Why Go Legal? Better Quality, Testing, and Patient Support

Alternaleaf Team
Written by
Alternaleaf Team
Jul 16, 2022
Last updated:
Sep 22, 2023

Aussies have been using cannabis for a long time, decades before medical marijuana in Australia was legalised in 2016. That’s why some people may not be inclined to change the way they obtain cannabis.

Besides the obvious legal reasons, there are some serious benefits to purchasing your cannabis legally as opposed to on the street. Here’s why you should make the move to legal medical marijuana.

Better Production Quality and Controls

Medical marijuana in Australia is cultivated in an environment that’s carefully monitored and tended. Everything from the lighting and the soil to the fertiliser and water are painstakingly measured for the highest-quality outcome. Nothing gets in or out that isn’t supposed to.

Additionally, medical cannabis is as consistent as a natural product can be. This means that you can expect the same quality every time it’s delivered to you.

There’s little to no fluctuation in intensity, flavour, density, or any other characteristic you find important. This is due to the production quality and controls, which ensure product levels stay consistent from one plant to the next, and from one harvest to the next.

Stringent Quality Testing for Contaminants, Cannabinoids, and More

On top of being grown in carefully monitored conditions, medical marijuana in Australia goes through a testing process that is rigorous and thorough. Illicit cannabis never goes through the robust set of regulations and testing applied to legal medical cannabis.

For one, testing seeks to find any contaminants that might be present in medical cannabis. Contaminants like mould, mildew, yeast, and disease. Of course, the growth process is tightly controlled, so contamination is less likely. But testing is still done in order to be sure the product is safe, unlike cannabis you’ll find on the street.

Secondly, cultivators also test for cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the substances in cannabis that interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, which regulates bodily functions like your metabolism, nervous system, heart function, mood, and more. You may have heard of THC and CBD, the most common ones.

By testing to make sure cannabinoid levels are consistent in medical marijuana, you don’t have to worry that a product will surprise you. With the guidance of a prescriber, you’ll have a better ability to gauge dose, tolerance, and effects. You can be sure you are getting the THC and CBD levels that are listed on the label.

Legal Medical Cannabis Comes with Patient Support

When you purchase marijuana on the street, the interaction is limited to exchanging money for the product, and that’s that. Anything that happens afterwards is something you must manage on your own, which may be challenging if you have an adverse reaction.

However, if you gain a medical cannabis prescription through a dedicated cannabis clinic or your local GP, you'll be given care and support at every step of the process. Unlike the black market, doctors have a thorough understanding of medical conditions and which medical cannabis strains may be right for you. Trained healthcare professionals are there to offer support and care along the way, so if something isn't working you'll be able to change your treatment plan.

Is Medical Cannabis in Australia Right For You?

If you want to know more, you should book a consultation with a doctor at a medical cannabis clinic or your local GP.

There are a number of risks associated with the use of medical cannabis and your doctor will explain these to you before issuing a prescription. Medical cannabis affects everyone differently and may not help with your chronic condition.