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Where can you legally buy CBD oil in Australia?


Starting from today, Aussies can legally purchase over-the-counter low-dose CBD oil.

Have you been following the debate over the legalisation of CBD oil in Australia? Well, starting from Monday 1 February, you'll be able to get your hands on low-dose cannabis oil, over the counter, without a prescription.

Does this mean you'll be able to walk into your local pharmacy and pick one up today? Unfortunately not.

No products have been approved for sale just yet, but you can expect to see that happen later in the year. It's expected to be a competitive market, and early entrants may get a first-mover advantage.

Each product that goes on sale will require individual approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

What does a low-dose of cannabis oil really mean?

According to a media release from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australian adults will be able to purchase a low-dose CBD, with a maximum of up to 150mg per day. You can get it over the counter, without a prescription.

This will also include limits on dosage form and packaging requirements (for example, child restraint closures).

Previously, if you wanted to access medical marijuana, you had to apply for a prescription through the Special Access Scheme (SAS). This is a lengthy and expensive process.

What is CBD oil and what can it do for you?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa, better known as marijuana. It's not psychoactive, meaning it doesn't get you "high". It's made by extracting from the plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil.

CBD oil has a variety of claimed medical effects. Studies have shown benefits for sufferers of sleep apnea, anxiety, arthritis, epilepsy and more.

Most of the CBD that will be available will be taken orally.

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