Cannabis - For Doctors


Please find useful resources to help support your clinical use of medicinal Cannabis and CBD oil products above. Please contact us if you require advice about using medicinal Cannabis for your patient(s).

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is an extract from the Cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is part of the family of compounds, known as Cannabinoids. It has therapeutic properties and does not cause a high. CBD is an FDA approved drug for certain paediatric epilepsy conditions. There is also evidence supporting the use of CBD in other indications, see below.

What is the evidence for cbd?

There is much published evidence supporting the use of CBD for particular indications but conclusive research is lacking. A recent 2017 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded the following (1,2):

“There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective:

  • for the treatment of chronic pain in adults

  • as anti-emetics in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

  • for improving patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms

There is moderate evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for:

  • improving short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis

There is limited evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for:

  • increasing appetite and decreasing weight loss associated with HIV/AIDS

  • improving clinician-measured multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms

  • improving symptoms of Tourette syndrome

  • improving anxiety symptoms in individuals with social anxiety disorders

  • improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder”


  1. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (2017), National Academy of Sciences

  2. New Zealand Drug Foundation submission on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. Accessed Feb 2019: