CBD Oil Reviews Australia: Everything you need to know and the best brands

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Apr, 2022

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been rapidly growing in popularity thanks to the wide variety of health benefits it can offer, helping with inflammation, insomnia, and everything in between.

If you’re in Australia and want to access CBD oil but aren’t sure where to start, this guide breaks down everything you need to know.

CBD Oil Reviews Australia: Everything You Need to Know

You’ve decided you want to access the healing power of CBD oil, but what do you need to know before hitting the buy now button? Let’s explore the intricacies of CBD oil a bit further.

What is CBD oil?

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol. It’s one of over 113 cannabinoid compounds found in both the hemp and marijuana plant.

The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content; hemp is a high-CBD and low-THC variety of the cannabis plant, whereas marijuana contains much higher concentrations of THC.

The hemp that’s used to create CBD oil usually contains 0.3% THC, so it’s non-intoxicating and won’t make you feel ‘high’.

What are the benefits of CBD oil?

Emerging scientific research and growing anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD may help with a wide range of health conditions, including [1,2]:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis and other chronic pain conditions
  • Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Gut disorders such as colitis
  • Inflammation
  • Skin conditions

Is CBD oil safe?

According to the World Health Organisation, CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile, and research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential [3].

In fact, new studies suggest that CBD can treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and can be further used as a replacement for opioid-based medications [4].

Is CBD oil legal in Australia?

Currently, CBD oil is legal with a medical prescription.

In February 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved low-dose CBD products to be supplied over-the-counter in a pharmacy without a prescription [5].

Frustratingly, we are yet to see any products hit pharmacy shelves, and it may be well into 2022 before this happens.

 

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What makes a high-quality CBD oil?

There are a few things that can help you to identify whether a CBD oil product is high-quality or a dud. It’s essential to consider the following criteria for your next CBD product purchase.

Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum Vs Isolate

CBD oil comes in three different forms; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. But which is best?

• Full-spectrum refers to a product that uses whole-plant extraction, which means the end product contains all of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. A full-spectrum product is considered superior as it promotes the ‘entourage effect’, which is when all of the compounds from hemp work together in the body to create a more significant overall effect [6].

• Broad Spectrum products contain all of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes except THC, which is removed during the manufacturing process. This is an excellent option for those who don’t want to or can’t consume any THC at all.

• Isolate products contain only CBD and no other cannabinoids found in the plant. Some people prefer isolate products; however, you miss out on the benefits of the entourage effect from the other cannabinoids and terpenes.

Third-Party Lab Reports

The same as we look at food labels to understand what we’re eating, it’s also essential to look for companies that provide third-party lab reports, so you know exactly what’s inside your precious bottle of oil.

Objective third-party reports should give a breakdown of the following things [7]:

  • The potency of active ingredients (CBD)
  • Cannabinoid profile
  • Terpene profile
  • Pesticide, heavy metal and fungus testing

Hemp has an amazing ability to absorb chemicals from the surrounding environment and ground it’s grown in. To avoid further chemical exposure, it’s essential to look for CBD oil that has been manufactured from organic hemp crops.

Extraction Method

The best CBD oils are extracted using supercritical CO₂ as it yields superior results compared to other methods. This extraction process also avoids the use of processing chemicals such as propane, butane, pentane, or hexane, which can leave behind dangerous substances [8]. However, some manufacturers use other methods such as alcohol extraction.

How Much Should CBD Oil Cost?

This is a tricky question to answer as there’s no standard industry pricing due to the variables in CBD oil manufacturing, such as product strength, product type (isolates tend to be cheaper than full-spectrum), and product size.

You can pick up a cheap bottle on a dodgy site for $60, and on the other end of the spectrum, you can find a bottle that costs upwards of $500.

The main thing you should focus on is the cost per mg of active cannabinoid. According to FreshLeaf analytics, the retail floor price is 0.05 cents per mg of cannabinoid and cannabis patients spend an average of $278 per month [9].

CBD Oil Australia Reviews: The Top 4 Brands

Okay, now you know more about what makes a great CBD product, so what companies excel in this space and produce premium products worth your hard-earned cash?

 

Luce Farm CBD oil

Luce Farm Wellness

Features:

  • Certified organic
  • Naturally grown hemp (outdoors)
  • Full-spectrum
  • Family-owned
  • Range of naturally flavoured oils
  • Hand-made and harvested

This 1500mg full-spectrum CBD oil has my heart forever. It was the first CBD oil I tried and, to this day, is still one of the very best products that I’ve tried.

Luce Farm Wellness has implemented sustainable agricultural practices to develop holistic plant-based health and wellness products that genuinely make a difference in people’s lives.

I attribute the quality and efficacy of their products to a few crucial processes the farm undertakes.

All of their hemp is grown outdoors in nature on certified organic farmland in the rich Vermont landscape, and the plants derive all the nutrients they need to flower from natural and sustainable sources.

Additionally, all plants start from seed, and the cannabinoid-laden flower is hand-harvested for processing.

Speaking of processing, they use the Supercritical CO₂ extraction method, a natural, pure and environmentally friendly extraction process that retains all of the beneficial plant compounds, including terpenes, omega fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.

Finally, all products are hand-made in their private production facility, allowing them complete control over all quality control measures.

The caveat to the glowing review is that the company only ships within the US, but if you’re planning a holiday soon and want to try CBD oil, this is hands down the one to try!

NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil

NuLeaf Naturals

Features:

  • Range of cannabinoid specific products
  • Range of CBD concentrations
  • Organically grown hemp
  • Full-spectrum
  • Third-party lab tested

NuLeaf CBD oil is another fantastic full-spectrum product that offers a diverse range of health benefits.

This CBD oil had a very different effect from the Luce Farm product; less sedating and actually made me feel more energised and focused.

While this certainly didn’t help with sleep as much, it did an excellent job of perking me up in the morning so that I could get on with my day with a clear mind and more focused determination, and notably lessened pain.

NuLeaf has been pioneering the cannabinoid wellness space since 2014, their diverse product range offers oil, soft gels, topical and even pet products.

What’s really interesting about this brand is that they’ve developed a product range based on specific cannabinoids that target certain conditions.

Typically a full-spectrum CBD oil will contain a small percentage of other minor cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG and CBD, however, the predominant cannabinoid is of course CBD.

However, NuLeaf’s proprietary genetics have allowed them to develop full-spectrum products with highly concentrated amounts of specific cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, and CBC.

With more than 20,000 positive reviews, it’s easy to see that NuLeaf’s products are effective for a broad range of conditions and concerns.

 

Medical CBD oil

ANTG (Australian Natural Therapeutics Group)

Features:

  • Prescription-only
  • State-of-the-art growing facility
  • Grown with predominantly natural light
  • Free of yeasts, moulds and contaminants
  • Australian grown

ANTG is the first Australian GACP (Good Agricultural & Collection Practices) and GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Practices) producer of Australian grown and Australian made medicinal cannabis flower products, ensuring that all their products meet the highest pharmaceutical quality standards.

They have a strong focus on innovation and research and claim a best in class cultivation and extraction system to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabis medicine for patients in Australia and across the globe.

While the product portfolio mainly focuses on flower, they also manufacture one isolate CBD oil.

Their products are grown and manufactured by a team of master growers and plant scientists who are adept at crafting variable CBD:THC ratio products, ensuring they cater to all patient requirements.

All ANTG products are available by prescription only.

  • ANTG Mariposa Flower (160mg/g THC : <1mg/g CBD)
  • ANTG Solace Flower (220mg/g THC : <1mg/g CBD)
  • ANTG Rocky Flower (300mg/g THC : <1mg/g CBD)
  • ANTG Juno Flower (115mg/g THC : 125 mg/g CBD)
  • ANTG Eve Flower (<10mg/g THC : 140 mg/g CBD)
  • ANTG Elan CBD Oil (100 mg/ml CBD Only)

Little Green Pharma

Features:

  • Full-spectrum
  • Full range of products
  • Tested for toxicants and contaminants
  • Australian grown and manufactured

WA based medical cannabis manufacturer, Little Green Pharma (LGP), is another innovative market leader within the Australian medical cannabis industry.

They have been developing and manufacturing medical cannabis products since 2018; as a business, they place significant emphasis on strict quality control to ensure consistency and quality for patients.

Additionally, all products are manufactured in their GMP certified facility.

Their product range covers three different oil categories: CBD dominant, THC dominant and a balanced blend.

  • LGP Classic 10:10 (10mg/mL THC : 10mg/mL CBD)
  • LGP Classic 20:5 (20mg/mL THC : 5mg/mL CBD)
  • LGP Classic 1:20 (1mg/mL THC : 20mg/mL CBD)
  • LGP Classic CBD 50 (<0.2mg/mL THC : 50mg/mL CBD)

Innovation is always at the fore at LGP; they are heavily involved in clinical trials and further research to ensure they remain market leaders domestically and in emerging export markets.

CBD Oil Reviews in Australia – Final Word

While there are many online options to purchase CBD oil, it’s important to remember that not all products are created equally. Doing your due diligence and researching a brand is important. However, the safest and most effective way to access CBD oil in Australia is through a medical professional who will be able to guide you through the process and work with you to achieve the best results.

The LGP Classic CBD 50 has notable effects on my stress response, meaning I feel well equipped to deal with busy or stressful days with a clear mind. After the initial few days of trying this CBD oil, I also felt relief in some pain symptoms that I had been experiencing. While it does seem to help regulate my nervous system, it doesn’t provide the feeling of relaxation that some other products have offered.

FAQS

How much CBD oil should I take?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dosing CBD oil. It’s dependent on a variety of factors. The best option is to discuss this with your doctor as they are familiar with your medical history and whether you take any other medications which may interact with the CBD oil. Also, if you don’t get the dosing right, it may be ineffective [10].

In saying that, most people start out taking anywhere between 1 to 50mg of CBD depending on their doctor’s advice. For those starting out, it’s best to start low and go slow to find your unique dosage requirement. Start by taking 1 to 5mg of CBD and slowly increase it every day to find what works best for your body.

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