Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, to be available over the counter in pharmacies from Monday
Cannabidoil, also known as CBD, will be available over the counter at pharmacies from February 1. File image. Credit: Getty Images. A chemical compound extracted from cannabis used to treat a number of health issues including pain and insomnia can be bought over the counter for the first time in Australia from Monday.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, will be available in pharmacies from February 1 after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved its sale last month.
It will be available only to adults in doses of no more than 150 milligrams per day. But no prescription is needed for the product, which will mostly come in the form of an oil.
The TGA noted CBD is “rarely associated with severe adverse events, and that non-serious adverse events appear significantly lessened at lower dosages”, according to studies.
Low-dose CBD can ‘reduce a plethora of issues’
“Clinical research has shown that low-dose CBD can reduce a plethora of issues, such as anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic refractory pain,” Cannabis Doctors Australia said in a statement on Friday.
“With it’s wide therapeutic window, low-dose CBD has been shown to have benefits in both pediatric and adult patients.”
Most CBD that will be available over the counter will be taken orally, the group said.
It has recommended users eat something with fat when taking it.
“As CBD is lipophilic, meaning it has an affinity for fat, it can be very helpful to eat something with fat in it when administering CBD, so your body absorbs it at a higher rate, ultimately making it more effective,” Cannabis Doctors Australia said.
The group said side effects can include nausea, dry mouth, and diarrhea.
“These side effects are possible, not probable, and usually self resolve once your body has gotten used to taking a CBD product,” the group said.
“This is why it is recommended to take CBD oil with food.”