- TGA has allowed over-the-counter CBD preparations to be sold in Australian pharmacies
- Shepparton researchers hope to find out if the oil could help eliminate the drugs
- There is only one addictive medicine specialist in the Victoria area
Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service researchers are looking for local volunteers to participate in the study, which will examine the potential benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, which is a chemical found in the cannabis plant.
CBD can cause people to fall asleep and affect the brain’s electrical signals, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is also found in cannabis, it will not cause people to “sink”.
“It means it’s safe to drive and it doesn’t interfere with the ability to use machinery and stuff like that,” said Shepparton essay professor and leader Edward Ogden.
Research is still being done on how CBD can be used medically, but it is believed to help with things like anxiety and chronic pain.
In the United States, a specific cannabis-derived medicine has been developed for the treatment of childhood epilepsy syndromes.
In 2021, the Therapeutic Products Administration (TGA) allowed the sale of over-the-counter low-dose CBD preparations to Australian pharmacies.
But while the products are commonplace elsewhere, so far no CBD-containing product has been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Products Registry.
Dr. Ogden thought it was a good time to learn more about CBD.
“We have a number of people approaching the Goulburn Valley service seeking help with cannabis use,” he said.
“People use drugs for a reason”
Dr. Ogden said marijuana used to contain about two to three percent THC, but that had changed.
“The type of material that is available now, especially some of the genetically selected hydroponic growing materials, can have up to 20 or an even higher percentage of THC, so it’s much more potent,” he said.
This argument has been used by advocates of marijuana legalization, saying more regulation would allow people to know the strength of what they were using.
Dr. Ogden said some people trying to reduce marijuana use have reported difficulty sleeping and mood swings.
I hoped that CBD oil could be used to help better control these symptoms.
“People use drugs for a reason,” Dr. Ogden said.
“I mean, drugs are doing something for them, at least when they start, and they can become physically or psychologically dependent on the substance, whatever it is.
“This is really the key to what is done in addiction medicine … to see what the substance does for that person.
The CBD oil test is already underway, with about half of the seats filled so far and a lot of interest for the remaining positions.
After an ingestion and testing interview, participants receive capsules from a compound pharmacy, either inert oil, a low dose of CBD, or a high dose of CBD.
Then they go into the service once a month to answer some questions.
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