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Cannabis Oil Guide on Uses, Health Benefits and Risks

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5 Nov

Cannabis Oil Guide on Uses, Health Benefits and Risks

Cannabis oil has been around for thousands of years. Along with hemp, it has been used by different cultures while both lauded and stigmatized by society. Doctors used cannabis oil throughout the 19th century for ailments ranging from pain to seizures.

By the turn of the century, many U.S. citizens associated with Mexican immigrants with marijuana. Thanks to growing anti-Mexican sentiment, both the drug (and the immigrants who were “known” for smoking it) became scapegoats for violent crimes.

The government banned marijuana use in 1937 (after many states had previously outlawed it). Despite cannabis’s illegal status in the 20th and 21st centuries, many U.S. citizens have sought out this herb for medicinal and recreational purposes. As the legalization of cannabis draws nearer (and because of its legalization in many states), many forms of cannabis and cannabidiol have been surfacing across the country.

One thing remains clear: cannabis oil isn’t “one thing” or used for a singular purpose. It’s hard to define it as either good or bad. Many people claim that it’s a miracle drug, some say it’s a detriment to society and some simply don’t believe there’s enough research to validate its benefits.

Others just like the way it makes them feel.

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about cannabis oil, its uses and possible risks and side effects.

Cannabis Oil Quick Start Guide

Before we can delve too far into cannabis oils benefits, types and uses, we need to first talk a little bit about what it is — and what it isn’t. Let’s look at some of the most commonly asked questions regarding cannabis oil and its possible benefits and uses.

Cannabis Oil Vs. CBD Oil

Is cannabis oil the same as CBD oil? Sort of. CBD oil is considered a type of cannabis oil, but not all cannabis oil is classified as CBD oil.

It’s kind of like how a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t a square. You still with us?

Types of Cannabis Oil

There are a few types of oils we refer to when we talk about cannabis oils: oils derived from the marijuana plant that contain THC (or the substance that “gives you a buzz”), cannabidiol (CBD) that is derived from the hemp plant and may or may not contain THC, cooking oils that have been infused with marijuana and beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which many people refer to as copaiba oil because it’s the name of one of the plants from which it is derived and also the name of a popular oil manufactured by the company doTERRA.

Cannabis Oil: THC

There are many types of cannabis oil that contain THC. When most people refer to such oils containing THC, they are referring to the ones that are used in tinctures, edibles, patches and vape pens for either medicinal or recreational use.

Sometimes term THC cannabis oil is used when referring to cooking oils, massage oils (or other carrier oils) that have been infused with THC from the marijuana plant.

THC is the psychoactive chemical that helps users attain that “higher state of being.” It also has stress-relieving and anti-anxiety properties.

Cannabis Oil: CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance that is derived from the hemp plant (the more straight-laced cousin of marijuana; you know, the one who always shows up at holidays dressed in penny loafers?). It doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of THC, but it does have the stress-relieving, anti-anxiety and anti-inflammation properties attributed to marijuana.

While not all CBD oil has THC, some CBD oil contains it. In many cases, CBD oil contains less than  0.3 percent THC. But in some cases, CBD oil contains much higher levels of THC (usually sold in states where marijuana has been legalized).

Copaiba Vs. Cannabis Oil

Just to throw another wrench in your cannabis cogs, there’s a substance out there called BCP (sometimes referred to as copaiba oil). According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “BCP is a common constituent of the essential oils of numerous spice and food plants and a major component in cannabis.”

It’s essentially a cannabinoid that is found in plants other than cannabis, such as black pepper, clove and copaiba (a balsam tree).

Cannabis Oil Effects and Benefits

Cannabis oil is thought to have many benefits that range from anything from stress relief to reduction in the growth of cancer cells. The most common uses of cannabis oil include:

  • Stress relief
  • Anxiety relief
  • Sleep aid
  • Anti-seizure treatment
  • Autism drug
  • Cancer treatment
  • Chemotherapy and radiation relief
  • Anti-inflammatory

In addition to the health benefits of cannabis oil, many corporations and beauty manufacturers are looking at its use in skincare and beauty treatments. Some manufacturers claim that it has anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties. It also may aid in weight loss.

Cannabis Oil Research

As THC nears closer to legalization in many states (and has already been legalized in some states), researchers are looking more closely at its benefits. Scientists have been scrambling to get definitive answers regarding the benefits of cannabis oil — but some suspect the data is too new and premature to definitively decide on whether manufacturers claims are sound.

Health Benefits of Cannabis Oil

We know that cannabis oil feels good — but is it good for you?

Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of cannabis oil and how you can use it as a treatment from everything from arthritic pain to neurological disorders — and even the Big C: cancer.

Cannabis Oil for Anxiety

One of the most widely accepted uses for cannabis oil is easing anxiety. It’s estimated that 40 million adults suffer from anxiety in the U.S. each year — though only around 40 percent of those who suffer from anxiety seek treatment.

Why wouldn’t someone seek treatment for anxiety, you ask?

Well for one thing, the prescription drugs available on the market come with side effects and warnings. Let’s take one of the more popular drugs prescribed for anxiety — Xanax.

Cannabis Oil vs. Xanax

More than 5% of American adults are prescribed benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and Ativan) each year for anxiety and sleep-related disorders. That’s because between 1996 and 2013, the number of American adults prescribed Xanax swelled by 67%. According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, benzodiazepines were responsible for an estimated 7,000 overdoses in 2013.

Side effects include hallucinations and thoughts of suicide. Doctors consider Xanax one of the most addictive benzodiazepines prescribed.

A fatal dose of marijuana? “1,500 pounds in 15 minutes,” writes David Schmader in his 2016 book, “Weed: the User’s Guide.”

Not only do scientists believe that cannabis oil is less addictive (and less likely to be abused) than benzodiazepines, but many sufferers of anxiety find it just as effective as pharmaceuticals to relieve their symptoms.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.”

Cannabis Oil for Pain

Doctors have been prescribing medical marijuana as a treatment for pain for years now. It’s no secret that people commonly believe it’s used for treating glaucoma (“It’s for my glaucoma, bro.”) and easing the side effects of cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy.

It’s probably no surprise that cannabis oil can be used to treat all these and more, including:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Joint Pain

Neurological, Attention and Pervasive Disorders

Cannabis oil has also been shown to help ease the symptoms of disorders that were once considered “incurable,” such as autism, epilepsy and ADHD.

Can Cannabis Oil Cure Autism?

Formally known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), autism is a developmental disability that surfaces in children, showing a variety of symptoms, including speech delay, repetitive motor functions, avoiding eye contact, fixations and little-to-no interest in social activities.

Previously, doctors have treated autism with a variety of medications and behavioral therapy. In many cases, doctors prescribe risperidone and aripiprazole, though autism does not have a cure.

Doctors have been testing the use of cannabis oil to alleviate the symptoms of autism with promising results.

Cannabis Oil and Epilepsy

Many of these same studies that target autism have also been focused on children with epilepsy. Some children who suffer from debilitating seizures have found relief in cannabis oils, such as CBD. Many parents have even moved their families to states that have legalized the use of marijuana and medical marijuana for children in an effort to increase their children’s quality of life.

ADHD and Cannabis Oil

ADHD, an attention disorder, is also the subject of studies performed by doctors. Many adults suffering from ADHD claim that the use of cannabis oils has significantly decreased their symptoms — some even say far better than their prescribed medications (such as methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine). Though the studies for ADHD aren’t as extensive as the ones focusing on epilepsy and autism, many sufferers of this disorder can readily get CBD and other types of cannabis oil to try out at home.

Cannabis Oil May Help Cure Some Diseases

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C have been linked to cirrhosis of the liver and cancer. The National Center for Biotechnology Information believes that cannabidiol (CBD) has the potential to fight these diseases and reduce the replication of both hepatitis B and C.

Medical marijuana has been used for years to treat the side effects of Cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy. But did you know that there’s evidence to support cannabis oil could actually treat the disease itself?

To read more about cannabis oil and cancer, skip to the section below, titled Cannabis Oil and Cancer.

How Does Cannabis Oil Affect Your Health?

When it comes to your health, the discussion about cannabis oil doesn’t necessarily need to revolve solely around life-or-death scenarios. In fact, many patients have reported that cannabis oil can help with everything from weight loss to insomnia.

There’s even evidence to support that it can help keep your hair shiny, healthy and free from split ends.

It’s probably no surprise that the weight loss and beauty industries would start looking at cannabis oil, too. Americans spend $60 billion on weight loss products each year — from gym memberships to supplements. Why wouldn’t the cannabis industry be the next to tackle the country’s weight loss woes?

While not all cannabis is considered optimal for weight loss (hello, munchies?), some strains are being tested for their abilities in fighting the battle of the bulge.

And it’s not just weight loss either. The entire beauty industry has been focusing on cannabis oils and the benefits it might offer consumers. Everything from body lotions to face creams and serums are hitting the market.

Food magazine “Bon Appetit” released their new online magazine “Healthyish” in 2017 and by late 2018, the site already featured more than two dozen articles mentioning CBD.

Cannabis Oil and Cancer

Scientists are not merely studying the effect that cannabis oil has on our day-to-day lives. They are also researching the possible role that it might play in the fight against cancer — and not just to ease the pain of the disease and its treatments. Many scientists believe that cannabis oil could possibly help fight and prevent certain strains of cancer, both in hemp form and with THC.

Cannabis Oil Cancer Studies

While cannabis oil isn’t legal (even medically) in every state, it doesn’t mean that cancer patients haven’t been experimenting on themselves anyway. Many cancer patients and survivors credit cannabis oil in the treatment of their disease — and successful remissions.

In March 2018, the BBC reported that many patients are taking cannabis oil to ease anxiety and hopefully reduce the possibility of recurrence of cancer cells in patients in remission.

Former Playboy model Kerry Parker has been treating her two forms of brain cancer after cancerous cells returned after treatment.

“I’ve been working hard over the past few years. I’m training for a black belt in martial arts, and I’m the fittest and healthiest I’ve been, so when doctors say they want me to have treatment which will make me sick, it makes no sense to me,” she told Newsweek in October 2018.

Though cannabis oil is illegal where she resides, she believes that importing it from Spain (where it’s legal) is worth the risk.

Can Cannabis Oil Reduce Brain Tumors?

This all brings us to the question: can cannabis oil actually reduce brain tumors? Since the oil is illegal in many states and countries, many patients are simply experimenting on themselves to find out. The science regarding cannabis oil and brain tumors is also premature. Many scientists feel that it is a risk to forgo conventional medical treatment in lieu of treatment that hasn’t been properly tested.

Yet for some, a cancer sentence is a terminal one. A Scottish woman, Lynn Cameron, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and told she had only 18 months to live, made a full recovery and credits cannabis oil to her full recovery. (It’s also important to note that Cameron cut all sugar from her diet, which many scientists debate could also be a huge factor in the growth of cancer cells.

Cannabis Oil and Breast Cancer

And what about breast cancer?

According to Breastcancer.org, CBD could help extend the lives of those with stage IV breast cancer.

Yet some scientists and patients disagree.

In 2017, actress Olivia Newton-John treated her breast cancer with cannabis oil (specifically CBD). According to “Health” magazine, the American Cancer Society doesn’t recommend using CBD oil for treatments outside of a clinical trial, but they have admitted that cannabis can inhibit the growth of cells in Petri dishes and in certain animals.

THC Oil and Cancer

Cannabis oil has long been used to curb the negative side effects of chemo and radiation (as well as cancer symptoms, such as loss of taste). But could it actually aid in the fight against cancer itself? Many scientists are looking into the possible medical benefits of marijuana.

Even the American Cancer Society believes certain strains of marijuana could help treat some of the symptoms that cancer patients face. They even mention cannabidiol (CBD) as a possible treatment to help fight some of the anxiety and pain in cancer patients without worrying about the negative side effects that some people report (such as paranoia and anxiety) when taking THC.

CBD Oil and Cancer

Surprisingly, you don’t even need the THC in the cannabis oil to improve the odds of beating cancer. Scientists are finding that CBD oil, which doesn’t have a high level of THC (and in some cases, doesn’t contain any THC at all), might help treat cancer.

U.S. News” reported in August 2018, since hemp is, “the same species as marijuana and contains most of the same chemicals that marijuana has, some researchers have postulated that hemp might have similar or even better curative powers than marijuana because it does not have the mind-altering effects of marijuana.”

The article cited a study at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky, where a professor believes that hemp could help fight ovarian cancer.

Cannabis Oil and Stage IV Cancer

Many scientists believe that cannabis oil can even help prolong the lives of those with stage IV cancers.

In July 2018, Forbes contributor David DiSalvo reported, “Mice with pancreatic cancer treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study that spotlights the potential for human treatment.”

Stage IV cancer simply means that cancer has spread from its original location to other organs in the body. Treating stage IV cancer is more difficult than stages one through three. This is why many patients opt for more experimental treatments at this stage. Someone who discovers that their cancer has metastasized to other areas of the body is more likely to find a treatment that is as aggressive as the diagnosis.

Some of the cancers that patients choose to treat with cannabis oil include:

  • Stage IV prostate cancer
  • Stage IV pancreatic cancer
  • Stage IV melanoma
  • Stage IV colon cancer
  • Stage IV brain cancer
  • Stage IV breast cancer

Cannabis Oil and Cancer: Fact or Fiction?

Unfortunately, since all this information is so new (and frankly hard to test since marijuana is illegal in many states and countries), it’s hard for scientists to agree on a solid answer. In October 2018, Forbes contributor Mike Adams published the article, “Science Tells Us Marijuana Doesn’t Kill Cancer, So Does Real Life,” making the point that there just isn’t enough scientific evidence available to prove the effects cannabis has on cancer. And he’s got a point.

The demonization of marijuana has stunted scientific studies on its links to cancer in several ways. Many cancer patients wouldn’t even consider taking a substance linked to marijuana because of the social implications that come with the drug. It’s also affected would-be scientific research (originally because of its illegal status).

Many cancer patients have found cannabis oil a positive way to manage symptoms (and many even believe it has cured their cancer and prevented relapses). Yet it’s probably too soon (from a scientific standpoint at least) to tell if there is proof that cannabis oil can prevent and cure certain forms of cancer.

Cannabis Oil Risks

With any food or drug that enters your body, there are always risks associated with it. This goes double for a substance like cannabis oil that is equally lauded for its medicinal qualities and demonized for its link to marijuana.

Luckily, many of the risks are simply legal risks — not medical or health risks. Yet you should still consult a doctor to find out if cannabis oil might react with your medication, supplements or a preexisting condition.

Is Cannabis Oil Legal?

Cannabis oil is illegal when it contains a higher amount of THC than is legal in each state. For example, under federal law, a product isn’t considered illegal if it contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Yet that doesn’t mean that you can’t still be tried for use of cannabis oil that contains less than that amount of THC. For example, a man in Indiana was charged in April 2015 for marijuana possession while carrying a bottle of CBD that had a THC content of 0 percent.

The Indiana man was acquitted, but even so — CBD isn’t legal in every state. In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration has stated that even THC-free CBD is illegal. A representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration did state that the department wouldn’t target people who use the oil for medicinal purposes.

Is Cannabis Oil Safe?

The short answer is yes, cannabis oil is safe if used as directed by a doctor.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s right for everybody. In fact, there’s a lot of debate on the matter. It also depends on how your body absorbs the cannabis oil. Are you planning on smoking (vaping) it? Are you using a tincture? How about a patch?

Since everybody is unique, it’s hard to tell how a person will respond to a drug or a medicine.

For example, let’s say you’re vaping marijuana oil. You probably started vaping because it’s healthier than smoking, right?

Not so, says Johan Marcu, the Chief Scientific Officer at Americans for Safe Access in an article for “Rolling Stone.” It’s not easy to determine all that goes into those vape oils — especially since manufacturers don’t need to list the ingredients on the packaging.

This is another downside to the criminalization of marijuana. There really isn’t any jurisdiction in monitoring what goes into these products. Right now, it’s up to the individual companies to guarantee the quality of ingredients that go into their products.

Is Cannabis Oil Addictive?

Again, there’s no “straight” answer to this one, but the short answer is, no. Yet it really depends on the type of cannabis oil you’re using.

If your cannabis oil contains THC, you won’t necessarily become addicted (per se), but you could possibly develop marijuana use disorder, which (according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse) could possibly lead to an addiction.

If you’re taking CBD oil, you probably don’t need to worry about addiction. In fact, CBD oil is considered a non-addictive, non-toxic substance. Some studies even suggest that it might help addicts prevent relapse.

Can You Overdose on Cannabis Oil?

If you were to overdose on cannabis oil, you would need to ingest a huge amount of it to do so.

Technically, anything can kill you if you take too much of it. Even water can kill you if you drink too much of it in a short amount of time. If you were to ingest too much cannabis oil, there’s a chance that the other ingredients (such as the carrier oil) would harm you before even the CBD or THC could have adverse effects.

As with any medicine or drug, you should always consult your doctor before determining your dosage. If you’re taking cannabis oil that contains THC, you might also want to consider your tolerance to psychedelics and similar substances before settling on a dosage.

Cannabis Oil and Drug Testing

Obviously, drug testing is an important topic when it comes to ingesting cannabis — even legally. There are plenty of reasons why you would need to be drug tested, whether court ordered or job-related.

To pass a drug test, you must have less than 50 mL of THC in your system. This means that if you are using a cannabis oil with THC, you may not pass the test. Yet if you’re using a CBD oil with less than 0.3 percent THC — or no THC at all — you’ll probably be OK.

Can I Breast-Feed While on Cannabis Oil?

The short answer? No.

Unfortunately, there is just not enough research yet to deem whether breastfeeding is safe while using an oil that doesn’t even contain THC. There’s not even enough research to determine if your baby will test positive for THC if you’re using cannabis oil while breastfeeding.

Many babies will test positive for THC in certain health exams; if your baby tests positive for THC, this could mean your baby being taken away, a social services investigation — and possible jail time.

Between the possible legal ramifications and unknown health risks, doctors and cannabis oil researchers advise staying away from cannabis oil during breastfeeding.

Since even CBD sits in the gray area of the law, you should probably steer clear of all cannabis oil products until your baby is weaned.

While CBD is being tested on children with underlying disorders and diseases, it’s still best to keep your baby CBD-free.

Cannabis Oil and Postpartum Depression

If you’re not breastfeeding, you’re probably in the clear to use cannabis oil if you suffer from postpartum depression.

While many experts worry about the long-term effects of medical marijuana, many moms have claimed that it helped far better than prescription medication. As opposed to many medications used to fight postpartum, cannabis oil doesn’t have the same side effects (as say, Prozac) that can cause insomnia, migraines and shaking.

Many doctors continue to prescribe medicines such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium to help new mothers find relief (but can also be harmful in the milk of breastfeeding moms).

Cannabis oil doesn’t come with the long list of side effects and isn’t as addictive as many of these medications.

How Use Cannabis Oil and Ways to Take Cannabis Oil

Cannabis Oil Dosage

As previously discussed, most doctors find that it’s virtually impossible to overdose on cannabis oil — unless taken in extreme amounts. Yet paying attention to your dosage is still important. Depending on if your cannabis oil contains THC or not, you’ll need to pay especially close attention.

Many cannabis oil products come with extensive instructions regarding dosage. The right or wrong dosage can mean the difference between a relaxing, anxiety-free experience and a stressful and unpleasant one.

THC Cannabis Oil Dosages

Many cannabis oil companies recommend starting with a lower dose and working your way up to your optimal level. The cannabis oil edible company To Whom It May Chocolates labels each individual edible with the correct dosage, and each edible has a different dosage level — with edibles starting at 2.5 mg of THC per piece and going up to 45 mg per piece.

Many edible and cannabis oil manufacturers recommend their own dosing guidelines based on the amount of THC or CBD oil in their products.

CBD Oil Dosages

When it comes to CBD oil, the age-old adage, “Less is more,” may ring true according to Jeff Chen, M.D., in an interview with Well and Good.

“Just like Water, sunshine or sex, CBD abides by the law of diminishing returns: more is not necessarily better.”

Like with oils containing THC, many experts recommend starting out slow and building up your dose. While you can’t necessarily “overdose” on CBD oil, you might experience unwanted side effects, such as diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue.

Cannabis Oil Dosage: The Goldilocks Formula

Unfortunately, your doctor probably isn’t going to simply write you a prescription for cannabis oil. Yet you can consult your doctor (and probably should) before heading to a dispensary or a natural foods store.

Your doctor may not be super psyched about your “alternative” medicine quest. In fact, he or she may advise against cannabis oils altogether. Yet it’s still important to find out if cannabis oil could interact with your current medications or preexisting conditions (such as heart conditions). If you don’t feel comfortable having this conversation with your medical doctor, consult your naturopath (who ideally should be working and consulting with your doctor anyway).

As with any product, you’ll also need to do a little digging to find out if cannabis oil is right for you. Just as you would look at the ingredients on a package of food in the grocery store, you need to look at the ingredients in cannabis oil — and find a trusted and respected manufacturer.

Research different companies online. If you live in a city where cannabis oil is sold, consult the salesperson. Explain your symptoms and what you hope to get from cannabis oil. Well and Good contributor (and editor-in-chief of Miss Grass) Anna Duckworth recommends, “Good old-fashioned trial and error,” when it comes to dosage. She also recommends starting with a low dosage and working your way up. You should never feel “rushed” when it comes to finding your dosage sweet spot

How to Take Cannabis Oil: Edibles, Drops, E-Cigs and Tinctures

There is no shortage in ways to take cannabis oil.

It comes in the forms of edibles (gummies, brownies, lozenges and teas), oil drops, tinctures (a liquid that you drop underneath your tongue for immediate absorption) and e-cig and vape pens. It also comes in the form of a patch that you affix to your skin (kind of like a nicotine patch).

Again, you’ll need to experiment with your cannabis oil to find out which form works best for you. If your cannabis oil contains THC, you may need to try several different forms before finding the right fit. Many THC users complain that ingesting the drug has adverse side effects (such as paranoia and tummy troubles). Many users don’t like the idea of “smoking” or vaping the oil; for those, a patch might be optimal.

Experimentation is key because every person has different needs and uses for cannabis oil.

Buying Cannabis Oil and Prices

Buying cannabis oil is pretty easy. It’s available in many states and online. You can find oils containing THC in dispensaries where marijuana is legal. Without THC, it’s available at drug stores, grocery stores, apothecaries and holistic healing centers.

It’s being served in cocktails in bars and restaurants in many cities. It’s even available in beauty products.

Cost to Buy Cannabis Oil

Dabbling with cannabis oil isn’t cheap. While many experts claim you should experiment with your doses and cannabis oil forms, you may end up spending a small fortune to do so.

The cost of cannabis oil varies from state to state. It also depends on how much THC and CBD is in the product. Small vials of low doses of CBD oil can start as low as $10 to $13 a bottle. Depending on the concentration of the product, you’ll easily find cannabis oils that cost upward of $200 a bottle. One-time use patches start at around $8 each.

If the product contains higher levels of THC, it could cost even more.

Extraction Process

Many cannabis oil users find that extracting their own cannabis oil is the way to go. They know exactly what is in their oil and the cannabis oil extraction process isn’t necessarily difficult. Yet cannabis oil extraction machines can be pricy (around $600 for an inexpensive one) and can run up to thousands of dollars for a top-quality machine.

DIY cannabis oil extraction instruction YouTube videos are even popping up on the internet as fast as makeup application ones.

If you think you’ll end up using cannabis oil in high doses, you might want to consider extracting your own — if not to save money, to know exactly what is going into your product.

Cooking With Cannabis Oil

Many cannabis users make cannabis oils themselves for consumption with marijuana and cooking oil. This is a different concept than the process of extraction, which pulls out the natural oils (including CBD) in a marijuana or hemp plant.

Homemade cannabis oils are used in cooking. Cannabis dinners, pop-ups and underground supper clubs have become increasingly popular in New York City and other major cities all over the U.S.

Depending on the type of cannabis oil, you can ingest the food-grade and oral use types. Again, you want to test your tolerance to cannabis oil before ingesting too much.

Cannabis Oil Recipes

With CBD oils on the rise and the legalization of THC in many states, it’s no surprise that chefs are taking this ingredient to the next level in their cooking.

The popular health food restaurant CHLOE even created a vegan CBD oil brownie and shared the recipe with “Health” magazine.

In 2017, VICE’s Food site Munchies published a listicle highlighting “15 Weed Edible Recipes that Are Way Better Than ‘Special Brownies.’”

What does all this culinary cannabis prove? That the legalization of marijuana has created a community where creativity can form around this once stigmatized substance. Yes, many people are turning to cannabis oils as a medical treatment, alternative to potentially addictive pharmaceuticals or even as a “hail Mary” to save their lives. Yet the fact remains that many still see cannabis oils as a substance to be enjoyed — like wine or beer. And when used responsibly, we don’t see anything wrong with that.

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