What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil (hash oil) is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.

The oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal, but products are required to contain less than 0.05%. THC.

THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.

Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.

ALAMY
Cannabis oil is extracted from hemp plants

What is cannabis oil used for?

Cannabis oil can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from helping promote sleep to boosting appetite and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.

It is also said to have skincare benefits, such as preventing signs of aging and protecting against eczema and psoriasis, so can also be applied to the surface of the skin.

Though research is limited, there is evidence to support the idea that medical marijuana, which contains the illegal compound THC, can alleviate some of the side-effects of cancer including nausea during chemotherapy.

And while it is different, some accounts from users have claimed to find similar benefits from using cannabis oil, though this has never been scientifically backed by doctors, so is not advised as an alternative to other treatments.

Benefits of Cannabis Oil

1. Relieves Pain & Headache: Cannabis oil contains natural compounds that include the THC as well. This acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Topical application of cannabis oil gently around the temples can help in providing relief from a headache. Also, applying cannabis oil can help relax the muscles, providing relief from muscle pain and thus reducing swelling as well.

2. Relieves Stress: The compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis oil helps in providing a relaxing effect. Whenever you are stressed, just take few drops of cannabis oil, apply it on around your temples. This induces a sense of calmness and helps reduce stress.

3. Good For The Heart: Cannabis oil is also known for its rich antioxidant properties. Consuming cannabis oil helps in getting rid of the excess cholesterol from the body. This in turn helps to keep your heart healthy.

4. Enhances Appetite: The CBD and THC compounds contained in the cannabis oil are the two important ingredients that help to enhance hunger and appetite. One needs to consume just a few drop of it. Meanwhile, cannabis oil can also stimulate your digestive system and help people who want to gain weight.

5. Enhances Sleep: If you are finding it difficult to get a good sleep or you have been suffering from insomnia, then cannabis oil can be helpful. Topical application of cannabis oil around your forehead and temples can help in providing a relaxing effect to the muscles and induce sleep.

6. Good For The Skin: Topical application of cannabis oil is good for the skin. The cannabinoids contained in the oil can help promote the production of lipids and thus help to fight acne and other chronic skin conditions like psoriasis. It also contains natural antioxidants that help to fight damage of cells caused by free radicals.

7. Prevents Cancer: Several studies conducted on animals have found that the compounds contained in cannabis help in preventing the new blood vessels from becoming tumours and also reduces the risk of cancerous cells from spreading.

8. Reduces Glaucoma: The CBD is known for its rich antioxidant properties. This major form of cannabinoids effectively lower the intraocular pressure (IOP) and have neuroprotective actions. Hence, it can be used for treating glaucoma and also macular degeneration that one develops as he/she starts ageing.

9. Helps Treat Asthma: Cannabis oil has been used since ancient times to treat respiratory ailments. Cannabis oil is known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic effects. Due to all these factors, cannabis oil has been found to be helpful in dilating the bronchial tubes, allowing more oxygen to flow. This in turn helps in providing relief for those suffering from asthma.

10. A Cure For Neurodegenerative Disorders: Several studies have shown that cannabis oil has been found to be helpful in terms of curing neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis as well as epilepsy. Studies have found that the cannabidiol (CBD) content in cannabis oil can help prevent seizures and help in the treatment of epilepsy.

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Rick Simpson’s Oil (RSO)

Rick Simpson’s Oil (RSO)

What is Rick Simpson’s Oil?
Rick Simpson’s oil is a concentrated THC oil made with Indica and Indica dominant hybrid strains. It is commonly referred to as a full spectrum extract that contains high levels of both THC and CBD to maximize the potential medical benefits. Rick Simpson’s oil is made by extracting the cannabinoids with alcohol, which results in a more concentrated, potent oil. RSO is not meant to be smoked. It is recommended to either, ingest the oil, or to use it topically.

What is Rick Simpson’s Oil used for?
It is important to note that in the medical community the effectiveness of RSO is still highly debated. With so little research behind it, very few doctors and scientists are willing to hop on board just yet. Some of the many benefits currently listed on Rick Simpson’s website are:

Sleep-inducing – The cannabinoids in RSO can reduce your heart rate, and help the body to relax. The effects are not considered as intense as over the counter sleep aids that are hard to shake off in the morning.

Anxiety relief – Rick Simpson’s oil contains concentrated amounts of THC. THC will trigger the release of pleasure hormones which helps to reduce stress and gives an overall feeling of calm.

Relieving pain- The cannabinoids in RSO offers anti-inflammatory benefits which can help with pain.

Cancer prevention – One of RSO’s most popular benefits is cancer prevention. Many of the cannabinoids like THC and CBD in RSO can assist in reducing cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Increased appetite – One of the most commonly known facts about THC is that it boosts the user’s desire for food. Because the THC content is so concentrated in RSO, it can help with lack of appetite. This is why RSO is highly recommended to cancer and chemo patients.

 

 

VAPE CARTRIDGES

What are Vape Cartridges?

Vape cartridges are small cartridges of concentrated cannabis oil that are used in conjunction with vape pens and other types of batteries. The pen heats up the oil in the cart, forming vapor which you then inhale. Vaping has become increasingly popular with young adults in recent years, but this option may also be a good choice for people who want the instantaneous effects of smoking with less odor and lung irritation.

How do Vape Cartridges Work?

Vape carts work much the same way e-cigarettes and other tobacco-vaping products do. In most vape devices, an atomizer is activated by a button or by the user drawing a puff. The atomizer heats the air in the chamber. The heated air passes through the liquid in the cartridge. In the case of THC oil vapes, the heated air converts the oil into an aerosol that can be inhaled. The heating element does not come in direct contact with the cannabis concentrate and is not hot enough to cause combustion, which is why vaping may be preferable to smoking for people with respiratory conditions.

How to Find Safe Vape Cartridges:

You may have seen vapes trending in the news lately and want to know how safe these products are. Despite the sensational stories you have likely read, it is possible to find high-quality vape cartridges when you know what you’re looking for. Here are some tips for finding the best vape and wax carts:

  1. ALWAYS purchase your cartridges from legal, regulated vendors. These products should be lab-tested for purity and have their results readily available. Homemade vape cartridges run a much higher risk of containing unhealthful contaminants and cutting agents.
  2. Make sure you ask your budtenders for vape oils that are additive-free. Some common additives include propylene glycol(PG) and polyethylene glycol(PEG). These are often used to thin the consistency of THC and hash oils but are generally regarded negatively in the health community.
  3. Go organic. Choose cartridges that are made with organically-grown cannabis. These plants are cultivated without pesticides and harsh chemicals that may be harmful to your health.
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