In Victoria, the Department of Health allows only kids with severe epilepsy – where medications are not working – to access medicinal cannabis
In NSW it is limited to people with a terminal illness
Tasmanian authorities say they will not limit the patient cohort
These hurdles make it extraordinarily difficult for the vast majority of people in need to obtain quality, high potency cannabis oil, via legal channels.
The government is taking positive steps with medicinal cannabis, however, and hopefully one day, Australia will be a leading producer of high quality medicinal cannabis. After all, Tasmania produces 50% of the world’s opium, so it’s not like it’s going to be a huge ethical leap.
Interesting fact: Australia has the ideal climate for growing different varieties of cannabis.
A Quick Primer On Cannabis Oil
There are over 500 compounds found in cannabis, and over 85 of these are known as cannabinoids.
The most commonly known cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
Cannabis also contains over 120 terpenes, which contribute to the therapeutic effect of the plant.
Many people are aware of, and use, CBD oil, which is not the most medicinal part of the plant, but has effective properties for increasing energy, elevating mood, and providing peace to those who feel troubled. It’s commonly prescribed to those experiencing anxiety and depression, and is regarded as the ‘vitamin C of cannabis’.
Whereas CBD is beneficial for its uplifting properties, THC has benefits for rest, sleep and pain relief.
Cannabinoids can be used separately or in combination, depending on the specific problem and, if the correct dose is given, will not produce a ‘high’.
Did You Know You Have An Endocannabinoid System In Your Body?
Here’s an astonishing fact many people don’t know: the human body has an endocannabinoid system – a chemical communication system, just like the hormone system. Our bodies have receptors for cannabinoids – in the brain and in the immune system – just as the uterus has receptors for oxytocin, which is needed for labour to start.
Surprisingly, even though the endocannabinoid system was discovered 30 years ago, we don’t hear much about it. You have to wonder why, right?
Doctor David Allen is a cardiac surgeon, who changed careers to become a cannabinoid research scientist.