Frequently asked questions
What does Alternaleaf do?
Alternaleaf is an education and advocacy platform designed to empower patients, by matching you with a specialist to determine whether medicinal cannabis alone or in conjunction with other therapies is a clinically appropriate option.
We also offer a free service to discuss eligibility and trialling medical cannabis with your
How quickly can I get an appointment with an Alternaleaf doctor?
It takes less than 5 minutes to complete our online process, and get an instant booking with one of our doctors. Please note that in order to confirm the appointment you have scheduled, you need to complete our online Pre-Consult, otherwise the clinic won't be able to hold your spot.
Are the consultations via telehealth or face to face?
Most appointments are conducted via a telehealth phone call to ensure convenience and safety during COVID.
Where a face to face consult is geographically feasible, this should be discussed with your Alternaleaf doctor.
Do I need a referral to be seen by an Alternaleaf doctor?
No, you do not need a referral from your regular GP.
Alternaleaf doctors are practising GPs with extensive experience prescribing medical cannabis.
How long does it take to receive my medication?
After your initial consultation, you will have your medication delivered to you next day. The medication is delivered to your home, or you can opt to receive at a pharmacy near you.
Am I eligible for medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis has been prescribed for over 30 chronic conditions. If you have trialled a conventional medicine without success, you could evaluate medical cannabis as an option with your doctor. We have a developed a
patient questionnaire for you to find out if medical cannabis might be suitable for you.
Ultimately, it is the outcome of your consultation with a specialist that will determine whether medicinal cannabis alone or in conjunction with other therapies is a clinically appropriate option.
If I have tried other formulations, will I be prescribed the same one by an Alternaleaf doctor?
Alternaleaf doctors will prescribe the formulation that will be most beneficial to you, which may not be the product that you have tried before. Your doctor will make this decision based on your medical history and personal situation - you do not get to choose your own medicine.
What is the cost for appointment with a specialist?
We offer a
complementary and obligation-free screening to identify if you are suitable for medical cannabis. Your first consultation with the doctor costs $149 and is a 30min appointment to take your detailed medical history and also includes the application of a permit with the TGA for you to access medical cannabis. Thereafter, follow up consults (25min) cost $49 to monitor your progress and condition, as well as provide you with a repeat scripts - the frequency of consultations is determined by you and the doctor.
My regular doctor is open to prescribing but doesn’t know how. What can I do?
We can help you to talk to your doctor and explain the process. You can complete the quick questionnaire
here and provide your doctor details at the end. Alternatively your doctor can reach out to us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org to request a one-on-one education session with our team.
How much does treatment with medical cannabis cost?
You can expect to pay around $5-10 per day for medication - usage depends on a variety of factors including age, weight and medical history. Medical cannabis is currently not covered by the PBS.
I have used recreational cannabis previously, can I still access medical cannabis?
Yes you can. Many patients use recreational cannabis for pain relief or other symptoms and wish to access a medical-grade product reliably and without the risk of legal repercussions.
Can I drive while being treated with medical cannabis?
The devices used in Roadside drug testing can detect THC for days after use. Your doctor will advise that you should not drive while being treated with medical cannabis.