On February 1st, you will be able to walk into your pharmacy and buy CBD oil, no questions asked.
Then you will be able to pop a couple of drops under your tongue twice or thrice a day and enjoy all the benefits of this ancient, life-affirming wonder. I got my hands on some CBD a couple of years ago. My mother has Multiple Sclerosis and I wanted her to try it out. Her MS is in remission, but she still needs a nap at around 3 PM each day and she’s not as sharp as she used to be. She has a brain-game app on her phone she uses to exercise her mind. I put two little drops of CBD oil under her tongue and twenty minutes later she got a perfect score on her brain-game app—something she’d never done before. Her Multiple Sclerosis had her averaging about 65% correct, but she’d blitzed it on CBD. Unfortunately, she baulked at the legal status of CBD oil and wanted nothing to do with it.
In two weeks, though, this stuff is legit, and my mum can enjoy a fully functioning mind (and whatever else this miracle compound offers) again. I had a chat to Verde + Remedy‘s Tom Fay about benefits of CBD and what its down scheduling means for Australians.
Tom, we all know the benefits of CBD oil but what are they again?
The list of things people use CBD for is huge but some of the main reasons are pain relief, relieving stress and anxiety, relieving the symptoms of epilepsy, sleep management, arthritis and inflammation. The main benefit of CBD or any other cannabinoid is that it creates ‘homeostasis’ which gives balance to the body and helps regulate mood, appetite, pain management and sleep. When that happens, the body can start to heal in amazing ways.
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How did you get started in the CBD game?
It actually stemmed from quite a heavy experience. My Labrador, Sophie, was attacked by a much bigger dog when she was very young. She developed bad PTSD and her personality was changed forever. She became very anxious and unwilling to be affectionate or interact. I was suggested cannabis oil by a friend. At the time, my cousin, Ned Donohoe, was directing the documentary Green Light, which follows two men who work to provide the last hope of relief—and in some cases cure—for thousands suffering chronic and terminal illnesses. They provide black market medicinal cannabis for people who have nowhere else to turn. So we got some CBD for Sophie and her temperament slowly returned to the way she was before the attack.
Yeah, and then I discovered the tremendous benefits the oils have on day-to-day life. So, Verde Remedy began life providing CBD oil to friends and family. We watched how the oils have helped people overcome ailments that have afflicted them for years. Word of mouth soon spread and we were overwhelmed by the demand for remedy oils. We decided to launch the website so we could make these natural gifts more readily available.
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Is the cannabis used to make your CBD products grown here in Australia?
Yes, a lot of the cannabis is homegrown, however, all our CBD products come from industrial organic hemp cultivated in Europe—the reason being we don’t have access to any organic Australian industrial hemp. Unfortunately, there still isn’t enough local supply of organic Australian hemp. Hopefully, in the near future when industrial Hemp becomes more available in Australia we’ll source our whole plant extracts locally. It’s worth mentioning our CBD infused natural skincare is all produced locally.
What do the February 1 law changes around CBD mean for consumers?
On February 1 consumers will be able to purchase CBD over the counter at Pharmacies. The Pharmacist will still need to consult the consumer to make sure they are aware of potential drug interactions. This means that if you’re already on certain medication the pharmacist will tell you whether or not the CBD will interact with that medication.
Is that a thing?
Yeah, a number of medications including CBD are broken down by the same family of liver enzymes called CYP450. So, if you’re taking a number of medications that are being broken down by the same enzymes there is potential for increased side effects because the liver can’t break them down fast enough. On the other hand, CBD can increase the breakdown of certain medications, making them less effective unless the dose of those medications is increased. On our website, you’ll see that we suggest anyone on medication should consult with their doctor before using any of our products.
Examples of drugs that have negative interactions with CBD leading to increased side effects include:
• Antidepressants (such as fluoxetine, or Prozac)
• Medications that can cause drowsiness (antipsychotics, benzodiazepines)
• Macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin)
• Heart medications (some calcium channel blockers)
What will down scheduling mean for CBD companies like Verde + Remedy?
It will mean that companies will need to have their products registered with ARTG as Schedule 3 medicines. We’re currently looking into getting our products registered.
Why does the Australian Medical Association (AMA) not support the down-scheduling of CBD?
To be honest, I don’t have much of an opinion on why they don’t support down scheduling. From what I’ve read it is because they don’t think there is enough evidence of the therapeutic benefits and the safety of CBD oil.
Hearing about your dog, Sophie, it’s no surprise Verde + Remedy also offers CBD for pets, but how does pet CBD differ from human CBD?
The only difference is it is slightly less potent, for the simple reason that our four-legged friends weigh less than us. Like humans, animals have an endocannabinoid system that promotes balance and controls different bodily functions including immunity, pain, mood, appetite and sleep.
Is the down-scheduling of CBD products the gateway to legalizing cannabis?
Its definitely a step in the right direction, but don’t hold your breath. I thought New Zealand’s referendum would likely go through, but seeing that got voted down tells me we are still a while off.
Given that CBD oil has very little THC, how much would I have to drink before I thought Carlos Mancia was funny?
Well, all our CBD products contain below 0.3% THC, so even if you drank a whole bottle of our 1000mg CBD, Carlos Mancia still wouldn’t be funny.
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Do you yourself take CBD and, if so, why?
Yes absolutely. I take it for my general wellbeing, balance and stress management. I also find it helps me be much more efficient with my workday. I tend to take a lot on at once and can get easily distracted by the next ‘thing’ that pops up before I’ve finished what I was previously working on. The CBD helps me think clearly and operate more efficiently to get things done.
Any final thoughts, shout-outs, additional info?
Yeah, I’d like to say a special thank you to all our loyal customers and give a shout-out to the guys at Community Based Dispensary, who have made all of this possible. We hope to keep helping people and provide high standard CBD oil to a wider audience… Also, our natural skincare collection has just dropped, and all products are CBD infused and feel great on the skin!
No worries, thank you!