Wondering where you can buy CBD oil online in Australia? LGP can help you find a specialist doctor who can prescribe. Book a consult now! Learn more about the legislation of Medical Cannabis & CBD in Perth Western Australia. CA Clinics connects you with a network of care experts.
CBD Oil Perth
Technically yes, but none are available YET… and unlikely will be available within the next 12 months.
Although the TGA down-scheduled low-dose CBD in Feb 2021, there are currently no TGA approved products that meet the criteria to be sold over the counter. This means patients wanting to access CBD and other medicinal cannabis products legally, will still require a doctor prescription.
Because these products will require clinical trials and pass a lengthy registration process first to ensure efficacy and patient safety.
Other CBD products will continue to be available via a script and can be accessed via the Special Access Scheme (a doctor prescribing with approval from the relevant authorities) or an Authorised Prescriber (AP).
There are over 4,300 doctors nationally prescribing medicinal cannabis and an additional 1300+ are APs, meaning they can write a medicinal cannabis script for patients immediately, without waiting for TGA approval.
See if you can access CBD oil and/or other medical cannabis?
Cannabinoids (e.g. THC and CBD) are created mostly by the flowers, and also by the leaves. There are trace amounts in the stalks. The plant cannabis sativa contains more than 400 natural chemical compounds; at least 114 of these are classed as cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are a type of chemical that interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body to produce a wide range of effects.
The Endocannabinoid System: The endocannabinoid system is a signalling network that controls various functions in the human body. The messaging molecules in this system are called endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are very similar to the cannabinoids in Cannabis; endocannabinoids are manufactured internally by the body and phytocannabinoids are manufactured by the plant. Both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids bind to receptors within the body.
Cannabidiol (CBD): is a cannabinoid that is not intoxicating and will not get you ‘high’.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): another cannabinoid that in addition to medical benefits, can have psychoactive effects at a sufficient dose. This means that for some patients they can have feelings of euphoria or they feel ‘high’.
Accessing CBD Oil (and other medical cannabis preparations)
Little Green Pharma receives many inquiries from patients about how to access CBD Oil and other preparations of medicinal cannabis in Australia.
We’ve put together a guide that explains:
- the simple steps for patients to follow if they’d like to discuss this treatment option with their doctor
- resources like an ‘Eligibility Test‘
- factsheet to discuss with your doctor
How to access CBD oil in Australia
What is CBD used to help treat?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) grants medical practitioners access to unapproved medicines, such as medicinal cannabis, via the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber pathways. To see conditions which medical cannabis is currently being prescribed for, please visit the TGA webpage – https://www.tga.gov.au/medicinal-cannabis-special-access-scheme-category-b-data
Want to buy CBD oil in Australia?
Until low-dose over the counter CBD products are available, CBD oil cannot legally be bought in Australia without a prescription from a doctor because these products are considered Prescription Medicines. So, purchasing these products from a store or online is illegal and does not come with the assurance of accurate labelling. A study in the UK, where CBD oil (containing no THC) can be purchased without a prescription, looked at products available for purchase and showed that only 38% (11 out of the 29 products tested) were accurately labelled. Furthermore, 45% of these products tested had measurable levels of THC which is an issue for patients concerned about THC testing at work or on the road.
In order to prescribe a product containing CBD (or any medical cannabis as the active ingredient), a registered Australian medical practitioner must apply to the TGA for approval on behalf of the patient.
If you are looking for information on how to talk to your doctor about CBD oil, or to find a clinic or doctor who is comfortable and familiar with the prescribing process in Australia for medical cannabis, you can download the Simple Steps to Accessing Medicinal Cannabis guide.
Is medical cannabis the right choice for me?
Take our short quiz to find out if you may be eligible for medical cannabis. We can then connect you with an Australian medical practitioner who can assess if it is the right treatment choice for you.
Did you know?
- Both CBD and THC cannabinoids are listed on the Commonwealth Poisons Standard, therefore they cannot be legally sold directly to the general public.
Only a pharmacy can sell the following types of CBD products directly to patients in Australia:
- CBD products with a maximum recommended daily dose of 150mg in packs containing 30 days or less supply, and where CBD comprises at least 98% of the total cannabinoid content in the preparation
- Other products that can be sold directly to patients online or in-store are those with less than 0.01% of any cannabinoids (likely to be hemp seed oil).
- THC & CHD can work in harmony as CBD is thought to control or moderate the ‘high’ caused by the THC*.
Patients being prescribed these cannabinoids together will refer to their prescribing doctor’s advice to determine the best ratio of CBD to THC for their condition and individual circumstances.
Understanding the label
Buying Australian-made is a good first start to know that you are buying something “true to label”.
Australia has some of the strictest quality requirements for therapeutic goods globally thanks to the Australian Government’s commitment to patient safety. All medical cannabis therapies produced within Australia must satisfy the strict labeling and quality requirements of Therapeutic Goods Order No. 93 (Standard for Medicinal Cannabis) (TGO 93).
If you cannot find any mention of how many milligrams of the active ingredient is in your purchased bottle, it is likely the product is not legal and may not contain what it states on the bottle.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
Hemp oil is another name for hemp seed oil. In Australia, the Food Standards Authority strictly controls any product that can be sold without restriction in supermarkets or pharmacies. These products can only be made from hemp seeds (from the cannabis sativa plant) that have been hulled and hemp seeds do not contain any cannabinoids. In Australia, hemp oil is primarily a food consumed for its omega-3 and omega-6 content. It can also be used to make soaps, lotions and shampoos.
Medical cannabis oil or CBD oil is a medicine derived from the flower of the cannabis sativa plant used for its potentially beneficial effects in various health conditions.
CA Clinics Perth
Accessing medicinal cannabis treatment networks in Western Australia
CA Clinics connects patients with a network of doctors who specialise in prescribing medicinal cannabis.
Whether you’re in Perth or anywhere else in Western Australia, CA Clinics have simple and easy to arrange free screening consultations available online. Screening appointments take about 15 minutes and assess your condition to determine if there is evidence indicating medicinal cannabis may benefit your symptoms, as well as to confirm that you’ve already tried conventional treatments available.
What conditions can CA Clinics help with?
CA Clinics connects patients with doctors who specialise in prescribing medicinal cannabis. The most common conditions that our network helps to manage are:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Palliative care
Other common conditions that the CA Clinics network may help you with include:
- Irritable Bowel Diseases
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome
- Cancer and non-cancer chronic pain
- Sleep disorders
Indications for alternative plant based treatment aren’t limited to this list. However, for TGA approval, the prescribing doctor must present some scientific evidence that supports to use of these therapies for a medical condition in reducing specific symptoms.
How much does treatment in Western Australia cost?
The first Screening Appointment is free and can be booked here or by calling 1300 991 477. If your condition meets eligibility criteria, the Initial Consultation assessing your condition and potential treatment options is $99. Following that, patients who receive TGA approval have additional costs for monitoring appointments and the price of the prescription.
At present, Australian patients receiving treatment are estimated to be paying between $14-$91 per week for prescriptions, this varies depending on the condition and dose required.
Medicinal cannabis prescriptions are not yet covered by the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme, so patients will pay the full cost of the medicine. More information on pricing can be found here.
Prescription approval waiting time
On average, CA Clinics have found that treatment approvals in Western Australia come in 2-4 days after application. The approval processing time can vary given the complexity of individual cases. While some applications are granted as quickly as 24 hours, others can take a little longer, perhaps up to a week.
How long does it take for my treatment to arrive?
After TGA approval, the treatment needs to be ordered by your prescribing pharmacist. Pharmacies aren’t legally allowed to carry stock of these products so depending on where the product is sourced, local or international, prescriptions can take between 1-3 weeks to arrive.
What does a telehealth appointment look like?
Telehealth appointments are conducted over the phone or video call. The main difference between face-to-face appointments and telehealth consultations is that the doctor cannot conduct any physical examinations. Therefore, they may ask extra questions of you or your regular GP, potentially requesting blood tests or other investigations depending on your presentation and medical history.
Otherwise, telehealth functions much the same as a normal doctors appointments with the physician inquiring about all aspects of your health, medical history and the presenting condition to determine the best treatment pathway for you.
Telehealth provides easier access to healthcare services for those whose mobility, time restraints, location or health conditions may prevent them from accessing medical services.