11th June 2020


Is It Legal To Buy CBD In Australia?

Although the federal government introduced legislation to decriminalise the use and sale of medical marijuana in 2016, the accessibility of CBD products still remains a challenge in Australia. Medical marijuana can only be accessed with a special prescription approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association. In addition, CBD products are administered only to a few patients with specific medical conditions. The following is a list of illnesses that may get approved for clinical trials and access to medical cannabis:

  • Chronic Pain Syndromes
  •  Neurological Conditions
  •  Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Diseases
  •  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  •  Crohns Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
  •  Chronic Cancer Pain & Malaise
  •  Chemotherapy induced Nausea & Vomiting
  •  Dementia

Each state have different rules of regulations surround medical cannabis:

New South Wales

As part of a clinical trial or under the Special Access or Authorised Prescriber Schemes administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration Doctors in NSW can prescribe medicinal cannabis. There are no limits to the symptoms and conditions for which a medicinal cannabis product may be prescribed. Learn more at the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation.

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Under the Victorian Access to Medicinal Cannabis Scheme and the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Act 2016, the first group of patients eligible to apply for medicinal cannabis is children with intractable epilepsy, under the care of a specialist paediatric neurologist. Check health.vic for details of when more patient groups will be added.

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Australian Capital Territory

Doctors in the ACT can apply to the ACT Chief Health Officer for approval to prescribe cannabis products as “schedule 8” controlled medicines. Those medications can be used to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, pain and anxiety in patients with a life-limiting disease and a life expectancy of less than 12 months, and refractory paediatric epilepsy. Visit the ACT Health website for more info.

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Under the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, Queensland doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients who suffer a range of conditions for which conventional treatments have either failed or caused intolerable side effects. Conditions include multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and chemotherapy. Contact Queensland Health for more details.

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South Australia

Since November 2016, South Australian medical practitioners have been able to prescribe “schedule 8” medicinal cannabis products for therapeutic use. The conditions it can be used to treat include multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and intractable epilepsy in children. More information is available from SA Health.

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Western Australia

Since November 2016, specialist doctors in Western Australia have been able to prescribe medicinal cannabis for certain conditions, such as terminally ill patients and for those suffering from a chronic condition. Visit the WA Government’s Department of Health for more information.

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Northern Territory

Patients in the Northern Territory can access medicinal cannabis through doctors who are authorised under the Special Access or Authorised Prescriber Schemes administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Visit the Department of Health website for full details.


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Under the Tasmanian Government’s medical cannabis controlled access scheme (CAS) launched in September 2017, specialists can prescribe medical cannabis where conventional treatment has been unsuccessful. Contact the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services for full details


Introduction of the SAS Scheme

To bring hope to patients, the Australian government recently chose to give more people easy access to CBD products by revising their Special Access Scheme (SAS scheme). The revised SAS scheme was introduced in July 2018.

The SAS scheme and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will now allow for medicinal cannabis to be an approved product administered where it previously was not possible. Under this scheme, there will be more cannabis products and approved prescribing doctors.

In accordance with this new scheme, doctors in specific states and territories are now able register and be licensed under SAS allowing them to administer medical cannabis to their patients. More Australians can now have easier access to CBD oil and other medical cannabis products.

The prospect of increased access to medicinal cannabis under the SAS is a huge boost for the ever-growing number of people who want to use cannabis in treating various health conditions they may be experiencing.


Where can I buy CBD oil in Australia?

Currently, you can only access CBD oil after a registered doctor prescribes it to you. Meaning, you cannot simply buy it over the counter.

Today, Australia has around 30 CBD scheduled products available on the market. Once it is fully decriminalised, it will potentially be available in pharmacies.

For those who are suffering and cannot wait to get approved through the lengthy process, many Australians purchase their CBD Oil products from international sellers online. The mission of CBDAssist.com.au is to educate those people in making the right buying decision should they turn to online sellers.

There are currently 2 methods that Australians use to access medical cannabis in Australia:

  1. Government approved legal pathways
  2. Controversial purchase from online retailers without a valid prescription

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In Australia, you can obtain CBD Oil and medical cannabis products by getting in contact with specialist clinics, registered GPs, online methods. Read our page onwhere to buy CBD oil in Australia.
In 2016, the federal government introduced legislation to decriminalise the use and sale of medical marijuana. Each state of Australia has different laws and regulations that govern the use and access of medical cannabis. Learn More