Buying CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that gets a lot of positive attention globally, mainly due to its potential health benefits without the mind-altering effects like those associated with the more well-known cannabinoid, Tetrahydroncannabinol (THC).

There is some misunderstanding of the regulations around buying CBD oil legally in Australia, if it can be bought over the counter without a script as well as how this product differs from hemp oil. The information below is designed to assist in understanding this popular cannabinoid and help when considering buying CBD oil.

Although the TGA down-scheduled low-dose CBD in Feb 2021, there are currently no TGA approved products that meet the criteria to be sold over the counter. This means patients wanting to access CBD and other medicinal cannabis products legally, will still require a practitioner prescription.

There are over 4,300 practitioners nationally prescribing medicinal cannabis and an additional 1300+ are APs, meaning they can write a medicinal cannabis script for patients immediately, without waiting for TGA approval.

Want To Buy CBD Oil In Australia?

Until low-dose over the counter CBD products are available, CBD oil cannot legally be bought in Australia without a prescription from a practitioner because these products are considered Prescription Medicines. So, purchasing these products from a store or online is illegal and does not come with the assurance of accurate labelling. A study in the UK, where CBD oil (containing no THC) can be purchased without a prescription, looked at products available for purchase and showed that only 38% (11 out of the 29 products tested) were accurately labelled. Furthermore, 45% of these products tested had measurable levels of THC which is an issue for patients concerned about THC testing at work or on the road.

In order to prescribe a product containing CBD (or any medical cannabis as the active ingredient), a registered Australian medical practitioner must apply to the TGA for approval on behalf of the patient.

What Is The Difference Between CBD Oil And Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is another name for hemp seed oil. In Australia, the Food Standards Authority strictly controls any product that can be sold without restriction in supermarkets or pharmacies. These products can only be made from hemp seeds (from the cannabis sativa plant) that have been hulled and hemp seeds do not contain any cannabinoids. In Australia, hemp oil is primarily a food consumed for its omega-3 and omega-6 content. It can also be used to make soaps, lotions and shampoos.

Medical cannabis oil or CBD oil is a medicine derived from the flower of the cannabis sativa plant used for its potentially beneficial effects in various health conditions.

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