For up to date information on Medical Cannabis in Australia please visit the TGA’s website here. The TGA offers a range of resources surrounding Medical Cannabis such as guidance for the use of Medical Cannabis in Australia, Medicinal Cannabis products and FAQs.

What’s CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients in Cannabis and plays an essential role of Medical Cannabis therapy. CBD works by interacting with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS).

How is Cannabidiol different from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid compound. While CBD is a component of the Cannabis plant, by itself it does not cause a “high”. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD” (1).

Is Cannabidiol (CBD) safe?

CBD is a non-toxic, non-euphoric substance that doesn’t make people feel high. Side effects of CBD are minimal when compared to similar class medications. Potential side effects include dry mouth, nausea and light-headedness. There is no withdrawal period, so stopping CBD at any time is safe to do if the side effects are not tolerated.

What’s CBD Oil?

CBD oil contains Cannabidiol (CBD) and is carried in a carrier oil such as Olive Oil or a medium-chain triglyceride oil which is derived from coconut.

CBD oil is usually taken orally by holding the oil under your tongue for as long as you can and then swallowing. Taking CBD orally provides a longer onset but can give longer-lasting results.

How does CBD Oil work?

CBD Oil works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes. It’s consisted of a group of molecules known as cannabinoids as well as the cannabinoid receptors that the cannabinoids bind to.

Although cannabis is a source of over 60 cannabinoids (including THC and CBD), the human body produces several cannabinoids as well. These endogenous cannabinoids include anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and are present in all human beings.

Decades of scientific research on the endocannabinoid system has resulted in the discovery of two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. These receptors are found in various parts of the body but are most prominent in the brain and immune system.

CBD works by interacting and influencing your ECS and those receptors we mentioned above.

The Bottom Line

Currently, there is a lot of interest in this space and high-quality evidence-based research is being conducted to further understand Medical Cannabis oil’s place in treating a wide variety of conditions and ailments. Whilst there is a large amount of buzz around CBD oil it is important to note that just like any other medication there are potential side effects and that CBD may not work for everyone. Potential side effects include dry mouth, nausea (in high doses), low blood pressure and light-headedness.

Where to Buy Medical CBD Oil in Australia

As CBD oil is a schedule 4 medication, it can only be accessed by having it prescribed by an Australian-registered Medical practitioner and must be accessed through special federal and state pathways.  For more information on access and conditions please visit the TGA’s website here.

Research Papers

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6396837/

References

1. CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/
2. CBD as a potential treatment for psychosis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24309088
3. CBD as a potential treatment for epilepsy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5688214/
4. CBD’s Anti-inflammatory properties: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29632236