How To Access CBD & Medical Marijuana in Australia

How To Access CBD & Medical Marijuana in Australia

Over the past few months we’ve delved into the history of CBD, its uses & benefits, the difference between CBD & THC, and how exactly cannabis affects your body via the endocannabinoid system. Just one question remains – how do I get my hands on it here in Australia?

The easiest and most cost-effective way to gain access to CBD or THC products in Australia is to grow them yourself. Google has thousands of online merchants selling seeds, and YouTube has many growing videos. If you know elementary gardening skills, then Cannabis is an easy and cost-effective plant to grow. Warning: if planting outside they can grow enormous!  

If you do not want to put yourself at risk of a visit from the local blue team then at this present time there is only one way to gain access to medical cannabis in Australia legally. That is via the government approved access pathway otherwise known as the Special Access Scheme and this includes both CBD and THC infused products. 

The reason why the government created this scheme was to give patients access to drugs that are not approved by the TGA (therapeutic goods administration). Since there are no cannabis products listed on the TGA (aside from Epidolex – a synthetic (yuck!) cannabinoid mouth spray used to treat MS and costing $745AUD for one month supply) this scheme is the only way to gain access to medical marijuana in Australia. 

What's Up, Doc?

As the Doobie Brothers sang in 1989, "listen to the doctor, just like you ought to" – the best person to consult about medical cannabis is your doctor. They understand your medical history and should be your first discussion around any cannabis therapies for your treatment. 

Ask your doctor about CBD


Under Australian law, medicinal cannabis is only available via prescription from a doctor and dispersed from a licensed pharmacy. As it is mostly an unregistered medicine, the doctor must be authorised to prescribe at both the Federal (Therapeutic Goods Administration; TGA) and State/Territory level (unfortunately this differs between States/Territories).

Know What To Say

Always remember: you must be your own advocate. Your doctor may be unfamiliar with medical cannabis and the treatment options available and therefore hesitant to recommend it.

Many doctors are still unfamiliar with current research that supports medical cannabis as a treatment plan. Bring documentation, studies and any other information that you believe will support your case; it is essential to understand the facts yourself and advise your doctor why you think this is the best treatment option for you.

As a patient you are entitled to unbiased and professional medical advice. Patients regularly ask doctors about different treatment options and medicinal marijuana is no different. Some medical professionals may have a negative attitude towards medical cannabis so it is very important for you to be informed about medical cannabis and the benefits so you can receive your doctor's support. Many doctors who are open to alternative forms of medicine (such as herbal or Chinese medicine traditions) are unwilling to consider cannabis, and a majority of doctors report that governing bodies in the medical and pharmaceutical industries unofficially direct them to “always say no” to patients who ask about cannabis.

7 Steps To Medical Cannabis

  1. Make a list of medicines and treatments you have tried for your symptoms. Identify which worked and which didn't.
  2. Identify symptoms that you believe could be managed better with medical cannabis.
  3. Describe the symptoms in detail.
  4. Advise how you are planning on using medical cannabis (tincture, vaporisation.)
  5. If you are currently using cannabis, explain the amount you use and how often you use it.
  6.  Ask your doctor to recommend a dose and delivery method applicable to your treatment.
  7. Arrange your prescription and a referral to a GMP certified medical cannabis supplier.

Bring a secondary caregiver, family member or friend for support to make it easier if you are too nervous to bring the subject up. If your doctor is unable to assist you with access to medical cannabis, we can recommend a wide range of doctors that can assist in this area.

CBD & Medical Marijuana in Australia

FAQs on CBD, Cannabis and Marijuana

Will CBD make me feel “high” or “stoned”?

No. This is because it contains no “psychoactive” element. Other parts of the cannabis plant do contain psychoactive elements, and this is what makes people feel “high” or “stoned”. CBD doesn’t. Learn more.

What happens if my doctor says no?

Many doctors are still unfamiliar with the current research that supports medical cannabis as a treatment plan. Bring documentation, studies and any other information that you believe will support your case; it is important to understand the facts yourself and advise your doctor why you think this is the best treatment option for you.

As a patient you are entitled to unbiased and professional medical advice. Patients regularly ask doctors about different treatment options and medical cannabis is no different. Some medical professionals may have a negative attitude towards medical cannabis so it is important for you to be informed about medical cannabis and the benefits so you can receive your doctor's support. If they do not approve you for access to medical cannabis, please consult another healthcare professional or contact our team via our contact form and we can recommend you a doctor.

I’ve heard of people buying CBD online, is this safe?

Yes, you can safely purchase any CBD product online. Like anything, there’s a big difference in quality based on who you buy from. Ensure you purchase from a reputable seller that has a number of genuine reviews and the online store can demonstrate third party testing on the product. This is important to ensure that the CBD contains the correct amount of cannabinoids, and also to safeguard against heavy metals and other substances being present. Like other natural substances, CBD can become tainted in the production process if it is poorly extracted. 

I don’t care about the law, I’m going to buy it online anyway. How do I ensure that I’m getting good quality CBD?

We don't recommend breaking the law, but we do recommend doing your research before making any important decision. When purchasing a CBD product it’s crucial to ensure you are receiving full plant extracts over synthetic cannabis or isolates. Every reputable source will always tell you where their CBD comes from and if it doesn’t say full plant extracts - we recommend not to buy. Full plant extracts ensure all terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids are left inside the product, which ensures that they all work together in a synergy which is commonly referred to as “the entourage effect”.

Can I drive whilst being treated with medicinal cannabis?

Patients should not drive or operate machinery while being treated with medicinal cannabis. In addition measurable concentrations of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the main psychoactive substance in cannabis) can be detected in urine many days after the last dose. It may take up to five days for 80 to 90 per cent of the dose to be excreted. Drug-driving is a criminal offence, and patients should discuss the implications for safe and legal driving with their doctor.

Does CBD show up in blood tests or roadside swab tests?

No. They only test for active THC, and there is not enough THC content in CBD oils for it to show positive. To be certain, make sure to ask your supplier about the percentage of THC in your CBD oil.


Have other questions? Just ask! We’re always here to answer, and we’re passionate about education.

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  • Arthur, we absolutely can help with that – send us an email with your details and best contact number and we’ll be in touch.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Scott, this is a common story and one that we hear all too often. The good news is that it’s currently possible to access cannabis in Australia (when you can find a good doctor, which we’re happy to help you with), but the bad news is that our ridiculous current laws mean that it can be quite expensive. Please email us with as much detail as possible and the best phone number to contact you on and we’ll have our medical team get in touch.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Jack, we can help you with this – email us.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Julianne, that’s a big question, and too in-depth to answer in a blog comment. It’s generally excellent for inflammation-related conditions, and we will be writing more in-depth blogs about specific indications in future, but for now could you email us with further detail (specific medications and symptoms) and we can get deeper into it? Thanks!

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • I have athritis in my shoulders hip and neck due to injuries still working full time and tryed every pain medication for 5years plus thats not working. I am now 53 of age and would like to try CBD oil would you able to reccomend me a doctor to prescribe me this medication . Brisbane Qld. Thanks..

    Arthur Hepi Tehuia on
  • Hi guys, thanks for all the useful information. I was diagnosed at 17 with a sever cronic form of arthritis and have been struggling through life ever since. (I am now 34) i get prescribed lots of medecine with horrible side effects such as opoids and steroids and i know for a fact that medicinal canabis would be able to replace many of these horrible medecines im on. Am i able to be proscribed medical canabis with THC to treat my condition and if so how do you sujjest i go about getting it from my doctor and is it on the pbs? I.E will it cost me alot of money as i am on the pencion and cant afford to be paying too much money for a prescription. Thank you.

    Scott on
  • Hi,I looking for cannabis doctors to help me supply relevant information how I should use cannabis for certain diseases. Thanks

    Jack Amero on
  • Leon, many people with autism have had life-changing positive experiences with cannabis medications, including CBD. We cannot say what’s true and what isn’t without seeing the material you’ve read, but if it’s fro ma reputable source and references evidence from clinical trials, we’re all ears. Please send us an email and we’ll try and help you get access tot he medicine your children need.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Jacqueline, we will definitely be releasing a cream in the future – it’s already been developed together with our overseas partners. However, Australia’s antiquated and frankly ridiculous laws mean that people like yourself are unable to access it, as it’s not currently legal here. Our Hemp Seed Oil only contains CBD within the legal limit, which is very low – much lower than what you’re looking for. Please email us and we’ll help you find a doctor willing to write a prescription.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • June, we cannot currently sell pure CBD or THC oil (which is best for pain relief) as it’s illegal in Australia. We can however sell Hemp Seed Oil, which many studies have shown helps with inflammation and arthritis. You can find out more here:

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Lisa, what an absolutely awful situation, it makes us so mad to hear about stories like yours. We receive stories like this on a daily basis and it breaks my heart that you can’t get the safe legal medicine which you require, simply because politician prefer to line the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. It’s a disgrace. Please email us and we’ll do everything we can to help you access legal CBD. In the meantime, we would recommend Hemp Seed Oil as it has fantastic benefits for liver to help you cope with all that nasty medication, and many other benefits besides.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • How well does cannaboid work for chronic inflammation and is it contraindicative with SSRI anti depressants

    Julianne Elliott on
  • I have 2 Children with autism, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about CBD is it true??

    Leon on
  • Hi
    I have arthritis and searching for a local supplier. I read that 1500 to 2000mg is a therapeutic level for arthritic concerns. Is your oil for humans this strength? Do you think in time a cream will be developed by your company?
    With thanks

    Jacqueline O'Shea on
  • What is the cost plus postage in Australia,
    Where can I order it online, I have chronic Rheumatoid arthritis and am hoping it will help with the pain.
    Thanking you in anticipation,
    June Sweeting-cibau.

    June on
  • I have a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia also known as the suicide disease I have had this for about 8 years now, I have already had 1 brain surgery 2 yrs ago which failed, i have now been told the damage is permanent & no amount of surgeries will fix it instead I’m resorted to being on a cocktail of medications that turn me into a complete zombie with no quality of life 1 Neurologist has told me the meds will kill you as they break down your body’s organs. I’m now looking into other ways to control pain and cbd is one of them. Trigeminal Neuralgia is the 5th cranial nerve that is compressed and sends of excruciating pain and electric shocks it hurts bad.

    Lisa on
  • Hi Bet, we would recommend this product for your dog, it’s having incredible benefits for dogs suffering from anxiety, as you can see from the reviewS:

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • Hi Gaby, what an awful situation! We’ve had a lot of reports of this product working on seizures and spasms – take a look at the reviews to help decide whether it could be a good option:

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • I have a dog who suffers from chronic anxiety and would like to purchase some CBD. Oil for her. Is this possible?
    Thank you.

    Bet JOZSEF on
  • I have a dog who suffers from chronic anxiety and would like to purchase some CBD. Oil for her. Is this possible?
    Thank you.

    Bet JOZSEF on
  • Our Frenchie was bitten multiple times by a Tiger snake,was resuscitated,received 7 vials of antivenin and had 2 plasma infusions,she survived but is now having seizures and continual spasms.Shes on Phenobarb and Keppra but they’re not subsiding,do you think your CBD would help?

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  • Hi Nadine, there are many cannabis companies in the medical space at the moment, we would recommend this one:

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    Nadine on
  • Hi Janet, have you and your husband spoken with his doctor? You have every right to access medical cannabis, so please do email us if you’re not having success with your own doctor.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • i would like to purchase medical cannabis for my husband im here in western australia my husband suffers from cancer and chronic pain pls help me to get madical cannabis

    janet arangel on
  • Hi Stuart, you wouldn’t believe how many people we have come to us with similar stories. The legal situation here is an absolute disgrace and plays directly into the hands of scam-artists and rip-off merchants. Meanwhile, innocent people like yourself are left suffering from an easily treatable ailment. We’re desperately in need of a change.

    Dr David Stapleton on
  • I’ve tried to buy CBD products from Australia and they either have a site that tells you to “don’t close the browser as your order is being processed” and last time I left it going in such a fashion was for 2 days and it never went any further. The other site I went to looked as though it took my order but it went back to what looked like it was asking for payment again with no idea if my payment had gone through or not. Can’t trust sites like Charlotte’s Web as in the US before they shut Aussies ordering from their site in the US I paid $65 for a bottle of Chocolate Mint CBD oil and $35 postage, yes, that is dear, but the Aussie site was around $200 for the same bottle and then the postage on top. Inflated prices are a rip off as they expect those of us who are in absolute agony with Osteo Arthritis and other ailment to empty our bank accounts for a one month supply of 30Ml of oil. Aussies are being ripped off for sure, at least in the US they can get their supplies at reasonable prices.

    Stuart Walsh on

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