Cannabis oils are created through a variety of extraction methods used to separate the oils from the plant material. Some extraction methods use caustic chemicals to achieve this but solventless methods are gaining in popularity and affordability. When extracted properly, cannabis oils will retain the valuable cannabinoids and terpenes of the flower while dramatically increasing in potency. For example, a cannabis strain rated as “high THC” may have 20% THC or a bit more. A cannabis extract could have anywhere from 50A% to 99% THC, thus proper dosing is important when enjoying concentrates!
Cannabis oil comes in a few varieties. Some are CBD-only, which means they provide health benefits without the psychoactive component found in THC. Others contain both THC and CBD, others are high THC. These should not be confused with hemp seed oil, which contains neither CBD nor THC but is popular as a dietary product.
Small doses of cannabis oil can provide a variety of health benefits. Here are some you may not be aware of:
Appetite Stimulation and Suppression
While the “munchies” is a widely known side effect of using cannabis, the truth is that different strains affect the appetite differently. Some cannabis strains increase the appetite, making them good choices for seniors and those with wasting disorders like AIDS. Cancer patients have used cannabis to recover their appetite after chemotherapy. Strains that suppress the appetite can actually help with weight-loss! Look for oils high in Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) to stop those munchies.
Cannabis is both an anti-inflammatory and a bronchodilator, meaning that it opens the airways and improves breathing. Taking cannabis oil for asthma is preferential to using an inhalation delivery method like smoking or vaping.
Recent studies have shown that cannabis can halt, reverse and possibly prevent the development of cancerous tumors. While more research is necessary, many people are encouraged by the news that cannabis oil can be beneficial during cancer treatment for more than just pain relief and appetite stimulation.
Cannabis has long been an approved treatment for ocular disorders like glaucoma and could actually prevent macular degeneration.
Hair and Skin
Cannabis can help with skin conditions and contribute to healthy hair production. Cannabis oil has been used to treat acne, skin irritation and psoriasis. Skin care companies are utilizing cannabis oil in topical products to promote youthful appearance and reduce surface damage.
PTSD and Trauma
Cannabis can help relieve symptoms of PTSD and trauma by improving sleep, reducing nightmares, relieving pain, stopping obsessive rumination and reducing the fight-or-flight response.
Seizures and Tremors
Cannabis oil can reduce or prevent seizures in disorders like epilepsy. It can also reduce or eliminate tremors in people living with Parkinson’s and other degenerative nerve conditions.