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Medical Cannabis Dispensing

Medical cannabis refers to the use of the Cannabis sativa plant or its extracts for therapeutic purposes. It contains various cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which produces psychoactive effects, and CBD (cannabidiol), which has various potential health benefits without intoxication or being addictive.

Finding the right dispensary can make all the difference. At Unichem, we are dedicated to making your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Medical Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand legalized the use of medical cannabis in 2018 under strict regulations. Patients with specific qualifying conditions can access medical cannabis through a doctor's prescription and a licensed supplier.

Qualifying Conditions:

The Ministry of Health currently lists 27 qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use in New Zealand, including:

  • Chronic pain

  • Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy

  • Muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis

  • Epilepsy

  • Glaucoma

  • Palliative care

How do I access Medical Cannabis?

  1. Consult your doctor - Discuss your condition and explore if medical cannabis could be a suitable treatment option.

  2. Get a prescription - All prescriptions must be prescribed by a New Zealand doctor.

  3. Bring your prescription to your Local Unichem or Life Pharmacy for dispensing.


What are the potential side effects?

Like any medication, side effects can occur, such as dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Discuss potential risks with your doctor.

How much Medical Cannabis will cost?

Medical cannabis costs vary based on the prescribed product and dosage.

How long will it take for my medication to be ready?

The wait time for your medication can vary depending on its availability and processing needs. Most medications are ready within 1 day, while others may take between 4 and 7 working days. We'll notify you when yours is ready.

Can I drive after using medical cannabis?

it is not recommended to drive while taking Medicinal Cannabis, unless complying with health professionals’ instructions. It is illegal and unsafe to drive if impaired or under the influence without a current legal prescription for the medication. 

Additional Resources:

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445 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 627 5912

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4/627 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 276 9112

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193 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 527 7514

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Cnr Line Road and Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 528 5117

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

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1490 Dominion Road Extension, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 620 8599

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125 Main Highway, Ellerslie,, AUCKLAND 1051

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(09) 579 5520

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

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1213 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, AUCKLAND 1022

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(09) 846 1676

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225 Great South Road, Greenlane, AUCKLAND 1051

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(09) 524 0837

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1/283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, AUCKLAND 1011

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(09) 376 2460

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