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This page contains information on medicinal cannabis products that meet the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard. Buy high quality CBD products from Naturecan. Free delivery on orders over $150 and next day delivery available. 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 products that meet the minimum quality standard

10 August 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.

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CBD (or cannabidiol) is a compound found in relative abundance in the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). It has various medicinal uses, and is the main active ingredient in hemp-based products, including oils , capsules , edibles , gummies and skin care products . CBD is non-intoxicating, which means that it will not make you ‘high’. By contrast, THC is the intoxicating component of cannabis that produces mind altering effects. All of Naturecan’s CBD products are purified to ensure they contain non-detectable levels of THC, which means they are completely safe for consumption and there is no risk of intoxication.

Numerous studies indicate that CBD oil can be effective in managing a range of medical conditions, including anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and chronic pain. CBD oil interacts with the body through an intricate network of cannabidiol receptors which, along with certain enzymes, form the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Once this vast inherent system of receptors is stimulated, they assist the body in manufacturing chemicals called endocannabinoids, which play a huge role in regulating vital daily functions including mood, sleep, and appetite.

To learn more about the benefits of CBD, check out our blog post: What is CBD?.

In the UK, any product derived from cannabis containing less than 0.2% THC is regarded as safe and legal for consumption. Furthermore, as CBD is not intoxicating, it is perfectly legal to drive after taking it.

To take CBD oil, lift your tongue to the roof of your mouth and place a few drops under it. Hold the drops there for one minute before swallowing. Doing so allows the CBD to be fully absorbed into the bloodstream via the oral mucosa. It can take 15-30 mins for CBD oil to take effect.

Dosage differs with each person, depending on a range of factors including weight, height, age, and reasons for taking CBD. The FSA recommends a maximum total daily CBD dose of 70mg. This includes any additional products, so please ensure that you never exceed this amount. While following this guidance, you can manage your daily dosage based on what works best for you, and combine various CBD products if desired.

To find your optimal CBD dosage, try out our CBD Oil Dosage Calculator.

CBD is a natural compound that affects everyone differently. While there have been no serious reported side-effects of CBD consumption, it is recommended that you start by consuming low doses and gradually increase the amount if you do not experience side-effects.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. There is no evidence of recreational use of CBD, or any public health-related problems”.

Some uncommon side-effects of CBD include a dry mouth, reduced blood pressure, and light-headedness. If you are taking any other medication in conjunction with CBD, consult your doctor to confirm whether this could cause adverse side-effects.

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WHY NATURECAN?

Naturecan’s CBD is derived exclusively from the hemp plant. We never use isolates or any man-made synthetic material. We only ever use natural, plant-based CBD.

Naturecan offers one of the world’s largest ranges of CBD products, from oils, balms and capsules to edibles, vapes, and more.

Quality is key to our product. All our products undergo a strict third-party testing process of at least six stages in order to guarantee their quality and safety.

The health of our customers is our number one priority. That’s why we ensure that all our oils contain non-detectable levels of THC, making them completely safe for use.

Our producer was the first licenced CBD extractor in California. They are veterans of the cannabis, pharmaceutical and tech industries with world-leading facilities on the west coast of the USA.

CERTIFIED CBD PRODUCTS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY

Our goal is to create high quality products that help people lead healthy, happy and pain-free lives.

All of our products are rigorously tested and certified by independent laboratories, so you can be sure of their quality and safety.

What makes Naturecan different?

– Third party laboratory testing
– Certificates of analysis on each product page
– Co2 extraction and Rotachrom filtration processes, to guarantee the highest CBD quality

CBD DOSAGE CALCULATOR

Dosage differs for each person, depending on a range of factors, including weight, height, and reasons for taking CBD.

To find your optimal dosage, use our CBD Dosage Calculator below.

CBD Guide

There are many different ways to take CBD oil. Common means of administration include CBD capsules, oil drops, balms, edibles and vapes.

1. CBD capsules
CBD capsules are a good place to start for people new to CBD, as they are easy to take and offer a simple way to manage your dosage. Naturecan’s CBD softgel capsules come in two dosages: 10mg and 25mg. CBD capsules usually take 1-2 hours to work, and the effects can last for 2-8 hours.

2. CBD oil drops
CBD oil drops have higher bioavailability than most other means of administration, which means that they increase the amount of CBD that enters the bloodstream. To take CBD oil, simply place a few drops under your tongue and hold them there for around a minute before swallowing. This will allow the CBD oil to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the oral mucosa, so that the effects may be felt more quickly than other means of taking CBD. CBD oil starts working within 15-30 mins, and its effects can last for 2-8 hours. Naturecan offers CBD oils in six different strengths, so you can find the perfect concentration for your needs.

3. CBD balms
While CBD oils and CBD capsules work systemically to affect the whole body, CBD balms and other skincare products allow the user to target problem areas, such as sore joints or muscles, and keep CBD benefits localised to the point where they are most needed.

4. CBD edibles
CBD snacks , CBD gummies and other edible products are a delicious way to get your daily dose of CBD. Popular CBD edibles include cookies, brownies, nut butters, gummies and chocolates.

5. CBD vapes
CBD vapes are an effective way to absorb CBD into the body. The bioavailability is higher than other routes of administration such as sublingual (oral drops) and topical (skin creams/balms). This means that CBD can enter into the bloodstream faster and its effects can be felt sooner. While vape products are seen as a reduced risk alternative for smokers, we would not encourage non-smokers to take up vaping.

The price of CBD oil varies depending on many factors, including the purity and strength of the oil, and the costs of cultivation and extraction. For example, in the UK, the cost of CBD oils can range from £10 to £300.

The price of Naturecan’s CBD products differs in large part according to the number of milligrams (mg) of CBD they contain. On average, the higher the concentration of CBD in a product, the lower the price per milligram, and the higher the overall price.

For example, a 10ml bottle of CBD oil with 5% concentration and 500mg of CBD costs £0.06 per mg and £30 overall, whereas a 10ml bottle with 40% concentration and 4000mg of CBD costs £0.04 per mg and £150 overall.

The table below shows the price of CBD oil per mg for various strengths and volumes.

When it comes to optimising your daily CBD intake, it’s less about choosing the right oil strength and more about calculating the right amount of CBD to take per day (in milligrams).

For example, the table below shows that two drops of 5% CBD oil contain as much CBD as 1 drop of 10% CBD oil (approximately 4 mg of CBD). Thus, while the 10% oil is twice as strong as the 5%, you can get exactly the same dosage of CBD simply by doubling the number of drops you take.

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If you need help finding your optimal dosage, try out our CBD Oil Dosage Calculator.

Yes. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that keeps the body in a balanced state by regulating essential psychological and physiological functions. CBD interacts with the ECS in a similar way for both animals and humans.

Initial studies have shown that CBD can help with a number of pet conditions. If you want to learn more about CBD for pets, check out our blog post: ” Is CBD Safe For Your Pets? “.

When buying CBD oil, make sure that the oil contains safe levels of THC (less than 0.2%), that it is completely plant-based (with no added synthetic material), and that the seller provides a Certificate of Analysis for the oil as proof of its safety and quality.

Naturecan’s CBD oil has non-detectable levels of THC and is derived exclusively from US-grown hemp plants, which means that we never use isolates or synthetic materials and only ever use natural, plant-based CBD.

Furthermore, all our products undergo strict testing by independent laboratories to guarantee their safety and quality, and our Certificates of Analysis are easily accessible for full transparency.

All Naturecan products are manufactured with industry-leading technology and undergo rigorous third-party testing to ensure product quality, customer safety, and supply chain transparency.

Naturecan’s CBD oil is a broad-spectrum distillate, which means that it contains a range of naturally occurring compounds from the hemp plant (including cannabinoids, terpenoids and other phytochemicals) and non-detectable levels of THC – making our oil as potent, pure and safe as possible.

Let’s take a look at five key reasons why Naturecan is different:

1. Our manufacturer, IAH Oregon, was the first licensed hemp and cannabis producer on the West Coast of the USA. They use the most advanced technology in the industry for their extraction process, and benefit from Oregon’s rich organic soils, which provide optimal growing conditions for hemp plants.

2. Our extraction process involves three main stages: supercritical CO² extraction, chromatographic purification (by RotaChrom), and distillation. During this process, we remove as much THC from the oil as possible (non-detectable at 0.02%) along with all compounds that may negatively affect the taste, consistency and purity of the end product (such as lipids, waxes, flavonoids and chlorophyll), while maximising the concentration of CBD and other essential cannabinoids.

3. Our CBD is obtained exclusively from the hemp plant. We never use isolates or any man-made synthetic material. We only ever use natural, plant-based CBD. Our oil contains a rich mix of cannabinoids and phytochemicals that work together to enhance its effectiveness – a phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect’.

4. We use organic MCT oil (extracted from coconut) as our carrier oil because it improves the bioavailability of CBD (the amount of CBD that enters the bloodstream) and has a mild taste.

5. We can guarantee the purity of our oil based on our rigorous testing protocols. All our raw materials are tested and qualified for use before entering the extraction process, and our end products then undergo rigorous independent testing by labs such as TÜV SÜD to have their safety and potency guaranteed. This process consists of at least six stages, and includes tests for CBD potency, pesticides, heavy metals, microbial contamination and residual solvents. Labdoor, one of the largest independent testing centers from the USA, awards our CBD an A+.

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.

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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