Medical cannabis and CBD oil were banned in Australia from the early 1900’s, but what about now? As we enter the 2020’s, is it still illegal to use CBD oil? Read on to find out.
Before we dive in – if you aren’t 100% sure on what CBD is (it’s still quite new) check out this article – What is CBD? It’s a brief intro to the drug, where it comes from, and its potential benefits.
Is CBD oil legal in Australia?
As of 2021 – yes, CBD is legal in Australia with a prescription. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has classed it as a Schedule 4 (S4) drug since 2016. However, it’s only legal if the CBD component of the oil is more than 98% concentration – meaning it has less than 2% of other cannabinoids found in cannabis.
It’s legal – awesome! But how can you get some for yourself?
Accessing CBD oil
There are currently two methods to get your hands on some CBD – the legal method and the illegal method. Legal access to CBD oil in Australia can be obtained by applying through your GP or via a clinic specialising in medical cannabis prescriptions.
If you go through your GP, they will apply for your prescription via the Special Access Scheme (SAS). The time frame of this varies, but the government has been working on easing red tape surrounding the process following calls from many GPs.
Please read our guide for more detailed information on how you can access CBD oil in Australia.
Is It Different For Each State?
Fortunately, no – the current CBD laws are the same for each state. This is because the amendments made to the Narcotics Drug Act (1967) by the Office of Drug Control in 2016 were made on a federal level. Meaning they automatically apply to all states.
Even though CBD has been legalised in Australia on a federal level, each state has its own guidance on the drug which can be helpful to read as well:
- VIC – health.vic.gov.au
- NSW – medicinalcannabis.nsw.gov.au
- QLD – health.qld.gov.au
- WA – healthywa.wa.gov.au
- SA – sahealth.sa.gov.au
- TAS – dhhs.tas.gov.au
- NT – health.nt.gov.au
- ACT – health.act.gov.au
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