For years, cannabis was looked down upon as an illegal substance that many thought caused addiction. But, thanks to extensive research over the years, we now know that cannabis is in fact one of the most healing herbs on the planet.
Countries all over the world are starting to recognize the vast benefits offered by cannabis not just medicinally, but also when it comes to producing sustainable products.
Whether you’re suffering from anxiety, stress, fits or chronic pain, cannabis can help, especially when taken in oil form. Read on to find out how you can maximize the healing benefits of cannabis oil today.
The Benefits of Cannabis Oil
First, let’s look at some of the documented benefits of taking cannabis oil. It is:
- Bone stimulant
- Anti-anxiety (anxiolytic)
It’s important to note that some of these benefits are only possible when both the THC and CBD compounds are present, hence the importance of “whole plant medicine”. This is also known as using full-spectrum CBD products or using the plant in its entirety.
But those with a history of addiction are rightfully advised to only use cannabis oil with the CBD compound and no THC. That’s because THC (aka tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant. CBD (aka cannabidiol) on the other hand is also one of the main compounds of the cannabis plant and offers most of the medicinal benefits but with no psychoactive effects.
Because CBD is non psychoactive, it is not habit forming. So, removing THC eliminates any chances of getting high and possibly developing an addiction to the cannabis oil.
The best part is CBD is enough to induce feelings of relaxation and calm on its own. That’s because CBD has the ability to activate certain receptors that lead to antidepressant, anti-anxiety and mildly sedative effects on the brain without the corresponding psychoactive effects of THC.
Still, researchers insist that medicinal cannabis products with equal amounts of THC and CBD work best at relieving various health conditions because of a process known as phytocannabinoid-terpenoid synergy. This synergy significantly enhances the plant’s ability to heal anxiety, depression, epilepsy, addiction, inflammation and even bacterial infection.
Research is ongoing to find a better way to develop specific ratios that would allow individual users to derive the best benefits from the plant based on their specific situation.
How to Maximize the Benefits of Cannabis Oil
After much research, the medical establishment is seeing the benefits of whole plant medicine when it comes to using cannabis. That means extracting and leveraging all of the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant in the form of cannabis oil. In fact, cannabis oil has been recognized as the best way to efficiently retain all of the terpenes and beneficial cannabinoids of the plant. Read on to find out how to make the most of cannabis oil’s healing properties:
- Remember to read the instructions on the packaging.
We know this one sounds obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people take medicinal cannabis without following proper dosage instructions. And no, we’re not referring to the “advice” you got from your friend based on his/her own experience. Your dose will depend on the type of cannabis oil you buy and its corresponding THC/ CBD ratio.
Also, don’t swallow the oil immediately after squirting into your mouth. Hold it under your tongue for at least 30 seconds to give your body enough time to assimilate the CBD into your blood stream via your mouth’s capillaries and salivary glands.
- Add cannabis oil to bulletproof coffee.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve probably come across or at least heard about “bulletproof coffee”. While we won’t go into the recipe for this coffee, it’s worth mentioning that it includes healthy saturated fats like grass fed cow butter and palm oil. Apparently, adding CBD oil to the mix is the best way to get the beneficial cannabidiol compound to your bloodstream fast and efficiently.
Don’t quote us on this one folks because there’s no scientific evidence to back it. But, many users swear by this method’s ability to maximize the effects of cannabis oil.
- Use cannabis oil with melatonin.
It might be helpful to take cannabis oil with melatonin if you’re using it to help out with sleeping problems like insomnia or parainsomnia specifically. That’s because melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that comes from the pineal gland. Its job is to regulate the body’s sleep/wake cycle.
The good news is there are lots of cannabis products that combine CBD oil with melatonin to maximize the latter’s benefits.