What is CBD? Your most asked questions, answered.

In Australia, it’s common for people to ask what CBD is. Also to question, is it legal? There are many reasons you might want to learn about CBD oil (cannabidiol oil). When you look at the Australian medicinal cannabis industry, CBD oil is still one of the most talked-about topics. If you have questions about medical cannabis (or just want to know more) you have come to the right place. At Greencare, our highly experienced doctors are licensed to take a responsible approach in prescribing plant based and endocannabinoid medicines for patients who present with many different symptoms. It’s also important for us to educate Australia about medicinal cannabis and CBD treatments. 

So, want to know more? We’re answering your most pressing CBD questions.

1. What is CBD? 

CBD is a shorter way of saying ‘cannabidiol’. It is a natural and non-intoxicating chemical product found in the cannabis plant. It is a secret product in the medical and wellness world, with non-psychoactive compounds. CBD has the ability to interact with your body’s inbuilt endocannabinoid system to help promote homeostasis (the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by your body’s self regulating system). There is clinical evidence and studies that suggest CBD is beneficial in helping people and pets with numerous medical conditions.

2. Where does CBD come from?

CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is one type of Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp can be seen as a ‘’cousin’’ of the marijuana plant, whilst CBD by itself does not cause a ‘’high’’. The hemp leaves are abundant in CBD and a great natural source for the supplement. It’s important to know that CBD comes from hemp leaves, not seeds or the stems. 

3. What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

When people hear about cannabis, they often assume it’s going to make them feel ‘high’, but this is only true when THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is involved. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid which gives a ‘’high’’ and may be responsible for certain medical properties. Differently, CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and also provides certain medicinal properties. At Greencare, our licensed and experienced doctor’s will work with you on a treatment plan and explain to you what cannabinoids are in your prescription products.

Is CBD legal in Australia?

Medicinal cannabis is any cannabis product prescribed, by a doctor, to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition. This included CBD. While recreational cannabis is illegal in all states and territories except the ACT, medical cannabis is legal Australia-wide. In Australia, our medicinal cannabis is tightly regulated, ensuring that you are prescribed high quality and safe products. At Greencare, our doctors are licensed to prescribe cannabis products to patients who present health symptoms that are eligible.

What symptoms can CBD treat?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is responsible for ensuring that the therapeutic goods available for supply in Australia are safe and fit for their intended purpose. To date, the TGA has approved medicinal cannabis for the following medical conditions:

  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • refractory paediatric epilepsy
  • palliative care indications
  • cancer pain
  • neuropathic pain
  • spasticity from neurological conditions
  • anorexia and wasting associated with chronic illness (such as cancer).

Studies have also found Medicinal Cannabis to help with symptoms of:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Endometriosis and Period Pain
  • PTSD

How long does CBD stay in your system?

CBD is long-lasting, mainly because it takes a while for the enzymes in your body to metabolise. This benefit of CBD for health symptoms, also typically means that CBD stays in your system for three to five days, however this can vary depending on multiple factors. Including; the individual's weight, their prescribed amount, their method of use, their food intake, how often they use it and their genetic makeup.

Have more questions about CBD or want to know if it could potentially be the right treatment plan for your health symptoms? Book a consultation with one of our highly experienced doctors today.