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Looking to buy CBD & THC in New Zealand? Green Doctors in Auckland is the country's first & largest specialist medicinal cannabis clinic. Book a consultation This page contains information on medicinal cannabis products that meet the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance found in cannabis that has potential therapeutic value and little-to-no psychoactive properties. CBD products are prescription-only medicines.

Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis is used around the world to manage a range of conditions including Epilepsy, Chronic pain, Anxiety, Chemotherapy induced nausea, muscle spasms associated with Multiple Sclerosis and many more. Furthermore, side effects are significantly less compared to current treatment regimes such as narcotics, opioids and benzodiazepines.

Medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis is used around the world to manage a range of conditions including epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety, chemotherapy-induced nausea, muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, and many more. Furthermore, the side effects are significantly less compared to current treatment regimes such as narcotics, opioids and benzodiazepines.

Make a booking to see one of our doctors

Our qualified team of doctors is here to diagnose and help you manage chronic pain and other ailments. We do both in-person and video consultations. Book an appointment now.

Meet our specialised team

We have a team of specialists with wide-ranging experience, and a passion for treating and helping our patients manage a variety of illnesses naturally with medicinal marijuana.

Dr Mark Hotu

Dr Mark Hotu started Green Doctors in 2018. He has 19 years of experience in both Internal Medicine and General Practice, managing chronic pain and palliative patients.

Aarti Shenoy

Aarti’s background, as an NZ qualified nurse, is in Occupational Health and General Practice. She believes we can change the trajectory of our health via nutrition and mind-body awareness, through the small changes we implement in our daily lives.

Bree Going

Bree grew up on a farm in Northland. She moved to Auckland and joined us here at Green Doctors in October 2020 as a Clinical Administrator, working closely alongside our team of doctors. Her interests and hobbies include exploring the outdoors, horse riding, shopping and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dr Chen

Dr Chen is a qualified Urgent Care Physician and is currently involved in a number of special Interests including medical education, COVID response, and medicinal cannabis. His mission is to help make cannabis as safe and as accessible as possible for those seeking a holistic alternative to manage their unwanted symptoms.

Dr Stephanie Tovey

Dr Stephanie Tovey is a GP and Women’s Health Dr who has joined Green Doctors due to an interest in the use of alternative medicines to treat common ailments. She enjoys seeing the benefits and improved quality of life many patients experience with the use of medicinal cannabis when prescribed in a safe and careful manner.

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The specialist medicinal cannabis clinic in NZ

If you suffer from chronic illnesses, you know how debilitating they can be, and how much they can disrupt your daily life. People suffering from epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and a range of other health issues often have to depend on medication like opioids, benzodiazepines, and other narcotics which have severe side effects and are often addictive.

At Green Doctors, we can help you manage these illnesses naturally using medicinal cannabis. It has proven advantages over other synthetic drugs and has been used for pain management for thousands of years. Medical marijuana is legal in New Zealand, and is available with a doctor’s prescription.

While our clinic is located in central Auckland, we also serve other major NZ cities like Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga. Contact us today to book a consultation, either in-person or via video.

Medicinal cannabis products that meet the minimum quality standard

13 September 2022: New medicinal cannabis products have been verified as meeting the minimum quality standard – Read more.

Generally, medicinal cannabis products are only available, on prescription, if they have:

  • been assessed by the Medicinal Cannabis Agency as meeting the minimum quality standard under the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019, or
  • obtained consent for distribution under the Medicines Act 1981 (approved and provisionally approved medicines)

Any doctor can prescribe a product listed here. A specialist recommendation and Ministerial approval are not required. For more information on a particular product, please contact the listed product supplier or manufacturer.

Medicinal cannabis products that meet the minimum quality standard under the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019

The minimum quality standard is used to verify medicinal cannabis products which have been derived from the Cannabis plant. Synthetic CBD and THC products are unable to be verified to meet the minimum quality standard as they are not derived from the Cannabis plant.

Products that are listed as having been verified as meeting the minimum quality standards are unapproved medicines – there has been no assessment of their safety or efficacy. Being listed here does not guarantee that these products are currently available in New Zealand. Contact the licence holder to obtain the most up-to-date information on product availability.

Dosage Products – Prescription Medicine

The products listed in the following tables are categorised by their verified dosage form. The products have been verified as meeting the testing requirements and microbiological contamination limits applicable to the dosage form as listed.

Medicinal Cannabis Agency – Cannabidiol (CBD) products

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance found in cannabis that has potential therapeutic value and little-to-no psychoactive properties. CBD products are prescription-only medicines.

Definition of a CBD product

To be considered a ‘CBD product’ under Section 2A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, the tetrahydrocannabinols (THCs) and specified substances within the product must not exceed 2 percent of the total CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other specified substances.

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A Certificate of Analysis from the supplier is required to determine the quantities of CBD and specified substances. If a product contains CBD but does not meet the definition of a CBD product, it is a ‘controlled drug’ and is subject to the regulatory requirements of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The following examples may assist to determine whether your product meets the definition of a CBD product:

Category of product Total amount of CBD Total amount of THC and specified substances Percent specified substances
CBD product 49 mg 0.7 mg (0.7) ÷ (49+0.7) x 100 = 1.4%
Non-CBD product 5 mg 0.7 mg (0.7) ÷ (5+0.7) x 100 = 12.3%

Specified substances

Under Section 2A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, a specified substance is a substance that:

  1. naturally occurs in cannabis; and
  2. is —
    1. a tetrahydrocannabinol; or
    2. an isomer, ester, or ether of a tetrahydrocannabinol; or
    3. an ester or ether of an isomer of a tetrahydrocannabinol; or
    4. a salt of any substance described in (i) to (iii); or
    5. a substance that has a structure substantially similar to that of any substance described in (i) to (iv); and

    The definition of “by any means” includes simple conversion techniques such as heating.

    Requirements for a Certificate of Analysis

    A Certificate of Analysis can be obtained from the distributor or manufacturer of the CBD product. At a minimum, it should state the:

    • details of the laboratory which conducted the analysis
    • the laboratory’s ISO accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017
    • the date the analysis was carried out
    • the name of the product and batch number of the batch analysed
    • the amount of CBD, CBDA, Δ9-THC, Δ9-THCA and CBN
    • the amount of any other specified substance that is present at detectable levels
    • the limits of detection or quantification for all tested substances.

    Importing CBD products

    If you intend to import and supply CBD products you will need to hold a licence issued under the Medicines Act 1981. This licence must expressly authorise the specific CBD product being imported or supplied. A medicinal cannabis licence is not required.

    Before you import a specific CBD product for supply for the first time, you will need to apply to the Medicinal Cannabis Agency for a product assessment to verify it meets the definition of a CBD product and meets the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard.

    You will also need to provide information to establish that the product being imported is the same as the product specified on the Medicines Act licence.

    A Certificate of Analysis will typically be sufficient to determine the quantities of CBD and any specified substances, and to establish whether the definition has been met.

    A CBD product that has not been verified to have met the minimum quality standard can be imported only by a medical practitioner or pharmacist for a named patient.

    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.

    For further information, please refer to the Ministry of Health guidance on bringing medicines into New Zealand. Further information is also available on the Medsafe webpage.

    Personal imports of CBD products

    Personal imports of CBD products are not permitted.

    A person wishing to import a CBD product for personal use is unlikely to have the information needed to establish that the product meets the minimum quality standard.

    If importation of an unverified CBD product is being considered, it should be imported by the prescriber or pharmacy on behalf of the patient.

    Domestic manufacture for supply or export

    Finished products that meet the definition of a CBD product are not ‘controlled drugs’ under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. However, you do need to hold a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘Possession for manufacture’ activity for the manufacture of a CBD product from cannabis or any cannabis-based ingredient other than pure CBD extract.

    Your medicinal cannabis licence does not need to have a ‘Supply’ activity specified in order to supply or export CBD products.

    In addition to a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘Possession for manufacture’ activity to manufacture CBD products, you will need a Licence to Manufacture Medicines issued under the Medicines Act 1981 that expressly authorises the manufacture of a CBD product. This will allow you to manufacture, test, pack and label the CBD product or dosage form.

    Before you can supply a CBD product you will need to apply to the Medicinal Cannabis Agency for a product assessment to establish it meets the minimum quality standard.

    If your planned activities are limited to re-packing CBD products that have been manufactured by a GMP-compliant facility and verified to meet the minimum quality standard, a Licence to Pack Medicines is required instead of a Licence to Manufacture Medicines. This will allow you to pack and label the CBD product only.

    To obtain either licence, you will need to demonstrate compliance with the New Zealand Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for Manufacture and Distribution of Therapeutic Goods (the Code of GMP).

    Non-cannabis derived CBD products

    Synthetic CBD products are unable to be verified to meet the minimum quality standard as they are not derived from the Cannabis plant.

    This means that CBD products that have been synthetically manufactured or isolated other than from cannabis (ie, non-cannabis -derived CBD products):

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