How To Use Cannabis Oil (Top 5 Ways)

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With hundreds of physical and mental benefits, learning how to use cannabis oil is certainly essential.

Luckily, you came to the right place.

Because in this article we’ll discuss way more than just how to use cannabis oil. We’ll talk about everything you need to know including its risks and safety measures.

Let’s get started!

The Basics

Before we go on about how to use cannabis oil, it’s important to learn about it first to avoid any complications, confusion, and difficulty.

What Cannabis Oil Is

Cannabis oil is a concentrate that is made by extracting chemicals called cannabinoids from cannabis plants.

These chemicals may either be THC or CBD and are extracted with the use of solvents and other beneficial compounds. Some of these may be CO2, flavonoids, and terpenes.

cannabis oil extraction lab

The safest process of extracting cannabinoids is done with the use of carbon dioxide. That’s because it does not leave behind byproducts like chlorophyll, waxes, and toxic waste unlike other solvents and compounds do.

Types of Cannabis Oils

CBD Oil

When Cannabis oil is made through a process that extracts only the CBD cannabinoid, it is called CBD oil.

The reason for excluding other cannabinoids in the extraction process is to make the cannabis oil non-psychoactive. This allows it to provide many health benefits within its use without altering or intoxicating one’s state of mind.

CBD oil is mainly used to treat seizures, ease pain, and relax muscles.

Hemp Oil

Another cannabis oil that contains little to no THC is Hemp oil,

This oil is extracted from the hemp plant instead of the marijuana plant, which is a less potent version.

hemp plant

Uniquely, this oil comes from the seed of the hemp plant rather than its leaves. It contains a very little amount of cannabinoids, therefore it is unlikely for hemp oil to offer the same benefits as CBD oil.

Instead, it is used for its abundant content of fatty acids.

This is the main go-to of vegans when ingesting cannabis oil. It is best used for cooking as it adds an earthy taste and hint to dishes.

Rick Simpson Oil

This medical cannabis oil is made through a recipe provided by Rick Simpson, a marijuana activist who claims that this oil has cured himself and thousands of other individuals of cancer.

It is extracted from the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant.

And due to this extraction process, this oil contains multiple cannabinoids like CBD and THC. So although considered medical cannabis, it is not recommended by physicians due to its psychoactive effects.

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How To Use Cannabis Oil

The uses of cannabis oil vary depending on its purpose and the user’s preferences. Let’s talk about all the options you have in using cannabis oil.

Internal Uses

Orally

Generally speaking, the oil form of cannabis consumption is done sublingually, meaning under the tongue. This method allows the oil to be absorbed by the tissues and mucous membranes and later on gets passed into the bloodstream.

cannabis oil consumption - under the tongue

Not only is this method convenient but it also allows high concentrations of the oil to enter your bloodstream. This means that just like coconut oil, only a low dose of it should be taken through this method.

Consuming cannabis oil may also be done orally. Swallowing doses of this oil allows it to be metabolized in a way that makes its effects last longer.

Mixed with drinks

As you may have guessed, oral consumptions of cannabis oils aren’t for everyone. And that’s because of its pure and raw taste.

To lessen the intensity of its taste, you may dilute it by mixing it into drinks like smoothies and tea.

This method allows the oil to interact with the other ingredients of your drink and intensify their effects and benefits.

As an ingredient in baking

And if the taste still bothers you, an ideal way to consume cannabis oil is to bake it into goods, allowing its taste to completely vanish.

Also, if you prefer to consume this oil without experiencing any psychoactive effects, you should choose a pastry that is baked above 245 degrees in order to burn the THC.

As a spice

But when it comes to using THC oil, using it as a spice when cooking dishes are the best option.

This oil should not be used on its own. A few drops of it should be mixed along with cooking oils like olive, canola, or coconut oil instead.

External Uses

Nowadays, a wide range of beauty products contains CBD oil due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

This is also why many have started applying pure CBD oil onto their skin as a way of treating many infections and conditions. A couple of these are acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

However, unlike essential oils and topical oils, CBD oil is highly concentrated and is non-diffusable to the air.

Precautions In Ingesting Cannabis Oil

Dosage

Although the dosages of medical marijuana have always depended on personal preference, just a few drops of cannabis oil are more than enough.

Finding the right dosage for you may require a couple of experiments. But it’s always best to start on a low dosage and wait a couple of hours to take a higher one.

It’s crucial to remember that an ounce of cannabis oil within a day is the maximum dosage one should take.

Risks and Warnings

Since cannabis oil is still in the early stages of research and may occupy a legal gray area, it’s important to be cautious when using it.

Most countries have not yet legalized the use of medical marijuana and may not allow extracted oils from the plant either.

It is also highly advisable to check with your physician before consuming or using cannabis oil medically. This is with emphasis on infants, children, and pregnant individuals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much Cannabis Oil is healthy?

It depends on a couple of factors including weight. The maximum dosage would be 1,500 mg or an ounce per day. But basing it on an individual’s weight, 60 drops per day is safe for a 200-pound individual.

Can Cannabis Oil be taken orally?

Yes, in fact, the most effective way of using cannabis oil is by taking it orally, specifically underneath the tongue.

Can I take Cannabis Oil before bed?

Yes, you can. Taking Cannabis oil an hour or half before going to bed can de-stress your body and even result in higher production of melatonin.

Wrapping it Up

Cannabis oil is a highly beneficial concentration that even contains potential healing properties. It contains chemicals like CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids and is best taken on its own orally but may be mixed into drinks, pastries, and dishes.

Always remember to consider any allergies or diseases you may have before consuming cannabis oil. Consulting your physician beforehand is highly suggested. 

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