Cannabis Oil: What It Is, Pros & Cons
- Cannabis oil is cannabis extract mixed with a neutral oil.
- It can be used as an alternative to smoking or vaporizing dried cannabis flower.
- The pros of cannabis oil include portability, while uncertainty about how much to take is one of the cons.
Cannabis oil is a cannabis extract — a concentrated substance derived from the dried flower — that is mixed with a neutral oil, such as MCT or sunflower oil. It can be packaged in a bottle with a spray top or a dropper, and is taken orally. It can be used as an alternative to smoking or vaporizing dried cannabis.
The Pros and Cons of Oil
As with any cannabis product, there are pros and cons to using cannabis oil. Advantages include convenience, as the bottle is portable, and the oil often has no odour or flavour. It’s a smoke-free alternative to dried cannabis, and because it’s concentrated, only a small amount is used.
One downside of using cannabis oil is that the reported effects are not as immediate as they are with inhalation (your body processes ingested cannabis in a different way).
How Much Should I Take?
If you are using cannabis oil for the first time or trying a new product, Health Canada recommends starting with a low dose and increasing it slowly once you determine how it affects you. For more information, check out our article on dosing. The product label provides information on how much CBD and THC is in the oil.
3 Pros and 3 Cons of Using CBD
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that’s used all over the world and is gaining interest with consumers for a number of reasons. The cannabinoid is becoming so popular, so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of consuming CBD.
Some pros include its health benefits which can be used to treat depression, combat anxiety, fight cancer, reduce seizures, and even help with insomnia. Another pro, and possibly CBD oil’s biggest claim to fame is its anti-inflammatory powers that can treat everything from arthritis to back pain. CBD oil does also come with its cons, which include the simple fact that it isn’t legal in all 50 states and it doesn’t work for everyone, so be sure to talk to your budtenders to get the most use out of your CBD products.