What Brands Are Now Available to People Wanting To Buy Weed?
With only three years under its belt, the Australian cannabis market is now the most rapidly growing cannabis market in the world. In 2016, the Commonwealth legalised the use and possession of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Since legalisation, cannabis companies have popped up across Australia. With over 20 companies which both manufacture and import cannabis and cannabis based medications, Australian medical marijuana users have some choice about where they buy their weed.
In line with provisions made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), medical marijuana patients can source cannabis products from manufacturers and suppliers (companies who import their cannabis products). Some cannabis/cannabis product manufacturing brands include;
While some suppliers/importers include;
For the entire list of Australian cannabis manufacturers and importers, please visit the website of the Office of Drug Control.
Can You Legally Buy Weed Overseas and Bring It Over?
There are very stringent laws concerning the use and possession of cannabis within the Australian border. Under these laws, residents and citizens must meet certain criteria before they will be permitted access to the substance; and only for medicinal purposes.
For visitors to the country, it is possible for cannabis to be brought in from countries where the substance is legal. In order to do this, however, certain requirements must be strictly adhered to.
According to subcategory 5(2) of the Customs (Prohibited Import) Regulations 1956, a traveler can bring up to 3 months’ supply of cannabis into the country as long as they have a proper medical prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. In this prescription, it must be stated that the amount of cannabis in possession does not exceed a three month prescription. In some situations, the patient must confirm the cannabis was sourced in accordance with the prescription and not through alternative means.
It is important to note, however, that medical cannabis products which contain THC — tetrahydrocannabinol — cannot be brought into the country. THC is a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant which is responsible for its psychoactive effects. THC, unlike CBD, presents fewer therapeutic benefits when consumed and is mostly taken for recreational reasons.
What Cannabis Options are Available to For Purchase in Australia?
Aside from cannabis leaf and flower, there are a variety of options by which cannabis can be consumed. Some of these options include;
- Cannabis Oils
Cannabis oils are oils which contain high concentrations of cannabinoids (particularly CBD) diluted into carrier oils, the most popular being coconut and hemp seed oil. Cannabis oils can be consumed raw or infused into foods and drinks for its nutty flavour and aroma.
- Cannabis Capsules
Cannabis capsules are essentially cannabis oils in soft gel capsules that are idea for consumers who do not wish to take their cannabis raw or infused into foods and drinks
- Cannabis Tinctures
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol based concentrates which contain cannabinoids. They are often consumed sublingually (deposited below the tongue).
Other cannabis products include cannabis sprays, gels and crystals.
When is Australian Policy on Weed Likely to Change?
On the 25th of September, the Australian Capital Territory officially legalised the use, cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use. Although the ACT is not the first state or territory to legalise or decriminalise cannabis, this is a step in the right direction for the nation as a whole.
Despite the new ACT cannabis laws clashing heavily with Commonwealth laws, there is very little probability that these laws will be overturned. With the growing support of the general population and politicians, it is highly likely that the Australian climate for legal recreational cannabis will evolve very soon, and with it, increased access to buy weed.