Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Plan.
Medicinal cannabis is a journey to find the right combination and balance of CBD and THC that works best for you, with minimal (or no) side effects. Our treatment plan is a suggestion only and your doctor may decide to amend it depending on your health condition(s).
Our Doctors and Nurses.
Dr Waseem Alzaher
BSc, MBChB CEO | Doctor
As the founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr Alzaher is up to date on all the latest medicinal cannabis research for a wide range of medical conditions. With a gentle and caring approach, Dr Alzaher is able to support you on your journey to a better life. Every patient through our clinic receives his personal emails and support. Dr Waseem is a shareholder & director of the clinic.
Dr Anne Craig
BhB, MbChB, Dip Paeds, FANZCA Doctor | Specialist & Anaesthetist
As a qualified anaesthetist and specialist, Dr Craig brings a world of medical experience to the Cannabis Clinic. Dr Craig is experienced in general medicinal cannabis care, but also has a special interest in working with patients who suffer from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer-related pain, and sleeping difficulties. With a warm and kind approach, Dr Craig will ensure your journey on medicinal cannabis is supported and positive. Dr Craig is a shareholder in the clinic.
Dr Ali Coleman
Doctor | Psychiatry Registrar
Dr Coleman practises general medicinal cannabis care and is a firm believer in holistic health care. Her specialty and interest lies in chronic pain management, mental health conditions (such as anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, depression and autism), stress and sleep. With a friendly and warm approach, Dr Coleman can tailor your treatment plan in your medicinal cannabis journey.
Dr Daniela Reyes
As a general medicinal cannabis doctor, Dr Reyes brings a wealth of holistic health expertise to the Cannabis Clinic. She is a firm believer in living your life to achieve overall health and wellbeing. Dr Reyes enjoys consulting on a wide range of health conditions, including pain, anxiety, sleep, and she is also excellent with children. Dr Reyes will be gentle and supportive on your journey to a better life.
Dr Mike Foster
MBBS (London) Doctor
With a wealth of medical experience both here in New Zealand and overseas, you’ll be in safe and caring hands with Dr Mike. Dr Mike is passionate about integrating orthodox medicine with nutrition, stress reduction, exercise, and appropriate supplementation. After seeing many patients using cannabis with remarkable benefits, Dr Mike is excited to be working with us at the Cannabis Clinic.
Dr Monica MacRae
MBChB Doctor | Psychiatry Registrar
Monica’s own healing journey has lead her away from conventional medicine towards more holistic, natural, psychological and spiritual methods of healing. Monica has a strong belief that there is an abundance of healing plants available that should be utilised through diet and supplementation. This combined with a meditation practise, exercise, and lifestyle changes to reduce stressors has the potential to bring so much healing!
Dr Clare Halford
MBchB, Dip Paeds
Clare been working in Emergency Medicine for 17 years and has developed a strong interest in nutritional and plant medicine. She is a firm believer that Medicinal Cannabis is a sacred and wonderful plant that can help people to achieve balance and relief on many levels. As a highly experienced doctor, Clare will provide you with amazing care and advice.
Dr Grace Lavelli
After graduating from medical school in London, Grace worked as a doctor in the UK for a few years before making the move to New Zealand in 2019. After spending some time travelling around she eventually decided to settle in Hawke’s Bay. Her main interest as a doctor lies in mental health, and after working for a few years as a psychiatry registrar, she found herself becoming increasingly drawn to a more holistic treatment approach and considering more how lifestyle factors play an important role on both our physical and mental wellbeing.
Dr James Cameron
MBChB, RNZCGP, BSc
Dr James grew up in England and Brazil before moving to New Zealand where he completed studies in psychology and graduated medical school from the University of Auckland. In the following years, he worked across Auckland’s three main hospitals in a range of specialities as a junior doctor and is currently working as a GP in central Auckland. The healing properties of medicinal marijuana fascinate him and he believes many patients across New Zealand stand to benefit from it.
BNurs Cannabis Nurse
As New Zealand’s first Cannabis Nurse, Maxine has an interest in natural therapies and holistic healing for people with chronic conditions. Maxine is caring, compassionate, and can provide you with a quality of care that is second to none.
B.Sc (Nursing) Cannabis Nurse
As a medicinal cannabis nurse with a first-hand experience of chronic poor health, Ben has an empathetic perspective with patients. Passionate about the role medicinal cannabis can play in reclaiming health, Ben will treat you with care and understanding.
I am interested but I cannot afford it, can you help?
Helping you on your journey with an affordable service is important to us. We strive to keep our consultation costs as low as we can. We are also proud to offer you Humm, an interest free finance provider.
Are you able to fill out ACC and WINZ certificates?
Yes we are, please read more about this here.
How do I attend an online consultation?
Once you book your appointment time, we will send you all the details you require to attend the consultation. We are using an application called Zoom which you can install for free.
What conditions can you treat?
We have consulted with thousands of patients from all over NZ from all age ranges, children through to adults. We have dealt with a wide spectrum of conditions.
The majority of our patients come to us seeking help with:
- Chronic pain – either widespread such as fibromyalgia / chronic regional pain syndrome, or specific body part pain such as neck or back pain, injury related or not.
- Mental health – anxiety (generalised and panic attacks), depression, stress, general mood and wellbeing
- Sleep disorders – insomnia, difficulty with getting restful sleep, restless legs
- ADHD and concentration problems – children and adults
- Inflammatory conditions – such as ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis etc
- Palliative care – patients wanting treatment with medicinal cannabis or to improve their quality of life due to particular symptoms
- Symptoms where there is no medical explanation and conventional medical treatment has failed
If your condition is not mentioned above, we are still happy to consult with you and offer the best advice.
I am feeling unsure, I want to give it a go but have some questions first…
That’s OK! We understand this may be the first time you are considering using medicinal cannabis and for many of our patients, they are initially anxious about the process and have many unanswered questions.
That’s why we are here to help, assist and guide you throughout your journey with us. If we do not hear back from you in a few days time, we will give you a call to see how you are getting on and answer any questions you may have.
Please contact us if you require to speak to someone immediately.
We look forward to meeting you!
Is CBD oil and medicinal cannabis legal in NZ?
Yes, CBD oil and medicinal cannabis are legal in NZ but only as prescription medication. This means a doctor must prescribe it to you. We specialize in using medicinal cannabis to help your health condition(s) and can talk to you about the most suitable treatment plan and products.
To read more about the legality of CBD oil and medicinal cannabis, click here.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is short for cannabidiol. This is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, along with many other compounds such as THC. CBD oil doesn’t cause you to feel impaired or high but rather works alongside a natural hormonal system inside your body called the endocannabinoid system. It is thought that some people have a deficiency in this system and by correcting this, CBD oil has a positive effect.
We are strong believers that CBD oil and medicinal cannabis can help improve your health and wellbeing by reducing the symptoms of your condition(s).
Does CBD oil and medicinal cannabis work?
Medicinal cannabis can help you if your symptoms are not improving using conventional medications or you are experiencing side effects of the treatment. It can also help you if you prefer to use plant based medicines over pharmaceutical medications.
Medicinal cannabis does not suit everyone and people react differently. We encourage you to try it and allow us to optimise a treatment plan for you to get you the most relief of symptoms as possible.
Can medicinal cannabis help me?
CBD oil and medicinal cannabis can help a range of conditions, from pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, sleep, gastrointestinal problems and insomnia. CBD oil works on the body’s own cannabis hormonal system, called the endocannabinoid system, and supplements it. Humans have used medicinal cannabis for thousands of years to help in treating various medical conditions.
CBD oil can help promote a sense of calmness, relieves anxiety and reduces pain through its anti-inflammatory effects. THC oil is very helpful for sleeping / insomnia and for more severe pain symptoms.
How much does CBD oil cost?
CBD oil costs $3-4 per day for most people. By offering you the most affordable CBD oil and medicinal cannabis products in NZ and tailoring your treatment plan to suit your body and symptoms, we are able to help you reduce that cost to an affordable level. A medium strength CBD oil bottle costs approximately $100. For THC products, a cost of $2 per day is expected. The dose your body will require will also impact on these costs.
What medicinal cannabis products are available in NZ?
There are a range of products available in NZ including CBD oils, capsules, vapes and gummies. Choosing the right product to suit your requirements is important. We can help you determine which product type is most suitable for your personal needs.
To read more about CBD products available, click here.
Can my script be sent to my local pharmacy?
Yes, after your consultation you can choose to purchase your medication from our online dispensary, or have your script sent to the local pharmacy of your choice.
I live outside of Auckland, can you help?
Most of the people we help live outside of Auckland and throughout the country. As long as you have a phone OR can attend a Zoom appointment, we can consult with you online.
To book your consultation, click here.
I already have a prescription from my doctor, can you help?
Yes we can. If your doctor has prescribed you a medicinal cannabis product, we can help you select the right product from our online cannabis dispensary. Furthermore, you will be eligible for a free nurse phone consultation to help answer any questions you may have and help you as you start your journey. After this appointment, you can email us at any time with any questions or updates about how you are getting on.
To access The Dispensary, please click here.
Can I drive & work while using medicinal cannabis?
Yes you can, as long as you do not feel impaired. CBD oil is not psychoactive, meaning it does not affect how you think. When we use THC products, we ensure it is done in as low dose as possible to provide you the benefits without any side effects.
We have helped many Kiwis that are using medicinal cannabis daily and living busy lives with work and family comittments.
Will medicinal cannabis show up on a drug test?
Your use of CBD oil will not show up on a drug test as it contains very small trace amounts of THC. If you use a THC product, this will show up positive.
You are entitled to use prescription medication and we can support you with your employer by providing letters of support and advocacy if required. We are here to help you in your journey.