Cannabis has been used for medical reasons for around 3000 years.
In the 1800s it became commonplace for physicians to use cannabis to treat many conditions including seizures and headaches. By the early to mid-1900s however, all forms of cannabis including medicinal were banned. Cannabis became demonised and its users were labelled as mad criminals.
Cannabis went underground for around 70 years until the early 2000s when Canada legalised it for medical purposes. Many other countries followed suit, including some states in the United States, parts of Europe and in Australia.
Here in New Zealand, we have only been able to legally prescribe cannabis since 2018. Green Doctors is New Zealand’s first and largest legal medicinal cannabis clinic. We have a team of 4 doctors and 2 nurses and we are located right here in Three Lamps. We use
a variety of medicinal cannabis products to treat an array of symptoms and conditions.
What is cannabis and how does it work?
The cannabis plant is made from between four and 500 different ingredients called cannabinoids. Two in particular are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the part that can make you high (if you take enough). We mainly use THC for patients suffering with chronic pain and sleep disorders. While CBD is also used for pain and sleep; we more commonly prescribe it for anxiety, stress and overall health and well-being. CBD has a number of anti-inflammatory properties, but unlike a number of over-the-counter analgesics, it’s associated with fewer harmful effects. Not surprisingly, CBD is used by many professional athletes around the world.
One of the most common questions we get asked is: “Is this going to make me high?” The simple answer is no. CBD has no psychoactive properties, and the doses of THC we prescribe are generally too small to cause any intoxication.
Is cannabis right for you?
If you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety or have issues sleeping then it’s certainly worth giving it a try.
For a comprehensive list of conditions we treat with medicinal cannabis, visit our website at www.greendoctors.co.nz
Many who come to our clinic have had to put up with significant symptoms for years as either their medications just haven’t worked or they’ve had to put up with a whole bunch of nasty side effects. At Green Doctors we understand that it hasn’t been easy for many of you which is why our professional team of doctors and nurses are here to listen to your concerns so that together we can come up with a treatment plan to get you back on track.
You can come and see us at our clinic in Cowan Street in Ponsonby, or you can connect with us through video-calling or over the phone.
Green Doctors, 3 Cowan Street, Ponsonby, T: 09 360 0654, www.greendoctors.co.nz
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