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How to use Cannabis Oil? – Ultimate Guide for Beginners

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Cannabis is a well-known psychoactive drug, which has significantly made its way when it comes to the medical field. In today’s time, the spotlight is on cannabis oil and people are trying to figure out how to use it! Did you know that cannabis has a name in ancient India? Ayurvedic cbd oil and other related products have been used by people since a long era. 

Well, first thing first! Cannabis comes from a beautiful plant called cannabis sativa. This plant has two species – hemp and marijuana, where both of them contain a certain amount of molecules, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These two are the main chemical compounds which are present in different ratios in the plant. If the THC is more than 0.3% then you are stoned, whereas CBD will not get you high. Long story short, hemp contains more CBD and therefore it will not produce a sense of elation. On the other hand, marijuana has more than 20% THC and it will make you feel intoxicated. 

If you are a neophyte in this industry, then you might be inundated with so much contradictory as well as confusing stuff about cannabis oil. Isn’t it? Do not worry, here you are going to get the right and up to date information in detail. At least, by now you know that cannabis is not a bad thing but has a stigma. Let us unveil everything about its renowned oil! 

What is cannabis oil?

As the name suggests, it is a substance extracted from the flowers of the cannabis or marijuana plant and then it is mixed with a neutral oil. It is unprocessed and contains two active compounds, which are CBD and THC. Cannabis is dried but the oil is thick and sticky. It is crucial to know that the oil for medicinal purpose contains mostly CBD and it will not make you feel stoned if taken in the right amount. However, some people may experience dry mouth, greater weakness, and drowsiness after consuming cannabis based medicine or oil.  

Why do you want to use cannabis oil?

This is the vital question that you need to answer! What’s the motive? Do you want to consume it for recreational purposes or you have some health issues for which you are counting on it? We strongly oppose its recreational use but we welcome it for the medicinal purpose. You will be surprised to know that it may be used for treating pain, insomnia, epileptic seizures, stress, and cancer. People are embracing vijaya ayurvedic medicine to get good results and achieve optimal health when prescribed by a certified doctor.

How to use medical cannabis oil for health? 

Usually, it is taken sublingually! In fact, it is considered as the most effective way to consume it. Before you ingest it, what you have to do is- shake the bottle well as this will ensure that the extract and oil are mixed evenly. Now, open your mouth, place a drop under your tongue with the dropper and then close your mouth. You do not have to swallow it at first but let it sit and get absorbed by the mucous membranes. It will come into action after 30 to 90 minutes of ingestion, depending on the pace of your metabolism. Do not forget that you will be consuming cannabis as medicine.

It’s advisable you opt for cannabis oil after consulting your doctor and follow the directions he gives. In general, people begin with a low dose and go slow. If you want to consume it then you need to make sure you have a family member near you on whom you can trust as you may feel anxious at first. If in case you have ingested too much oil then do not fret but eat something or drink water. Always remember that this time will pass, so you don’t have to panic at all. 

Is cannabis oil legal in India?

You can’t get this oil in any regular retail shop in India because it is not yet legal. But it is sold by authoritative organizations such as AYUSH (Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), and those with GMP certification. By the way, there are companies that are working for cannabis legalisation of drugs in India. According to the latest update, Uttarakhand and UP are the two states that have legalized the cultivation of low THC content hemp plant which is grown for seeds and fibre. Apart from these, a statement was issued by Madhya Pradesh stating that they would legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. It is illegal right now but in cannabis ayurveda world, people consume it as natural medicine. That is why cannabis oil has been prescribed by the doctors as it has a range of incredible health benefits to offer.

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As far fetched these terms might sound together, the reality is shifting. While cannabis legalisation policies still remain a hindrance, many places across the world are gradually seeing cannabis being legalised. As both telemedicine and cannabis are rather contemporary subjects, it remains to be seen the evolution of telemedicine in cannabis

Telemedicine refers to the provision of remote clinical services, via real-time two-way communication between the patient and the healthcare provider, using electronic audio and visual means. In layman’s language, it is online appointment and treatment of the disease of a patient by a doctor.

Medicinal cannabis as well as telemedicine, merge of these relatively new concepts, has been done, as their evolution has been happening on a parallel note. Having said that, telemedicine in cannabis has a lot of scope, that is yet to be studied and explored. In this article, we look at few of the results that have been arrived at, to gain some insight into this relatively new fusion of the concepts.

Telemedicine in India

In a country like India, where 65 percent of the population is rural, telemedicine has proved to be an extremely effective and efficient method of treating people from a distance, as rural India has been bereaved of good health facilities providing a scope for improvement of the telemedicine sector.

In a developing country like India, it is the need of the hour that the new innovations made in the health and wellness sector, reaches to the poor in India, as they need it the most.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme, a government infused finance scheme for the health sector in India, has directed a significant amount of its funds for building infrastructure for the growth of telemedicine in India. It remains to be seen, how patients from the rural areas, react to this modern way of treatment.    

Cannabis and telemedicine: A partnership

The link between telemedicine and medicinal cannabis is coming up with medicinal cannabis emerging as a potential therapy for nicotine, alcohol and opioid use disorders. And since these disorders are primarily associated with psychotherapy, giving it over online is convenient.

Studies have revealed that amongst patients availing treatment using telemedicine, patients with drug related disorders have the highest patient satisfaction. Since telemedicine is a cross platform, cross devices method of treatment, the treatment is possible with an immediate effect, across long distances.

Although telemedicine in cannabis, has not yet experienced a full fledged growth, mainly due to the limitations imposed on policies based on both telemedicine as well as cannabis. Setting up a telemedicine appointment as well as prescribing medicinal cannabis, both require a validated license. Doctors not only need to meet the clinical and legal guidelines for each program, they also need to follow their state medical board’s recommendations on how to mix the two. The future of telemedicine in cannabis is hinged on how these policies will be eased in the future. 

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As you would have understood about telemedicine in cannabis through this article, it is a topic that is on the path of experimentation and research. In an initial stage like this, it is very important that while purchasing from a cannabis dispensary, make sure you have a full proof prescription after consultation, including the dosage and the form of medicinal cannabis in which it should be consumed, be it CBD oil, cannabis tinctures, etc. In future, with systematic guidelines put in place, let us hope that  everyone can avail this opportunity and benefit from the same. 

References

https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Telemedicine.aspx

https://blog.evisit.com/medical-marijuana-telemedicine-perfect-partnership

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0740547218304288

https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/health-it/outlook-2019-the-future-of-telemedicine-in india/67366188#:~:text=In%202018%2C%20telemedicine%20has%20expanded,next%20frontier%20in%20the%20healthcare.

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Health Benefits of THC

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC, has been fighting a long drawn battle against its bad reputation. While it is infamous for being the component in cannabis that makes one “high”, its benefits have long been sidelined. Medicinal cannabis is made up of over 500 chemical compounds ranging from cannabinoids, terpenoids, etc. to fatty acids. From amongst the 61 cannabinoids that have been identified, THC happens to be one of the cannabinoids that is significantly studied, along with CBD, or cannabidiol. Although there is no denying that THC is psychoactive, this article will help you understand the health benefits offered by THC. With cannabis legalisation surfacing as an obstacle every now and then, it is interesting to see how the benefits of THC have managed to reach users in certain parts of the world.

THC composition

THC has the chemical formula C21H3oO, with a molecular mass of 314.464 g/mol. While the chemical composition does not differ much from CBD, the arrangement of atoms within THC is different from that of CBD.

These cannabinoids function in a similar manner like that of endocannabinoids, that are produced by our own body. This collateral property of cannabinoids allow them to attach to the receptors present in the body and produce the effect.

Benefits of THC

THC is the cannabinoid responsible for protecting the plants from insects and pests. Historical evidence suggests that THC metabolites were found inside a tomb in Israel, where it was used as an aid by a women for giving birth. Since then, studies have suggested the medicinal use of THC for various diseases. While CBD remains to be the holding ground for medicinal cannabis, CBD without THC cannot produce the desired effect. Let us look at few of the health benefits offered by THC.

  • Anti-inflammatory: This condition is associated as a symptom with a whole range of diseases, from arthritis and asthma to pain caused due to chemotherapy. THC has been effective as an aid for each of these diseases, as THC has successfully managed to combat the condition of inflammation.
  • Chronic Pain relief: THC has potential uses in treating and alleviating chronic pain. Be it mental pain or physical, anxiety or broken ankle, THC always comes to the rescue and provides a ‘feel-good’ feeling. It is also competent for treatment of muscle spasticity, i.e, easing the pain of spasms in multiple sclerosis.
  • Glaucoma: While there have been research results that have pointed out the effect of THC, as an aid for the treatment of glaucoma, any substantial proof is yet to be established.
  • Low appetite: THC is also responsible for bringing back appetites – a crucial part of healing for those living with HIV and the side effects of cancer therapy.
  • Insomnia: THC has proven to be a potent sleeping aid, with little to no side effects. Results reflect that THC has been able to refurbish a person’s sleep cycle due to its analgesic and anti-anxiety properties that provides the user an enhanced and stree-free sleep. This is mainly due to the property of THC which reduces the amount of REM sleep, or sleep full of dreams and nightmares. This has also made THC particularly useful for PTSD patients.
  • Anti oxidant & Anti convulsant: As a powerful anti oxidant, THC has proven efficacious in protecting the skin. THC’s anticonvulsant properties, allows it be a part of almost all medicines that are used to cure seizures.

Ways to take THC for health benefits

THC can be taken in many ways, however the best one for the health are through; Cannabis Oil, Cannabis tinctures, Cannabis edibles and Cannabis capsules.

Takeaway

Through the article, we looked at various health benefits offered by THC. However, before consuming it is advised to consider the possibility of side effects as well as the consultation of a doctor or physician. Seek for reliable sources of information and scientific evidence and decide upon the dosage, before purchasing medications from the cannabis dispensary.  

References

https://www.healthline.com/health/medical-marijuana/benefits-of-marijuana

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Certain elements of cannabis are highly necessary for an enhanced experience and a better understanding of the kind one consumes. A well-known quality of cannabis is that it affects the mind and behavior when consumed. The main compound that produces such psychoactive effects on individuals is THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Extensive research has been done on this compound. However, there exist a large number of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids in medicinal marijuana that play an important role in helping understand cannabis and its effects. Not a lot of people know about the terpenes present in cannabis. Through this article, we would understand what are cannabis terpenes, and why they matter.

Introduction to terpenes

Are you wondering what terpenes are? Well, you are already familiar with them! Terpenes are the aromatic organic hydrocarbons that are found in a number of plants. The cannabis plant has a variety of compounds and chemicals, and about 140 of them can be classified as terpenes. Often the terms terpene and terpenoid are used synonymously, despite them having different meanings. The difference between the two is that terpenoids are terpenes that are denatured due to chemical modification or oxidization, while terpenes are hydrocarbons.

Terpenes are produced inside the glandular trichomes of the secretory cells of cannabis, with the help of exposure to light. In simple words, they are the aromatic oils that cause different cannabis plants to have distinctive flavors such as: citrus, mint, pine, berry, etc. In cannabis plants, terpenes act as a repellant for predators, and help lure pollinators. Factors such as the climate, age, fertilizers, soil, and exposure to light, influence the development of terpenes in plants. Terpenes are important elements that help distinguish the effects of different cannabis strains.

Different terpenes serve different purposes, for instance, certain terpenes might have relaxing and calming effects on individuals, while some might help them focus properly. Myrcene, one of the known terpenes is present in strains such as Blue Dream and Granddaddy Purple, and helps users relax. Limonene, pinene, linalool, caryophyllene, humulene, etc. are some other known terpenes. Although basic information about terpenes is available, the subject needs more research.

Why are terpenes important?

Terpenes are important for a number of reasons, some of which are discussed below.

  • Hightened effects: A paper published in 2011 explored the way in which cannabinoids and terpenes work together in order to boost the effects of each other in our bodies’ endocannabinoid system or the ECS. Therefore, terpenes can help increase or decrease the effects of CBD, THC and other compounds in the body. Terpenes also affect the high and lead to the entourage effect on individuals. For instance, myrcene helps increase the effects of THC.
  • Medical benefits: Terpenes have certain medical benefits. Myrcene helps those struggling with insomnia and fatigue, and acts as a sedative. It is also anti-inflammatory, and helps alleviate pain. Another terpene called Limonene has energizing effects on people, and acts as an anti-depressant. It is also used in aromatherapy.
  • Taste and Flavor: Terpenes help accentuate the natural flavor of cannabis and vape oils. They help us experience the citrusy, the pine, the berry, and the mint aroma. They are used in essential oils as well.

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The information provided above helps one understand what terpenes are and the effects they have on consumption. Terpenes enrich the cannabis plants as well as other plants. They play an important role in the survival of multiple plant species. However, due to minimal research, a lot of its benefits remain unknown. More research is needed in the field, in order to uncover the potential medicinal and therapeutic benefits of terpenes.

References:

www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-are-terpenes#summary

www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/terpenes/#related-articles

www.heylocannabis.com/post/what-are-terpenes

www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/terpenes-the-flavors-of-cannabis-aromatherapy

www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/the-difference-between-cannabinoids-and-terpenes-311502

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