Our customer service team is getting absolutely slammed at the moment with questions relating to CBD, how to access it and what the best type of CBD is. These can be extended, complicated topics to research and most people just don’t have the time for that. Here is a quick read on the most popular questions we get asked every day!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD for short is a molecule found inside the cannabis plant - that is now widely used for therapeutic treatments in Australia and around the world.
CBD is not psychoactive like its cousin THC. Read more about the difference between the two cannabis compounds.
What Can CBD Help With?
CBD can help treat symptoms for both humans and animals that suffer from illness, such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Is CBD Harmful?
The short answer is no, CBD is generally regarded as a very safe substance and many countries allow the sale of CBD oil products ‘over the counter’. The laws in Australia are a little behind countries like the USA and part of Europe, but it can be obtained in Australia through the Special Access Scheme.
Is THC Harmful?
No, nobody has died from consuming any cannabinoids including this psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Yes, it does get you "high", but this is easily controlled by choosing a cannabis oil product with either no THC inside or meagre quantities such as less than 2% in total volume. Remember - when we’re talking about CBD products, we are referring to products with either no or very little THC content.
Is CBD Oil Legal in Australia?
Currently, the TGA regulates the sale and supply of CBD oil and cannabis products in general. The approved access pathway for patients to gain access to CBD oil is called the SAS scheme (special access scheme). The Office of Drug Control and the Australian Federal Police control and prosecute the unregulated sale of CBD oil and cannabis products in Australia. Check out a state by state guide.
What Is CBD Oil Made of?
CBD is extracted from cannabis plant material, filtered and purified. Then a carrier oil is used, such as hemp seed oil or MCT - mostly natural carrier oils are used as the base. Then the CBD or other cannabinoids are added during the manufacturing process.
What Is the Best Ratio of CBD to THC?
This is totally dependent on the end-user and the indication that is being treated, however, for most humans and animals, a cannabis product that has more substantial amounts of CBD inside vs the THC content will do the job nicely. If you are experiencing pain, then a higher amount of THC is generally required - up to about 10%-20% THC in total product volume is what you’ll want to look for. Some companies push for 50% CBD & 50% THC, but these are more ‘lifestyle product’ ratios, and the end-user will typically feel very high from this 1:1 ratio. Always ask for the mg/ml ratio first and check that it's accurately displayed on the CBD oil product before you consume; this is important for proper dosing guidelines.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
Several companies supply medical cannabis products and CBD oil specifically into the Australian market legally. We have helped hundreds of people find the right product and can make a recommendation to you. You can find out if you qualify for the Special Access Scheme by calling 1300 402 420. If you do qualify to receive medicinal CBD, the process is easy and straightforward when it comes to actually getting your product.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil for Pets in Australia?
Pets have much smaller bodies than humans and can therefore gain huge benefits from products as mild as a simple, good quality Hemp Seed Oil.
You can also read more about Cannabis for Pets.
Can I Buy CBD Online From Overseas?
Yes, but we definitely do not recommend it. You will run the risk of being caught and possibly facing a criminal conviction. It's also a question of authenticity and safety of the product. Buying from overseas, it’s impossible to tell the quality and authentic source of CBD when buying online.
Does Chemist Warehouse Sell CBD Oil?
Yes, any pharmacy can supply CBD oil in Australia legally, you'll need to provide them with approval from the TGA, and a script from your doctor and they can then dispense the product to you.
Should I Go to One of the Cannabis Clinics in Australia?
There are a number of ways to get access to CBD oil in Australia, and we always recommend for people to avoid the hefty fees cannabis clinics charge by arranging a telehealth appointment with one of our medical team. This can happen in the comfort of your own home, and the cost is a lot less than visiting a physical doctor’s clinic. Lastly, you get the benefits of talking to a specialised cannabis doctor who has helped hundreds of patients access medical cannabis.
If you have any other questions on CBD oil or how to gain access to medical cannabis in Australia, please reach out to our customer care team on 1300 420 420.