Published : 04/24/2019 10:08:01
Categories : Marijuana and cannabis Blog
Whether you started enjoying the benefits of Cannabis in the 70’s, or are relatively new to its latest attention grabbing vibes, it’s pretty hard to argue that in 2019, we are definitely living in the future of cannabis. There are more ways than ever to snag your dose of Mary Jane. Far more than just the bongs, joints, blunts, and pipes that were familiar little less than a decade ago.
You’ve now got edibles - like cookies, gummies, and even ice cream bars. Tinctures and salves, some pure CBD, others a combination of cannabinoids to ensure relief from a variety of problems. Even restaurants are catering to our favorite green gooey goodness. While you’re tallying up all of the the creative and extremely satisfying ways to ingest this wonder drug, you definitely can’t forget Cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil, much like it’s leafy green mother, goes by a variety of names. Hash oil, honey oil, or canna oil for starters. Whatever you want to call this lovely stuff is up to you, but essentially the defining factor of cannabis oil is how it’s made. Canna oil is a semi-liquid or solid state oil that is extracted from the marijuana plant. How it’s extracted determines what the final product looks like. All cannabis oil contains both CBD and THC, as well as a few other cannabinoids.
Maybe we should take a quick step back. Cannabinoids are any of the chemical compounds that interact with a humans’ endocannabinoid system. This system is comprised of a bunch of little receptors that we have throughout our bodies. When we ingest a cannabinoid (like THC or CBD), they interact directly with these receptors and release specific neurotransmitters that then carry out different tasks in the body.
The marijuana plant has at least 113 different cannabinoids that science has found, but the two that really take center stage are CBD and THC. THC is the psychoactive constituent of marijuana- it’s the stuff that gets you high. While CBD is non-psychoactive, it still plays some vital roles in how our bodies function following ingestion. Each of these cannabinoids play different roles in the body, well above and beyond just whether it gets you high or not. Both of these can be either naturally occurring, or synthetically produced. While science doesn't have a clear picture about what all of the (113!) cannabinoids do in the body, research suggests that almost all of them play some sort of role. Which makes synthetic cannabis far less effective as it generally lacks all cannabinoids that aren’t THC or CBD.
Another product that is making waves in the green market is CBD oil, or hemp oil. While CBD oil does have a bunch of really great benefits, it lacks the THC of cannabis oil, which reduces the amount of benefits. Taking CBD from a plant that has far fewer cannabinoids, or creating it in a lab, will further reduce its effectiveness. In order for cannabis oil to be an effective anti-cancer treatment, it must contain THC. The balance of THC to CBD will vary depending on the desired effects, but it does need both to work. Also, CBD oil is now being mass produced using harsh chemicals and subpar plants, if not synthetically created in its entirety. So it’s important that you know where your oils come from. Which is why homemade is generally best.
Okay, schools out - back to canna oil. Cannabis oil has been found to have a number of different medicinal effects. Possibly the most promising is the research that is being done that suggests that canna oil can stop the growth of cancer cells. It may even help the body to destroy tumor cells, which is really catching people's attention. Outside of its anti-tumor properties, Canna oil has also been shown to help with things like insomnia, eating disorders, seizures, inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, as well as promote heart health by reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
The medicinal benefits of cannabis oil are given a double fist bump by the ease of consumption. Cannabis oil doesn’t have to be smoked, in fact many of its medicinal properties can be enjoyed by vaping or eating, so even people with lung or digestion issues have the ability to get in on its many benefits.
Cannabis oil will range from a golden light brown, to a dark thick and black glob. Extraction methods and temperatures will define what your oil ends up looking like.
Making the oil at home is much more simple than you would think. Weed oil and vape oil use the same “recipe” as standard canna oil with just a few minor tweaks. The recipe that most people swear by when making the oil at home is the infamous “Rick Simpson Method”. While we won’t devote a ton of time to this incredible man’s journey, it’s definitely worth looking into.
Rick Simpson is essentially The Godfather of home cannabis oil use. After learning a bit about the alleged medicinal uses of marijuana in mice, Rick began to create his own canna oil at home. He used this to successfully treat not only chronic pain issues following a head injury, but also skin cancer! Being fed up with the treatment that he received from the traditional medical community, especially after they completely shut down his self-reported success, Simpson learned to make the tincture at home. He also happily shares his story and his recipe with any interested parties.
Making cannabis oil at home using the Rick Simpson method is something that can be done by just about anyone. It all starts with a few simple ingredients:
Then, snag some supplies:
*Try and make sure that any supplies you use are stainless steel or food grade. This way protective coatings or plastics won’t leach any chemicals into your oil.
And now the process:
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