Times, they are changing. But just how fast are they changing when we consider cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD)? And as we enter the 2020s, what’s the legal status of purchasing, using, and/or supplying CBD oil in Australia?
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 into the drug, where it comes from, and its potential benefits.
Is CBD Oil Legal in Australia?
As of 2020 – 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. We recommend the former, for legal reasons.
Legal access to CBD oil in Australia can be obtained by applying through your GP or via a clinic specialising in CBD prescriptions.
If you go through your GP, they will apply for your CBD prescription via the Special Access Scheme (SAS). This is currently a costly a timely process, but the government has been working on easing red tape surrounding the process following calls from many GPs. The TGA is also considering re-assessing the drug schedule of CBD oil, which could allow it to be sold in pharmacies – without the need for a prescription.
The second method – head online, find a store that looks genuine, and hope for the best. Read reviews, ask your friends, and find out as much information about the website before you purchase. Remember – this is a drug you will be ingesting into your body – you want to make sure it’s completely genuine for your wallet’s sake, but most importantly your health. The TGA has already shown clear evidence of false claims by overseas companies trying to import CBD into Australia illegally.
There are reports that hundreds of thousands of Aussies have already purchased CBD oil from online stores and been successful – but all of these figures are unsubstantiated.
We aren’t medical professionals – if you’d like to access legal CBD oil in Australia, talk to your GP. They will be able to provide the best information for your own circumstances.
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 it’s 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
Now that you know CBD oil has been legalised in Australia – you can stay up to date with all the latest cannabis news right here at Pondering Pot.