Buying Weed Online: Understanding Online Dispensaries
Cannabis dispensaries are safe and secure stores which provide cannabis and cannabis preparations to paying patients or customers in a legal setting. Dispensaries are often regulated by the state in which they are located in. Cannabis dispensaries often sell a wide range of cannabis-related paraphernalia including:
- Cannabis flower/buds
- Cannabis oils
- Rolling papers
- Ash trays
Online dispensaries are cannabis dispensaries which operate through the internet. These dispensaries operate in a similar fashion to ‘brick and mortar’ stores, the only difference being that purchases are made online and the product is usually shipped straight to the customer’s door.
Cannabis dispensaries can cater to medical patients as well as recreational cannabis consumers.
Can Cannabis Be Purchased Online in Australia?
Simply put, cannabis – whether medical or recreational – cannot be purchased online in Australia.
Cannabis has been illegal for recreational use since the 1920s, after Australia signed the Geneva Convention on opium and other drugs alongside several countries.
The Australian government, under the Therapeutic Goods Administration, legalised the use of cannabis for specific medical conditions in 2016. The use of cannabis recreationally is still strictly prohibited.
A large number of websites claim to offer cannabis and cannabis products for sale online. These websites claim that products can be purchased online and then delivered to a home address. Individuals must be wary of these offers as they are all scam websites. Websites such as these will take your hard-earned money and send nothing – if they did send products, it would be against Australian law.
Synthetic cannabis, however, can be purchased online. Synthetic cannabis is a man-made psychoactive created to mimic the effects of cannabis in humans. Synthetic cannabis is often marketed as a ‘legal and safe’ alternative to natural cannabis. This is far from true, as synthetic cannabis often contains illegal substances which are incredibly harmful to the people who consume them.
Synthetic cannabis products produce effects of elation and relaxation, similar to natural cannabis. However, they can also produce adverse effects such as;
- Chest pain;
- Anxiety, paranoia and agitation;
- Severe psychosis;
- Increase in heart rate;
- Dizziness and sleepiness and;
In the United States of America there are numerous horror stories of the effects of synthetic cannabis on its users. A man from Shelton, Washington reportedly went into a three-day coma after smoking synthetic cannabinoids. In Brooklyn, New York, 33 individuals were hospitalised after a suspected overdose on a synthetic cannabis product called K2. Their behaviour was recorded to range from erratic to zombie-like. In Connecticut, 95 people overdosed on synthetic cannabis and many users reported bleeding from their eyes. There are numerous stories which document the horrors linked to the use and abuse of synthetic cannabis.
Where Can Cannabis Be Purchased Online?
Cannabis can be purchased online in numerous European countries as well as some areas of the United States and Canada. Some of these European countries include:
- The United Kingdom;
- Germany and;
European nations often ship cannabis within the European Union (EU) and in some cases, worldwide.
In the United States, sending marijuana through the post is considered drug trafficking, and is therefore considered to be a federal crime. This is because marijuana is an illegal substance on a federal level. Delivery services are regularly handled by private and internal couriers. It is curious to note that the issue of legality only poses an issue with cannabis and preparations high in the cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In a survey conducted by Brobible, cannabis products rich in Cannabidiol (CBD) face no hassles in shipment nationwide.
In Canada, the laws pertaining to the purchase of cannabis online vary according to the province and territory. In Ontario for example, the only site where cannabis can legally and recreationally be purchased online is the Ontario Cannabis Store. This is a government run website. Government-run online stores can also be found in territories including Alberta and New Brunswick.
Cannabis is legal in Australia for medical purposes, under specific medical conditions. Cannabis is still illegal for recreational purposes under the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Cannabis cannot be purchased online in Australia. There are many sham websites that claim to post marijuana to home addresses, however, these websites are fraudulent. They will only take your money and you will be left without the desired products.
When marijuana products are fully legalised in Australia, there may be a gap in the market for marijuana growers and sellers in both traditional stores and online capacity. For now though, save your money – anyone claiming to sell marijuana products online in Australia are most likely planning to simple take your money and run.