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Cannabis Oil Benefits

Should I use Cannabis Oil or CBD Oil?

The decision should be determined by whether THC is indicated for your particular condition. If it is, then you should consider Cannabis Oil.

What is the Best Ratio of CBD and THC?

One of the most critical factors in determining the correct ratio of CBD and THC is the person’s sensitivity to THC. While some can enjoy the euphoric effects of a high THC preparation, others dislike the high and find it unpleasant. People required to undergo routine drug tests should not use any preparation containing THC. For these and many other reasons, many people opt for CBD oil, a CBD-rich oil made from a variety of cannabis called hemp, which typically contains moderate to high concentrations of CBD, a cannabinoid in cannabis that is recognised for its many medicinal benefits, and only trace concentrations of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis.

How Should I Take Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis Oil is most commonly taken orally as drops. Take your drops sublingually, or under your tongue and hold there for around a minute before swallowing to allow the drops to be diffused through the mucous membranes beneath your tongue. Because there are a great many capillaries under the tongue, it has a direct route into your bloodstream, allowing it to work faster and more efficiently.

Taking your drops sublingually is preferable to swallowing immediately, as it must first pass through your gastrointestinal tract, the stomach and the intestines where most absorption takes place, but also where some of the Cannabis may be destroyed stomach acids. Then it is filtered by the liver before entering the bloodstream. Cannabis capsules can be swallowed immediately and are preferred by those that can’t handle the taste of Cannabis.

How Much Should I Take?

Ideally, your dosage should be prescribed by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional. Various brands have products offering different strengths. Also, different conditions require different dosages to be effective, and some people may need more than others to have the desired effect.

Typically, one should start with the recommended dose for a week and build up weekly in small increments until no further benefit is felt. Then, gradually reduce the dosage incrementally until you find an ideal dosage for the desired effect.

How Long Before it Takes Effect?

The time it takes for the effects of Cannabis Oil to manifest when taken orally depends a great deal on how long ago your last meal was, and how much you ate. Typically, it’s best to take it on an empty stomach for the effects to be felt more immediately, as the more substantial and more recently, a meal was eaten, the more delayed the effects.

What are the Side Effects?

As Cannabis Oil does contain significant levels of THC, in sufficient amounts, it can cause you to get “high” or experience a sensation of intoxication, making it psychoactive. It may adversely affect your sensory perception, reflexes, reaction time or your behaviour in general. THC can produce stronger effects when taken orally than when inhaled. Users may experience adverse side effects such as panic attacks and anxiety that can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure changes.

Is it Safe to Take Cannabis Oil (THC Oil)?

Cannabis Oil, when taken at the recommended dosage, is unlikely to cause you to get “high” or experience a sensation of intoxication. We recommend that you consult a medical practitioner to assist you with the correct dosage.

The Health Benefits of Cannabis Oil

The benefits of Cannabis Oil are many and diverse. It exhibits potent antioxidant, analgesic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Studies show that together CBD and THC have a significant impact on various neurological and physiological disorders such as:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Bipolar
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Cramps
  • Crohn’s
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nausea
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pain
  • Parkinson’s
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phantom Limb
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizures
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal injury
  • Stress

THC on its own has been shown to be an effective treatment for disorders such as:

  • Severe and Chronic Pain
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Appetite Loss
  • Asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Tourette’s

Chart of the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabinoids by Leafly

chart of medicinal benefits of cannabinoids

The Therapeutic Effects of CBD and THC

THC and CBD work together synergistically to potentiate the overall curative effect. As examples, CBD enhances the analgesic or painkilling effect of THC, while THC enhances the anti-cancer effects of CBD. In turn, CBD also lessens the psychotropic or psychoactive effect of THC. Interestingly, both CBD and THC stimulate neurogenesis in mammals, the creation of new brain cells.

Cannabis Oil for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s

The potential therapeutic effects of THC on Alzheimer’s disease. View Research Article

The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential therapeutic qualities of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with respect to slowing or halting the hallmark characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease. We did discover that THC directly interacts with Aβ peptide, thereby inhibiting aggregation. Furthermore, THC was effective at lowering both total GSK-3β levels and phosphorylated GSK-3β in a dose-dependent manner at low concentrations. At the treatment concentrations, no toxicity was observed and the CB1 receptor was not significantly upregulated. Additionally, low doses of THC can enhance mitochondria function and does not inhibit melatonin’s enhancement of mitochondria function. These sets of data strongly suggest that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.

Cannabis Oil for Migraines and Headaches

The Use of Cannabis for Headache Disorders View Research Article

Early reports of cannabis for the treatment of headache appear to be largely positive, with many patients experiencing a decrease in the frequency and intensity of their headache episodes. In some cases, the headache was cured entirely even after cannabis discontinuation. Furthermore, these early clinical reports praise the apparent safety of long-term cannabis use, as well as its added benefits of mollifying nausea and anxiety that often accompany headaches. Preclinical studies examining the role of the endocannabinoid system in migraine pathogenesis also suggest a potential therapeutic value for cannabis in the treatment of headache.

Cannabis Oil for Pain Management

Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain: View Research Paper

THC has twenty times the anti-inflammatory potency of aspirin and twice that of hydrocortisone. Cannabidiol, a non-euphoriant phytocannabinoid common in certain strains, shares neuroprotective effects with THC, inhibits glutamate neurotoxicity, and displays antioxidant activity greater than ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or tocopherol (vitamin E). CBD additionally affects THC function by inhibiting first-pass hepatic metabolism to the possibly more psychoactive 11-hydroxy-THC, prolonging its half-life, and reducing associated intoxication, panic, anxiety and tachycardia. Additionally, CBD is able to inhibit tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in its own right in a rodent model of rheumatoid arthritis.

Cannabis Oil as a Cancer Treatment

Integrating cannabis into clinical cancer care View Research Paper

For the cancer patient, cannabis has a number of potential benefits, especially in the management of symptoms. Cannabis is useful in combatting anorexia, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, pain, insomnia, and depression. Cannabis might be less potent than other available antiemetics, but for some patients, it is the only agent that works, and it is the only antiemetic that also increases appetite. To summarize, cannabis and cannabinoids are useful in managing symptoms related to cancer and its treatment. Exciting preclinical evidence suggests that cannabinoids are not only effective in the treatment but also the prevention of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Cannabinoids could be synergistic with opioids in the relief of pain. The safety profile of cannabis is acceptable, with side effects that are generally tolerable and short-lived. Preclinical data suggest that cannabinoids could have direct antitumor activity, possibly most impressive in central nervous system malignancies. Clinical data about the effects of cannabis concentrates on cancer are as yet unavailable. Oncologists could find cannabis and cannabinoids to be effective tools in their care of patients living with and beyond cancer.

Cannabis Oil as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis—The Way Forward View Research Article

A significant number of people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) are using or considering using cannabis for a range of symptoms. Recent studies have indicated that there is wide acceptance of cannabis within the MS community. In our opinion, it is important to start to investigate cannabis use in MS with robust observational trials, such as Phase IV studies and other comparative effective research designs.

Cannabis Oil as a Treatment for Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s disease (CD)

Therapeutic Use of Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease View Research Article

The marijuana plant Cannabis sativa and its derivatives, cannabinoids, have grown increasingly popular as a potential therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Studies have shown that modulation of the endocannabinoid system, which regulates various functions in the body and has been shown to play a key role in the pathogenesis of IBD. The authors conducted a retrospective, observational study of 30 CD patients in Israel who were legally using cannabis due to a lack of response to conventional treatments and chronic intractable pain… All 30 patients rated their general medical well-being as improved after cannabis use via a visual analog scale. Twenty-one patients had a notable improvement after treatment with cannabis use. A significant portion of IBD patients, particularly those with severe disease, use cannabis to relieve symptoms of pain, nausea, and appetite and to improve their overall mood. The significant morbidity seen in patients with severe disease emphasizes the limited number of conventional therapies for symptomatic control of IBD, a disorder still poorly understood. Patients with IBD have increased rates of psychiatric disease, pain, and malnutrition, and thus the use of adjunctive therapies or CAM to treat poorly controlled symptoms may improve patient morbidity.

Cannabis Oil as a Treatment for Parkinson’s

Medical Cannabis in Parkinson Disease: Real-Life Patients’ Experience. View Research Article

Medical cannabis was found to improve symptoms of PD in the initial stages of treatment and did not cause major adverse effects in this pilot, 2-centre, retrospective survey. The extent of use and the reported effects lend support to further development of safer and more effective drugs derived from Cannabis sativa.

 

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Conclusion

Scientific studies are now bolstering what was once just anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of medical cannabis or Cannabis Oil (THC Oil) in the treatment of so many ailments and maladies. As always, seek medical advice before trying any new course of treatment.

For more detailed information, view our informative articles: Cannabis Oil South Africa and Cannabis Oil Benefits.

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