Bonomo emphasises the importance of quality control, saying that the upfront work is worth it in the long run. “For products to be listed on the ARTG, there is a process. It’s a complex process, but it’s a necessary process to make sure that those quality products do get listed.”
The Australian Medical Association did not support the TGA’s decision to down-schedule the substance, citing the lack of ARTG-listed products – alongside the potential for interactions with prescription medicines, and a need for more evidence.
CBD, a compound found in cannabis that does not have psychoactive effects, is now legal to sell over the counter. But don’t expect to find any in your local pharmacy yet. Photograph: Anatoliy Sizov/Getty Images/iStockphoto
“We’re filling the gap of 70 years of prohibition where there was no research,” says Tommy Huppert, the CEO of Cannatrek, an Australian cannabis grower and manufacturer. Huppert’s company has just inked an exclusive supply deal with Chemist Warehouse, though what exactly it will supply remains to be seen. “Everyone’s really racing to get the product to market. What sort of mountain will we have to climb? Is it going to be weeks? Months?” he wonders.
“Now we have approval, but in order for companies to get these products to market they have to … show that the product is safe, but also efficacious.
That CBD is found in a plant subject to three seperate United Nations treaties is not the only thing that sets it apart from other medicines. It also differs because “we’re really talking about generic actives,” says Huppert. Rather than developing a new drug for a specific purpose, CBD manufacturers will have to run clinical trials to find out which purposes an existing and widely used substance is actually effective for. Or, as McGregor puts it, “the exact opposite of most drug development”.
“And therein lies the problem – there are no good clinical trials that show CBD at 150mg [the daily dose approved by the TGA] is actually effective.”
This opens the market up to more competitively priced medical-grade products and is also another landmark moment for Australians supporting the cannabis legalisation movement.
The Australian government has legalised cannabis for medical use in 2016. Since then there has been a lot of progress making Cannabidiol (CBD) oil legal and accessible to patients across the country.
Is CBD Oil Legal In Sydney, NSW?
Alternatively, you can ask for a referral to a cannabis clinic in your city, and this clinic will have trained health professionals that are available to answer any of your questions.
Your local GP can prescribe legal CBD oil to you without the need to refer you to a cannabis clinic.
Yes, medicinal CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant is legal in Australia.
Everyone responds to CBD oil differently. After obtaining a CBD oil prescription, patients start with a very low dose and gradually increase the amount to determine the minimum effective dose needed to achieve a therapeutic effect. This process of gradually increasing the dose is called titration. CBD can interact with other medications so it’s best to conduct the titration process under the supervision of a doctor.
In practice, CBD oil is usually prescribed to treat chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. CBD acts on speciﬁc targets found in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are involved in the regulation of many functions including: brain and nervous system activity, heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, inﬂammation, immune system activity, perception of pain, reproduction, wake/sleep cycle, regulation of stress and emotional state as well as many other functions. A 2017 report from the World Health Organization provides a long list of medical conditions for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits, however, more research is needed before making definitive conclusions.
Hemp and CBD are not the same thing. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous marketers use the terms interchangeably to try and capitalizes on CBD’s popularity. Hemp seed oil may definitely have health benefits (notably Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids) but there is so little CBD in hemp seed oil (
Is CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil the Same?
Products purchased online don’t have any quality assurance oversight and no regulatory standards for producing, testing, or labeling. Many of these products can contain harmful substances such as molds, toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, fungus, viruses, and pesticides. These products are not undergoing testing by the TGA to ensure strict conformity to medical grade quality standards. Considering most people use CBD as medicine, why take this unnecessary risk?
There are generally 3 different types of CBD oils: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate.