How to get a CBD Oil Prescription in 2021

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Are you thinking about getting a prescription for CBD oil?

Unfortunately, it is easier said than done. In this article, I will cover many important questions you may be wanting to ask.

Do you need a prescription for CBD oil?

How much does it cost? And more!

Do You Need a CBD Oil Prescription in NZ?

Yes, CBD oil is a prescription-only medicine in NZ. This means the only way for you to legally obtain CBD oil is to have it prescribed by a doctor. Overseas you can buy CBD oil off the counter, but this is not the case yet in NZ. Having it prescribed by a doctor ensures you are receiving high quality and accurate medical advice.

There are products available internationally that claim to be pure CBD products, but in fact contain much less or much more CBD than they state. We are very lucky here in NZ that all our products must meet quality requirements set out by the Ministry of Health, so you can be at ease that what you are using is medical-grade CBD oil and nothing else.

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How to Get a Prescription for CBD in NZ?

1. Consult with your own doctor for a CBD prescription

One way to do this safely and legally, is to speak to your GP / doctor about this. It could go either way! Your GP will either be open-minded and willing to listen, or they might be unwilling to prescribe. If your GP is open-minded, you are in luck! Keep talking about it. Once your GP provides you with a CBD oil prescription you can take it to be filled at your local pharmacy.

The main challenge for patients from my experience is getting that script from your GP in the first place! You will find many doctors are either unwilling to write the prescription for CBD oil , or they are ill-informed about its use. It’s not surprising when you think about it, as we are never taught or trained about CBD oil or medicinal cannabis. Make sure before you have your GP appointment you read my article about how to ask your doctor for CBD Oil.

2. Consult with the Cannabis Clinic and see an experienced cannabis doctor

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We exist to help those patients who have chronic and debilitating conditions, and whose previous treatments have not been effective. You are always welcome to consult with one of our doctors at the clinic to get advice about medicinal Cannabis and find out if using such products may be suitable for you.

We employ open minded and experienced doctors who can help you through such a decision. We also are able to help you navigate your choices when it comes to products available in the market as we know what is available. With this knowledge, we also try help you save money to bring the costs of the products down.

Online Consultation Request Form

Simply fill out an online consultation request form and we will be in touch to arrange and make it happen.

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How Much Does it Cost to Get a CBD Oil Prescription?

The cost to get a CBD oil prescription is the cost of your doctor’s appointment. If you consult with us here at the Cannabis Clinic, our prices start at $79. However, the initial consultation is only part of the overall cost.

It is the cost of products that will also need to keep in mind. Remember, every time you need a new prescription, there is a fee to pay with your GP (or even another appointment). That can accumulate to several hundred dollars per year.

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The products themselves (CBD oil) usually start at $150 and can go all the way to $500, depending on their strength. For most people, CBD oil costs around $5-8 per day to use on a moderate daily dose.

Luckily, we know that the cost of CBD oil is a huge factor and we have written an article about this specifically, showing you how to use the best products and save hundreds of dollars over the longer-term.

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Do You Need a Hemp Oil Prescription in NZ?

No, hemp oil also known as hemp seed oil does not require a prescription in NZ. Hemp oil is not medicinal at all and is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. It is good as a dietary supplement for healthy fats or as a salad dressing and you can purchase it from your local supermarket.

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How About a THC Prescription?

Yes, THC can also be legally prescribed by a GP in NZ. You can learn all about THC prescriptions and products here.

Conclusion

CBD oil is a prescription-only medication and any doctor can prescribe it, including your GP. If you are having difficulty getting a script, implement some of my top tips.

Don’t forget, we are the experts in CBD oil and medicinal cannabis in New Zealand and we consult with thousands of patients up and down the country. Consultations with us start at $79 and we allow you lifelong access to The Dispensary which means you have access to the largest range of CBD and cannabis products in NZ.

I hope you find this article useful. Share with us your story or recommendations, I would love to hear it!

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.

12 thoughts on “How to get a CBD Oil Prescription in 2021

  1. Tina says:

    Hi I’ve recently finally got my 1st bottle of medical marijuana to try but I’m unsure if hemp or other as I was told it had THC. I’m taking 0.25ml 4xtimes a day and the brand is Tilray 25, which the chemist said is 1000mg 40ml bottle with 1ml THC – is that correct? Just about been on it for a month and found some days it works but definitely doesn’t stay in system for 8hrs as it says on Tilray site. I’m putting under my tongue etc. I feel takes up to to 60-90mins to work.

    I’ve had 8 back operations with extensive rods, bolts ended up chronic pain syndrome, and while I was at work in 2018, slipped on a ramp fell landed on my bottom and have damage organs,nerve damage and chronic pain in bottom area as more move etc or try sit pressure I fly off the radar, they did excessive test found now not broken coccyx but damaged and hurt the joint in-between. Started physio but as I said pain in coccyx area over above chronic pain that it stops me sleeping, eating etc.

    Now I’m ready to ask for another prescription but I want to know if there is a higher strength that actually works better than this as I find low dose isn’t enough. Obviously not cheap but willing try anything as I’m on high a class drugs with medication and I’m trying too cut those out and replace it possibly with medicated marijuana as not helping my organs high anti flams but no effects damages has organs to why I’m asking as I’m desperate.

    Just having 2 opinions before I ask my Dr as all this is new to him as he has only prescribed 3 people since legalization. Hope u might be able help please with options and possibly other brands possibly cheaper and easier to get through chemist as I got this prescription in March – finally chemist was only able access month ago.

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Tina, thanks for the question. It is likely that you are being prescribed CBD only. Some products may have a little THC but not much. You really need a low dose THC product alongside the CBD. The only available one at the moment is Sativex, which can cost $900 – $1000 for 3 months supply. We are able to apply special approval for you through our clinic. More THC products will be available in the next 1-2 months also. Bottom line, continue the CBD but you really need to add in THC. Hope this helps!

  2. Jenjen says:

    Hi i have my hemp oil with me and applied it directly on my skin. I am afraid of taking it internally because it might appear positive in urine drugtest. I am using 0.3% thc hemp oil. Please i need advise if it is safe to take it internally sincenit has very less of thc? Thanks

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Jenjen, thanks for the question. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or THC. Make sure you are using an actual medicinal cannabis product. If the product is Hemp CBD oil with a low THC %, it is unlikely that the traces of THC will show up on a drug test. The best solution to avoid any concerns or worries is to purchase a CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD, these contain 0% THC and there is no chance of a positive result. Prices start at $99. Hope this helps!

  3. Jared says:

    Hi
    If I already know that my Doctor, (who is an Indian woman in her 70’s) is adverse to prescribing ANY cannabis products (mainly due to lack of research on her part), am I able to get a prescription from your clinic, obviously providing I meet the criteria??
    For me it’s about a number of things.. My anxiety, pain management, arthritic knees, and bodybuilding (which I have researched and concluded that CDB is basically custom made for..)

    Any suggestions? I also have concerns about (unfair) drug testing in the workplace as I mainly work in construction.

    Cheers.

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Jared, thanks for the question. I understand that your GP is reluctant. But the good news is that we can help. We have many people using it for the reasons you have mentioned, each in their unique way. There are no specific criteria you need to meet, we are all open minded professionals looking to help people like you. With CBD oil, there are no concerns about drug testing as it does not get picked up. Even if you needed more than CBD oil, we always write letters of support for employers and can advocate on your behalf. Hope this helps!

  4. Roena says:

    Hi Waseem Im adverse to prescrit pain releaf, I have a bone on bone painful, pending opp presently nil
    priority due to Chemo therapy. I had an opp to try a dropper of full spectrum Hemp extract, to my surprise it diminished my pain for approx 7 hours. The product was purchased off shore, I wud like to have access in NZ…i will try thru my GP initially but its heartening to know u are there.

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Roena, thanks for the comment. Sorry to hear what you are going through. Medicinal cannabis can be great to help with pain and I am glad you found it to be helpful. Sometimes for pain we need to combine both CBD oil and THC to get the best effect. We would be happy to consult with you ourself or help you with your GP prescription. Let me know how you get on.

  5. Tina wells says:

    So if my son who lives with chronic pain caused by Tortion Dystonia goes to his own GP he can get a prescription for medicinal cannabis and script can be filled over pharmacy counter . I’m certain his own GP would come on board with this as she is very open minded and comes from either Germany or Holland . What is the cost of medicinal cannabis when script given by GP

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Tina, thanks for asking. It is great to know that you are optimistic about your GP, lucky you! Regardless of who prescribes CBD oil, the cost is relatively similar. Products are from $70 all the way to over $400, depending on which is on the script and also to which pharmacy you go to. If it is easier for you, once you have the prescription, we do a free nurse consultation who can guide you and your son to the most suitable and priced products on the dispensary and we can help with any follow up or advice as you need over time. You will find the pricing here to be very sharp as we are very keen for plant based medicines. Good luck, let me know if you need any help!

  6. Janina says:

    Hi there,

    My husband is needing a knee replacement but they won’t do it as he is 38. He takes antiflam’s each day and anti-nausea pills has he has a sensitive stomach. We are looking at an alternative to this. If he was prescribed CBD oil will this affect him as a builder? Also will it come up in drug tests etc?

    thanks

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Janina, thanks for the question. It is tricky when your husband is young but already having knee issues that make him need a knee replacement! I think giving CBD oil and even CBD cream to rub on is a great idea. It does help ease pain and can also reduce inflammation. A drug test will not pick up on the use of CBD. For some people with pain, we do need to add in a tiny amount of THC but the latter does show positive. I suggest starting with CBD oil and seeing how he does on that for 4-8 weeks prior to making any changes or decisions. I hope this helps!

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