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Prescribing medicinal cannabis in the Northern Rivers

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Local general practitioner Dr Jamie Rickcord will be delivering a webinar for local registered health professionals delivering insights into prescribing medicinal cannabis.

While this is a contentious issue across the country, many people suffering from health issues are singing the praises of medicinal cannabis.

Northern Rivers general practitioner Dr Jamie Rickcord will deliver insights into his personal experience prescribing medicinal cannabis to local residents managing chronic health conditions.

The webinar will seek to provide further information on the biological effects of taking medicinal cannabis, demystify the distinction between THC and CBD, explain how medicinal cannabis is produced and how it should be applied, as well as offer some patient case studies.

Local registered healthcare professionals are invited to attend the presentation and interact via the Q&A function.

Dr Rickcord has practiced medicine since graduating from Imperial College, London in 2006 and for the last eight years he has worked as a GP in the Northern Rivers, at ANANDA clinics in Byron Bay.

He has seen the positive effect first-hand of medicinal cannabis and is pleased with the results in his patients.

Dr Rickcord is an advocate of educating other health professionals about integrative plant medicine and is also accepting medicinal cannabis referrals for a number of conditions that have been approved for treatment by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The webinar will also feature Barb Fullerton, the national education manager of Little Green Pharma, Australia’s first producer and grower of medicinal cannabis.

Dr Rickcord’s webinar Prescribing medicinal cannabis in the Northern Rivers region will be held online from 6pm on Tuesday, 7 July.

To register go to https://bit.ly/3fEjp4N or contact Little Green Pharma.

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  1. Oh, That’s about time.
    It is so good to see the medical fraternityis finally starting to grasp the truth, obvious to the majority living on the North Coast . Cannabis is the most benign and useful medicinal herb on the planet !
    Shame on the doctors that have colluded with the disinformation campaign for almost one hundred years, in the early nineteen hundreds cannabis was available in every corner shop in this country to no harmful effect.
    Nowdays the conditions that were previously treated by THC , asthma, pain ,nausea, headache, lack of appetite and so on, are now treated by lucrative and ineffective pharmaceuticals with devastating side effects.
    I, myself have been prescribed cannabis for cronic pain but there is no way I can afford the ridiculous prices of the prescribing Drs (three hundred dollars /consultation ) and the inflated product costs from Big Pharma.
    Luckly we live in the ‘alternate society’ , Cheers G”)

  2. Bit of a moot point when the medicine is $750.
    However it’s highly effective as a painkiller, sleep improving, anxiolytic.
    It keeps getting easier for Dr’s to prescribe (less paperwork)
    My bulk-bill Dr was happy to prescribe for chronic nerve pain, but it wouldn’t be his first choice of therapy.
    The good news is that Sativex made the opioid I took for the same pain completely superfluous and it doesn’t have any of the awful side effects.


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