It took some time, but now that legalization has taken place, Canadian retailers can now carry a range of products, including but not limited to dried flower and cannabis oil variations. This is providing patients with a cleaner alternative to smoking. Taking oils requires no special equipment to consume and comes conveniently packaged in discrete small bottles.
What are Cannabis oils?
Cannabis oils are the extracts from the plants that have been dissolved into a base of an oil. Some oils typically used are coconut, olive or MCT. Depending on the strain used, some can be higher in THC content while others contain more CBD. The CBD compound contributes to wellness while counteracting the psychoactive effects THC is known for.
Through the processing of dried bud, producers are now able to manipulate the compounds to create an ideal THC:CBD ratio. Making it plausible to find a much higher concentration of CBD oil than found in dried bud.
What’s the best way to consume Cannabis Oils?
There are many options when consuming cannabis oils. Most of the oils on the market presently come with droppers, this can be used to place the oil under your tongue. This method is called “sublingual” application; it enables the active components to be absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth. This method passes through your digestive system and delivers the active ingredients straight into the patient’s bloodstream.
Another option is to ingest the oil by putting it directly into your favorite food or drink. While others will still use it in turn to make cannabis-infused butter or oil to then be used in for cooking. This delivery method of the active ingredients pass through the GI tract taking its time to administer its way through the body’s system.
How much should I be taking?
This is subjective and based on an individual need, or case by case basis. Most patients begin with a trial and error process to see what works best for their specific condition. Experts suggest to start low and go slow. It’s best practice to start with a low amount of oil and document your results. How did you feel? Was your pain ever present? Should you not notice a change, increase the dosage incrementally until you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Rule of thumb is that one millilitre (or one full dropper) is considered one dose but you can certainly begin with less.
How long will the effects last and how long to feel them?
Different methods of ingestion bring different results. When you inhale cannabis you feel the effect almost immediately, within a few minutes and typically will last about 2 hours. When you’re ingesting Cannabis oil, it can take a bit longer, approximately 1-2 hours, but it the effects can last upwards of 5 to 6 hours. However, pure CBD is non-psychoactive and can provide relaxing benefits, but will not cause you to be high.