MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- AUSTRALIA has already approved
Experts claim it is now only a matter of time before it becomes available as an over the counter purchase, but first, a few things need to happen. In the two years since medicinal cannabis was legalised in Australia (you didn't know that did you), 1059 patients have received approval for treatment, and while it does seem like a low figure, Australia is finally catching up to the rest of the world, where in some countries it has been legal for decades.
Bloomberg predicts that by 2028, the vast majority of European countries will legalise medical cannabis programs and recreational cannabis, valued at $A182 billion.
Pharmacist, and business partner with The Hemp Healer, Paul Mavor, who brought the first shipment of medicinal cannabis to Australia earlier this year, said patient numbers were above where other countries had been at the same time. "In the first year of introducing it, Canada, which has a slightly bigger population to us, only had 150 patients, Australia had 300. Canada is now up 300,000 medical patients since legalising it 18 years ago and now they're just about to go legal for recreational (adult use) in a few months." Mr Mavor said before becoming legal for recreational use in Australia "It is important we get the medical system right first". Cannabis comes in many forms such as smokeables and also edibles. Most medical forms come in concentrated forms such as capsules, tablets, tinctures and topicals.
Darryl Fredrickson, Company Director of The Hemp Healer, Australias first and only legal online CBD supplier in Australia is amazed with the support he has received in the lead-up to his online store being launched "We only launched our online store 2 days ago, in that time we have received hundreds of emails, and hundreds of orders." Mr. Fredrickson also added "I am honestly blown away with the response we have received, we hope it will only continue to grow (pun intended) so we are able to help those who rely on Cannabis as their sole medication."
DOES IT ACTUALLY ALLEVIATE PAIN FOR SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS?
In a word, yes it does. According to Mr Maver, "There's good clinical evidence for about six chronic illness conditions which the Australian government has been approving prescriptions for, that are helping suffering patients," he said. "Chronic pain is the biggest one, about 70 per cent of patients accessing medical cannabis are using it for their chronic pain which works above other drug treatments. Some of these patients have tried 10 or so other different types of drugs with no relief." He said no one has ever died from cannabis but the results of deaths from pharmaceutical opioids which are largely used for pain are responsible for killing more than 30000 patients each year in the US and 577 in Australia in 2012.
The biggest cohort of patients is chronic pain. Mr Mavor said it is estimated that one in five Australians suffer from some form of chronic pain. "There are also an estimated 100,000 Australian patients currently using medical cannabis from underground sources, which we hope by making a potent cannabis tincture available to purchase through The Hemp Healer online, will put these undesirables out of business." He continued, "Most of these underground products are untested and of unknown purity and potency and is being given to patients that have in some cases chronic illnesses combined with serious health conditions." He said it is far better their health-care is managed under the existing health-care system in a timely manner, and in the meantime, being able to purchase their medication online without a prescription will be a god send to most. "There are also an estimated 250,000 Australian patients with epilepsy and it is estimated 35-40 per cent of them have uncontrolled epilepsy. A recent study using cannabis showed it may be of benefit in about 40 per cent of these patients."
SO HOW DO YOU GET IT?
Previously patients had to undergo a rigorous assessment to obtain it, which for many was far to complex to complete. Currently doctors write a prescription with a dose specifically aligned to a patient's illness which then must get Government approval. However, as of today, and with CBD oil becoming available for purchase online, it removes all the red tape and gives patients almost instantaneous access.
Mr. Fredrickson says, "It's as easy as logging on to our website at hemphealercbd.com, setting up an account, and purchasing our oil. We test every batch we manufacture and we must make sure it complies with the current laws surrounding CBD in Australia. Buying from us prevents any legal repercussions popping up in the future."
SOURCE The Hemp Healer
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