Learn about the most important benefits and uses of CBD Oil

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.

Dr. John Hanson, MD

Trauma surgeon at Sydney Medical Centre
Dr. John Hanson, MD Dr. John Hanson, MD has been a resident of the Sydney area since the 1980's when he immigrated with his parents from South Africa after they were caught between the violence of two warlords. Dr. Hanson attended Sidney High School where he graduated at the top of his class. He went on to attend ANU Medical School where he studied for several years. Dr. Hanson graduated from ANU Medical School with a 4.0-grade point average and became an intern at Sydney Children's Hospital. Dr. Hanson was always trying to spend time outdoors where he would collect small animals and large insects to study. He would frequently come home with a tarantula in a box or a pet snake. One time Dr. Hanson discovered a baby Koala who was all alone after its parents were killed in a wildfire. Dr. Hanson nursed the baby Koala back to health and he continued to raise it since it had no hope of being reintroduced to the wild. Dr. Hanson became known for his pet Koala and he would even bring the Koala which he named Reginald to the hospital to visit sick children. Dr. Hanson quickly became a legendary name at the children's hospital where he worked as an intern thanks to his buddy Reginald. Upon concluding his internship, Dr. Hanson went on to become a resident Doctor at Sydney Medical Centre where he treated burn victims, car accident victims, and other traumatic injuries. The ability to operate with a steady hand and remain focused despite the grievous injuries in front of him earned him a reputation for being the best at the hospital. Sydney Children's Hospital offered Dr. Hanson a position on the board in 2014 and in 2017 Dr. Hanson became the President of the Sydney Children's Hospital but still maintained his role at Sydney Medical Centre as a trauma surgeon. The ability to work calmly under pressure is the trait of a good doctor and Dr. Hanson is no exception. He has a cunning business sense and a heart filled with passion for helping others and is known as an asset to the community of Sydney.
Dr. John Hanson, MD

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