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Cannabis medication now available over the counter

Cannabis medication now available over the counter

Low-dose cannabidiol (CBD) as of Tuesday is now available for over-the-counter sale in pharmacies across Australia.

Following a decision made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, adults will no longer be required to have a referral, special approval or prescription to buy.

CBD is a naturally occurring substance that is extracted from marijuana plants.

Unlike THC, CBD does not offer users a high.

Cannabis Doctors Australia claim research shows that low-dose CBD can reduce the effects of anxiety, insomnia, PTSD and chronic refractory pain.

Adults will now be able to purchase an over-the-counter maximum daily dose of 150mg.

Over-the-counter CBD will allow low-dose oral, oral mucosal and sublingual formulations only.

Vaping and topical cream products are only be available through a prescription from a doctor.

Experts urge potential users to consult their doctors before jumping into a new medical treatment.