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Buy CBD Oil

in New Zealand

As of September 1st 2020, CBD oil is still a prescription only medicine in New Zealand. You need a medical professional to write you a prescription and then have them or a pharmacy source you the CBD oil. We hope to see this change in the future to match global trends with many other countries allowing CBD to be purchased online and over the counter but for now you can only get it legally through a doctors prescription.

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So how can I get CBD oil now?

Our recommendation – Telemedicine

The fastest most cost effective way of obtaining CBD oil right now is through a tele-medicine consultation. No matter where in the country you are located, you can book a time slot with a doctor, have a consultation over the phone or video call, have a prescription written if suitable, then have the CBD oil couriered to you.

You can book one of these with the Appearance Medicine & Wellness Centre. Below is a link to their website to find out more about the consultations they offer which are available during lockdowns.

Have your Doctor Prescribe and Source it

As CBD oil is regarded as a prescription only medicine you need to see a doctor that is willing to write you a prescription in order to get hold of CBD legally. Note, not all doctors are willing to prescribe CBD oil. If they haven’t yet taken the time to learn about it and understand what CBD is and what it does, they are unlikely to just write you a prescription.

If your doctor is willing to, they can prescribe it and source the oil. They can either import it or buy it from a domestic supplier for patients under their care. Individuals cannot legally buy CBD online.

From a Pharmacy in NZ

If you have obtained a prescription from your doctor, any pharmacy can order in some CBD for you if they don’t have it on hand. However, this can be extremely expensive depending on the pharmacy’s markup.

What is CBD Oil? Can I buy CBD Oil in New Zealand? Find out here.

What is CBD OIL?

One of the most extensively researched molecules in 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, classed as a cannabinoid. It has drawn the most attention recently as a key driver behind the legalisation of cannabis due to the growing amount of research into its potential application in human health and well-being.

why is cbd oil so good?

All humans are born with a network of cannabinoid receptors, found throughout the entire body. These receptors open up the ability for cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids to benefit our health as we are designed with the ability to absorb and use them.

The main receptors, called CB1 and CB2 bind and interact with cannabinoids, resulting in the active compounds in cannabis to be extremely well absorbed and used by our bodies. Aside from cannabis, there are other plant-based foods such as chocolate and black pepper that contain cannabinoids, as well as the small amounts that we naturally produce.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid in cannabis responsible for the famous ‘high’, CBD has no intoxicating effects, in fact, it actually helps reduce the intoxicating effects of THC when they are used together.

CBD is commonly consumed as an oil and is extracted from the resin glands of the female cannabis plant.

benefits of cbd oil

The benefits of CBD are extremely vast. While most have been clinically studied some are anecdotal and have been passed on through centuries of use. The key reported benefits of CBD oil are:

You can find more information about the benefits of CBD in our Knowledge base
or recent post, 10 Evidence based benefits of CBD oil.

The chemistry of cannabis is quite complex

There are over 400 chemicals in cannabis with about 80 unique cannabinoids not found in any other plant.

These cannabinoids as well as their terpenes, which give plants their smell, are the main focus of research, and where most health benefits are coming from.

The Cannabis Plant

The cannabis plant is responsible for so many more therapeutic compounds beyond just cannabidiol.

While CBD alone can be a powerful tool for improving your health, extracting and consuming singular molecules like this is not necessarily the optimal solution.

Knowledge Base

Want to learn about the cannabis plant? In our knowledge base we break down everything you need to know about cannabis from how it works in the human body, to all its molecular components and how to use it.

The Cannabis Library

There is a growing mountain of scientific evidence to support the use of the cannabis plant in medicine. Here you can view the research for more than 40 conditions than cannabis and its extracts can help with.


Cannabis contains over 100 different compounds called cannabinoids where CBD and THC are a couple of the most abundant and well researched.

These cannabinoids are generally extracted from the resin created by the cannabis flower.

Endocannabinoid System

CBD, THC and other cannabinoids fit like a lock and key into a series of receptors spread throughout the human body called the endocannabinoid system.

This receptor system comprises of two different types of receptors, CB1 and CB2, which each serve distinct functions in human health and well-being.

Cannabis Regulation in New Zealand

Currently in New Zealand possession and growing of cannabis is illegal, however due to strong public pressure this will change in the near future. In 2017 laws loosened around cannabis extracts and its use as a medicine due to the growing amount of evidence to support its benefits. It is now legal for a doctor to prescribe pharmaceutical grade CBD oil.

It is ILLEGAL to buy CBD oil and other hemp or cannabis oils online and bring it into NZ.

Getting hold of CBD Oil in New Zealand

As of July 1st 2020, CBD oil and cannabis products are unavailable over the counter in New Zealand but prescription CBD and approved cannabis oil is available. If you have a doctor open to the use of CBD oil, they can write you a prescription for CBD oil. You can then request CBD from a local pharmacy or your doctor can source it. To learn more about how to get CBD in NZ check out more on our Buying CBD Oil Page or see the government resources here.

If you don’t have a regular doctor or are looking for somewhere to get a prescription our best recommendation to help people all over New Zealand is book a tele-medicine consultation. You can have a consultation from the comfort of your own home with a doctor over a video or phone call and be prescribed that way.

Learn the health benefits of CBD oil and other cannabis-derived compounds. What is CBD oil? Where can I buy CBD oil in New Zealand in 2020? What makes cannabis products so good?