“Pure” products that only contain CBD, such as Epidyolex, do not carry these unknown risks linked with THC.
Generally, the more THC the product contains, the greater these risks are.
It will not get you high, because it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high.
What about products available to buy?
Epidyolex is a highly purified liquid containing CBD (cannabidiol).
Epidyolex can be prescribed for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome (both rare forms of epilepsy).
The government has no intention of legalising the use of cannabis for recreational (non-medical) use.
It’s likely most of these products – even those called “CBD oils” – will be illegal to possess or supply. There’s a good chance they will contain THC, and may not be safe to use.
One issue which may concern your GP about prescribing CBD oil for you is that it is an unapproved medicine. This basically means that, whilst legal, there is no proven research yet which confirms that CBD oil is a treatment for any particular health condition.
Yes, your doctor can prescribe CBD oil in New Zealand.
3. Bring written information to support your request
For example, while traditional medications are dosed in very specific milligram doses, CBD oil has a very large dosing window. Some people can take as little as 5-10mg while others are taking 200mg or more!
I have sleep apnea and need to take Amitriptiline to get to sleep with the mask etc on my face. I also have arthritis and now experiencing pain in thumb, fingers ceasing up, pain in hips and real pain in knee. Have seen a specialist for this. How can I relieve this pain? Would CBD help? I have well controlled high blood pressure, on 2 meds for that and an under active thyroid. Getting old ain’t for sissies! Am 73 years old, work part time.
For a lot of people, finding a trustworthy doctor who would prescribe them CBD oil is a difficult and daunting process. But it does not have to be! With the above steps, you will be a lot more empowered to get a positive and supportive response. I have written this article from my own personal GP experience of dealing with medicinal cannabis and other natural treatments.
Any doctor in NSW can prescribe a cannabis medicine to their patient if they believe it is an appropriate treatment option and they have obtained the relevant authorities.
In NSW, any doctor can legally prescribe a cannabis medicine for a health condition if they believe it is an appropriate treatment option for their patient and they have obtained the relevant authorities.
Who can prescribe a cannabis medicine?
Despite widespread anecdotal claims that cannabis is a natural, benign product, a cannabis medicine, like any experimental medicine, has potential risks. These include the way it interacts with other medicines, as well as uncertainty about its possible side effects. For doctors, anecdotes do not equal evidence.
Any doctor in NSW can contact the NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service for more information about cannabis medicines. The NSW Government established this Service to provide expert clinical guidance and support to NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient. The Service is free of charge for health professionals in NSW.
A doctor’s first duty of care is to ensure their patient’s safety. To feel confident prescribing any new medicine, a doctor requires evidence – high quality clinical research, where carefully designed studies are conducted in humans – showing the medicine is safe and effective.