What is CBD oil and what are its benefits?
CBD oil is made up of cannabidiol (CBD) derived from the cannabis plant blended with a carrier oil. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis plant and one of the major components used for therapeutic use.
CBD oil products can be used as an alternative treatment option to help combat various health conditions, which includes nausea, vomiting, psychosis disorders, seizures, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, tumour growth and cancer cell growth.
What does CBD oil do?
In understanding what CBD oil (cannabidiol) does and its therapeutic benefits, we need to understand the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating our internal bodily functions and maintaining a state of balance (homeostasis). This includes sleep, appetite, reproduction, memory, inflammation, mood and more.
Researchers believe that endocannabinoid deficiency is the cause of various underlying ailments, especially those related to inflammation and the immune system. This deficiency occurs when the body’s endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning correctly, making it more prone to diseases believed to be linked to disorders like migraine, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Endocannabinoids occur naturally in our bodies. Phytocannabinoids are found in plants like the cannabis plant and can mimic the action of endocannabinoids.
What other conditions can CBD oil help with?
Other conditions that CBD oil can help with, and sometimes in combination with THC, include sleep and insomnia, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, epilepsy, PTSD, palliative care, endometriosis, cancer pain, and anxiety.
Can CBD oil help with pain relief?
CBD oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties which can help to relieve pain.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
The terms ‘hemp products’ and ‘cannabis products’ are often used interchangeably although there is a difference in derivation. CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant’s leaves, stalk and flowers, whereas hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant. Hemp and cannabis are terms used to describe a plant in the genus Cannabis (same origin/type).
Another difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil is that hemp seed oil contains little to no CBD, and no THC (less than 0.3 per cent). Hemp seed oil is also used for health and wellness, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
What does it feel like when you take CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main cannabinoids responsible for most of the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Medicinal cannabis (also referred to as medical marijuana) generally includes one or both of two major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant – CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol).
CBD is not psychoactive and has no psychoactive effect. This means CBD doesn’t change a person’s state of mind when using it. THC is psychoactive in that it has a mind-altering effect, known to cause a ‘high’. When used together, CBD counteracts the effects of THC, reducing memory impairment and paranoia. While CBD on its own doesn’t cause drowsiness as a side-effect, if CBD is used with other medication, drowsiness may result.
What are the possible side effects of CBD oil?
In general, there are less side effects of CBD-rich products than those of high-ratio THC products. Although in some cases, some patients may encounter side-effects with higher dose CBD products, like paediatric epilepsies. For both CBD and THC, known side-effects may include fatigue, sedation, drowsiness, vertigo, nausea and vomiting, changes in appetite, dry mouth, and diarrhoea.
Once starting medicinal cannabis treatment, it is important to have review appointments with your prescribing doctor to assess the success of your treatment plan and to discuss any side-effects.
How to apply to get CBD oil in Sydney?
In Australia, all registered medical practitioners can prescribe medical cannabis for patients but each prescription needs approval from the Australian Government’s Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
All pharmacies across all Australia are permitted to dispense medicinal cannabis products subject to a doctor’s TGA approved prescription, as long as the pharmacy meets the Department of Health’s requirements.
The exception is low dose CBD products (maximum of 150mg/day in adults) which can be supplied without prescription by pharmacists to patients over-the-counter. The products supplied need to be TGA approved and included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
For all other CBD oil products, a doctor’s prescription is required, which needs to be approved through the TGA framework. The TGA considers each patient’s prescription via the Special Access Scheme (SAS) application, submitted on the patient’s behalf by the prescribing doctor. This application includes clinical evidence and reasons for treatment, dosing routine, and length of treatment. Part of the eligibility test includes a patient needing to have had the medical condition for at least three months and not responded to conventional medicine or if current treatment has intolerable side effects.
Other patient access pathways within the TGA framework is the Authorised Prescriber Scheme (APS) which allows doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis for a specific condition or patient participation in Clinical Trials.
For the most current and accurate information on cannabis medicine and accessing medicinal cannabis as an alternative treatment in Australia, please visit the TGA’s Medicinal Cannabis Guidance Documents.
Who administers CBD oil?
In Australia, medicinal cannabis products are controlled drugs regulated by the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Office of Drug Control (ODC). This means that CBD oil is legal in Australia, as well as other medicinal cannabis products, because they are approved pharmaceutical products and include a range of preparations for therapeutic use.
CBD oil in Australia can be purchased from any pharmacy as long as a patient has a TGA approved doctor’s prescription. Except for low dose CBD oil, which is available to buy over-the-counter at pharmacies.
Where to buy CBD oil in Sydney?
Pharmacies in Sydney and across all Australia’s states and territories are permitted to dispense medicinal cannabis products subject to a doctor’s TGA approved prescription and as long as the pharmacy meets the Department of Health’s requirements. The one exception is for low dose CBD products, which patients can buy over-the-counter at a pharmacy.
Although it is also possible to buy CBD oil online, patients need to be aware of the shortfalls and risks. Problems in buying CBD oil online include buying the incorrect product, not taking the correct dosage, false quality claims, disclaimers, and a lack of regulation and monitoring the efficacy of the promised health benefits.
How do you take CBD oil?
Prescriptions, formulations and method of consumption depend on an individual’s needs. CBD oil prescriptions can be taken in a number of ways. Medicinal cannabis should not be smoked.
- Inhalation: Breathing in vaporised dried cannabis flower and vape concentrate; effects are generally felt immediately or within 30 minutes, and last from 2 to 4 hours.
- Ingestion and sublingual (under tongue): Ingesting cannabis oil, oral spray and softgels; effects are typically felt within 2 hours of administration and last from 6 to 8 hours.
- Topical: Oils are added to lotions, gels or creams and applied topically; effects are typically felt immediately depending on application site, and lasts for 1 to 2 hours.
How long does CBD oil take to work?
Method of consumption, dosage, concentration and individual biological factors will impact the response time to feeling the effects of a medical cannabis product. Some people use a combination of options for their treatment plan.
How much CBD oil should you take?
Dosage depends on an individual person’s needs and biological factors. Different people will respond to different dosages. Factors that will impact dosage include body weight, condition being treated, concentration of the CBD oil product being used, an individual’s unique biological factors and body chemistry. It’s best to talk to your prescribing doctor to determine the correct dosage.
Have more questions? Contact one of our consultants at Cannatrek today.
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