What’s CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients in Cannabis and is an essential part of Medicinal Marijuana therapy.

 

How is Cannabidiol different from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid compound. While CBD is a component of the marijuana plant, by itself it does not cause a “high”. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD” (1).

 

Cannabidiol Medicinal Benefits

CBD has enormous therapeutic potential. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, appetite stimulant, antipsychotic, antitumoral, immunosuppressive, anti-diabetic, anti-psoriatic, anti-ischemic, antibacterial, antiproliferative, bone stimulant and neuroprotective properties. Due to its wide therapeutic window, it is effective in treating a variety of conditions. Currently, there is an FDA approved medicine in the US that is pure CBD known as Epidiolex. It has been effective in treating patients with epilepsy (2).

 

Is Cannabidiol safe?

CBD is a non-toxic, non-euphoric substance that doesn’t make people feel high. Side effects of CBD are minimal when compared to similar class medications. Potential side effects include dry mouth, nausea and light-headedness. There is no withdrawal period, so stopping CBD at any time is safe to do if the side effects are not tolerated.

 

What’s CBD Oil?

CBD oil contains Cannabidiol (CBD) in a carrier oil such as Olive Oil or Coconut Oil.

CBD oil is usually taken orally by holding the oil under your tongue for as long as you can and then swallowing. Taking CBD orally provides a longer onset but can give longer lasting results.

If you would like to inhale a CBD product, you will need to purchase a vape device that can take oils. Most vapes on the market are strictly for use with vape juices and you may end up ruining your vape if you try to use Medical Cannabis oil with it.

 

The Bottom Line

CBD may be a safe option when treating anxiety, bipolar disorder, insomnia, inflammatory pain, epilepsy, autism to name a few. Currently, there is a lot of interest in this space and high-quality evidence-based research is being conducted to further understand its place in treating a wide variety of conditions and ailments.

References 1. https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6396837/

 

Where to Buy Medical CBD Oil in Australia

Medicinal Cannabis products such as CBD oil can only be prescribed by an Australian-registered Medical practitioner and must be accessed through special federal and state pathways. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today to gain access to Medical Marijuana oils and products. Doctors, please find our products in the TGA SAS portal using “CDA” as the search term.

Research Papers

1. CBD as a potential treatment for Anxiety https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/

2. CBD as a potential treatment for psychosis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24309088

3. CBD as a potential treatment for epilepsy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5688214/

4. CBD’s Anti-inflammatory properties: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29632236