Background Medical Notes
Client care is our priority, so before your first consultation with our doctors, you’ll need to provide us with your background medical notes. This will help to ensure our clinicians provide you with appropriate options for your needs.
The cost of CBD oil and medicinal cannabis will depend upon your prescribed product and dose. Because there isn’t a ‘one-size fits all’ treatment plan for plant-based medicine, we’ll work closely with you to ensure your personalised plan gets you the best results possible. It is extremely important that you are prescribed the correct (and most cost-effective) medicine for your symptoms. If you prefer, we can also send your script to your local pharmacy.
Start at $98 ea
The most affordable product will cost around $3-$4/day on a low-moderate dose. Keep in mind that the strength of CBD will vary between products. Also check to see if a product contains CBD isolate only, or has a small percentage of additional cannabinoids.
Start at $135 ea
Because patients usually require less THC, the most cost-effective product will cost around $1 / day on a low-moderate dose.
THC FLOWER PRODUCTS
Start at $130 ea
The most affordable flower product works out at around $13/gram but keep in mind that the strength and the THC:CBD ratio of each flower product varies.
Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Plan
How Often Will I Need a Follow-Up?
Follow-up consultations are required to ensure your treatment plan is the most affordable option possible and to check you are getting the most benefit from your product.
In line with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines surrounding prescriptions and controlled drugs, you are required to have a follow-up one month after starting your THC treatment plan and then every 3 months thereafter. For CBD patients, you’ll need a follow-up one month after your first product then 3-6 monthly after that.
Please book follow-ups with your prescribing doctor whenever possible for continuity of care and to establish an ongoing therapeutic relationship.
Within the first 4 weeks of your first THC product and then 3 monthly after that.
Within the first 12 weeks of your first product then 3-6 monthly after that.
Your doctor may require shorter or longer follow-up periods for you depending on your individual history and health concerns. Please discuss this with your doctor if you have any questions.
*If your product is not providing you the outcomes you were hoping for then a follow-up appointment is recommended to enable us to adjust your treatment plan.
Why is a Follow-Up Consultation Required?
- Patient care: Ensuring that your treatment plan is as affordable as possible and you are getting the most benefit from your product is important to us.
- Moving to THC: If you are considering using a THC containing product, we will ask you for a follow-up consultation. This is because THC is a different medicine to CBD and requires our doctor to prescribe it and ensure you understand how to use it correctly.
- Requesting more products: When you are requesting further products and we have not consulted with you recently, we may ask you to book in a follow-up. The New Zealand Medical Council requires our doctors to be up-to-date with your treatment progress before approving more products.
- Treatment Plan: If you feel that your symptom(s) are being managed very well, your doctor may approve you for a longer period of time without consulting. This can be up to six months for CBD products and three months for THC products. If you feel our request for a follow up is not required, please let us know.
Our Doctors and Nurses
We are New Zealand’s largest clinic of medicinal cannabis prescribing doctors.
Our team of professional healthcare specialists are experienced in a range conditions and symptoms that may be effectively treated with plant-based treatments.
All of our doctors and nurses represent the highest level of medical expertise. They are dedicated to supporting and guiding each and every patient through their personal treatment plans.
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 and product costs as low as we can.
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.
Why do I need to supply background medical notes?
Client safety is our priority, so as well as completing the Patient Information Form, we need you to provide us with some background medical notes before your consultation to ensure our clinicians provide you with a personalised treatment plan appropriate for your needs.
Where relevant, the background medical notes need to include a record of your condition (where possible), previous and current other medical conditions, previous adverse reactions to medicines, allergies to medicines and concurrent or recent use of medicines.
There are several options for how you can request and receive your medical history notes and decide which option is best for you, including a referral letter from your GP. Please see more on the Background Medical Notes for Bookings page.
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.