Medicinal cannabis is a wide field and your access to it is through a doctor, most commonly your family doctor. This is sometimes not an easy thing to do unfortunately.
Where does your doctor start?
It is quite likely that they know very little about it. Don’t worry, we can help you out. That is why we created this free guide for your benefit. It walks your doctor through all the basic information and helps educate them.
Is Medicinal Cannabis Oil Legal In NZ?
Yes it is! But not entirely, there are limitations and restrictions on what can be prescribed.
The law allows your GP to prescribe you CBD oil with no more than 2% THC. From 1st of April, your doctor will also be able to prescribe you THC products as well as dried cannabis.
The good news is that through a medicinal cannabis route, you can be assured that you are using high grade products that meet Medsafe manufacturing requirements for importing.
How Can I Get A Medicinal Cannabis Oil Prescription In NZ?
To do this safely and legally, you need to speak to your GP / doctor about this. They are able to issue you the prescription. You can then take the prescription to a pharmacy to fill in.
The main challenge from my experience with clients is getting that script in the first place!
You will find many doctors are either unwilling to write the prescription for CBD oil and medicinal cannabis, or are ill-informed about its use. It’s not surprising when you think about it, as we are never taught about medicinal cannabis or trained in it.
This is exactly why I created the Doctors Guide for Medicinal Cannabis!
It talks your GP through all the key information about the legal status of medicinal cannabis, what it is and how to prescribe it. I suggest you email it to your GP or print it out and take a copy of it when you go for your consultation.
You will find it below:
My GP Refuses To Prescribe. What Should I Do?
I know how frustrating that can be! You know it may offer you some health benefit and relief but your doctor just refuses, saying it is not proven, or that he/she is uncomfortable with it.
I have several suggestions for you.
Try one of the consultation methods that talk about in this article here. It is written specifically to help you get the most out of your consultation and reduce the chances of your doctor declining.
The idea is about giving your doctor the right space and time to consider CBD oil and medicinal cannabis carefully for you, along with the relevant information.
For example, I suggest in that article that you:
Email your GP before you go in to allow them to consider it carefully without being put on the spot
Book a double appointment slot so that there is no time pressure pressure on your doctor when considering it
Provide your doctor written information, such as the above pack
If you are still having difficulty, why not consult with one of our cannabis specialists at the Cannabis Clinic? We know CBD oil and medicinal cannabis inside out and know how to save you money.
I hope you have found our medicinal cannabis information pack useful for when you consult with your doctor and found the tips useful.
I would love to know your experience when it comes to talking to your GP about medicinal cannabis and CBD oil.