The definition of “by any means” includes simple conversion techniques such as heating.
Under Section 2A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, a specified substance is a substance that:
Your licence does not need to have a ‘supply’ activity specified in order to supply or export CBD products.
Definition of a CBD product
Note that many products currently listed on websites as CBD products do not meet the New Zealand definition of a CBD product because the THC content is too high. Therefore, these products are classified as controlled drugs and are treated the same as other medicinal cannabis products.
Personal imports of medicinal cannabis products are not allowed. You can only get medicinal cannabis products from a New Zealand-registered medical practitioner or a New Zealand pharmacy that is importing the medicinal cannabis products on behalf of the medical practitioner.
You need a prescription from any doctor registered to practice in New Zealand before you can get any medicinal cannabis product. With a prescription, your doctor or a pharmacy will dispense the product. You cannot buy medicinal cannabis products online or from a third party.
Can I take cannabis-based products with medicines?
Sativex contains both THC and CBD. It is available as an oromucosal spray (mouth spray) and is not funded, which means that you have to pay for it. Savitex is approved in New Zealand for use in people with multiple sclerosis to improve symptoms of moderate-to-severe spasticity (muscle tightness, stiffness or spasms). Any other use of Sativex is an unapproved use of this medicine in New Zealand. Any New Zealand-registered medical practitioners can prescribe Sativex. Read more about Sativex.
On 1 April 2020, the Ministry of Health’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency began accepting applications from medicinal cannabis product suppliers to assess their products. The purpose of an assessment is to establish whether the product meets the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard. The minimum quality standards provide prescribers with confidence in the quality and consistency of any medicinal cannabis products they prescribe to their patients. It also improves patient access to quality products.
A product does not classify as a medicinal cannabis product if it is in a form intended for smoking, a food or a sterile dosage form (eg, eye drops).
For example, it’s legal in many US states to buy CBD without a prescription. In Australia, pharmacies can supply low-dose CBD over-the-counter, although products must be approved by the medicines regulator.
There’s no good quality evidence showing CBD reduces insomnia. Research shows drugs containing both CBD and THC improve sleep in the short term for people with some conditions, such as sleep apnoea.
What does it cost?
I have Neuropathy and I am aware that people overseas use CBD products to ease their symptoms. Until now I would have liked to have been able to try them for myself. Thanks to this report I will shelve the idea.
As a side comment I have tried smoking cannabis and found it made my symptoms worse.
However, this evidence isn’t considered strong.
Use of CBD products has tripled in the past year. We look at the evidence supporting the health claims.