Guide to Buying CBD Products in Australia

Shopping for CBD products comes with several challenges

Medical marijuana has been legal in Australia for the past two years. Yet, shopping for the right cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis extract, is a challenging process. Although CBD is available in various forms, CBD oil is the primary product used for medical applications. However, even CBD oil comes in different forms, increasing the need for guidance in the shopping process.

Here’s a guide to the CBD market in Australia.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil is a non-psychoactive oil extracted from the marijuana or hemp plant. It is believed that CBD oil contains excellent healing properties and is especially useful for several medical applications. According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD oil serves as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antipsychotic agent.

CBD oil extracted from the marijuana plant contains more THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content than CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp CBD oil is entirely safe and legal in many countries. Currently, CBD oil is helping many Australians get relief from a variety of health conditions. 

The Legal Status of CBD in Australia

In Australia, hemp-derived CBD oil is legal and treated as a dietary supplement. This means CBD can also be purchased without a prescription. On the other hand, cannabis oil, which is derived from marijuana, is only legally available with a prescription. Purchasing cannabis oil also requires successful registration for the medical cannabis program.

Difference between Cannabis CBD and Hemp CBD Oil

Both CBD oil and hemp oil are low in THC. However, hemp oil only contains traces of about 3.5 percent of CBD, while CBD cannabis oil contains up to 20 percent. CBD products based on hemp oil do not contain enough compounds and thus are considered only health supplements. CBD cannabis oil, on the other hand, contains a high concentration of essential compounds, making it ideal for medical applications.

Look for the Major and Natural Ingredients in CBD Oil

CBD works better and faster as a whole-plant extract. High effectiveness of CBD in pharmaceutical settings requires the formulator of organic products, such as Eternal Plants. This is because CBD is most effective in the presence of the other naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids, and more.

Kilograms of cannabis oil exported from Canada in 2017. Source

Important Things to Consider when Buying CBD Products in Australia

  • Decide the form of CBD and why

Although CBD is supposed to be effective in every form, experts suggest different forms based on the desired effects. For instant relief, inhaling CBD may be the most effective form. For effects within a few minutes, CBD oil may be useful. Some CBD topical lotions may take effect right away, while others may take several hours. CBD in the form of food products often take longer than 30 minutes to show their effectiveness.

  • Look for Products that display the amount of CBD

Buy products that show how much CBD each dosage of the product contains. Dosages are expressed in milligrams and vary considerably according to the form of the CBD product. Experts suggest beginning doses should be relatively low before gradually increasing doses. Take extra care with products that list only the amount of total cannabinoids contained. Also be wary of products that market themselves as ”whole plant” or “full spectrum”.

  • Be Skeptical about Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims

Labeling CBD products with health claims is legal only for prescription drugs, which undergo extensive testing for safety and effectiveness. However, if a hemp CBD product is labeled with dramatic or sweeping health claims, avoid it.

Final Words

Knowledge of CBD is important to deciding what form to buy. Researching the product and knowing the desired effect are two key steps to buying the right CBD product.

Published by Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track on technology, trends and digital strategy.

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