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Cannabis oil – All you need to know about this product with THC

The terms cannabis oil and CBD oil are often used interchangeably, as an Internet search will illustrate. However, they are in fact different oils with different properties. In this article, we will clarify what these different properties are.

Cannabis oil and CBD oil: the differences

CBD oil contains a high concentration of CBD—an abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabis oil, sometimes called THC oil, contains a high concentration of THC—an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. Both CBD and THC are extracted from the plant called cannabis, and are active ingredients, which are known for their healing and therapeutic properties. However, THC is a psychoactive constituent, causing a feeling of high when it is used. CBD is non-psychoactive, and is chiefly used for its medicinal properties. Cannabis oil, usually, contains between 1% and 8% of THC, while CBD oil only contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.2%). Hence, CBD oil is legal under the (Dutch) Opium Law and can be sold legally in The Netherlands. This is not the case for THC oil, due to the high THC content.

Cannabis oil: the effects

Medicinal cannabis oil is often used for physical and mental health issues. For example, stories can be found on the Internet about the medicinal properties of cannabis oil in the case of cancer. People have also praised the beneficial effects of cannabis oil as pain treatment. But unlike CBD oil, cannabis oil has many side effects. Most importantly, cannabis oil causes a feeling of high, as the result of the high THC content in the oil. Hence, if you are looking for oil with only the medicinal and therapeutic effects, and without the high, it is more advisable to use the legal substance of CBD oil.

CBD oil: the effects

It is often, and erroneously, thought that THC is a more potent medicinal substance than CBD. However, CBD is in fact the more therapeutic constituent, and has the most beneficial health properties. For instance, unlike THC, CBD functions as a pain reliever, and reduces physical and mental health issues. Hence, contrary to popular believe, THC oil has less therapeutic effects than CBD oil, because the former has a low CBD content. CBD oil, on the other hand, contains a much larger concentration of that active ingredient, and is therefore the more potent therapeutic oil.

The uses of CBD

CBD has many therapeutic effects, as demonstrated by the cases of thousands of people all over the world. But for what health issues can CBD be an effective treatment, specifically? CBD use has been shown to help treat the following illnesses.

  • ADHD
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Psoriasis
  • Migraine
  • Rheumatism
  • Acne
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s Disease

These are only some of the syndromes and illnesses that CBD could help treat. An Internet search will most certainly demonstrate more of the many other issues CBD can help relieve, too.

Success stories

Many people have used CBD successfully. Here, we selected some of their stories, of different syndromes that were treated with success. One of the most well-known stories is that of Charlotte Figi. This young girl was plagued by heavy epileptic attacks. At a certain point, she had 300 attacks per week, and her development stagnated and even regressed. Her parents were desperate, until they got in touch with someone who advised them to use CBD oil. Charlotte was prescribed a few drops, and the results were incredible. By now, she is almost attack free (only two to three a month), and is able to lead a normal life.

Dosage

There is no single correct dose of CBD, as it varies per individual and per syndrome. It is also dependent on the percentage of CBD in the oil you are using. Note that most products have the necessary information and instructions included in the package. We advise always to use the prescribed dose, and to experiment with that dose if necessary: If the effects that are experienced are insufficient increase the dose until the effects are noticed.

How to take CBD?

The oil and paste can be taken in several ways. Usually, they are taken by mouth undiluted. Place the correct dose under the tongue, after which it will be absorbed by the body in about half an hour. Some people find the taste of these two products slightly bitter, in which case they can be mixed with food. Another option is to take CBD capsules: ideal if you travel a lot.

Making cannabis oil at home

Buying cannabis oil in The Netherlands is problematic: THC is covered by the Opium Law, making cannabis oil hard to buy legally. Moreover, the CBD content of cannabis oil is much lower than that of CBD oil, making the former often much less potent. If you do want to use cannabis oil, it is possible to make it at home. Needed for one flask are marijuana (20-30 grams), olive oil (10 ml), and 100% ethanol (250 ml). Take into account that this process is not without danger. The evaporation of alcohol can cause an explosion risk.

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