Why are Australians being prescribed medical cannabis?
May 27, 2022
The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney have recently completed a study titled “Medicinal Cannabis Prescribing in Australia: An analysis of trends over the first five years”. Since medical cannabis was first legally prescribed in 2016, there have been 248,000 scripts written. Over time, it appears that the conditions for which medicinal cannabis is prescribed has been shifting, along with the demographic accessing medicinal cannabis. The main reasons for prescribing medicinal cannabis were pain, anxiety and sleep disorders. Cannabis oil was the most common form of medicinal cannabis prescribed, however there has been a recent increase in flower (also known as buds) prescribing, which has also coincided with an increase in younger people aged under 30 accessing medicinal cannabis. Also, around 50% of prescriptions came from Queensland.