In this article we will discuss frequently asked questions about Cannabis and related products. Cannabis which is also known as marijuana among other names. There are so many confusion and misconceptions about Cannabis, so we decided to put some of the most asked questions about it and their answers.
Here is the list of most frequently asked questions about Cannabis’s Oil or marijuana.
- What is cannabis oil?
- What are cannabinoids?
- Is it illegal to buy cannabis oil in USA?
- What are the different names of it?
- pros and cons of cannabis oil
- Where to store it
- What is (major) diseases cannabis oil can cure?
- How cannabis oil is made?
- Is cannabis oil addictive?
- Difference between THC and CBD?
1. What is cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is a substance that is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa family of plants. The family is made up of two varieties of plants – the Hemp Plant and Marijuana Plants.
The oil is made up of approximately 100 cannabinoids. The two primary cannabinoids that are currently recognized are CBD and THC (delta-9 tetrahydro cannabinol). These oils have been discovered to have several medicinal properties. CBD oil is currently legal in all 50 states – however, cannabis THC oil is only legal under certain circumstances in some states.
As the medical community is finding more and more health benefits from cannabis oil the more likely it will eventually gain full acceptance by the government.
2. What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the many compounds that naturally are found within the Cannabis Sativa plant family. The two most well-known of the many cannabinoids are called CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
It was discovered many years ago that these compounds have some medicinal uses as they were discovered that when introduced into the body they interact with the cells in the body. The cannabinoid receptors that are found on the surface of all cells are how they directly affect the body.
Unfortunately, there is a dark side to cannabinoids and it is a side effect of the amount of a psychoactive compound that causes a “high” feeling. This is what was responsible for the DEA to label it a schedule one narcotic.
3. Is it illegal to buy cannabis oil in the USA?
This is a complex question and requires several answers to fully respond to it. Cannabis Oil can be obtained in the USA from two different Cannabis Sativa plants; the Hemp Plant and Marijuana Plant. So, here is the best way to answer this question, Cannabis Oil made with CBD’s from the Hemp plant is 100% legal to buy in the USA. However, Cannabis Oil made from CBD’s and THC’s from the Marijuana Plant is only allowed to be bought under certain conditions. This is because while the federal government (enforced by the DEA) still classifies any preparation containing more than a trace amount of THC to be considered a controlled narcotic and illegal to possess.
However, in recent years numerous states have voted to allow either medicinal use or even recreational use of preparations containing above the legal limit of THC. The caveat to this information is that at any time the DEA can go into the states that “legalized” THC and arrest and confiscate any and all merchandise that contains this illegal level of THC.
4. What are the side effects of Cannabis Oil?
Medical Cannabis Oil (oils made from the marijuana plant) have very few published side effects. The primary side effect that has been reported is sedation, this is mainly due to its high concentration of the cannabinoid THC.
Another reason is that the oils tend to be more potent than smoking it and therefore you will likely experience a touch of sedation. There is also a potential for gastrointestinal tract issues from CBD from Medical Cannabis Oils. The higher levels of the psychoactive compound THC has been known to heighten anxiety in some patients who have used it.
Lowering the blood pressure in some people while using it can be a potential danger if you are someone who has lower blood pressure, to begin with. The final side effect is related to appetite, it can cause increased appetite in some people, while it could reduce appetite in others.
5. What are the pros and cons of Cannabis Oil?
A brief history of Cannabis Oil that has been used for centuries in many cultures for medicinal uses. So, as far as the pros go with cannabis oil is that has been shown to have positive effects on several conditions including; reduces stress and anxiety, reduces many different types of pain, can either boost or suppress appetite, can prevent some cancers, helps improve eye, and skin issues.
Most of the cons are related directly to side effects from consuming cannabis oil, Lightheadedness, drowsiness, hypo-tension, dry mouth, potentially increasing of tremors in Parkinson’s patients and can interfere with the metabolism of some drugs.
6. Where to store it?
When it comes to the preferred method for storing cannabis oil it depends heavily on what kinds of products the oil has been infused into.
In general, keeping cannabis oil away from excessive amounts of heat is preferred. The more the oil is exposed to a heat source it will begin degrading and therefore losing some of its effectiveness.
A good rule of thumb would be to preserve its effectiveness – cannabis oil should be kept in a refrigerated location. Another reason to keep cannabis oil-infused products refrigerated is that some of the other ingredients may be more perishable.
7. What are (major) diseases cannabis oil can cure?
Medical cannabis oil and cannabis oil from the hemp plant has been used for the treatment of a wide range of major diseases and conditions. There is, however, little actual evidence that the use of cannabis oil can truly cure diseases per se.
However, the following major diseases, illnesses, and conditions are currently being treated using cannabis oil:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Multiple Sclerosis, and
Due to its effect on appetite, it also helps as an additional treatment for cancer patients taking chemotherapy drugs.
8. How cannabis oil is made?
Cannabis oil is made from extracting the compounds directly from the plant matter once it is harvested. The CBD’s and THC’s contained in all parts of the plant are used to create potent medicinal cannabis oil.
The potency level of the cannabis oil will depend heavily on the specific strain of the marijuana plant. The hemp plant is also used to produce cannabis oil but since the oil will only contain trace to zero THC’s it does not have exactly the same medicinal benefits.
The compounds are extracted from the plant matter using strong grain alcohol (must be designed for human consumption) and double boiler to breakdown the plant matter to separate desired compounds.
9. Is cannabis oil addictive?
The answer to this question is a bit tricky if you are talking about cannabis oil with CBD’s from the hemp plant there is no evidence of any concerns with addiction.
However, when it comes to cannabis oil with CBD’s and THC’s from the marijuana plant there is a risk of habit-forming continued use or even addiction has been found in some cases.
So, the answer to the question is it most definitely depends on certain situations, but not for everyone.
10. Difference between THC and CBD?
While both CBD’s and THC’s are both cannabinoids and are both found in the Cannabis Sativa family of plants, THC’s are found primarily in the marijuana variety of the plant and CBD’s are found primarily in the hemp variety.
The cannabinoid THC contains a high concentration of a psychoactive compound that produces the “high” feeling and the cannabinoid CBD contains virtually zero or up to .3% concentration of THC, which means there is no potential for producing the “high”.