Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide

Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide

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If you want to buy CBD oil in NZ then this is the article if for you. Yes, you can buy CBD oil in NZ legally as a prescription medicine. It is considered an unapproved product. However, you won’t find CBD oil on shop shelves – you must have a prescription from a GP.

Thousands of my patients across New Zealand now have safe and legal access to many different CBD oil medicines. In this article, I will share this experience, how you can buy CBD oil in NZ, and why CBD oil may help change your life.

How Can I Buy CBD Oil in NZ?

The easiest way is to book in to see your GP for a prescription or consult in person or online with one of our experienced doctors. A consultation with your GP is usually not an expensive process but you may find that they do not know much about the various products available and how to use them correctly.

Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide

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CBD oil has been legal in NZ since late 2017 when it was de-classified as a controlled drug. Some other controlled drugs include morphine and oxynorm. There was a huge sigh of relief when CBD was removed from this list as it really has no similarities to those other medications which have potential for harm if used incorrectly.

If CBD oil is legal, why do you need a doctor’s script to buy it? That’s a very good question. In many other countries, you can access CBD oil off the counter in pharmacies and health food shops as it is safe and very well tolerated. In NZ, however, it is still considered a prescription medication.

Here at the Cannabis Clinic our team of registered doctors are medicinal cannabis experts and our process is legal and fast. Your doctor will consult with you and discuss your medical history and current medications then consider prescribing the best CBD oil product for you.

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?

Once you have a prescription for CBD oil, you can purchase it at your local pharmacy or via our Clinic.

Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide
There are a range of CBD products you may be prescribed in NZ and choosing the right one is important in your treatment plan

How Much Does CBD Oil Cost?

CBD oil usually costs $2-5 per day and a medium sized bottle is usually around $200. Smaller CBD bottles are around $100 while really concentrated bottles are $400.

A rough cost indication is:

  • 750mg – $80 – $130
  • 1000mg – $100 – $150
  • 1500mg – $200
  • 2000mg – $250
  • 2500mg – $300
  • 4500mg – $450

THC oil bottles are $190 – $250.

Sativex CBD / THC spray is $1000 – $1100 per pack.

Cannabis flower is not yet available in NZ.

While this may sound like more than what you see online for $50 or so, what they do not tell you is that product contains very small amounts of CBD, usually in the 300 – 500mg range. For most people, that dose would only last 3-5 days of use!

Read my article to learn everything you need to know about the cost of CBD oil in NZ, and how you can save on price.

What CBD Oil Products Are Available in NZ?

There are a wide range of CBD products that your doctor can prescribe for you. We cannot list them out here due to legal restrictions but this can be discussed with you during your consultation.

Prescriptions available range from weaker strength CBD oils, to those that have are several thousands of milligrams and are very concentrated.

There are also many different carrier oils used with CBD oil. These include hemp seed oil, coconut oil and even olive oil. Then there are full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD oil isolates

When you put the above together, you do get many potentially confusing options for you to choose from which leaves many people confused. Not to worry, I can help you here!

Choosing the right product is important from both a financial and health point of view. Read my article to learn more about CBD products.

Can my doctor prescribe CBD oil?

Yes your own doctor or GP can prescribe you CBD oil. Finding someone experienced enough to give you the right advice is the tricky part. Most doctors are unfamiliar with it.

To find out more, read my article about CBD oil prescriptions where I discuss everything you need to know, including how to talk with your GP about using CBD Oil and what you can do if they decline.

Green Fairies and CBD Oil

Green Fairies also sell CBD oil tinctures and creams but with the recent cannabis referendum of 2020, it continues to be an illegal way to access CBD oil and you are left without legal defence should any problems arise.

In my opinion, it is important to buy CBD oil through legal channels so that:

  1. You know what you’re getting.
  2. Consistency – is what’s on the label and what’s in the bottle the same thing? And are you getting the same dose every time?
  3. There are no harmful substances present in the product such as heavy metals, bacteria, fungus, viruses, herbicides, or pesticides. All medication needs to have consistent quality and safety standards.

Hemp Oil – Is Buying Hemp Oil the Same as Buying CBD Oil?

No, hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, has no CBD in it. You can buy a variety of hemp seed oils online and from the supermarket and these provide many healthy fats and act well as a dietary supplement, but it does not replace using CBD oil for a particular health condition.

Sometimes people confuse the terms phytocannabinoid or full spectrum hemp oil as being the same as CBD oil. They are not.

If you are looking for a healthy supplement to your diet or an oil you can use over a salad or a snack, then hemp seed oil is a great addition.

If you are looking to use CBD to try and see if it will help you with pain, anxiety or sleep then ensure you buy genuine CBD oil.

Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide
Make sure you are buying CBD Oil not hemp oil, which doesn’t contain CBD.

Can I Buy CBD Oil Online?

There are options out there that claim to sell you CBD oil online in NZ without the need for a prescription. The issues you will face include that fact that you do not know the quality and safety of the product you are getting and, secondly, your product might be stopped and destroyed at the border. Read below to find out more…

Can I Import CBD Oil?

No, you cannot import your own supply of CBD oil. This previously used to be an option that many people were relying upon. Unfortunately, since the launch of the medicinal cannabis scheme in NZ on the 1 April 2020, it has became illegal to import your own CBD oil.

This means that for many people, their product is stopped at customs and destroyed. I don’t encourage you to do that as it will waste your time and money.

It is also interesting to note that actually the local medicine prices are quite comparable in price to overseas products, making the entire exercise not worthwhile.

CBD Oil Possible Benefits

CBD oil has many possible benefits to your health. Most people I have consulted with have tried using it for pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia or sleeping difficulty, ADHD, inflammatory bowel disease, various neurological conditions or tremors or cancer treatment side effects.

I have also used CBD oil for many additional conditions other than the above.

CBD oil works on a hormonal system in your body, called the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for many of the functions of the human body and we are still learning how exactly it works. It certainly is not something taught at medical school or that your local GP knows about…

CBD Oil – Other Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBD oil?

Learn in more detail about what CBD oil actually is and how it works in the body. As I’ve already noted your body contains a natural cannabis-like system with receptors and this is why CBD Oil can help.

Read about the legalities surrounding CBD oil and THC in NZ. Find out why importing CBD oil is no longer possible for patients.

Is CBD oil safe? 

We commonly get asked if CBD oil is safe to use and if it interacts with other medications. This article explains how CBD oil is safer than paracetamol and why you should consider giving it a go.

What Are My Next Steps?

Now that you know about buying CBD oil in NZ, you can decide what to do from here. If you want to speak to one of our professional and experienced doctors about using CBD oil, please click here.


You can buy CBD oil in NZ through a prescription from your doctor. Consultations through the clinic are quick, easy and private. Once you have a prescription, you can buy CBD oil through your pharmacy or via our Clinic if you are our patient.

If would like to speak to an expert about getting a prescription for CBD oil, talk to one of our friendly and experienced doctors today!

CBD has helped thousands of Kiwis and if it has helped you, or if you have any questions, please share with me below.

Disclaimer – medicinal cannabis and CBD oil are unapproved medicines in NZ which means that there is no conclusive evidence for their effect, apart from Sativex. Many doctors do not routinely prescribe cannabis medicines. The above article was written for general educational purposes and does not intend to suggest that medicinal cannabis can be used to treat any health condition. Please consult with your healthcare provider. 

MBChB (Otago), BSc (Auckland) - As our tele-medicine doctor and author, Dr. Waseem keeps busy educating both patients and doctors about medicinal cannabis. He also consults with people from all over New Zealand, offering a listening ear and giving the most relevant advice.

4 thoughts on “Where to Buy CBD Oil in NZ – Your Ultimate Guide

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Leonie, thanks for the question. The products are prescription medications and it may requires 1 or 2 or 3 attempts to tweak the treatment plan to suit your particular body and requirements – it is not a one size fits all. We aim to use all products to get a good outcome for you. However, used medications unfortunately cannot be returned. Hope this helps!

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