6 Health Benefits of Cannabis Oil
Many people integrate cannabis into their daily health and wellness routines. From vape pens and tinctures, to gummies and CBD skincare, it provides many advantages. Thanks to new studies, scientists find new health benefits of cannabis oil all the time.
What is cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is created by using extraction methods to separate valuable oil from plant material. There are many types of extraction processes. Some of them use caustic chemicals while others rely on heat and pressure. When extracted properly, oils retain both cannabinoids and terpenes of the cannabis flower while dramatically increasing in potency. For example, a cannabis strain rated as “high THC” may have 20% THC or more while a cannabis extract could have 70% active THC.
Cannabis oil comes in a few varieties. Some are CBD-only, which means they provide health benefits without the psychoactive component found in THC. Others contain both THC and CBD, others are high THC. These should not be confused with hemp seed oil, which contains neither CBD nor THC but is popular as a dietary product.
Uses for Cannabis Oil
Small doses of cannabis oil can provide a variety of health benefits. Here are some you may not be aware of:
Appetite Stimulation and Suppression
While the “munchies” is a widely known side effect of using cannabis, the truth is that different strains affect the appetite differently. Some cannabis strains increase the appetite, making them good choices for seniors and those with wasting disorders like AIDS. Cancer patients use cannabis to recover their appetite after chemotherapy. Strains that suppress the appetite can actually help with weight-loss! Look for oils high in Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) to stop those munchies.
Cannabis is both an anti-inflammatory and a bronchodilator. This means it opens the airways and improves breathing. Taking ingestible cannabis oil for asthma is preferential to using an inhalation delivery method like smoking or vaping.
Recent studies show that cannabis can halt, reverse and possibly prevent the development of cancerous tumors. While more research is necessary, many people are encouraged by the news that cannabis oil can be beneficial during cancer treatment for more than just pain relief and appetite stimulation.
Cannabis is an approved treatment for ocular disorders like glaucoma. It could actually prevent macular degeneration.
Hair and Skin
Cannabis helps with skin conditions and contribute to healthy hair production. Cannabis oil can treat acne, skin irritation and psoriasis. Skin care companies utilize cannabis oil in topical products to promote youthful appearance and reduce surface damage.
PTSD and Trauma
Cannabis helps relieve symptoms of PTSD and trauma by improving sleep, reducing nightmares, relieving pain, stopping obsessive rumination and reducing the fight-or-flight response.
Seizures and Tremors
Cannabis oil reduces or prevents seizures in disorders like epilepsy. It also reduces or eliminates tremors in people living with Parkinson’s and other degenerative nerve conditions.
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