CBD oil is a marijuana derivative, and was first legalized in Australia in 2016. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. However, because of the past complex nature of its legality in Australia, as many as 100,000 people used to source it illegally. A small and limited number of Australians had legal access to CBD to treat a variety of ailments.
It was not previously possible in Australia to source CBD over-the-counter. However, America and Europe have already decriminalized CBD; and Australia later followed. Once it it became legalized, it started to pop up all over the place. Anyone over the age of 18 can now walk into a store and buy a variety of CBD products; including everything from oils and tinctures, to dog treats. The customers no longer face any repercussions.
CBD is known to have a number of benefits
It is thought to help with anxiety, depression, PTSD and insomnia. It is also thought to be highly beneficial for pain, and has even been shown to be helpful in controlling seizures in children and teens with drug-resistant epilepsy.
The best part is that you do not experience the high that comes from using marijuana. The high feeling comes from THC, which is not present in CBD extracts. It also does not give the user the munchies, something marijuana is well-known for. CBD is non-psychoactive, which makes it very attractive to many people.
CBD is one of more than 120 active ingredients that are found in the marijuana plant.
The previous problem for most Australians was access
CBD was once legal only under certain restricted conditions, but that recently did change.
One of the most cost-effective and easy ways to access CBD in Australia is to grow your own plants at home. This, of course, does require one to have some basic skills at growing.
With regard to cannabis, the government of Australia currently has some of the strictest and harshest laws in the world, and access to CBD was very difficult before the laws changed. It is important to note that if a grower accidentally goes even slightly over the legal limit of THC, it then instantly becomes illegal.
The Australian government approved a program called Special Access Scheme for both THC and CBD products. Of course, the difficulty in growing your own marijuana is in knowing how to separate the CBD out from the THC; the latter of which may possibly have undesirable effects.
The government initially started this program so that they could obtain access to drugs that are not approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA. The only cannabinoid previously available from doctors was called Epidolex, and it is a mouth spray. The cost of Epidolex is 5 Australian dollars, making it far too expensive for most people. Previously, this was the only way that patients could access any form of medical marijuana from their doctors.
Medical cannabis, according to prior Australian law, was available only by a doctor’s prescription. It also had to come from a licensed pharmacy. Now, CBD products are widely available. Marijuana, in any form, was unregistered as a medicine in Australia, and a doctor had to have explicit authorization to prescribe it. It had to be authorized both at the federal level, and at the State/Territory level. This rule was different throughout different states and territories, further complicating things for patients. There are currently still many doctors who are still not familiar with the benefits of cannabis. Many patients face negative attitudes from doctors who are uninformed, or who have outdated perceptions about marijuana. They may be open to other alternative medicines, such as Chinese medicine, but they are unwilling to even discuss cannabis as a possibility. Now that CBD has been legalized, patients can legally access this particular form of the medicine without a doctor prescription.
In 2018, national and state health ministers in Australia gave approval for the trade of hemp food and products. This was driven by Tasmania, who had made the recommendation that the plant become lawful in Australia. The hemp products that are sold must not contain anything above the allowed concentration of THC, which is 0.005%. If the THC content goes any higher than thais, it is considered to be an illegal substance and cannot be legally consumed.
Australia has made much progress in recognizing the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, but still has a ways to go.