The First NZ-Approved Medicinal Cannabis Flower!

What an exciting time for medicinal cannabis patients and professionals in Aotearoa! We’re thrilled to announce that the first medicinal dried cannabis flower product is now available on prescription to Kiwis.

To celebrate this fantastic news, we’ve decided to dive into the details of cannabis flower and answer some common questions about its medical use, how to take it, and whether it might be right for you. Our experienced doctors can prescribe this great new product, so book an appointment today to discuss whether cannabis flower may be right for you.

 

What is cannabis flower?

Cannabis flowers are the buds of a cannabis plant. Dried cannabis flower is what you would normally imagine when you think of cannabis. They’re loose, green buds that are not yet ground, rolled or processed. The cannabis flower product that our doctors prescribe for our patients is already dried and cured for medicinal use, so it’s ready to be ground up in a grinder and used for your medical needs.

We’re so excited to announce that the first dried flower products have passed the New Zealand quality process as a tea and are now legally available for patients who need cannabis flower in NZ! The flower product comes from an Aussie-grown medicinal cannabis and hemp product research centre and manufacturer. Their first dried flower product met Aotearoa’s GMP standards for quality on the 2nd of December 2021 and was approved for oral consumption as a tea. 

 

Different ways to take medicinal cannabis flower

Oral tea vs inhalation via vaporisation

You can take medicinal cannabis flower in many different ways which produce different results. When you take medicinal cannabis as an oral tea, it will result in a slower onset and longer timeframe of feeling the effects of the product. This is because the CBD and THC is absorbed through the digestive system which takes longer than via the lungs. It sometimes takes 30-60 minutes to take full effect.

Inhalation via vaporisation using a medically approved device is another popular method of consuming medicinal cannabis. This method offers different results than oral administration. Smoking or vaping this product is not recommended. Historically, inhaling cannabis has been one of the most common methods of taking cannabis and is heavily associated with recreational use, but has its uses for medicinal cannabis use too.

When you inhale medicinal cannabis products, CBD and THC are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs. Cannabis is absorbed much more quickly through this method, so you will feel the effects within minutes of inhaling. This method is a great way to get near-instant relief from your medical condition when you need it. However, the effects will peak and fade far more quickly too, so you won’t have as long-lasting relief as you would if you consumed your product orally.

Medicinal cannabis leaf held by doctors hand in glove

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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. 

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