What are the regulations when travelling with plant based medication?

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by Boko Digital

Planning a trip within Australia and need to carry your plant based medication? Don’t let the legal requirements and regulations get you down – with a bit of preparation and awareness, you can be prepared for a safe and hassle-free journey.

While medicinal cannabis is currently legal in all states of Australia with an approved prescription, it’s subject to strict regulations to ensure patient safety and efficacy, as set out by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

When you are travelling with plant based medication in Australia, it’s important to be aware of the different laws and regulations that govern medicinal cannabis use, possession, and supply. It’s important to check the requirements before you travel as each state and territory has its own specific rules and regulations regarding cannabis use and possession.

To ensure you’re compliant with TGA regulations, you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid prescription from an authorised prescriber. This means being prescribed medication by a registered health professional and working with them to obtain a prescription that meets TGA requirements. It’s also important to carry all necessary medical documents with you when travelling. 

For example, when travelling to and within New South Wales, the NSW government website recommends you carry a prescription or letter from your doctor describing the cannabis medicine you are taking and how much you are required to travel with. Keep the medicine in its original packaging and with all labels included, as dispensed by the pharmacist. 

Remember to always be respectful of the laws in the places you visit and comply with TGA regulations. It is strongly recommended that you contact the state/territory health department at your destination, as well as the airline you are flying with prior to travelling with medicinal cannabis products.

It is also important to be aware that travelling internationally with medicinal cannabis is generally not permitted, even if it is legal in the destination country. It is recommended to check with the relevant authorities and airlines before travelling with plant based medication. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal or medical advice. It is recommended to consult with legal professionals and healthcare practitioners to obtain accurate and up-to-date information pertaining to laws of travelling with plant based medication and the use of plant-based medication in your specific state. 

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Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
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Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.