Where can I buy CBD oil in Australia?

One of the main questions we get all the time is “Where can I buy CBD oil in Australia”.  The answer might surprise you.

To fully understand this question, we need to define a few terms so you can understand the official definition of CBD.

CBD oil is not THC, Marijuana or Hemp oil.  A lot of people get these terms mixed up.  Yes, THC oil can contain CBD and CBD oil can THC but they are not the same.  Both of these are cannabinoids and are part of the same family.  Did you know that they come from the same plant?  CBD and THC is primarily found in the flower and Hemp is mainly in the seeds.  More on this later.

So you are saying they are different?  Yes

There are a variety of different types of CBD oils on the market.  The most popular type at the moment is Full Spectrum CBD oil.

Full Spectrum CBD oil contains various terpenes and cannabinoids.  It does also contain THC but at a very low limit.  In the United States and most of the world, Full Spectrum contains 0.3% THC or less.  It was possible to buy Full Spectrum CBD online in Australia prior to 2018 before the classification was changed by the TGA.  Full spectrum is favoured because it gives you the best benefits and results.  The combination of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes creates what the industry calls an entourage effect.  This symbolic harmony creates one of the most effective oils on the market.

The second type of CBD is Isolates.  This does not contain any THC.  The extract is 99% pure CBD.  This is favoured by people who get drug tested as Full Spectrum CBD can show up on drug testing.  Unfortunately Isolates are not as potent as Full Spectrum CBD. 

The last type of Broad Spectrum CBD.  This is very similar to Full Spectrum but does contain any THC.  Since it is harder to manufacture Broad Spectrum CBD, you see less of it on the market. 

These different types of CBD can be achieved by cultivating and breeding certain plants to increase the CBD amount while also decreasing the THC content.  Once the plant is ready to harvest, C02 extraction is generally used to produce CBD. 

Please be aware that CBD oil is different from Hemp seed oil.  Hemp seed oil contains minimal amounts of CBD (less than 0.0075%) and THC (0.005%).  You can purchase hemp seed oil at your local Wollys or Coles.  Hemp extract is now used for a variety of cooking ingredients, creams, lotions, balms. 

Hemp oil is generally made from the seeds, leaves or stalk.  CBD or THC is primarily found in the flower.

So okay, where can I buy CBD oil?

As of 2016, the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 allowed doctors to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients with specific medical conditions.  Once you get the prescription, you are legally able to purchase CBD or THC oil from a chemist with a prescription.  Keep in mind that this is still quit costly and not covered by all insurance.  Each state has their own governing body to get approval for the use of medical cannabis.  You will need to submit an application under the special access scheme.

Various states now have relaxed laws on growing cannabis.  Canberrans are now legally able to grow up to two plants and possess 50grams of cannabis. 

In other states, you will can get fined depending on the amount you have.  

Australians have also turned online to international sellers.  You will need to adhere to local and state laws for the importation of these oils.   The use and importation without a prescription is a criminal offence. 

Depending on the state you live in, there are a variety of clinical trials that you can sign up for. 

You might have seen a variety of websites in Australia that sell CBD oil.  Please make sure you read the fine print and make sure you are in accordance with the law.  You are legally able to purchase hemp seed oil for personal use without a persecution.   Hemp has a variety of benefits and have been used for thousands of years. 

Why are people using CBD oil rather than THC oil?

CBD oil is popular because it is non-psychoactive.  This means that you do not get high.  People can take it regularly throughout the day for maximum benefits.  It generally does not affect your day to day activities.  

What can I do to help?

Even though this makes it harder for Australians to purchase CBD, the health minister conducts a yearly review and can change the laws in the near future.  There are a variety of petitions you can sign up for. 


You can also email or call your local MP to discuss your concerns about purchasing CBD oil in Australia.  

There is also the HEMP political party.  Their goal is to end the marijuana prohibition.  They have branches in each state where you can help get members of the party elected into the senate.  Make sure you look out for them at your next state/territory and local elections.  To learn more about the HEMP party visit the link below:


CBD for topical use?

CBD or Hemp can be used topically.  You can buy it over the counter or online at major retail chains.  It’s sold as a topical.  This is a good way to direct the balm or lotion at a troubled section the body.  This is best used after a shower for faster absorption.  The balm or lotion also contains other natural supplements to aid with healing. 

We hope you enjoyed this article.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions.  

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