannabis refers to the use of the Cannabis sativa plant or its extracts for therapeutic purposes. It contains various cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which produces psychoactive effects, and CBD (cannabidiol), which has various potential health benefits without intoxication or being addictive.
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Medical Cannabis in New Zealand
New Zealand legalized the use of medical cannabis in 2018 under strict regulations. Patients with specific qualifying conditions can access medical cannabis through a doctor's prescription and a licensed supplier.
The Ministry of Health currently lists 27 qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use in New Zealand, including:
Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy
Muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
How do I access Medical Cannabis?
Consult your doctor - Discuss your condition and explore if medical cannabis could be a suitable treatment option.
Get a prescription - All prescriptions must be prescribed by a New Zealand doctor.
Bring your prescription to your Local Unichem or Life Pharmacy for dispensing.
What are the potential side effects?
Like any medication, side effects can occur, such as dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Discuss potential risks with your doctor.
How much Medical Cannabis will cost?
Medical cannabis costs vary based on the prescribed product and dosage.
How long will it take for my medication to be ready?
The wait time for your medication can vary depending on its availability and processing needs. Most medications are ready within 1 day, while others may take between 4 and 7 working days. We'll notify you when yours is ready.
Can I drive after using medical cannabis?
it is not recommended to drive while taking Medicinal Cannabis, unless complying with health professionals’ instructions. It is illegal and unsafe to drive if impaired or under the influence without a current legal prescription for the medication.
Medicinal Cannabis Agency:
NZ Drug Foundation: https://drugfoundation.org.nz/about-us/who-we-are
CannaPlus+ Clinic: https://cannaplus.co.nz/
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