Whether your state is one of the 26 that legalized marijuana in some form as of April 2017 or you’re just planning ahead for when the “green” laws hit your area, you’ve probably heard more and more about the benefits of pot and the different types of cannabis oil for sale.
New users and old veterans will have questions about how to use and incorporate cannabis oil into their lives. Before you smoke up, read on.
Cannabis Oil 101
Cannabis oil, also known as CBD oil or CBD-rich or Cannabidiol, come from one of the different types of cannabis plants that are grown around the world. The University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute is called the most potent cannabis product, but that’s not an insult, it’s just a tribute to the oil’s ability to transform your mindset.
Although cannabis oil has “cannabis” in its name, not all of the oils have even one percent THC (marijuana) in their mix.
Cannabis Oil for your Health
Studies and studies and studies are being made on cannabis oil. Not just for recreational purposes, but in fact, to treat very serious illnesses, including:
Aiding pain after spinal cord injuries
Providing palliative assistance for cancer patients
Sickle cell illnesses (Georgia signed a bill to approve cannabis oil for this disease, but only in severe or end stages)
Other benefits that spread over more of the main spectrum of cannabis oil users include:
Reduced stress, anxiety, and insomnia
Increased appetite (beneficial for people struggling with anorexia as well as from medicine-induced loss of appetite)
Anti-inflammatory aspects help dilate bronchial tubes to help asthma sufferers
Improved heart circulation and lowered blood pressure
Stimulate skin shedding of older / dead skin cells and promote new growth (when applied topically)
How to Use It
CBD oil is often sold as a tincture (dropper bottle), but you can also find it as hard candies, beverages, edibles, and gel caplets.
Effects vary depending on the way you consume the cannabis oil.
When you inhale it using a vape pen, you may feel the effects within just a minute or two.
If you consume the oil in pill form or tincture, remember it’s just like any other type of medicine, it takes your body some time to swallow and – where applicable, digest the pill casing – before you begin to absorb the oil and feel its effects . This could take between 30-90 minutes and can last up to four hours.
Which Type to Choose
There is not just one type of cannabis oil.
The different oils are split along their potency lines, and what you choose is governed by the type (or if at all) high you want to have.
High THC oil will give you, well, you guessed it, a big high. You’ll experience the stereotypical psychoactive effects, so do not use this oil if you plan to be driving, etc.
High CBD oil does not give you the traditional high. You may actually not feel any of the floaty, munchies-induced effects of regular pot. High cannabis oil is often used to treat issues with depression, anxiety, head trauma, and chronic pain. It is especially useful because someone who is in chronic pain can ingest cannabis oil but continue to perform his or her regular job.
Then there’s a mix. Called 1: 1, there’s no real way to judge how this type of cannabis oil will affect you how to do it (so try it in a safe place where you can lay down, rest, and see what happens). Your personal tolerance for cannabis as well as your body’s internal makeup determines how the effects of this type of oil will come out.
THC and CBD (such as the 1: 1), the CBD acts as a bit of a damper or a blanket on the THC. So whatever psychoactive results you may get from the pure THC are taken down a notch when combined with the CBD.