If you go through your GP, they will apply for your prescription via the Special Access Scheme (SAS). The time frame of this varies, but the government has been working on easing red tape surrounding the process following calls from many GPs.
Please read our guide for more detailed information on how you can access CBD oil in Australia.
Even though CBD has been legalised in Australia on a federal level, each state has its own guidance on the drug which can be helpful to read as well:
Accessing CBD oil
There are currently two methods to get your hands on some CBD – the legal method and the illegal method. Legal access to CBD oil in Australia can be obtained by applying through your GP or via a clinic specialising in medical cannabis prescriptions.
Fortunately, no – the current CBD laws are the same for each state. This is because the amendments made to the Narcotics Drug Act (1967) by the Office of Drug Control in 2016 were made on a federal level. Meaning they automatically apply to all states.
It’s legal – awesome! But how can you get some for yourself?
Medical cannabis and CBD oil were banned in Australia from the early 1900’s, but what about now? As we enter the 2020’s, is it still illegal to use CBD oil? Read on to find out.
“We’re filling the gap of 70 years of prohibition where there was no research,” says Tommy Huppert, the CEO of Cannatrek, an Australian cannabis grower and manufacturer. Huppert’s company has just inked an exclusive supply deal with Chemist Warehouse, though what exactly it will supply remains to be seen. “Everyone’s really racing to get the product to market. What sort of mountain will we have to climb? Is it going to be weeks? Months?” he wonders.
CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant, but unlike THC, it does not have psychoactive effects. On 1 February, it became legal to purchase products containing low-dose cannabidiol (CBD) over the counter, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration down-scheduled the substance from a Schedule 4 (prescription medicine) to a Schedule 3 (pharmacist-only medicine). On 15 December, the TGA announced the decision after a safety review that indicated “known adverse events of CBD at low doses were not serious”.
“And therein lies the problem – there are no good clinical trials that show CBD at 150mg [the daily dose approved by the TGA] is actually effective.”
Bonomo emphasises the importance of quality control, saying that the upfront work is worth it in the long run. “For products to be listed on the ARTG, there is a process. It’s a complex process, but it’s a necessary process to make sure that those quality products do get listed.”
CBD, a compound found in cannabis that does not have psychoactive effects, is now legal to sell over the counter. But don’t expect to find any in your local pharmacy yet. Photograph: Anatoliy Sizov/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Though ARTG registration is a high hurdle, there are huge potential earnings on the table. The director of Southern Cannabis Holdings, Tim Drury, believes the over-the-counter market for CBD oil will “exceed $200m per annum”.
“Now we have approval, but in order for companies to get these products to market they have to … show that the product is safe, but also efficacious.
CBD is legal in both Australia and New Zealand, but illegal in other parts of the region.
When the product arrives to the mail forwarding service, staff will change the stamps and forward the package to your home address.
This article will introduce you to the current laws on CBD and the upcoming changes in Australia and New Zealand. We’ll also share a list of companies that ship to New Zealand and Australia and tips on how to use a mail forwarding service and get your CBD delivered at your doorstep.
If you live in New Zealand, you can import CBD (up to 3 months supply), with or without a prescription from an authorized prescriber. In Australia, importing CBD is prohibited, unless the product has valid import permission.
CBD is available in Australia & New Zealand through a special access scheme (medical cannabis program), but illegal in Papua New Guinea.