CBD oil products are now available in Melbourne to be used in combating various health problems. Learn more about its benefits and uses at Cannatrek. Inner North Medical Clinic support the use of Medicinal Cannabis for a range of medical conditions; we’re located in Northern Melbourne (Lygon St, Brunswick East).
CBD Oil in Melbourne
CBD oil is made up of cannabidiol (CBD) derived from the cannabis plant blended with a carrier oil. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis plant and one of the major components used for therapeutic use.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main cannabinoids responsible for most of the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
Medicinal cannabis (also referred to as medical marijuana) generally includes one or both of two major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant – CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is not psychoactive and has no psychoactive effect. This means CBD doesn’t change a person’s state of mind when using it. THC is psychoactive in that it has a mind-altering effect, known to cause a ‘high’.
What does CBD oil do?
In understanding what CBD oil (cannabidiol) does and its therapeutic benefits, we need to understand the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating our internal bodily functions and maintaining a state of balance (homeostasis). This includes sleep, appetite, reproduction, memory, inflammation, mood and more.
The endocannabinoid system is made of three main parts:
- • Endocannabinoids are the body’s own version of cannabis compounds;
- • Receptors aid absorption and mediate the effects of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids; and
- • Enzymes regulate the breakdown of endocannabinoids after completing their function.
Endocannabinoids occur naturally in our bodies. Phytocannabinoids are found in plants like the cannabis plant and can mimic the action of endocannabinoids.
Why use CBD oil?
Endocannabinoid deficiency is what researchers believe to be an underlying cause of various ailments, especially those related to inflammation and the immune system. This deficiency occurs when the body’s endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning correctly which makes the body more prone to diseases, believed to be linked to disorders like migraine, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. While more research is needed in this area, it is thought that cannabinoids – like CBD oil – can help the endocannabinoid system function properly and help reduce disease symptoms.
What are the conditions CBD oil can help treat?
CBD oil products can be used to combat various health conditions, which includes nausea, vomiting, psychosis disorders, seizures, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, tumour growth and cancer cell growth.
What are the health benefits of CBD oil?
Medicinal cannabis products, which includes CBD, and sometimes in combination with THC, may be a valid treatment to improve quality of life for some patients. Conditions include sleep and insomnia, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, epilepsy, PTSD, palliative care, endometriosis, cancer pain, anxiety, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Is CBD oil legal in Melbourne?
Medicinal cannabis products, which includes CBD oil, are legally controlled drugs, regulated by the Australian government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Office of Drug Control (ODC). This means that CBD oil is legal in Melbourne.
Unlike cannabis that is grown and sold illegally, the components and dose of all medicinal cannabis products, including CBD oil in Australia, are more controlled and consistent. This means the effects of medicinal cannabis are more predictable — distinctly different to street cannabis which is uncontrolled, illegal and can be contaminated with mould or solvents.
Who can get CBD Oil?
In Australia, you can get CBD oil products from a pharmacy if you have a prescription from a doctor who has followed the correct process.
The one exception is for low dose CBD products, which patients can buy over-the-counter at a pharmacy. This follows the TGA announcement on 15 December 2020, where up to a maximum of 150mg/day in adults can be supplied without prescription by pharmacists to patients over-the-counter. The products supplied are TGA approved and included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
For all other medicinal cannabis products, all registered doctors in Australia can prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients but approval is required by the Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Part of the eligibility test includes a patient needing to have had the medical condition for at least three months and not responded to conventional medicine or if current treatment has intolerable side effects.
CBD & Cannabis Clinic Brunswick East
We support the use of Medicinal Cannabis for a range of medical conditions.
Our Cannabis prescribing Doctors are experts in the Endocannabinoid system and can help you identify which products are likely to be suitable for you.
The pathway to Cannabinoid prescription involves a consultation with one of our Cannabis Clinic Doctors, who are Authorised Prescribers of these products. CBD clinic runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cannabis, particularly THC, is a Schedule 8 medication and is regulated by the Federal Government, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and the state-based Department of Health Services (DHS). Access to medicinal cannabis requires TGA application through SAS B permit system, or through Authorised Prescriber authority. Reporting to the TGA is mandatory for each prescribing Doctor.
Once granted, permits are valid for 12 – 24 months.
To access a prescription, make an appointment through our Cannabis Clinic to see one of our Authorised Prescribing Doctors.
For further information, check out the Melbourne Medicinal Cannabis Network.
About Medicinal Cannabis
Cannabis has been used in various forms in both ancient and modern times for a vast array of conditions. Medical research into the medicinal use of cannabis is currently relatively limited, however, more and more studies are being performed on the use of medicinal cannabis to treat a number of conditions.
More than 100 different cannabinoids have been identified in cannabis, however, there are 2 main compounds that are medically important: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Medicinal cannabis products have different actions depending on the ratio of THC to CBD. CBD acts to balance out the psychoactive effects of THC, so combining CBD with THC allows a larger dose of THC with limited psychoactive side effects.
THC and CBD have the exact same molecule make up, with slight difference in how their atoms are arranged to give a slightly different molecular structure. THC is the main psychoactive compound of Cannabis that produces the ‘high’ sensation. Although CBD is psychoactive, it does not produce a ‘high’, instead helping with anxiety, depression and seizures.
THC and CBD are chemically similar to normal existing endocannabinoids neurotransmitters in the human body.
THC binds to Cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria, or a ‘high’. CBD binds weakly, if at all, to these CB1 receptions. CBD needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptor, and can help reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC (such as euphoria or sedation). CBD is very well tolerated, even in large doses.
Medicinal Cannabis is utilised to treat a variety of medical conditions, with differing CBD/THC components used for different issues.
1. CBD Dominant
Seizures, Inflammation, Chronic Pain, Psychosis or mental disorders, Inflammatory bowel disease, Nausea, Migraine, Depression, Anxiety
2. THC Dominant
Chronic pain, Muscle Spasticity, Glaucoma, Insomnia, Low appetite, Nausea, Anxiety
3. Balanced Dose
Anxiety, Tremor, Migraine, PTSD, Insomnia, Arthritis, Nausea, Vomiting, Chronic Pain
Drug Testing & Driving
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are stored in adipose tissue, the bodies fat cells, and can be detected for several days or weeks after using them.
Most standard drug tests look for chemicals related to THC, however, CBD sensitive tests also exist.
In Victoria, it is an offence to drive with any amount of THC in your system. Driving is allowed with CBD only medications.
Patients taking CBD only medicines can drive lawfully, as long as they are not impaired.
Legally you are not allowed to drive with detectable THC in your system.
Consultation for permit application is an initial $55 out of pocket, with permit application itself costing the patient $200. Permit application is required for first script.
Permits are valid for 24 months.
The script and permit are then taken to a registered Pharmacy. The cost of the product is roughly between $150 – $250 payable to the pharmacist on dispensation.
A free telehealth consultation is conducted 2 weeks post initial prescription. This appointment is booked by the Doctors during initial consultation.
Further consultations have a standard consultation fee of $55 out of pocket. Additional follow up prescriptions attract a cost of $150.
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