There are many health and medicinal benefits to using cannabinoids. Moreover, there is a huge number of them, each containing a different effect on the body and mind. Cannabis is typically associated with THC, but research is beginning to show that many of the cannabinoids are of medical value. Two prominent medicines born from cannabinoid research are cannabis oil and CBD oil. While they sound very similar, their medicinal properties are very different.
So now we’ve got that out of the way, what are the differences between the two?
The main selling point of CBD oil is that it doesn’t contain significant amounts of THC, focusing on a high CBD content.
CBD oil is made using either hemp or cannabis. The difference is hemp is bred to be highly fibrous for industrial use and contain minimal THC to comply with law, whereas cannabis is bred for its diverse cannabinoid content.
There are many companies who are dedicated to creating an oil made from the finest naturally grown hemp by refraining from the use of additives and chemicals. If you are interested in using CBD oil, make sure you purchase from companies that operate with a strict approach to quality control. If they can’t ensure a pure and safe product, produced free of any contaminants – then don’t buy it!
Fortunately for us, there are many companies with a wealth of experience and knowledge in producing pure oils (specifically golden oils), and so long as you check their legitimacy, you should be able to get your hands on some very powerful medicine.
It might be worth noting there are two types of CBD oil, black and gold. Black oils are extracted with very little processing, and although they are considerably cheaper, they contain far more impurities due to the extraction process used, detracting from the medicinal potential of CBD. Golden oils on the other hand, although more expensive, use a far more advanced extraction process which separates all of the compounds in the plant, resulting in a clear golden oil. Not only this, but it undergoes a process of full decarboxylation which turns the inactive CBDa cannabinoid into an active and useful CBD compound. The result is a CBD oil with medicinal value, taste, ease of use and consistency that is enhanced tenfold.
Some of the potential medicinal properties of CBD oil include but are not limited to:
- Pain, chronic pain and inflammation relief
- Help to fight cancer
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Relieves nausea
- Reduces anxiety
- Treating seizures and neurological disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
As you can see the medicinal properties are plentiful and powerful and, although not specifically proven by the medical industry, each is based on dedicated and specific scientific research.
Taking the correct and recommended dosage and administering CBD correctly results in very few side effects that are not considered to be serious or dangerous in any way.
Some potential side effects include:
- Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism and decreased activity of p-glycoprotein (This essentially means CBD can alter the way your body metabolises many pharmaceutical drugs if taken in high doses).
- Dry mouth
CBD oil does contain trace amounts of THC but not enough to be considered psychoactive. For this reason it is a legal substance almost everywhere in the world and can easily be purchased from vendors online.
Cannabis oil reached considerable popularity when a man in Canada named Rick Simpson began distributing this concentrate, albeit illegally, as a medicine. Rick’s oil (commonly known as “Rick Simpson oil“) brought the long studied knowledge about the anti-tumor and various medicinal properties of cannabis to the mainstream.
Cannabis oil is basically the same as CBD oil, except this oil is made from marijuana strains with a high THC percentage. Cannabis oil itself often contains 50% THC and even higher up to 80%. When taken too much this oil will knock down even the most experienced cannabis user.
THC is probably the most commonly known cannabinoid in cannabis oil and is widely known for its psychoactive effects. But as with many more of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, THC also interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a way that helps to regulate many of our bodily functions, autoimmune responses and homoeostasis. As many doctors might tell you, we can neither confirm nor deny the medical properties of cannabis oil. However, here’s a list of some of the potential health and medicinal benefits of using it, all based on research and actual human consumption:
- Cancer prevention
- Treating and reducing some cancers
- Multiple Sclerosis
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain and pain
- Eczema and dry skin
- Anorexia and dramatic weight loss
The side effects of any form of cannabis are very meager, but it is important to consider that cannabis oil contains very high concentrations of cannabinoid which will have an obvious effect on your body. For this reason it is important to stick with the recommended dosage or express extreme caution and due diligence when choosing your dosage as cannabis oil is not usually regulated or prescribed. That being said, nobody has ever died from consuming cannabis.
Some side effects of cannabis oil are:
- Feeling high
- As with traditional methods of consuming cannabis, this can cause your concentration levels to drop, feelings of tiredness and fatigue, and a drop in memory and learning ability.
- Increased heart rate
We would recommended refraining from using cannabis oil while pregnant as some research suggests that using cannabis while pregnant can cause problems with childbirth such as the baby being born at a low weight.
Cannabis oil is also an ideal recreational alternative to smoking cannabis, not only does this method remove all the carcinogens you get from combustion but it is also a simple and efficient way to get high. You can easily add the concentrate to food and drink or take it on its own. If you choose this method, it means you have one of, if not the purist combination of THC and CBD available – which doubles up as a potent medicine.
It is important to bear in mind that although cannabis is becoming legal in many states of America and across the world, it is still very difficult if not impossible to attain certified and medically approved cannabis oil. Therefore you can never be sure of its exact purity or what’s in it unless you get it lab tested.