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Clicks V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz
  • Pharmaceutical retailers Dis-Chem and Clicks have rolled out CBD oil, the non-hallucinogenic chemical derived from dagga.
  • Business Insider South Africa found a variety of brands in select stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town with prices starting at R295 and hitting R695,00 for 15ml tinctures containing varied strengths of CBD.
  • They can sell CBD oil on shelves as long as the maximum daily dose of CBD is 20 milligrams (mg) or less, and the product can’t claim to cure or treat any specific conditions.
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Pharmaceutical retailers Dis-Chem and Clicks have rolled out CBD products, the non-hallucinogenic chemical derived from dagga, onto shelves.

Business Insider South Africa found a variety of brands in select stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town with prices starting at R295 and hitting R695,00 for 15ml tinctures containing varied strengths of CBD oil.

CBD has taken off in South Africa, showing up in everything from pizzas to beer. Clicks says since October brands such as Elixinol, Rethink and Cannabex are available in 92 stores nationwide, with wider product assortments online.

This follows an announcement made by former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi that low dose CBD products can be legally bought and sold until May 2020, reported Parent24.

They can be bought off shelves as long as they contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams (mg) or less, and the product can’t claim to cure or treat any specific condition.

READ more: Dagga ingredient CBD just became fully legal for anyone to sell in South Africa – but only for the next year. 

“All the CBD products listed with Clicks are manufactured in good manufacturing practice facilities, use proper methods of extraction and distillation and have provided verified safety certification,” said Rachel Wrigglesworth, Clicks Chief Commercial Officer.

Both Clicks and Dis-Chem said it was too early to determine how well the products are selling. 

Here's what we found out:


For those who are eager to get their hands on some ASAP, you should visit the larger stores in your area, as some of the smaller Clicks’ and Dis-Chems' might not have them.

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Clicks V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz

If your store does stock them, they can be found in the the general area of the homeopathic goods aisles.


They’re hard to spot if you don’t know what you are looking for.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

Be sure to check the labels and read the instructions carefully as the dosages can be different strengths.

Also be on the lookout for empty boxes. Our journalist, Bombi Mavundza, found some stores remove the bottles from their packaging, to prevent theft.


There were CBD capsules, edible oils as well as rubbing oils. The rubbing oils were in short supply. 

Photo Jay Caboz.
Rethink rubbing oils - out of stock. Photo Jay Caboz.


We found these brands at Dis-Chem and Clicks: 

HEMP Oil - R295.00  

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Photo Jay Caboz.

Contains 100mg CBD.

Volume: 10ml

Recommended dosage:  24 drops per day. Bottle contains approximately 200 drops. Distributed by Coyne Healthcare.  


ReThink CBD - R399.95 from Dis-Chem or Clicks.

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Photo Jay Caboz.

Contains 300mg CBD.

Volume: 30ml

Recommended dosage: 30 drops per day, which is about 10mg of CBD. 


Elixinol 100 - comes in cinnamint and natural flavour  - R395.00 - Dis-chem and Clicks

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

Contains 100mg of CBD in bottle. 

Volume: 30ml 

1 full dropper per day which gives you 3.4mg of CBD. Recommended serving is half a dropper which gives you 1.7mg of CBD.


Then there is Elixinol 300 -the stronger version - R695.00 - Dis-Chem and Clicks

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

Contains 300mg of CB

Volume: 30ml

1 full dropper per day which gives you 10mg of CBD. Recommended serving of half a dropper which gives you 5mg of CBD per serving.


Releaf - R499.00  - Clicks

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

250mg of CBD

Volume: 15ml

Recommended dosage:  9 to 18 drops a day. About 5mg to 10mg of CBD a day.  


Cannabex CBD oil - R499,00

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

225mg of CBD

Volume: 15ml

Recommended dosage: 10 drops twice a day, which is about 15mg of CBD a day.


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