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The Australian Medical Association did not support the TGA’s decision to down-schedule the substance, citing the lack of ARTG-listed products – alongside the potential for interactions with prescription medicines, and a need for more evidence.

Last modified on Sat 6 Feb 2021 19.02 GMT

CBD’s medicinal status in Australia is much different from the situation in other countries where the substance is available without a prescription, such as the UK and US. In the UK, low-dose CBD oil can be sold as a dietary supplement, but not a medicine. In the US, the substance is not approved on a federal level, but in some states it is possible to buy everything from pet food to bottled water to Martha Stewart branded gummies containing CBD. “You have this runaway train that’s way beyond the evidence available,” says McGregor.

“Now the challenge is the process of proving [the anecdotal evidence] … to list the medicine with an objective claim,” says Huppert. “It usually takes years and millions of dollars to bring a drug to market.”

CBD, a compound found in cannabis that does not have psychoactive effects, is now legal to sell over the counter. But don’t expect to find any in your local pharmacy yet. Photograph: Anatoliy Sizov/Getty Images/iStockphoto

And when it does arrive, it could well be a price point that will shut a lot of people out. In the UK, a bottle containing a 300mg dose of CBD oil – enough for two days’ use at the TGA-approved level – costs about A$40.

CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant, but unlike THC, it does not have psychoactive effects. On 1 February, it became legal to purchase products containing low-dose cannabidiol (CBD) over the counter, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration down-scheduled the substance from a Schedule 4 (prescription medicine) to a Schedule 3 (pharmacist-only medicine). On 15 December, the TGA announced the decision after a safety review that indicated “known adverse events of CBD at low doses were not serious”.

As of 2021 – yes, CBD is legal in Australia with a prescription. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has classed it as a Schedule 4 (S4) drug since 2016. However, it’s only legal if the CBD component of the oil is more than 98% concentration – meaning it has less than 2% of other cannabinoids found in cannabis.

There are currently two methods to get your hands on some CBD – the legal method and the illegal method. Legal access to CBD oil in Australia can be obtained by applying through your GP or via a clinic specialising in medical cannabis prescriptions.

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If you go through your GP, they will apply for your prescription via the Special Access Scheme (SAS). The time frame of this varies, but the government has been working on easing red tape surrounding the process following calls from many GPs.

Even though CBD has been legalised in Australia on a federal level, each state has its own guidance on the drug which can be helpful to read as well: