How to buy the best CBD oil in Australia – A 10-Step Guide: At Chronic Therapy, we like to keep our patients up-to-date with the latest developments regarding the regulation of CBD Products in Australia! There can be a lot of overwhelming information, so we have made it easy for you. Keep reading for our simple 10-step The most asked questions about CBD are now answered. Understand why it's not harmful, what it is made of and where you can buy CBD Oil in Australia.
How to buy the best CBD oil in Australia – A 10-Step Guide:
At Chronic Therapy, we like to keep our patients up-to-date with the latest developments regarding the regulation of CBD Products in Australia! There can be a lot of overwhelming information, so we have made it easy for you. Keep reading for our simple 10-step guide on all you need to know regarding CBD medications or contact us for a chat (via the chat box on the bottom right-hand side of this page).
1. What is CBD?
While over 120 different cannabinoids are found in cannabis, the two primary cannabinoids used therapeutically are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). According to the World Health Organization, “CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid; it is non-psychoactive, non-addictive and is characterized by very low levels of toxicity”.
CBD is most commonly used for treating chronic pain, anxiety and sleeping disorders.
CBD can be isolated from the Cannabis plant using a number of methods, CO2 extraction being the most common. The active compound is then diluted into a carrier oil to make the final product. This carrier oil makes dosing the medication much easier and helps preserve the compound. This allows CBD’s health impacts to span the whole endocannabinoid system.
2. What effects does CBD have on the body?
Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it does not cause someone to feel ‘intoxicated’. This is a common misconception associated with cannabinoid-based treatments. People assume that they will get ‘high’ from the medicine, however, this is incorrect as most prescribed CBD oils in Australia contain only trace amounts of THC.
The effects of CBD are generally considered to be much milder. Patients often say it has very little to do with the feeling of consuming actual Cannabis. Keep in mind that this is based on the patient’s personal and subjective experiences. People may react differently to these medications and should always consult a medical professional when taking cannabinoid medications in Australia.
To understand the effects that CBD has on the body, one must first understand the endocannabinoid system. Professor Di Marzo explained the role of the endocannabinoid system to “control the basic physiological functions such as eating, sleeping, relaxation, forgetting and protection.“
The endocannabinoid system regulates many physiological processes within the body, including, but not limited to:
- Regulating Emotions
- Appetite Regulation
- Cardiovascular/Immune function.
3. Is CBD (oil) Legal in Australia?
Yes, in 2016 CBD became a legally prescribable medication in Australia. At this time it was illegal to import CBD oil and to grow the cannabis plant. In 2019, CBD oil finally became accessible to patients with a prescription in Australia. Most prescribed CBD oils are Schedule 4 prescription medications. For CBD oil products to be classified as Schedule 4 prescribable medication, the CBD oil product must meet the following criteria:
- Consist of at least 98% or more CBD.
- The other 2% must be naturally occurring cannabinoids, such as THC.
- An example of a common schedule 4 medication is antibiotics.
In 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) down-scheduled certain CBD products to become Schedule 3 over-the-counter (otc) CBD medications, theoretically making them more accessible to the public. Please click the link above if you would like to find out more about the various schedules of CBD and other cannabinoid medications.
Unfortunately, at this stage, due to the TGA’s strict compounding requirements, as well as the rigorous clinical trials that must be completed by manufacturers to achieve this schedule, no such products are seen on the shelves today.
The only way to access medical cannabis products in Australia is by obtaining a prescription from a doctor. This can most easily be done by taking one of our Free Online Pre-Screening Tests and speaking with one of our qualified medical practitioners.
Over-the-counter (otc) CBD oil is expected to be available to Australians in Pharmacies as early as 2023. This news will be a relief to many Australians who are suffering from chronic pain conditions and looking to access CBD oil or medical cannabis products in Australia.
CBD dominant strains of flower (marijuana) that have less than 2% THC are schedule 4 medications, while all strains with more than 2%THC are are classified as Schedule 8 medications (controlled substances).
4. Different types of CBD medications
There are now numerous types of CBD medications available to patients with a prescription!
Manufacturers of CBD medications are licensed to import and compound CBD medications for Australian patients. This is great news as it has led to a significant increase in the types of CBD medications available while decreasing the price of CBD medications in Australia.
The following CBD medications are now available to Australian patients with a prescription.
- CBD Oil
- CBD Gummies – (new medication in Australia)
- CBD Creams and Lotions
- CBD Vape Cartridges – (new medication in Australia)
- Flower – Australian patients now have access to CBD dominant strains of marijuana.
This article will primarily focus on CBD oil as it is currently Australia’s most common CBD medication. Click here to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of medication; otherwise continue reading to learn about the differences in absorption and how quickly various types of medication provide a therapeutic effect.
5. How is CBD absorbed?
CBD absorption dramatically varies, depending on which CBD medication is taken. The administration method plays a big role in determining the medication’s bioavailability (how much is absorbed), as well as the time needed to feel the effect of the medicine.
When taking CBD medication, there are four main methods of ingestion:
- Sublingually – CBD oil, CBD wafers, CBD tablets and CBD gummies are all absorbed through membranes under the tongue before they are swallowed (to be orally ingested). For this reason, doctors often advise patients to keep the medication under their tongue for 30-seconds before swallowing.
- Oral Ingestion – Via the digestive system. This is a slower method of absorption. The extended release provides patients with a milder, longer-lasting effect as the medication is slowly absorbed through the digestive system.
- Inhalation – This is by far the fastest method of absorbing CBD as it bypasses the digestive system altogether. Both Vape cartridges and vaporising medical weed are administered this way. While the effects from inhalation are quick, they don’t last as long as orally administered CBD.
- Topical creams – These can quickly reduce local inflammation but have poorer absorption levels. Most CBD creams purchased in Australia are actually hemp creams, which only contain trace elements of CBD.
6. Differences between CBD oils available in Australia
Not all CBD oil is the same. It is important to understand the five main factors that differentiate the various CBD oils available in Australia. These are:
- a) Difference between CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum CBD, Full Spectrum CBD)
- b) Which CBD carrier Oil is best
- c) The concentration of CBD within the medication
- d) Dose of CBD oil
- e) The price of CBD oil
- f) Medical Grade vs Green/Black Market CBD Oil
- a) Difference between CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum CBD and Full Spectrum CBD oil
CBD Isolate – Often called “Pure CBD” as it does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes or healthy fatty acids found within the plant. CBD isloate oil is normally mre expensive than broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD oil.
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil – Includes all of the plant’s cannabinoids and other chemical compounds, excluding THC.
Full Spectrum CBD oil – Commonly referred to as “whole-plant CBD oil”. Full spectrum CBD oil includes all of the plant’s cannabinoids (including THC) and other chemical compounds. Patients often experience increased benefits from these medications. This is known as the entourage effect, which refers to the combination of multiple cannabinoids creating a better therapeutic effect when compared to a pure isolate.
- b)Best CBD Carrier Oil
- c) Concentration of CBD in CBD Oils
- d) Dose of CBD oil
- e) Price of CBD oil in Australia
- (Price of the Medication) ÷ (Total milligrams of active compound)
- f) Medical CBD vs Imported Black Market CBD in Australia
When it comes to CBD oils, finding the best carrier oil is subjective. Carrier oils are used to dilute the concentrated CBD extract and make it easier to ingest. CBD carrier oils play a role in absorption, taste and price of the medication. There are a variety of different carrier oils on the market, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading to explore the advantages and disadvantages of each CBD carrier oil.
Different CBD oils have varying concentrations of CBD per ml of liquid. The concentrations vary drastically between prescription CBD oils available in Australia. CBD oil concentrations range between 10-100mg/ml.
A doctor will prescribe a specific dose of CBD for a condition. This is the specific quantity of CBD required for a therapeutic effect. CBD oil doses vary between patients and depend on various factors, including the type of condition and tolerance.
CBD oil dosage example:
Your doctor recommends that you take 25mg of CBD oil. Brand A CBD oil has 10mg/ml of CBD – You would need to take 2.5ml of CBD oil per dose. Brand B CBD oil has 100mg/ml of CBD – You would need to take 0.25ml of CBD oil per dose.
Assuming that both CBD oil bottles have 30ml of liquid in the bottle, Brand A would only have 12-doses of medication while Brand B would have 120-doses of medication in each bottle.
Often brand A of CBD oil will be slightly cheaper than brand B of the oil, tricking patients into thinking it is the most affordable option.
The price of CBD oils in Australia varies greatly between medication brands. When determining which CBD oil offers the best value for money, it is essential to determine the price of the CBD per milligram (within the medication) using the following formula:
In Australia, CBD ranges between 7c to 25c per milligram. For that reason, it is crucial to understand the various concentrations of the medication, as medicines with lower concentrations of CBD are significantly cheaper to buy but tend to be worse value for money.
In the past, people have often resorted to buying black market CBD oil. Historically there have been two main factors driving people towards clack market CBD oil:
- Few doctors were willing to prescribe cannabis medications.
- The price of black-market CBD medications used to be significantly cheaper.
In recent years there has been a shift. Some medications are now significantly cheaper than black-market CBD oils in Australia. Thousands of Australian Doctors are now prescribing cannabinoid medications to suitable patients. CBD oil has become easier to obtain via a GP (in person) or online consultation with a Chronic Therapy Doctor.
Benefits of getting a CBD Prescription:
- You can legally possess and travel with the medication.
- Strict quality controls, ensuring the medicine is up to GMP standards.
Stringent Great Manufacturing Standards (GMP) protocols must be followed when producing any cannabinoid medication for Australian patients. A study in the United States tested various CBD products available without a prescription. It concluded that almost 70% of these medications had less than the advertised amount of CBD. Many were hemp seed oil that only contained trace levels of CBD, not enough to offer any therapeutic benefit.
Accurately dosing CBD oil is essential when treating the symptoms of a chronic condition.
7. How to get the cheapest CBD oil in Australia
Using the 3-steps below, you can compare and choose between different CBD oils available in Australia. The best CBD oil is the one that offers the best value for money in addition to using your preferred carrier oil.
- Get prescription-grade CBD oil.
- Ensure you receive a category prescription,not a prescription for a specific brand of CBD oil.
- Ensure you receive an electronic prescription (e-script).
- Calculate the cents paid per milligram of CBDin the medication.
By following the three steps above and understanding the differences in concentration between CBD oils, you can select the CBD oil that offers the best value for money. With a category 1 E-script, you can choose between various brands of CBD oils within the pharmacy and even get your medication dispensed at another pharmacy if they offer better value.
We are often asked: “How much does CBD oil cost?”
Now that we understand that the cheapest CBD oils offer the worst value for money, the best way to answer the question is the price paid per dose of CBD oil. For most people, a dose of CBD oil should be around $1.
This cost will vary depending on the required dose, carrier oil used, and if the oil is CBD isolate.
8. Can you drive while taking CBD?
Yes, you can drive while taking a CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD oil in Australia. It is not illegal to drive while under the influence of CBD; motor-side drug tests do not detect CBD.
Driving with any detectable THC in your mouth or system is illegal. Unfortunately, full spectrum CBD oil has trace quantities of THC. While this amount of THC is not enough to intoxicate the driver, it is enough to result in a positive roadside drug test for THC (which is a crime).
The required time between the administration of your medication and when you are allowed to drive is impacted by various factors, including what medication you have taken and the dose of the medication.
Your Chronic Therapy doctor will let you know how long you must wait before driving or operating heavy machinery during your consultation.
9. Barriers to accessing CBD oil in Australia
Until Schedule 3 over-the-counter CBD medications become available in Australian pharmacies for purchase, all patients need a prescription to access any CBD based medications
There are currently three barriers to accessing CBD oil in Australia:
The doctors at chronic therapy write generic, electronic prescriptions for various types of cannabinoid medications. We believe that forcing patients to purchase a single brand of medication is unethical. While we help patients purchase the cheapest medications from the comfort of their own homes, all patients can choose to take their e-script to another dispensing pharmacy and purchase an alternative brand of medication.
Chronic therapy offers an end-to-end solution by linking suitable patients with doctors that are not opposed to cannabinoid treatments. Patients with prescriptions can order medicine from the comfort of their homes and will have the medication delivered to them directly. We have made affordable CBD medications available to all Australians (with a prescription).
The culture is rapidly shifting and the stigma surrounding CBD oil is changing. Cannabis products in Australia are becoming more widely accepted as solutions for the management of chronic pain, amongst other conditions. Having said this, many doctors are still not comfortable prescribing such treatments as they are relatively new and considered controversial to some. Click here to speak with a doctor to see if CBD oil is right for you.
Many doctors lack the necessary training or know-how to appropriately prescribe these medications. This leads to a lot of doctors avoiding cannabinoid medications, and referring patients to more well-established forms of pain management such as highly addictive opioid-based medicines.
10. Chronic Therapy Treatment Process
Chronic Therapy has streamlined the process of getting cannabis-based medications in Australia, such as CBD oil.
- Free Online Pre-Screening Survey – this prescreening questionnaire has been designed by our team of doctors to determine if patients are suitable for medical cannabis in Australia.
- Book a consultation with a Chronic Therapy Doctor – You will be sent a text and email to join your consultation 20-min before it starts. Simply click the link to join the Teleconsultation. Click here to make a booking.
- Speak with a Chronic Therapy Doctor – Our doctors will assess you to determine the suitability of cannabinoid medications. If you are a suitable patient you will be sent an Electronic Prescription as well as a link to purchase your medications from our partnered pharmacy.
- Buy CBD oil and have it delivered to your door – Your medication will be delivered straight to your doorstep.
We know that living with a chronic condition is difficult, this is why we have made receiving treatment simple. We connect patients to a dispensing pharmacy that offers the highest quality medications at the lowest prices! These medications are made available to you to buy once you have obtained a prescription.
We value your privacy. All medication is sent with discreet, plain packaging. If this treatment seems suitable and you are happy with your first month’s results, you can book a follow-up consultation with your doctor (all via video chat) from our website.
Buying CBD Oil in Australia
Our customer service team is getting absolutely slammed at the moment with questions relating to CBD, how to access it and what the best type of CBD is. These can be extended, complicated topics to research and most people just don’t have the time for that. Here is a quick read on the most popular questions we get asked every day!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a molecule found inside the cannabis plant – that is now widely used for therapeutic treatments in Australia and around the world.
CBD is not psychoactive like its cousin, THC. Read more about the difference between the two cannabis compounds. Depending on the state or territory you live in, Australia CBD & THC could be illegal or legal.
What Can CBD Help With?
CBD can help treat symptoms for both humans and animals that suffer from illnesses, such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
The internet is full of studies and clinical data to support these claims; however, we do need to say – tread with caution and ensure the studies you are reading are backed by scientific professionals.
Is CBD Harmful?
The short answer is no, CBD is generally regarded as a very safe substance and many countries allow the sale of CBD oil products ‘over the counter’. The laws in Australia are a little behind countries like the USA and part of Europe, but it can be obtained in Australia through the Special Access Scheme.
Is THC Harmful?
No, nobody has died from consuming any cannabinoids, including this psychoactive cannabinoid THC. People can become paranoid and have various levels of anxiety if they consume THC on a frequent basis; please moderate your dosing. Yes, it does get you “high”, but this is easily controlled by choosing a cannabis oil product with either no THC inside or meagre quantities such as less than 2% in total volume.
Remember – when we’re talking about CBD products, we are referring to products with either no or very little THC content.
Is CBD Oil Legal in Australia?
Currently, the TGA regulates the sale and supply of CBD oil and cannabis products in general. The approved access pathway for patients to gain access to CBD oil is called the SAS scheme (special access scheme). The Office of Drug Control and the Australian Federal Police control and prosecute the unregulated sale of CBD oil and cannabis products in Australia. Certain places in Australia, such as the ACT, allow the possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use; we suggest researching further if you live in the ACT or another area that allows cannabis for personal use. Check out a state-by-state guide.
What Is CBD Oil Made of?
CBD is extracted from cannabis plant material, filtered and purified. Then a carrier oil is used, such as hemp seed oil or MCT – mostly natural carrier oils are used as the base. Then the CBD or other cannabinoids are added during the manufacturing process. Please note that some extraction methods use solvents such as ethanol and other substances to extract the cannabinoids from the plant matter; careful consideration is needed when choosing a product to determine which product and the delivery method is right for your body.
What Is the Best Ratio of CBD to THC?
This is totally dependent on the end-user and the indication that is being treated; however, for most humans and animals, a cannabis product that has more substantial amounts of CBD inside vs the THC content will do the job nicely. If you are experiencing pain, then a higher amount of THC is generally required – up to about 10%-20% THC in total product volume is what you’ll want to look for. Some companies push for 50% CBD & 50% THC, but these are more ‘lifestyle product’ ratios, and the end-user will typically feel very high from this 1:1 ratio. Always ask for the mg/ml ratio first and check that it’s accurately displayed on the CBD oil product before you consume it; this is important for proper dosing guidelines.
Your medical professional will recommend a ratio suitable for your type of indication.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
Several companies supply medical cannabis products and CBD oil specifically into the Australian market legally. We have helped hundreds of people find the right product and can make a recommendation for you.
To find out if you qualify for the Special Access Scheme by calling 1300 402 420. If you do qualify to receive medicinal CBD, the process is easy and straightforward, and most patients get a product in the first 1-2 weeks from signing up.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil for Pets in Australia?
Pets have much smaller bodies than humans and can therefore gain huge benefits from products as mild as a simple, good quality Hemp Seed Oil .
You can also read more about Cannabis for Pets.
We also recommend checking out an Australian health and wellness brand specifically designed for animals; they sell a wide range of hemp-derived supplements and grooming products called – BUDDYPET.
Can I Buy CBD Online From Overseas?
Yes, but we definitely do not recommend it. You will run the risk of being caught and possibly facing a criminal conviction. It’s also a question of authenticity and safety of the product. Buying from overseas, it’s impossible to tell the quality and authentic source of CBD when buying online.
Does Chemist Warehouse Stock CBD Oil?
Yes, any pharmacy can supply CBD oil in Australia legally, you’ll need to provide them with approval from the TGA and a script from your doctor, and they can then dispense the product to you. Most of the time, the pharmacy will post this product to your home address. Chemist Warehouse normally doesn’t discount the sale of cannabis or CBD products, and no cannabis product is on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme at this time. Chemist warehouse does not have a price guide for CBD oil and its best to ask your local store directly. Some Chemist Warehouse locations may or may not sell CBD oil and other cannabis products.
Should I Go to One of the Cannabis Clinics in Australia?
There are a number of ways to get access to CBD oil in Australia, and we always recommend that people avoid the hefty fees cannabis clinics charge by arranging a telehealth appointment with one of our medical teams. This can happen in the comfort of your own home, and the cost is a lot less than visiting a physical doctor’s clinic. Lastly, you get the benefits of talking to a specialised cannabis doctor who has helped hundreds of patients access medical cannabis.
The other option is simply talking to your doctor regarding the use of cannabis as a treatment. Your doctor should be aware of the treatment options and your medical history, which can sometimes make the process of gaining access to medical cannabis very quick.
Check out our range of hemp and terpene products that are helping over 60,000 customers each year here
If you have any other questions on CBD oil or how to gain access to medical cannabis in Australia, please reach out to our customer care team on 1300 402 420.