Understanding Your Options: Navigating Medical Cannabis Device Choices in New Zealand

Understanding Your Options: Navigating Medical Cannabis Device Choices in New Zealand


Welcome to Puha Express, your guide to navigating the medical cannabis device landscape in New Zealand. If you've just received your medical cannabis prescription, you might be curious about the best devices for your needs. We're here to clarify your options and rights, ensuring you make an informed decision.

Background on Medical Cannabis Devices

In the realm of medical cannabis, a variety of treatment options are accessible, and these can be thoroughly discussed with your prescribing doctor or clinic. Yet, when the conversation turns to devices for cannabis consumption, patients frequently face a conundrum. The selection of medically approved devices is not only limited but often comes with steep prices. More importantly, the guidance provided is typically at a high level, focusing on basic usage rather than the technical intricacies.

It's crucial to remember that these are healthcare professionals with expertise in medicine, not electrical engineers with deep insights into the latest thermal vaporisation technology. This gap in specialised knowledge underscores the need for additional resources and education in the field of medical cannabis devices.

"Consider the role of smartphones in modern healthcare: they are essential tools for efficient medication delivery. Patients use them to call doctors, book appointments, research medical information, arrange medicine to be delivered, and access health apps. Notably, doctors aren't expected to teach patients how to use these smartphones for these purposes. This reality makes it all the more puzzling why doctors or pharmacists are expected to instruct patients on using vaporisers for medical cannabis."

"I believe the spirit of the law in New Zealand permits patients to use any device for consuming their prescribed medicine without legal repercussions. Yet, there's a disconnect between the legal freedom a prescription provides and the practical realities faced by patients and healthcare providers in New Zealand."

"Just as patients independently navigate smartphone technology for health and wellness needs, they should be equally empowered, through appropriate education and resources, to use vaporisers for their prescribed cannabis, without undue reliance on medical professionals for operational guidance."


Anthony van Duuren, Co-Founder, Puha Express

Legal Rights and Clarifications

According to the clarifications made by MCANZ, which you can find here, your prescription allows the use of various cannabis devices, certified as medical or not. This breaks the myth of limited choices and affirms your right as a medical patient to explore a broader range of device and accessory options that you may find more suitable and modern.

The Importance of Informed Choices

Exploring different device options is crucial for finding one that suits your medical needs and budget. Don’t limit yourself based on narrow selections; there’s a world of devices out there. A sad reality is that the cost of entry to a cannabis vaporiser, or not finding one suitable for your needs, often leads patients to smoke their medication. While this can be very effective for medicating in an emergency, it is the most inefficient and wasteful method of consuming medical cannabis. We're all about patients getting the most value our of their medication - because it costs a lot!

Misconceptions and Misinformation

Misinformation can lead to misconceptions about device requirements. Some providers might unintentionally narrow your choices, but the law supports a wider range of options, much like how patients have a right to their choice of pharmacy.

How to Choose the Right Device for You

Selecting the right cannabis device is a personal decision. Consider ease of use, cost, and how it fits into your lifestyle. Don't buy into the hype! Use resources such as YouTube and Discord to gauge the medical cannabis community's opinion and thoughts on devices. If possible, try to attend a local medical meetup so you can get a feel of the device in person.

Our Commitment to Patients

At Puha Express, we are committed to helping you find the right solutions. We understand that each patient has unique needs and preferences when it comes to selecting a cannabis vaporiser. Whether you're looking for affordability, convenience, or specific features, we've got you covered with a range of options. If you have a device question, just reach out and we'll be happy to assist where we can :)

Affordable Options Under $100

For those on a budget, our Cheap Herb Vapes collection offers quality without breaking the bank. These cost-effective options include two popular DynaVap models, ideal for those seeking a high-quality vaping experience similar to "spotting".

The DynaVap Experience

The Puha Pack: DynaVap is perfect for those interested in a traditional yet safer and modernised method of "spotting". This bundle provides all essentials for a unique vaping experience on it's own or through water with the included adaptor. It's great value and won't last long!

For more insights on the latest trends and information in the medical cannabis industry in New Zealand, check out our blog and stay informed about the options available to you. Don't forget to share this post with others who might find it helpful using the buttons below.

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