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Since the regulation of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand in 2020, the availability and accessibility of CBD and THC treatments have improved greatly, leading to a growing demand for alternative healthcare options.
The latest development in this field is the opening of a new medicinal cannabis clinic room in Havelock North, a small town located in the Hawke’s Bay region. This clinic is set to provide patients with easier access to medicinal cannabis, allowing them to benefit from the plant’s therapeutic properties under the guidance of medical professionals.
Discover below how personalised treatment can lead to improved health outcomes and reduced side effects and how ongoing monitoring and adjustments are necessary for a successful outcome.
Why Local Clinics Are Important
Creating support hubs to which our community of medicinal cannabis patients can come has always been important at Cannabis Clinic.
In particular, having local services for patients is critical, especially for elderly patients who may require more personalised care. When it comes to medicinal cannabis, patients must receive the right dosage, strain, and method of consumption that works for their unique needs.
This is why having local services is vital. It allows patients to access face-to-face consultations, receive personalised care and education, and build relationships with healthcare providers who understand their needs.
For elderly patients with mobility issues or transportation barriers, having local services means they can access the care they need without travelling long distances, making it more convenient and accessible.
Meet Our Resident Doctor
Our resident Dr at this new clinic is Dr Andy Owen, with over 5 years of history working in the Hawke’s Bay region providing acute care. However, his passion for patient care extends beyond just treating the symptoms of a disease to finding ways to improve overall health and quality of life.
This led him to partner with Cannabis Clinic, where patients can explore the benefits of medical cannabis in a safe and supportive environment. Dr Owen’s extensive experience in acute care has influenced his approach to patient care, making him an empathetic and compassionate physician.
He believes in a holistic approach to treatment and strives to provide personalised care to each patient. With his knowledge and expertise, patients can feel confident in their care at the Cannabis Clinic.
Patient Demographics in Havelock North
Some common reasons that patients seek treatment with medicinal cannabis include pain, anxiety, and sleep issues. However, the patient demographics for those seeking this type of treatment are diverse and vary greatly in age and medical conditions. For example, older patients typically seek inflammation and joint support, with some even over 90 years old seeking relief through cannabis.
On the other hand, younger patients with conditions such as spasticity and epilepsy also seek treatment through medicinal cannabis. Despite the age and medical differences, the use of medicinal cannabis is becoming increasingly popular as more patients seek natural alternatives for their medical needs.
Medicinal Cannabis Products
Over time in New Zealand, more medicinal cannabis treatment options have become available, with CBD, THC or both available at licensed clinics. CBD oil contains cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, which has been known to help with various conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, and epilepsy.
THC oil, on the other hand, contains tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound that provides a euphoric high and is known for its pain-relieving properties. Both oils come in a range of strengths and are priced based on the concentration of the active ingredient. In terms of affordability, THC flower products are the most cost-effective option. These products contain the natural flower of the cannabis plant, which can be smoked or vaporised, and are often preferred by those seeking a more traditional cannabis experience.
Medicinal Cannabis Regulations in New Zealand
Getting a medicinal cannabis prescription can be fairly stringent as you must go through your GP, who then assesses whether you meet the eligibility criteria. In New Zealand, medicinal cannabis has been legal since 2020, but the regulatory framework surrounding it is still evolving. Currently, only registered health practitioners can obtain and prescribe it. Additionally, the government doesn’t subsidise medicinal cannabis at this time.
While the regulatory framework may seem restrictive, it is in place to ensure patient safety and to promote responsible use of medicinal cannabis. As research into the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis continues, the regulatory framework will likely adapt accordingly.
The inspiration behind the new Cannabis Clinic in Havelock North is our belief that face-to-face consultations are crucial in healthcare. Expanding our footprint out of Auckland has been a priority, and we’re thrilled to offer our personalised approach to patient care to the Hawke’s Bay community.
Our clinic’s online booking system makes it easy to schedule appointments with our team of qualified clinicians. Face-to-face consultations allow us to take a holistic approach to patient care, considering a patient’s needs and medical history. Our clinicians have the expertise to offer personalised care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
As demand for medicinal cannabis grows in Hawke’s Bay, we recognise the importance of having local services to meet this demand. We’re excited to be part of this growth and to offer our patients the highest level of care possible.
Where is Cannabis Clinic located in Havelock North?
The Cannabis Clinic is located at Ultrasound Hawke’s Bay on 24 Porter Dr in Havelock North, 4130.
What are the common reasons patients seek treatment with medicinal cannabis?
Some common reasons patients seek treatment with medicinal cannabis include pain, anxiety, inflammatory disorders and sleep issues.
Disclaimer – medicinal cannabis and CBD oil are unapproved medicines in NZ which means that there is no conclusive evidence for their effect, apart from Sativex. Many doctors do not routinely prescribe cannabis medicines. The above article was written for general educational purposes and does not intend to suggest that medicinal cannabis can be used to treat any health condition. Please consult with your healthcare provider.