Medicinal cannabis fact sheet

20 October 2021

This new resource for patients provides a summary of our position on prescribing medicinal cannabis for people with chronic non-cancer pain.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) Board has developed this new resource to help healthcare consumers have informed conversations with their treating physician. The one-page fact sheet summarises the key points of the professional document PS10(PM), which outlines FPM's position on prescribing medicinal cannabis to manage patients with chronic non-cancer pain and highlights the importance of an evidence-based approach to medicine.

Why have we created this resource?

Some cannabis related substances have, or may soon, become available for doctors in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to prescribe. But there is not enough evidence to say that they are safe or effective to prescribe for chronic pain. The benefits of broadening the audience of our professional documents include:

  • Connecting the faculty with the communities we serve.
  • Ensuring the accuracy of public messaging in relation to important issues.
  • Providing a substrate for advocacy and communications plans.
  • Empowering people who experience pain by providing accessible, high quality information.

How can clinicians help? 

We encourage you to disseminate the document and welcome any feedback via  

Last updated 11:28 21.10.2021