The use of CBD oil is a tough subject because there are few countries that have legalised it entirely. Because of this issue, patient access to CBD and the medical cannabis industry still has a negative connotation connected to it because of the lack of knowledge behind it. Thankfully, there are more countries becoming open to the idea of CBD legalisation and usage, and specifically, Australia has started to embrace it more so.
Australia is just one of the places that have started trying to really implement the use of CBD oil within the medical industry due to the emerging evidence of the potential benefits it contains. Throughout the world, there have been many cases of CBD assisting people with the symptoms of their chronic illnesses and have even replaced more traditional medical methods. Australia has been able to experience these results themselves when they legalised CBD for medical usage only in 2016.
Since then, there have only been positive studies found about everything that CBD is capable of. Because Australia opened their doors by allowing medical usage of it, it can be predicted that with more concrete case studies, total legalization will happen in due time.
In the meantime, there are many aspects about CBD that Australians need to know before the market for it really starts to boom. By knowing the basics, effects, and benefits ahead of time, the people are setting themselves apart and preparing for the great future of the medical cannabis industry.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the main components found in the cannabis plant. As a phytocannabinoid, cannabidiol is known for its highly beneficial medical properties without imparting any psychoactive effects. Even if consumed in large amounts or huge continuous doses, cannabidiol does not cause intoxication.
How Does CBD Work?
When many people hear CBD, they automatically turn towards marijuana and then associate that to the negative stigmas that follow the subject. What they don’t realize is that CBD, although developed from marijuana or the hemp plant, is not psychoactive which means that their chances of becoming “high” is low to non-existent, depending on the product.
There are hundreds of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most famous cannabinoids, next to tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC). CBD is not a psychoactive and does not product the same kind of euphoric effects that THC does, meaning that it makes it ideal for people to use it consistently for health issues without the worry of becoming addicted to a “high”.
The human body has an Endocannabinoid system that assists in regulating inflammation, mood, sleep and our immune system. CBD allows our bodies to optimize our own natural cannabinoids produced by our body. We have two main receptors: CB1 (brain and nervous system), and CB2 (immune system). THC causes the body to become high by attaching itself to the brain’s receptors. CBD doesn’t attach itself directly. Instead, it influences the body’s supply to utilize itself more effectively, assisting in pain management, inflammation and the nervous system.
What is CBD Used For?
For the public to eliminate negative ideas about CBD, its uses and benefits need to be examined. CBD has been found to have many benefits towards the body but it has to be remembered that certain effects depend on a specific person’s body.
Here are the areas that CBD has been witnessed to help with:
- Sleep Support
CBD has been found as an effective aid by reducing sleep issues, fighting insomnia, and even improving sleep quality. That means that people can get that deep sleep they were never able to achieve just by using CBD. It has also been found that CBD can potentially provide more energy during the day, leading people to become tired during evenings and develop better sleeping habits at night.
- Pain Management
CBD helps with pain and inflammation by activating CB2 receptors in the immune system, allowing them to put direct focus right on areas of pain. It has also been seen to help with headaches, muscle soreness, and joint injuries.
- Skin Care
CBD also has been found to help reduce symptoms associated with acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. It can even work as a moisturizer and can reduce lines and wrinkles. Because of this, people don’t have to resort to severe facial treatments or medications as long as CBD provides effects for them.
- Other Medical Issues
The information above is just a few things that CBD has been discovered to help but there are so many other ailments that can be aided through the use of it. CBD can help with gastrointestinal issues, neurological problems, and even with mood/behavior management.
Australian Clinical Trials
Currently in Australia, clinical trials are being monitored for the following:
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Neurological Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Diseases
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Crohns Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
- Chronic Cancer Pain & Malaise
- Chemotherapy induced Nausea & Vomiting
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Inflammatory Conditions including SLE(Lupus), Systemic Sclerosis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis
- idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Many spasticity syndromes
- And more…
How Do I Choose Which CBD To Buy?
With the possibility of CBD becoming fully legalised and more publicly accessible in Australia within the next few years, it’s important for people to know what they are buying, where it is coming from, the effects they are after, and whether a company can be relied on or not. CBD can be daunting at first because there are many factors that can affect the product itself, which can lead to potentially scaring off customers with bad experience and low quality products. By following the list below, people can be sure to be ready for CBD when it can be used freely.
CBD isn’t cheap and that means that you should be able to know how much of it is actually in the product that you’re buying so you get your money’s worth. When trying to determine concentration, look at the total milligrams stated on the product label. Knowing the total milligrams can help you better determine what products to buy and whether you are getting the full effects for the amount you’re paying.
CBD usage can either be very difficult or simple, depending on if the user knows what to look for and what they want. Some products take more effort than others (vaporizers, etc.) and that means a person should test out a few different products to really determine what works for them.
- Length of Effects
Two important questions to consider is how long a CBD product takes to work and how long do the effects last. Depending on what is bought, the effects can last just a few hours to almost an entire night. More about the length and effects will be discussed with the types of products below.
Taste is one of those things that may or may not be important to people but for others, can severely affect how they perceive their CBD product. Some products, such as concentrates, have very distinct hemp flavors. Others can have more realistic but artificial flavoring including vanilla, chocolate, cherry, and many others. This is all a matter of preference and takes some trial and error before finding a product that truly fits you.
Because CBD products haven’t been available on the mainstream market, it will be hard for people to determine what is worth their money and what isn’t. More about this subject will also be talked about below.
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate CBD - which do I choose?
Before buying CBD products, it is crucial to know the 3 classifications of CBD Products:
- Contains all natural compounds of the Cannabis plant
- Contains trace amounts of THC
- Not recommended for users who want to avoid THC (can test positive in drug tests)
- Ideal for those with a specific prescription with a THC to CBD ratio
- Contains all natural compounds of the Cannabis plant
- Contains zero THC
- Ideal for first-time users of CBD Products
- Contains all only one compound: Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Contains zero THC
- Ideal for those who require specific high doses of CBD only
What CBD Products are There?
Thankfully, CBD is just like the population of people in Australia: there are many types and variations, one not being better than the other. Preference for a specific product all depends on what the user wants. When CBD becomes legalised, it won’t be surprising to discover people debating about the different products on the market but for now, you can get a first look at what is available below.
CBD tinctures are a form that can be taken orally. It has gained popularity from users due to its versatility. This type of CBD usually comes with a dropper or spray bottle, making it simple for user to put the product on their tongue and let is be absorbed into their mouth and system. Thankfully, tinctures come in many flavors and are very straightforward with usage. The only issues with tinctures are that many of them aren’t as strong as other CBD products (they are ideal for novices) and correct dosages can be difficult to determine with droppers.
Concentrates and Pastes
Concentrates and pastes are for the people that want the strongest CBD value they can get. These products are comprised mostly of hemp oil, meaning that the CBD concentration will always be high and that you will get your money’s worth. This type acts fast, absorbing into the system in about 15 minutes, and then lasts in the body up to 12 hours. This might not be the best choice for a novice as it takes a high tolerance to handle this and there is also a strong hemp taste.
For the people that would prefer to vape, there are now vape oils infused with CBD. This product is also ideal because it allows users to safely inhale the product and absorb the CBD through the lungs. The effects can be felt almost immediately and can last up to six hours. By inhaling the CBD into your lungs, the product goes right into your body instead of having to travel through different passageways (tongue, skin, etc.). This method requires some more investment than the others because CBD vape oil can be difficult to use and a person will also have to buy an e-pen or vaporizer. Before spending the extra money, it’s important to determine if you truly prefer this method over the others.
There are now lotions, oils, and balms that are infused with CBD oil. They are rubbed onto the skin and absorbed to provide relief with joint pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness. This is the easiest form of using CBD but it also is the slowest. Once applied, it takes one to two hours to be fully absorbed into the system and depending on strength, it can last six to 12 hours. Since it’s so simple and you can target specific areas, this is ideal for many people who want an easy investment with not much difficulty.
CBD capsules and pills are very straightforward and simple to use. The CBD is absorbed into the stomach and can last between six to 12 hours. Since the capsules are digested in the gut, it can take a little longer (one to two hours) for the effects to happen. These pills usually come with a high concentration, meaning that while people are also getting their money’s worth here, it can be difficult for others to pinpoint how much CBD works for them. They also cost quite a bit, which can turn people off, especially with the other options already stated. This type would better serve people that already know what their daily intake of CBD is so they can take their dose quickly without having to worry about anything else.
Edibles are extremely popular within the cannabis industry already and now, CBD is being infused into them. This is a great alternative for the people that don’t want to take tinctures or use vape oil because CBD edibles come in a huge variety of flavors and provide the users with something that actually tastes good. With edibles, it takes about one to two hours for the effects to kick in and they can last six to 12 hours, depending on the strength. While edibles are simple, fast acting, and usually have high concentrations, there are a few downsides to them. Because they taste good, it can be easy for the user to overeat and indulge in too much CBD. They also can be pricey, meaning that a person is going to want to know exactly what amount to take so they don’t waste all of their product.
How Much Does CBD Cost?
CBD is something that can be enjoyed by many for its benefits but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be watching how much you are spending with it. As is, it’s expensive for the consumers using it just for medical issues. Once it becomes legalised and mainstream, companies have the opportunity to try to take advantage of people’s curiosities about different products and overcharge them. There are some things to consider about pricing before going out and buying CBD-based products.
First, you have to remember that not all products are created equal. For example, topicals are completely different than edibles, which is why the latter is going to cost much more than the former. In this case, you’re paying for the quality of the product. With products such as CBD vape oils, much of your money will probably be spent on the actual vaporisers themselves and experimenting with the different oils available. In this case, the amount of money spent depends on what you prefer with CBD.
Secondly, CBD users need to realise that there are good products and also bad ones. There are companies out there not following quality standards, and charging the same amounts as premium brands. To avoid getting scammed from one of these lower-end companies, you should be researching a company’s lab reports (if possible), how much CBD is in the product, what ingredients are used, where was the hemp sourced/cultivated from, and how the CBD was extracted.
If you’re able to find the lab reports, you can easily see whether or not they are accredited in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization. This means that the company you are interested in met the standards and guidelines that were approved by their government. You should also check the reports to make sure the CBD product is free of any contaminants.
Checking the amount of CBD in a product is extremely important. By checking this, you are ensuring that the product is safe and does not contain a higher amount of THC that could cause psychoactive effects as well as result in a positive drug test if tested for THC (very common on New South Wales roads with Mobile Drug Testing). On a different note, companies could also not be entirely honest about the amount of CBD they are putting in their products, meaning that you aren’t reaping full potentials. You will be paying more for quantity instead of quality, which is them just taking advantage of an industry that was meant to help people.
With CBD products, one would think that the ingredients are simple; CBD and that’s all. That is actually not the case at all because some companies distributing CBD products could be putting a ton of ingredients into their products that aren’t the safest to consume. When researching different products, Google the different names on the ingredients list to see if there are any negative effects from them. This is a crucial step that many people miss because it is tedious and they would rather just enjoy their CBD. You should also be checking to see the good ingredients that companies are using to exemplify the CBD’s effects just to know how your product is affecting your body.
With Australians rapidly warming up to the CBD market, it’s important for them to also consider pricing with how their products’ hemp is sourced and cultivated. The best hemp used has been found to have been developed through proper pH-balanced soil, grown from hemp seeds from reliable sources, and having been abstained from GMOs, pesticides, and other unnatural products. This information is difficult to get but some companies have been known to disclose this information, proving that they can be held credible. Some companies even own their own farms, meaning that the consumer can trace the hemp used from the beginning of its growth to when it was included into their product.
While there are many extraction methods for CBD, CO2 extraction is preferred, especially for the people that want the best product possible for their money. CO2 extraction provides a safe way for CBD to be extracted from the plant through pressurization. Once the CBD is compressed, it turns into a cold liquid that has its nutrient-rich terpenes and trichomes preserved for clean use. Purity is essential for CBD and this should be researched by consumers to make sure they are getting the quality product that matches its price.
Other Factors That Affect CBD Cost
As the CBD business develops through Australia, the people will have to develop their CBD knowledge enough to distinguish which products are worth the value or not, especially because new companies will be starting up left and right.
In the next few years, don’t be surprised to see many more CBD-focused companies just waiting for Australia to legalise it so they can start distributing products as quickly as possible. By following our advice, you’ll be able to determine what’s worth it for you for your CBD needs and what can be saved towards other products.
The reasons stated above are primary factors that affect CBD pricing but there are other smaller factors that need to be paid attention to before investing in products. Before you think about buying many different things, you should be thinking about the benefits you specifically want, and then taking them into account with what you find through the various companies.
Some of the other factors to consider in what is appropriate for you as an amount of spend include any special ingredients that are used to improve the CBD’s effects, any special features on a product, and the company’s reputation.
Special ingredients can either be good or bad. Further research is needed on your part because they may actually make your CBD experience better or not. Testing is necessary here because each person’s perspective is different (one person may spend more than another just for these ingredients).
Different and special features on products always manage to lure people in but many don’t know that fancy packaging does cost more. While more appealing, there are plain products that function just the same so make sure you aren’t lured in by something that seems more attractive. This will only be doing you a favor in the future because the focus is on the CBD itself; not what it’s packaged in.
A company’s outstanding reputation might as well be one of the only reasons for you to pay a little more for your CBD. Companies want to maintain that good standing with its customers and future consumers, so you can be sure that you’re getting quality product every time. This also obviously means that these companies know they can charge a little more because people will keep coming back for more, which is never a bad thing as long as the CBD is as clean and pure as possible.
Important Information For Beginners
Since CBD is currently only legal for medical use in Australia with a special prescription, a very small amount of people have been able to experience its benefits and the wide range of products that there are. While these people can vouch for everything CBD has done for them through anecdotal evidence, the only way to really learn about it is by educating yourself and trying the products on your own when legalisation actually happens. In the meantime, here are some important points for novices to take into consideration when trying to determine if CBD would be ideal for them or not.
Not all oils are made the same
Once it becomes legalised, people will start to notice that CBD can be bought anywhere that there are cannabis products, making it very simple for consumers to attain anything that was mentioned in this article. The important part for them to remember is that not all CBD oils are made the same and that they will probably have to try out different stores and products before finding something they really like. A product to think about is a CBD tincture. Tinctures are ideal for beginners because they come with simple packaging, are discreet, and have very light concentrations (although stronger concoctions are in the works for the future).
Analyse the concentration amounts
Concentration amounts can be scary for beginners, especially when there are so many choices to choose from. A novice will have to determine through different usages and products what works for them and what makes them feel the best. This idea should also be taken into account with how long it takes someone’s body to react to the effects and how long they last for. It takes the body a while to adjust to the effects and different concentrations of CBD so a person shouldn’t start out too strong and should expect a few weeks spent on experimentation and allowing their bodies to become used to CBD overall. As long as they are patient and just enjoy the CBD journey, they will find that concentrations and effects times are very simple to figure out.
CBD vs Marijuana
There is a big question of why someone should choose CBD over marijuana. For some people, they swear that marijuana provides better effects than any other cannabis product but what they are forgetting is that not everyone wants that high. CBD is the better alternative for the people that want to get the full effects of cannabis without the psychoactive consequences after. Since Australia still carries strict laws against marijuana, it is expected that beginners will try out CBD first (once it become legalised completely) because it’s an easy-on-the-body-and-mind alternative.
Once Australians start educating themselves on what CBD is and the undeniable health benefits, the stigma should start fading away. CBD will provide a big market that will become a portion of the country’s economic success while just being a great alternative to marijuana and other cannabis products that many people just aren’t that comfortable with yet.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil in Australia?
As you consider to get CBD oil in Australia, ensure that you do so after you have obtained a valid prescription. The issuing doctors need to be licensed and have registered to allow them to prescribe CBD products to patients. CBDAssist will soon provide a list of clinics that provide CBD access to patients.
Since CBD oil is only made available with a prescription in Australia, many Australians who are desperate (due to illness and suffering) are turning to online methods with various online stores (both Australian and International) that ship directly to homes in Australia.
When choosing a CBD Oil, be sure to read the label that actually it contains Cannabidiol (CBD). Look for the products that contain “cannabidiol”, “hemp extract”, “full spectrum”, "broad spectrun." Be wary that there are plenty of products that are masked and marketed as CBD Oil, but contain little to no CBD in its ingredients, but instead containing Hemp Seed Oil. Hemp Seed Oil is completely different and can be bought on supermarket shelves.
CBD is just the start for Australia to change the medical cannabis industry for the better. While CBD is still in the discovery and trial stages, there have been numerous results and benefits found worldwide. The people that have been taking CBD for issues and chronic illnesses have been discovered to be healthier during and after their medical treatments. This means that Australia can potentially help eliminate many traditional, harmful treatments and ailments that have people have had to suffer through with not many treatment choices for decades.
What many people need to realise is that by completely legalising CBD, Australia is opening doors for other medical treatments to be created through the cannabis industry. CBD can be seen as the pioneer product, only leading the way to success in the future within the medical field and recreational uses. Not many people currently have access to CBD (as you need a special prescription from a doctor) but once it becomes a household name within Australian society, there will be more concrete evidence as to all of its benefits, how people have been healed psychologically and physically, and other suggestions to how it can be used towards health.
From the information stated above, one can see that Australians have much to learn about CBD’s benefits, the business behind it, and how it truly is a great investment. Australia is starting to scratch the surfaces of ventures with the medical cannabis industry and CBD is something that needs to be fully taken advantage of. It is natural, efficient, and it’s been seen to do so much more good than bad. The only issue connected to it is that because it’s a cannabis product, there is a stigma behind it that persuades people to believe that it’s only used to get high. As innovators, Australia has a duty to not only learn about CBD products and the industry, but also to inform their general public that the negative stigma of cannabis can be changed and that CBD is a good investment for the country because it will serve as a leader that can be further advanced for almost any medical issue (or even other areas).
With the progress CBD has made so far in just a short time within Australia, it can be predicted that the business will boom by 2021. More and more people are taking advantage of what CBD and other medical cannabis products can do for them. It has also allowed patients to have different medical options beyond the ones known, giving them room to test different CBD oils without worrying about the consequences (this isn’t the case for things such as chemotherapy and different medications). In just a few years, Australia has the chance to be one of the first few countries to legalise CBD and by spearheading a strong influence into the cannabis industry, they have the potential to not only reap the benefits but to also lead others into the idea that cannabis is the way to strengthen the medical industry for the future.
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