The restrictions on cannabis are gradually easing all across the globe. Many states in the US have legalised the medical and recreational use of marijuana and other related products.
In Australia, cannabis has not reached that level of legalisation. However, on February 1st, 2021, CBD (cannabidiol) oil products were down-scheduled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), making them legal for over the counter sales in Australia.
With CBD products soon to be hitting pharmaceutical shelves and online stores, it’s important for Australians to know what these products can do.
So, what are some good reasons to buy CBD oil in Australia? Well, let’s have a look at five benefits of CBD oil.
- Pain Relief
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that regulates our pain-sensation, mood and appetite. Research has shown that cannabidiol (CBD) is able to interact with the endocannabinoid and nociceptive systems in such a way that reduces pain.
One study found that CBD injections reduced rats’ pain response to surgical incisions. It also helped with sciatic nerve pain and inflammation. Additionally, there was a small study that gave CBD oil and placebos to two groups of participants respectively. The group that was given CBD oil reported a reduction in pain and itchiness.
It’s also common to combine both CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Studies have found that this combination can help with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Unlike CBD, THC has psychoactive properties, meaning it can alter your perception, cognition and behaviour. In other words, it gives you a ‘high’. However, studies have shown that CBD might be able to counteract the unwanted side-effects of THC.
- Managing Anxiety and Depression
More and more studies are starting to show the adverse effects of untreated mental health problems. Unfortunately, plenty of prescription drugs come with a host of unwanted side effects. Many antidepressants cause nausea, fatigue, weight gain, decreased libido and even irritability. If a patient is not careful, antidepressants can also create a physical dependence and cause withdrawal symptoms.
When it comes to managing depression and anxiety, CBD oil has shown some promising qualities. One study gave CBD to a group of men who were about to take a public speaking test. The study found that the men who were given a 300 mg dose of CBD showed reduced anxiety.
It is worth noting that, in Australia, a 150 mg dose of CBD oil is the maximum amount that a consumer can take. The study mentioned above, however, found that a 150 mg dose had little to no effect on an individual’s anxiety levels.
- May Help with Cancer Symptoms
If a patient is struggling with symptoms related to cancer and chemotherapy, CBD might be able to help them. Research has suggested that CBD and THC helps with cancer-related pain. It also helped patients who were suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting.
It’s important to note that these studies looked at the combined use of CBD and THC as opposed to just CBD by itself.
Additionally, there were test tube and mice studies that showed the anti-cancer potential of CBD. The test tube study found that CBD leads to the death of breast cancer cells. The other study found that CBD slowed down the spread of cancer cells in mice.
Keep in mind that these studies were not conducted with human subjects. As a result, it’s possible that CBD might not have the same anti-cancer effects on human patients.
- May Help with Acne
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can also help you with acne and other skin conditions.
Studies found that CBD was able to reduce the production of sebum, the substance that clogs pores and causes inflammation on the skin. It also inhibited the activation of cytokines, an inflammatory protein.
Because of this, CBD might be a safe alternative to other forms of acne treatment. Once again, more human studies are needed to confirm its effectiveness in this regard.
- Has Neuroprotective Qualities
Epidiolex is one CBD product that was backed up by human studies. In 2018, Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as it was able to help patients with seizures and rare types of epilepsy. Other CBD/THC products also showed that it can help with muscle spasms. This is particularly helpful for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Additionally, CBD may be effective in treating other neurological disorders. Other studies looked at CBD’s effectiveness against Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.
CBD oils seem to have a lot of potential. With these products hitting the market, it could improve a lot of Australian lives for the better. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of research and studies conducted on the product are relatively new. If you think CBD can help you, we recommend speaking to health professionals for advice.