Note: Any GP or Nurse Practitioner (NP) can prescribe cannabis Australia wide. We recommend starting with your GP or NP. If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can check out our Find a Doctor tool and search cannabis doctors Australia-wide.

In this article, we list all of the cannabis clinics in Australia. We’ve also added some medical clinics that prescribe cannabis. There’s a lot of information so the article is set up to allow you to navigate to sections or clinics that are important to you. We’ve also added tables and charts to help you compare the clinics more easily. Here is an overview of what we’ll cover:

What are cannabis clinics?

cannabis clinic specialty is applying to TGA

Cannabis clinics are (mostly) independent clinics run by doctors who specialise in assessing medical conditions and then prescribe medical cannabis as a treatment for your diagnosed conditions. Doctors and nurses at cannabis clinics spend most of their time prescribing medical cannabis to patients. So, these healthcare professionals are often quite knowledgable about cannabis.

We’d also like to blur the lines of cannabis clinics and clinics that have doctors who prescribe cannabis. Many of these clinics that prescribe cannabis are either specialists (ie pain specialists) or will be much more attuned to holistic treatment, rather than just prescribing cannabis. And, we believe this is the best approach for healthcare.

The good news is that both many independent doctors are beginning to gain specialist knowledge in medical cannabis.

Any doctor can apply to prescribe cannabis, but a cannabis clinic’s real expertise is applying to the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) to prescribe you medical cannabis. In many cases a referral from your GP will help with the application process, however, some of the clinics don’t actually require them.

In the cannabis clinics comparison section, we’ll tell you which clinics require referrals and which don’t. It’s also important to note that once you’ve been prescribed cannabis by a specific doctor or clinic, they become your prescribing doctor, and you can only fill your scripts through them. If you switch doctors, you’ll have to pay again as the new doctor will need to apply to the TGA also.

Once you’ve been prescribed cannabis by a specific doctor or clinic, they become your prescribing doctor. You can only fill your scripts through them. While you can have multiple prescribing doctors, it’s best to have a single source for all of your treatments. If you switch doctors, you’ll have to pay again as the new doctor will need to apply to the TGA also.

Not every person with a medical condition is eligible for medical cannabis. So, it’s important to understand whether or not you qualify for medical cannabis when embarking on this journey.

Types of prescribers

Here in Australia, there are two types of cannabis prescribers:

  1. GPs or NPs who will apply via the Special Access Scheme (SAS) to prescribe cannabis for a range of conditions.
  2. GPs or NPs that are Authorised Prescribers (APs) who are able to prescribe cannabis for specific conditions without an application.

At this stage in the legal framework, most clinics have GPs or NPs who prescribe via SAS and GPs and NPs that are APs.

Some of the cannabis clinics you’ll read about have a team of doctors across Australia who help take you through the process and prescribe cannabis. While the inner workings of the clinics may not be that important to you, it’s helpful to understand how they work.

Why use a cannabis clinic?

People can get overwhelmed about medical cannabis because there are various ways to get a prescription here in Australia. You hear about the Special Access Scheme (SAS) and Authorised Prescribers. You hear about talking to your GP, and stories about special cannabis clinics.

The taboo of cannabis paired with all the big terms and masses of information about medical cannabis pathways cause confusion about how to access cannabinoid medicine, and people often don’t know who to speak with about treatment options.

While cannabis is not treated (or prescribed) as a first-line intervention for medical conditions in Australia, it’s quickly proving to benefit patients across a multitude of conditions. Many Australians are suffering from medical conditions for which other medications aren’t meeting their needs.

Cannabis clinics can often be a saving grace because of their willingness to apply to the TGA for the medicine. The doctors who work in cannabis clinics are well versed on cannabis as a medicine and post prescription treatment methods. These doctors and the clinician teams are able to get people the medication they so desperately need.

Cannabis clinic comparison:

For transparency, it’s important to tell you that the following lists and tables have been compiled by the honahlee team without the influence of any of the clinics in these lists. The clinics have a range of locations, patient processes, steps, pricing, treatments and clinician options.

We have created two tables: Cannabis clinics that offer telehealth & Cannabis clinics with in clinic appointments. 

Important notes:

  1. There are some GP clinics, and specialist clinics, that have doctors who prescribe medical cannabis. While these aren’t ‘cannabis clinics’ we’ve added these clinics because they prescribe medical cannabis and may be the right choice for you or your condition.
  2. We’ve given you the annual pricing and either assume a minimum of 2x check ups or have given you the annual cost based on what the clinic has told us. 
  3. We recommend you do your own research on google reviews and social channels. When looking at google reviews read the reviews, don’t just look at the number.
  4. Note that some clinics have conflicts of interest, such as selling their own products, having investors as patients and creating special relationships with compounding pharmacies.

Cannabis clinics that offer telehealth

Clinics With LinksReferral
Required?
1st Year
Cost ^
Checkup Cost
Ecs Clinic****N$0$0
Lullaby SleepY$0``$0
Health104N$199$0**
Cannvalate^^N ~$245$75
Medicann ClinicsN$246$49
CDA Clinics (referral)Y$247$59
Australian Access ClinicsN ~$250$50-$75
PollnN$260```$75```
MedReleaf ClinicsN ~$273$38
Green Docs AustraliaN ~$300$50
Tetra HealthN ~$303$69
CDA Clinics (no referral)N ~$317$59
Online Cannabis ClinicY$383$79
Gastro IQ***N$390$50
CannadocY$440$75
CA ClinicsN ~$447$49
Compass ClinicsY$480$80*
PlantMedN ~$480$80
CannadocN$490$75
NC ClinicsN ~$519$80
Emerald ClinicsY$530$75-$180
Cannvalate^^ (care plan)N ~$545^^$75
Releaf ClinicsN$565$75-$100
MediCanna HealthN$650$100
Medical Cannabis ServicesY$675$100-$200
~ Referral preferred. Health summary always required.
^ Assumes 2x checkups or more if the clinic has specifically told us a first year cost. Some clinics require more check ups when starting medical cannabis. Annual cost may decrease after your first year.
^^ Cannvalate do not offer medical cannabis flower. Care plan pricing is paid monthly and can be cancelled at any time. Care plan includes 6 x doctor consultations & 24 telehealth consultations with a registered pharmacist (2 a month).
** First follow up is $50. All further follow ups bulk billed.
*** Specialises in chronic nausea/vomiting, unexplained weight loss, chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn's/colitis.
****Clinic provides bulk billed services and other financial assistance so all in clinic and telehealth appointments are free both interstate and locally.
`` Lullaby Sleep is a doctor for sleep disorders only. All visits are via telehealth and offer an at home sleep test. All appointments are bulk billed.
``` Polln offers the most thorough consults (60min initial consult: $110 & follow up consults at 30min: $75.)

Note: Most clinics do script repeats during a follow up or 'checkup', so the repeat script fee is the same as the checkup fee.

Cannabis clinics with in clinic appointments

Clinic NameLocationReferral
Required?
1st Year
Cost ^
Checkup Cost
Ecs Clinic****VICN$0$0
Health104VICN$199$0**
MedReleaf ClinicsQLDN ~$273$38
CDA Clinics(referral)QLDY$282$59
CDA Clinics(no referral)QLDN ~$352$59
Gastro IQ***VICN$390$50
Cannadoc (referral)VICY$440$75
CA ClinicsNSW, QLD, WA, VICN ~$447$49
Compass ClinicsNSWY$480$80*
PlantMedQLDN ~$480$80
Cannadoc (no referral)VICN$490$75
NC ClinicsAllN ~$519$80
Emerald ClinicsNSW, WA, VICY$530$75-$180
Releaf ClinicsVICN$565$75-$100
~ Referral preferred. Health summary always required.
^ Assumes 2x checkups or more if the clinic has specifically told us a first year cost. Some clinics require more check ups when starting medical cannabis. Annual cost may decrease after your first year.
^^ Cannvalate do not offer medical cannabis flower. Pricing includes 6 x doctor consultations & 24 telehealth consultations with a registered pharmacist (2 a month).
** First follow up is $50. All further follow ups bulk billed.
*** Specialises in chronic nausea/vomiting, unexplained weight loss, chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn's/colitis.
****Clinic provides bulk billed services and other financial assistance so all in clinic and telehealth appointments are free both interstate and locally.

Note: Most clinics do script repeats during a follow up or 'checkup', so the repeat script fee is the same as the checkup fee.

Other cannabis clinic considerations (and conflicts)

As you can see, there are actually quite a few options if you decide to go to a cannabis clinic rather than through your GP. The clinics all have similar processes but have different pricing structures and requirements in order to use them as your cannabis doctor. In this section we’ll cover a few other considerations you might want to think about when looking for a clinic.

  • Product offering
  • Discounted Products / Reimbursements (ie DVA)
  • Health professional & appointment duration

Product offering

Each clinic will have different product offerings. However, any doctor can prescribe any of the 150+ cannabis products to a patient. You’ll find that some of the clinic pricing lists leak online on a fairly regular basis. Quite often, not all of the product prices on those lists are up to date or correct. Other clinics don’t provide patients with product lists. 

It’s important to know that while a clinic may have a list of products, if you ask them to prescribe one not on their list, some of the clinics will look into prescribing those products for you.

Some clinics do have a conflict of interest when it comes to the products they prescribe. Here are some of the clinic conflicts to know about:

  • Cannadoc is owned by Cronos Australia which supplies Adaya products.
  • Cannvalate often prescribes ‘branded’ compounded products.
  • CDA clinic prescribes Burleigh Heads products and often compounds their own ‘branded’ compounded products. CDA and Burleigh Heads are owned by the same parent company.
  • Health104 prescribes mainly Montu (Circle) products.
  • Medicann Health has a relationship with Ananda.
  • Releaf Clinics sells Releaf Products.
  • Tetra Health is owned by THC Global which supplies Canndeo.
  • Most clinics have research partnerships which mean that they will be more likely to prescribe a specific brand of product.

It’s not to say that these products are bad or that these clinics are doing anything wrong. It is, however, important that you know what the relationships are so that you can ask the right questions and confirm that the products are right for you.

Your clinic and doctor should be able to answer all the questions you have about their relationship to the products they’re prescribing and why they’re choosing that specific product. If you get any push back or agitation from a prescriber, you may want to think twice about using that clinic or doctor.

Discounted Products / Reimbursements (ie DVA)

Some clinics offer special rates to Veterans, concession card holders and rural patients. Other clinics offer bulk billing for certain types of patients.

We have not listed the clinics with these offerings because they change from time to time and many of the rules around who can and can’t be bulk billed, for example, are not easy to explain. It’s important that you call or email clinics if you think you should be eligible for certain discounts. 

The DVA does offer cannabis reimbursement to veterans for certain conditions. Any clinic should be able to help veterans access the DVA’s cannabis scheme, however, some clinics have special pricing, like bulk billing, for veterans as well. 

Health professional & appointment duration

The final area of clinics that we’d like to bring your attention to is the amount of time you get with the healthcare professional prescribing you cannabis. While people often complain about the cost of medical cannabis, the cost to access cannabis via a clinic is quite high. In working to bring the cost of clinic pricing down for patients, some of the clinics are also decreasing the amount of doctor to patient time spent on prescribing. 

When talking to your potential clinic, find out if you’ll be speaking with a nurse only for all appointments or whether you’ll actually see/talk to a doctor. You’ll also want to know how long your appointments will take. Some clinics run doctors appointments that only last 10 minutes while others will have appointments that can last up to 45 minutes. 

There’s no right or wrong answer. You really need to decide what’s going to be best for you in your treatment journey.

Conclusion

While going through your GP is the best place to start your medical cannabis journey, cannabis clinics can be a great option. The important things are to do your own research before choosing a clinic and to make sure you understand the different conflicts that your clinic may have. Go on google reviews and read the clinic reviews in detail, not just the number or score. 

Using social channels to help with your research is great, but remember that certain clinics have patients who are investors and other clinics have accounts set up and employees in some of these channels who are promoting their own clinics.

Now that you have most of the relevant information about your options and the clinic environment you should be able to make the best choice for your medical cannabis journey.