The non-intoxicating cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) has been creating a buzz recently. But what is CBD oil?
CBD will not make you ‘high’ like THC might; in fact it may mitigate some of the intoxicating effects of THC. CBD oil consists of a high-CBD cannabis extract in a carrier oil base, such as coconut-derived MCT oil.
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Located in BC? Shop online for CBD oil and choose from a range of potencies – CBD-dominant products have a ratio of at least 2:1 CBD to THC and some products contain zero THC.
BC Cannabis Stores is the only legal place to buy CBD oil in BC online and we have a wide range of CBD oil from a variety of Health Canada approved Licensed Producers.
Smokeless and odourless CBD oils come with a dispenser for dropping oil under the tongue, swallowing it, or adding it to food and drinks. Some cannabis oils come in a spray format. CBD oils have already been activated, so there’s no need to heat them. CBD oils may have an earthy, nutty taste and natural terpene aromas. Adults aged 19 years and older can buy CBD oil online at BC Cannabis Stores.
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Broad Spectrum- This is a middle ground between isolate and full spectrum (which we'll address next). Broad spectrum is minimally processed, which means it hosts some of the foundational plant components of cannabis while also hosting little risk of containing THC.
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The difference now is that Authorised Prescribers (AP) don’t need to apply to the TGA via the Special Access Scheme (SAS), they can write you a prescription on the spot. These APs can be either specialists or a GP, but there’s no full list right now, so your best bet is to start making some enquiries.
However, there are currently no TGA approved products on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) that meet the Schedule 3 criteria. And that process of approval could take years.
Already there’s countless overseas companies taking an interest in selling to Aussies. “They see it as perhaps the fastest growing market in the world, even though it’s a small population the numbers add up,” says Dr Iain.
How do you actually get CBD oil?
It was first discovered in the 50s and 60s (in modern times) and was basically thought to be useless, says the Doc. That was, until the 70s, when we rediscovered its antiepileptic effects. But it really wasn’t until the past four or five years that there’s been a real increase in awareness and research.
As of 2020, out of the approvals issued in total in over three years, Dr Iain estimated that about 20,000 patients gained access legally (when you take into account the prescription renewals throughout that time). “And there’s probably 10 times more people — certainly from our surveys — that are accessing illicit cannabis and self-medicating.”
“There’s evidence, particularly in illnesses of the brain, that it does work,” she says. So depression, anxiety, ADHD, tourettes, PTSD, different aspects of psychosis — for those type of things the evidence consistently shows that there’s benefits. CBD is not as great with pain, she says, because you kind of need THC to get any pain benefits.
So yeah, the government and researchers are well aware that a lot of people in Australia are opting to bypass the current system and spend their money offshore, buying online from places like Canada and the US. But there are signs that prices will go down, since obviously there’s an increasingly competitive market for it.