Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Cannabis legal?
On 30 October 2016, federal legislation was introduced which enables the legal cultivation, production and manufacturing of medicinal cannabis products in Australia.
Medicinal cannabis was down-scheduled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) from a prohibited substance (Schedule 9) to a controlled drug (Schedule 8) effective from 1 November 2016.
Medicinal cannabis is only legal with a prescription. Recreational use is still prohibited.
Does C1000 contain THC?
PharmaCann C1000 contains Cannabidiol (CBD) as the active ingredient and is classed as a Schedule 4 drug. C1000 contains <0.1% THC which is deemed negligible by Australian and International testing standards.
Is it safe to drive after taking medicinal cannabis?
The TGA advises that “while drowsiness is not a known side effect of CBD alone, it may occur if the CBD interacts with other medications. Some medicinal cannabis products may also include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in which case there is a strict ban on driving and operating machinery”.
The advice we have been given during our dealings with both QLD and NSW Police is that patients must have their prescription on their person if they are driving and have been taking THC or CBD/THC Ratio medicines. As the capsules are swallowed, they are less likely to present a reading in a saliva sample test than an oil tincture taken sublingually.
PharmaCann C1000 will not present in a road-side drug test as they do not test for Cannabidiol and the THC content in negligible. The TGA applies a warning label that the medicine may cause drowsiness.
Why are PharmaCann products cheaper than others on the market?
PharmaCann is able to offer a range of medicinal cannabis products at much more affordable prices than those currently on the market. This is because we currently hold Federally issued licences to allow us to wholesale, cultivate and manufacture all forms of medicinal cannabis. From plant to patient.™ By maintaining the whole supply chain we are able to save on compounding margins and pass the cost-saving on to the patient.
Is the oral route of administration as effective as the sublingual (oil tincture)?
In regards to absorption via oral route of administration, the absorption of the content of the capsules takes place in the GI tract and is metabolised through the liver, as opposed to a sublingual or inhalation route of administration. Effects of the medicine taken orally in a capsule or dosage form will generally take place between 30-45 mins, possibly longer.
How are the products dispensed?
Medicinal cannabis products are dispensed like any other pharmaceutical drug – however they cannot be stored at the pharmacy without an active prescription.
Is medicinal cannabis safe?
Cannabis has a superior safety profile. Side effects are mostly related to THC - the psychoactive component of the plant.
CBD is considered to be of very low toxicity - doses of 1000mg/kg appear to have been safely tolerated in humans. PharmaCann C1000 contains 33.3mg/CBD per capsule.
The safety ratio of THC is 1:1000. Therefore one would need to have 1000 consecutive doses to reach a lethal dose putting the safety ratio at 1:1000. In comparison to this, the safety ratio of codeine is 1:20.
The only known contraindications of cannabis are as follows:
Cannabis is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
Cannabis is not recommended for patients with a history of psychosis - except for CBD predominant formulations which have no psychoactive effect.
Caution should be exercised using THC with unstable cardiac patients due to tachycardia and possible hypotension caused by THC.