Now that dagga is entering an era of legalisation in South Africa, more and more people are turning to the plant for medical or therapeutic value. The cannabis plant is (finally) starting to break its negative associations caused by stigma, and finding them replaced with more positive ideas. Its healing properties, and the potentially huge benefits it could offer down the line in legalisation, with regard to medicine, jobs, and entrepreneurship are innumerable and seemingly endless at the present moment.
Now, it can still be a bit of a struggle to find places to buy cannabis oil in South Africa – it can be hard to tell what exact type of extract is being sold, let alone who’s selling it and how legitimate the whole operation is.
So, we put together this guide of our favourite Cannabis Oil retailers around South Africa. Two of these are online stores, and for those of us who are a little more old school, we’ve listed two physical shops too. These retailers are all trusted sellers of legitimate products, many of which we’ve tried and loved. We’re here to make this process easier for you, so let’s dive in.
The short answer is yes – but it depends quite entirely on the type of cannabis oil you’re buying. CBD oil, which is an extract of the plant called Cannabidiol, is the only legal kind of cannabis oil available in South Africa. CBD is non-intoxicating, and treats a range of illnesses and ailments, from sleeplessness to anxiety, stress to stomach issues, and more recently has been found to be somewhat of an epilepsy wonder drug.
To get your hands on other kinds of cannabis oil, such as Rick Simpson Oil, dabs or shatter, you’re going to have to make them yourself. Remember, cannabis is only legal in South Africa for private and personal consumption or cultivation. It’s still entirely illegal to deal in cannabis, in any form.
Below, we’ve listed our four favourite vendors of CBD Cannabis Oil in South Africa. These vendors are selling CBD oil from trustworthy manufacturers – so that you can be sure you’re getting legitimate, safe and effective products.
Cannabis Oil SA
Cannabis-Oil SA has been the most consistently reliable supplier of CBD oil we’ve found in the past few months. While still a relatively new site, they list a range of products from CBD oils, to capsules, edible hemp seed oil, topical sprays and even CBD vape juices.
While they don’t sell the products themselves, everything they’ve listed comes from reliable suppliers (one of which we’ve reviewed below) and looking into a number of products they’re recommending, it seems as if they’re all from quality manufacturers who are doing this by the books.
Cannabis Oil also has a number of informative articles on the different uses of CBD, as well as tutorials on how to make some cannabis extracts and products yourself, at home. There is also a wealth of information in these articles on some of the more complex mechanisms of cannabinoids, and how they interact with our bodies.
We’re sure we’re going to see Cannabis Oil SA grow steadily over the next few months, so be sure to keep an eye on them in the future.
Faithful to Nature is one of South Africa’s foremost online cannabis oil suppliers. They stock multiple brands, from multiple manufacturers, at competitive prices which makes them one of the most reliable, top-quality cannabis oil vendors. Their cannabis oils also come in varying strengths, making them great for precise medical application.
Faithful to Nature also sell a number of CBD and hemp products such as creams, moisturizers, protein powders and face washes, which all supply the advantages of cannabis as a topical ointment. Hemp seeds are also one of the best sources of plant-based protein (making them great for vegans), with a protein content even higher than that of flaxseed and chia seeds.
Lastly, there are a number of nifty novelty products such as hemp socks, underwear, hats, bags and even a nappy. Hemp was used all around the world for hundreds, if not thousands, of years as a source of fiber for textile industries, and as such makes some really great quality clothing.
If you’re in Cape Town, To Your Health is a great spot to pick up some CBD oil when you don’t feel like ordering online (or if you want to ask the pharmacist some questions). They’re situated outside Game on the second floor of Kenilworth Center Mall, and sell a few strengths of CBD oil for medical use.
The oil, as far as we could discern, is locally made and manufactured, although it’s still a little unclear who’s making it. The effectiveness of the oil, however, is consistent. We found it very helpful for sleep and anxiety, and to have better effects dosing it consistently throughout the week instead of on a when-it’s-needed basis.
To Your Health is a family run business with great selections of natural and organic products, who will be more than happy to help with any questions or queries you have. Be sure to pop in and have a chat if you’re in the area, and help break down the stigma around cannabis as medicine.
The Medicine Shop in Groenkloof, Pretoria, is a great one-stop-shop for your cannabis oil-related needs if you’re on that end of the country.
They sell a few CBD products imported from the USA such as Holigenix CBD oil. Holigenix Oil, like that sold at Cannabis Oil SA and Faithful to Nature, is legitimate, full spectrum, CO2 extracted CBD Oil of the highest quality.
There’s not much more to say about this spot, other than that, like To Your Health, they’re an in-person store, and as such ideal to visit if you’re looking for specific advice regarding dosing and frequency of dose.
While there is a framework in place to offer medical cannabis to those who need it in South Africa, it’s still somewhat of a grey area. These medical cannabis prescriptions technically only allow patients to import certain cannabinoid-derived drugs from places such as the USA or Europe. Effectively, medical cannabis in the form of pure buds is still very much a plan that hasn’t yet been delved into by the various government and regulatory bodies – although we can be assured they’re working on it.
You should now be just about ready to make your purchase! Don’t forget to share with us how your oil worked for you, as we find it fascinating how CBD products work so differently for so many people, and we’d love to hear your stories so we can share them with the world.
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