We get asked a lot of important questions around the legality of CBD oil and medicinal cannabis. The short answer is yes, CBD oil and medicinal weed are legal in NZ. You can also travel with CBD oil products into NZ. Although it is now illegal for you to import any medicinal cannabis products into NZ, we can import it on your behalf through The Dispensary.
As you can see, despite being legal, there are restrictions around what you can and can’t do. Let’s dive into these scenarios in more detail below.
Is CBD Oil Legal in NZ?
Yes, CBD oil is legal in NZ as a prescription medication and is available for you to purchase through your local pharmacy or our Dispensary with a script. To obtain a prescription, you can consult with a Cannabis Clinic medical specialist or your own GP.
On a side note, cannabis oil generally refers to CBD oil and is, therefore, also legal in NZ with a prescription.
CBD oil has actually been legal in NZ since late 2017 and patients have been using it since then. Unfortunately there are still barriers to access for many Kiwis. Patients will often tell us that their GP has refused to prescribe. This is mainly due to GP’s having a lack of experience and confidence in prescribing but it also reflects opinions about CBD oil as not being a genuine medication.
While CBD oil is legal in NZ, it is not legal to substitute products. This means that whatever product your GP writes on your prescription, your local pharmacy must give you this product – even if an alternative product suits you better or is cheaper.
That is why we have NZ’s only and largest medicinal cannabis dispensary. Once you consult with us, you can access a wide range of different CBD products from oils, creams, gummies, inhaled and vape products.
Is Medicinal Weed Legal?
Therefore, medicinal weed is legal in NZ but only with a doctor’s prescription. Buying marijuana or weed online is still illegal.
Cannabis Clinic, Auckland – Speaking to medicinal cannabis specialists is a great way to access a large range of legal medicinal cannabis products
Is THC Oil Legal in NZ?
Yes. Since the launch of the new medicinal cannabis regulations, THC oil is now legal to be prescribed by any registered doctor in New Zealand.
Sometimes THC is just as important as cbd when treating chronic health conditions
Although THC oil is legal, the options are limited in terms of product choices.
Your GP is able to prescribe you one of 3 products available. 2 of these are imported by Tilray and are the most affordable, usually at $1 – $3 per day.
A third option is Sativex, a THC alcohol-based spray that costs about $1100 from the pharmacy. This is a very expensive product that has been known to irritate your mouth.
The results we have achieved using legal THC has been amazing with many of our patients.
In my opinion, THC is just as important as CBD for treating chronic health conditions. Yes, THC is the part of the cannabis plant that is responsible for the high, but when we use it medicinally, we are looking for the best result at the lowest dose. Consequently, you will not get high.
We use very low THC doses for our patients and it is taken by mouth as opposed to smoked. The difference between using THC for medical vs. recreational use is the difference between night and day, it truly is.
If you have been following medicinal cannabis in NZ for a while, you may have heard that special applications to the Ministry of Health was required for THC. This is no longer the case.
Is it Legal to Import CBD Oil?
It is illegal to import CBD oil into NZ since the 1st of April 2020. This does not mean that there are no affordable CBD oil products left, you can still access affordable products through The Dispensary.
While importing used to be a great way of saving on costs, it is now not allowed. Prior to that, I had written lengthy advice on how to go about importing CBD oil but this is now not possible.
The reason for this is that there are many products on the market which make various unproven claims. When using a plant based medicine, it is important that you are using a high quality product that only benefits your health and not harm it in any way.
While there are stories of some people buying CBD oil online, from our experience, we have seen that many of these shipments get stopped at customs and since most do not meet NZ’s definition for CBD oil, they are destroyed immediately.
Can I Bring CBD Oil Products When Travelling To NZ?
Yes, when travelling to New Zealand, you may bring your CBD oil and medicinal cannabis products with you.
This applies to any medicine. How much you are allowed to bring in depends on what you have been prescribed.
For CBD-based products, you are allowed 3 months supply. For products with THC, you are only allowed a 1-month supply.
It is important to make sure you follow the following points when travelling:
- the product has been prescribed to you by a doctor
- you have a copy of the prescription or a letter from your doctor stating that you are being treated with the product
- you declare the product on your passenger arrival card
- you carry the product in its original container
Is Hemp Oil Legal?
Hemp oil is legal in NZ without a prescription from a doctor.
CBD belongs to a class of compounds called cannabinoids. It is one of the active ingredients in medicinal cannabis products. These cannabinoids are sometimes also referred to as medicinal cannabinoids due to their health benefits.
Using hemp oil or hemp seed oil without any medicinal cannabinoids is absolutely not the same as using CBD oil.
Hemp oil however is a very good source of healthy fats in your diet and is best used without heating it, such as in salad dressings. You can purchase hemp seed oil from your local supermarket.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
You can also purchase CBD oil from your local pharmacy if you have a script. However, just remember that you will be limited to the specific product on that prescription only.
Please read my ultimate guide about buying CBD Oil in NZ for more detailed information.
How Can I Afford to Buy CBD Oil?
I know CBD oil is expensive and is not subsidised by the government. This is one of the major barrier to people being able to use it. However, with the right approach you can save money and make your treatment plan affordable.
The first step is choosing the right product. Some are more expensive than others. To see what options are available, you can check our Dispensary.
The second part is to ensure you are using the product correctly. This is why at the clinic, I focus a lot on education and following up. My goal is to use less CBD oil and still get the same benefits and therefore saving you money.
CBD oil, THC and medicinal cannabis/marijuana are now legal in NZ with a doctor’s prescription.
Although importing CBD oil is no longer legal, this does not mean you cannot access the best priced products, safely and legally through The Dispensary.
So, if you think medicinal cannabis could help you, book your appointment with one of our medical specialists today no matter where you live in New Zealand. We do medicinal cannabis on a daily basis and we thrive on seeing the lives of our patients change, including yours.
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