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CBD: Health Trend or Miracle Molecule?

CBD is in the spotlight right now! It all seemed to happen so quickly, but what’s crazy is that it took this long at all.. But what’s the hype all about? 

There are claims it can do everything from treating insomnia to reducing the appearance of wrinkles – and a multitude of things in between. CBD is poised to be the next game-changing health product in an industry that is booming across the world. 

But is CBD a miracle molecule or is it just another health trend with an expiry date? Let’s take a brief look at the science behind it.


So, What Exactly Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. This is a chemical compound found in the cannabis Sativa plant genome. CBD is extracted from cannabis flowers, and often mixed with a carrier oil to increase its bioavailability when consumed by humans.

The human body has two cannabinoid receptors, CBD1 and CBD2, most of which are found in the brain. The CBD1 receptors in the brain deal with things like pain, emotions, appetite and mood. CBD2 receptors are found in the immune system and are responsible for pain and inflammation.  Understanding this is important because CBD oil stimulates the body to use more of its own cannabinoids. This can help regulate brain and bodily functions, ease pain, and reduce inflammation in areas that CBD1 and CBD2 receptors are found.


Will CBD Make You ‘High’?

There are so many misconceptions about CBD.  Many people confuse CBD for THC, or believe that because it comes from the same plants as marijuana that it must be psychoactive. 

This is far from the truth!

CBD is not a psychoactive substance, which means that it cannot make you high like THC. Generally, Hemp only contains levels of less than 0.3% of THC.  And while the marijuana has higher levels of THC, it is only legal to sell CBD oil with levels of THC lower than 0.3%. Even then, CBD can be isolated from flowers that contain THC.  So when you’re buying CBD, don’t expect to get high

The psychoactive effects of THC generally only occur when concentrations are higher than 7%, so this level of THC is too low to give you any feeling of being high.  



Both THC and CBD have the same molecular structure but are arranged slightly differently, which results in different interactions with the body’s endocannabinoid system. THC binds with the CBD1 receptors in the brain, which results in the feeling of being high. On the other hand, CBD binds weakly with CBD1 receptors (if at all). This is why CBD is not psychoactive.

Another key difference in effect is that CBD has virtually no side effects, while THC can cause dry mouth, red eyes, increased heart rate, memory loss and slower reaction times.  That’s not to say THC can’t be medicinal, but as you probably know, it can be highly intoxicating.  

Generally, high-THC products are the recreational users choice, and high-CBD products the medical users choice.  A lot of people don’t want to get high!


Is CBD Proven To Cure Medical Conditions?

Some huge claims are being made about the healing properties of CBD oil but how much evidence do we have to prove these claims? While research on the effects of CBD oil is still in its infancy, there have been studies done to determine whether CBD can be used to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety and cancer. 



There is strong scientific evidence for CBD’s effectiveness in treating epilepsy. There are many studies which show that CBD was able to reduce or completely stop seizures in patients. In June 2018 the FDA in the United States approved Epidiolex, which is the first prescribed epilepsy medication which contains CBD.  

Although this is more anecdotal evidence, you can also look on YouTube and find videos of seizures stopping almost immediately after high CBD tinctures were administered.



There is growing evidence to suggest that CBD can effectively relieve many symptoms of anxiety. A 2015 analysis of several studies found that CBD can help treat or provide relief for many forms of anxiety including PTSD, social anxiety, OCD, panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. 

Despite seeing many positive outcomes, little research on what effects CBD use can have when treating these conditions with it in the long term. While CBD will not cure the root causes of why someone has anxiety, it is certainly a worthy alternative to mainstream anti-anxiety drugs.



CBD is by no means a cure for cancer, but it can undoubtedly be used to help cancer patients manage symptoms and side effects of their medical procedures. This can have significant impacts on their comfort and quality of life, which can significantly affect outcomes.

There are also now more studies being done to see how CBD can be used to treat cancer. Research is in the preliminary stages, but so far the results look promising. There is evidence to suggest that CBD may reduce tumour growth in and help to improve the effectiveness of other drugs used to treat cancer. Other studies have also demonstrated that CBD can reduce breast cancer cell proliferation, inhibit the spread of colorectal cancer cells, and reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

CBD has the potential to be an incredibly powerful treatment for many kinds of illnesses.


What Is The Legal Status Of CBD In Australia?

Are you dying to get your hands on CBD oil to see how it could improve your life? Unfortunately, it isn’t so simple to get hold of in Australia… but it’s not as hard as it used to be either! While some countries such as the USA, Canada and the UK have made CBD oil easy to access or legalised it entirely, Australia is lagging behind a bit. 

There is only one way to legally get your hands on CBD oil in Australia: To go through the governments’ Special Access Scheme

This scheme gives patients access to drugs that are not approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which includes CBD oil.  But now, people can even get through-and-through Australian grown medical cannabis! 

Getting access involves getting a government-approved prescription from your doctor which can then only be dispensed from a licensed pharmacy. In most major cities, you can get a referral to a cannabis clinician from your GP.  The first appointment generally costs around $250, and some clinics even offer your first order of medicine complementary with the consultation. 

Being a new industry in Australia, it is still quite expensive to buy these products legally.  However, as access becomes easier, and Australia establishes a domestic industry, this is sure to change.

One thing is for sure… It’s getting easier to access CBD in Australia every day.


To Conclude…

CBD oil has the potential to improve the quality of life for almost everyone on the planet.  What was once just speculation and ‘hippy nonsense’ is now showing scientific results, and backing up the claims made by producers and users. With little-to-no side effects, potential benefits far outweigh any costs. While CBD oil isn’t easy to get your hands on now in Australia, it is likely that the government will soon follow the lead of other countries and decriminalise CBD making it readily available for Australian consumers.

Hemp Bioplastic Is An Eco Friendly Packaging Alternative

What’s So Great About Hemp Plastic?

The use of plastic is one of the most damaging habits we have as humans… Just take a look at the great pacific garbage patch for example.

But it’s not like it all goes there. That’s just where the current takes a lot of it. Unfortunately, our plastic addiction has contaminated all but 13% of all fish in the great barrier reef in our very own home in Australia. Isn’t it just tragic?

As if this isn’t bad enough, commercial plastics used in most packaging all require fossil fuels to be manufactured. A lot of energy goes into making plastics, and the byproducts after making them also takes a toll on the environment So not only are we destroying our oceans, but also contributing to the draining of resources and polluting the rest of the environment around us.

The nail in the coffin?

Most plastics will take at least 500 years to break down. Even then, the microplastics will continue to pollute marine life all over the ocean…

As it is, it’s said the average person consumes around a whole credit card worth of microplastics in food and drink every single week – that’s about 20 grams!

But rest assured, as small batches of composites called ‘bioplastics’ are starting to pop up all over the world, which can offer temporary solutions to our plastic habits as we start to change the way we use them.

Enter hemp – One of the newest kids on the bio-plastic block.

Recently, companies have started to develop hemp plastics and that do not contain any of the toxic chemicals that can cause harm to both humans as well as the rest of the ecosystem we exist in.

Basically, hemp plastic offers a non-toxic, biodegradable, earth-friendly solution to one of humanity’s greatest problems. To top it off, it’s much stiffer and 2x as strong as what we like to call ‘plastics from the past’.

Hemp… what can’t it do?

The Making of Hemp Bioplastics

Hemp is very easy to grow, and grows extremely quickly. It’s one of the fastest growing crops on earth, with an average turnaround of around 3 months. As a fast growing weed, it outgrows competing weeds before they have the chance to break through the canopy, which virtually eliminates the need for herbicides. Chemical pesticides are also rarely required, as hemp is a very pest resistant crop.

One of the coolest things about hemp is something we talk about often… Hemp consumes a LOT of Co2 through a process called carbon sequestration, which can then be locked into the plastics that are made.

Yep, it requires so much Co2 to grow that it cleans our atmosphere. A similar process called phytoremediation also cleans the soil. You can read more about these in our blog about 7 ways that hemp is helping us build a sustainable future.

Once grown, it is harvested and processed, the stems are usually separated and further refined into hemp biomass. Stems are used because they contain anywhere between 70-80% cellulose. From the biomass, the cellulose can then be processed further and used as the basic building block for hemp bioplastics.

Simple – kind of…

Are Hemp Bioplastics Currently In Use?
You may ask when this concept of hemp plastic was made popular in the public eye. It might take you by surprise to hear that it was not a recent development!

In 1941, a pioneer in the automotive industry by the name of Henry Ford went public with a car prototype called the ‘Model-T’. There are unconfirmed stories of this running on hemp fuel, but what is widely known is that the body of the car was made from a hemp-based plastic.

Unfortunately, it was made sure that this was never mass produced. A couple of years later, hemp went from one of the most predominant crops in society, to being outlawed completely. Could you imagine what the world would look like if Henry Ford got this out to the masses? (Read more about Ford’s Model T, and his ideas for Biofuels here.)

However, the period of prohibition in the United States is over. We can grow hemp here in Australia now. And even Thailand just legalised cannabis, and started educating their youth on it. But what does all this mean? It means there’s more progress towards this reality every single day.

Finally, over the last 10 years, there have been new developments in the field of hemp bioplastics

Some of the most notable companies currently implementing hemp plastics are as follows:

Entwined™ Hemp 3d Printing Filament: 3D printing technology is stirring quietly in the background, quietly making leaps and bounds towards viable, commercial printing options. “But what about eco-friendly options?” you may ask. Well, now there is one – and it’s made from hemp! Entwined™ offers a 3d printing filament that’s based from hemp. It still uses a poly-blend, but we think it’s a massive step forward in this field.

Sana packaging: Made from a blend of 30% hemp and 70% other plants, Sana packaging offers hemp packaging solutions to relevant medical and recreational marijuana industries. They also make plastics using 100% reclaimed ocean plastic. Packaging is a huge issue in the marijuana industry in the U.S.A, which Sana hopes to help address by utilising the very plant that is being sold inside the packaging. We hope that one day, this technology will be adopted by the Australian market in one way or another!

Hemp Plastic Company: The Hemp Plastic Company is a Canadian R&D company that aims to develop commercially viable hemp-based bioplastics that can be used in place of traditional plastics. Currently, they have a range of options available to cater to the needs of customers around all the world.

You can check out their whole range here! You’ll be glad to know that they stock a 100% hemp bioplastic, that you could buy today!


So, hemp plastics are starting to look like quite the breakthrough, aren’t they?

The main reason we wanted to write this was to bring some awareness to the fact that our abuse of single-use plastics is causing exorbitant amounts of damage to our planet. But before leaving on a note of doom-and-gloom, we also want people to know there are solutions!

It’s not just hemp bioplastics offering solutions. Another great example of high-cellulose crops are sugarcane and corn. Basically, anything high in cellulose can be used to make a cellulose based bioplastic. On top of that, you have other bases like bio-resins. It’s all pretty nitpicky stuff, but if it’s what you want to learn more about, we encourage you to do so!

There are also people like Boylan Slat, who are making breakthroughs in cleaning up the plastics currently residing in our oceans! The Ocean Cleanup Project recently completed their first successful prototype, which they will eventually scale, and use to clean up their goal of 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.

So, it’s not all doom and gloom. And there’s lots of solutions – Hemp being one of them.

Do you think hemp bioplastics will take off? What do you think the commercial biggest use of hemp bioplastics will be into the future? We’d love to hear from you!