If you are a new medical cannabis patient, you may be disoriented by a huge variety of medical cannabis oils available at your local dispensary. Though the weed market is flourishing with numerous brands, their wide range of products may puzzle any consumer. The following tips will help you choose the best medical cannabis oil for you.
Medical cannabis oil is a substance extracted from marijuana plants. This oil is highly beneficial for the human health as it contains all the medicinal components available in trichomes (resin glands) on the flowers of the marijuana plant. The oils are separated from the plant material with the help of solvents. The final product is highly concentrated and full of cannabinoids.
Depending on cannabis strains and ways of oil extraction, marijuana producers receive different types of medical cannabis oils. Here are the most common types of cannabis oils and tips on how to choose the best one for you.
Raw cannabis oils are produced without using heat. Thus, this marijuana derivative keeps the plant’s natural components intact, but it is more challenging to extract.
As there is no temperature treatment, raw cannabis oil contains weed chemicals in the form of acid. So, you will not get high from this type of oils, but these cannabinoid acids will help your cells interact with each other through the endocannabinoid system.
Full extract oils were previously made by using alcohol, but innovative technologies allow producing oils with the help of other solvents, such as CO2. These solvents preserve terpenes, aroma molecules of marijuana plants, which are beneficial for treating many medical conditions.
Besides, full extract oils also include numerous cannabinoids derived from marijuana flowers and sometimes leaves. Cannabinoids are active cannabis chemicals that improve our health due to their interaction with the human endocannabinoid system.
Thus, full extract oil is a concentrated form of marijuana flowers. Your budtender can offer you full extracts under the names FECO, Rick Simpson Oil, and Phoenix Tears. This type of medical cannabis oil can be divided into several groups depending on their content of THC and CBD.
In contrast to THC, CBD or cannabidiol does not provide any psychedelic effect. Thus, full extract oils made from high-CBD weed plants are beneficial for relieving seizures, managing stress, and healing inflammation. CBD extracts are usually recommended for patients with such illnesses as epilepsy, cancer, anxiety, chronic pain, head trauma, depression, and Alzheimer's disease.
These full extract oils are received from marijuana strains with a high THC content. If marijuana flowers can contain up to 30% of THC, these medical cannabis oils can have a 60% THC level. THC or delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive marijuana compound, but it appears to be effective for treating such debilitating conditions as chronic pain, cancer, Parkinson's disease, gastrointestinal disorder, and fibromyalgia.
Full extract oils with an equal ratio of THC and CBD are made from strains with similar cannabinoid content. These extracts are considered to be more effective, as THC and CBD have a stronger influence in combination, according to scientific findings.
Though CBD tends to mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC, patients with a low tolerance can experience the feelings of a euphoric high, which, of course, will not be as vivid as that from full THC oil.
Medical marijuana doctors recommend an oil blend of THC and CBD for patients who are battling multiple sclerosis, migraine, muscle spasms, nervous breakdown, gastrointestinal problems, cancer, and fibromyalgia.
Although most medical cannabis oils available at dispensaries include either THC, CBD, or a blend of both, some producers create oils with a high concentration of other cannabinoids. For instance, CBG and THCV are less popular cannabis compounds, but they are beneficial for the human health too.
CBG has proven to be effective for reducing inflammation and killing bacterias. It also has great anti-proliferative and analgesic properties.
THCV can be used for treating excessive weight and reducing seizures and convulsions. Scientists have discovered that THCV has great anti-diabetic properties as it reduces blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Isolates are pure forms of cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, or others. Isolates are very effective when a patient requires a consistent dose of cannabis chemicals. These marijuana derivatives are used in vapor pens and are the most potent products on the market.
However, the effects of isolates are not the same as those of medical cannabis oil. The reason is that isolates are free of terpenes, primary and trace cannabinoids, as well as other marijuana molecules that in combination produce the so-called “entourage effect.” The high from isolates is sharper and stronger, so be very careful with your dosage.
As you can see, there is an array of cannabis oils. Hopefully, our tips will help you find the difference between them and choose the best medical cannabis oil for you. However, do not accept this information as medical advice. Consult your doctor beforehand to understand your body's needs better.