Can Cannabis Help My Patient?

I met this man about 2 months ago. He is in his late forties. He is highly educated and used to be fully functional, working a full-time job, family, children, the usual stuff.

Then, things started changing, insidiously.

One morning, while he was running, he simply fell sideways, just like that, no reason.

He became wobblier, gradually his coordination and balance changed, his sleep became poor, he became more anxious and started avoiding social contacts.

His speech became more slurred and his muscles sore and stiff.

All of that getting worse and finally diagnosed with some neurological condition, possibly neurodegenerative, and there is practically no treatment available apart from symptoms control.

He approached me and ask me to look into obtaining cannabis through the TGA and here we go, the whole circus. Not only do I have to go through them but I also need to apply to the State Health Department as well, repeat the same process and because he lives in another state I need to apply to both departments. Please, tell me which busy GP is willing to do that.

I feel that until this process is simplified medicinal cannabis in Australia doesn’t have to much chance.

On top of that I need the letter of support from his specialist. Took us about 2 months to convince his specialist to do that.

Although, there is no other treatments available, his specialist doesn’t really believe that cannabis would help in spite of plenty evidence available.

I feel rather disappointed with specialist’s attitude to medicinal cannabis, they appear quite rigid and unsupportive.

In cases like this one, what do we have to lose. I believe nothing and a lot to gain.

Even if it doesn’t help, it is not going to hurt, especially a low THC and high CBD preparations.

Once again, we really need to have more compassion and let go of the dogma and biased opinions.

After all there is no reported deaths due to cannabis overdose, which really is in line with Hippocrates oath, do no harm.

4 replies on “Can Cannabis Help My Patient?

  • Warwick Stanley

    Things may move more quickly upon the release of Dr Towpic’s new book “Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis”. It’s a beauty and should be a must-have in the offices of every medical practitioner in the country, if not the world!

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  • Paul

    Hi, I am a chronic pain sufferer and I have a GP referral to a Pain Management Specialist, but cannot find one that will consider medical cannabis. I am dependent on opioids (Oxycontin) for relief and it is lessening in its efficacy. Cannabis is the only thing keeping me out of hospital however a legal supply seems impossible at this stage.

    If anyone can help find a pain management specialist who is compassionate enough to support medical cannabis prescription please leave contact details!

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  • Ian

    The Government does not want – and will not allow – the use of ‘medicinal cannabis’. What it DOES want, and has created a very good landscape to enable it, is for pharmaceutical products to be developed from components in the cannabis plant, using the normal TGA framework & processes to enable such products to be approved for listing on this country’s ARTG. Never mind the fact this could take many years and never mind the fact it is extremely unlikely that a pharmaceutical product will ever be as effective as the natural thing. Never mind the fact such products might actually end up being dangerous when the plant itself isn’t and never mind the fact they’ll probably be hideously expensive. The trouble you’re experiencing is due to the fact the authorities are absolutely and resolutely opposed to the plant itself ever being used medicinally. And it never will be unless policy and legislation are changed so it can be. So sad.

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    • Sharlene

      I sincerely hope that you are wrong Ian. I’m optimistic enough to believe that eventually we will see many choices of whole plant medicinal cannabis oil products available in the Australian landscape. It’s very early days in our industry (not even a year) but I believe we WILL get there.

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