The Complete Guide to Cannabis Oil

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Are you looking for relief from pain and other inflammatory conditions? Do you want a non-invasive medication to treat symptoms of cancer, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis? Well, cannabis oil may just be the answer you have been searching for.

There are a host of different uses for cannabis oil, and it is incredibly versatile as it can be added to creams, lotions, and cosmetic treatments. This widely beneficial oil offers significant improvement for many medical conditions as well as potent antioxidant properties.

This guide will inform you on the healing properties of cannabis oil which will provide you with an understanding of this alternative pain reliever that is both safe and non-invasive.

What is Cannabis Oil? 

Cannabis oil is a thick, resinous substance containing cannabinoids that are extracted from the cannabis plant. There are three main cannabis products: the flower, the resin, and the oil. The latter being the most potent of the three is so powerful that only a very small amount is needed to obtain the desired effects. Cannabis oil is also known as hash oil, wax, and Rick Simpson oil.

Cannabis use and cultivation can be traced back to thousands of years ago. According to archeological discoveries, cannabis originated in central Asia sometime around the Neolithic period, or 4000 BC[2]. It is one of the oldest plants discovered by the human race proven to be beneficial for medical use. Cannabis use – scrutinized throughout decades as unhealthy – was finally seen in a different light in the early 2000s when Rick Simpson cured his own skin cancer with homemade cannabis oil. [3]

Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil Case Study

We mentioned Rick Simpson earlier, and we’d like to go into more detail about his experience with cannabis oil. He was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, and went through surgery and conventional treatment. Unfortunately, this treatment was not successful for his cancer. In 2003, Simpson discovered a way to heal his cancer by creating his own recipe with cannabis oil. He applied his homemade topical cream which he made from cannabis oil onto his skin, and after a short time, his cancer disappeared.

Along with pain-relieving benefits, cannabis oil offers numerous antioxidant properties which make it effective in treating and preventing autoimmune diseases and age-related inflammatory conditions. Its use is also linked to improvements in multiple medical conditions, including diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, glaucoma, and more. Additionally, cannabis oil is beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s diseases, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions. 

The Versatility of Cannabis Oil

An interesting aspect of cannabis oil is that is can be used in a variety of ways for medicinal purposes. Some patients may prefer inhaling cannabis oil with a vaporizer due to its rapid effects. While others prefer to seek alternative ways such as applying cannabis oil directly to their skin using products such as topicals.

Topical applications are especially beneficial to patients who suffer from conditions such as arthritis. Cannabis oil can be mixed into creams, salves, and lotions and are available for purchase at various dispensaries.

Difference Between Cannabis Oil and Hemp Oil

There is often a misunderstanding between the properties of hemp oil and cannabis oil. Although many people might mistake the two for the same thing, they each have unique characteristics that differentiate them.

One of the biggest differences between cannabis oil and hemp oil is the THC content. Hemp has avery low concentration of the cannabinoid, THC (less than .3% according to the Canadian Department of Agriculture[4]). It does, however contain a reasonable concentration of the CBD cannabinoid. Meanwhile, the cannabis plant, used in cannabis oil, both THC and CBD in abundance. The presence of both CBD and THC cannabinoids in cannabis oil has been attributed to its effectiveness as a cancer fighting agent.

Dennis Hill Cannabis Oil Case Study

Biochemist, Dennis Hill was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the prostate in 2010.[5] He also found out that there were metastatic lesions in the bladder and rectum. Though his future seemed grim, Hill refused to partake in any chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation for treatments. Instead, he opted for cannabis oil, and as a result, his cancer diminished within six months 

How Can Cannabis Oil Be Used?

Pain Relief

Cannabis oil has been in use as a pain reliever for thousands of years. In this regard, this oil is prescribed by medical practitioners to relieve inflammation as well as ease chronic pain in various parts of the body. Cannabis oil is administered to cancer and fibromyalgia patients to alleviate the pain caused by such conditions. It is especially beneficial for cancer patients during chemotherapy, providing relief from the symptoms of radiation treatments.

Over the years, various studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of this essential oil in treating pain. One such study was conducted in 2015 and published in The Journal of Pain. Based on the findings of this study, the use of vaporized cannabis provided "a dose-dependent reduction in diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain in patients with treatment-refractory pain." [6]

PTSD, Stress, and Anxiety Relief

Stress and anxiety are often associated with emotional disorders, and are common concerns for many people across the world. Cannabis essential oil is one of the most effective remedies when it comes to relieving anxiety and stress. When used for this purpose, the oil stimulates the production of pleasure hormones in the patient’s body. Additionally, this medication also helps the mind to relax.

People who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome can also benefit from the calming effects of cannabis oil. A study published in Neuropsychopharmacology involved the administration of synthetic cannabinoids to rats after a traumatic event. The cannabinoids prevented behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD by triggering changes in brain centers associated with the formation and holding of traumatic memories.[7] Cannabis oil may be prescribed to regulate response to emotional trauma, curb stress-induced impairment, and prevent stress associated disorders like insomnia. 

Cannabis Oil Enhances Heart Conditions

Cannabis essential oil has tremendously powerful antioxidant properties. These properties not only enhance the general wellbeing of the human heart, but also prevent serious heart disorders and conditions, such as strokes, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Studies on the oil have proven that cannabinoid treatment may be administered to prevent the various cardiovascular conditions and diseases. When administered to the body, cannabis oil helps the various blood vessels to relax and dilate, hence improving blood circulation and lowering blood pressure.

Cannabis Oil Benefits Cancer Patients

While research on the capabilities of cannabis oil in the treatment and prevention of cancer is still ongoing, cannabis oil is generally considered to be beneficial for cancer patients. It helpse to treat various cancer symptoms, including pain, weakness, nausea and lack of appetite. Cannabis has even been proven to reduce the size of cancerous tumors when administered appropriately.

Most of the tests on cannabis oil as a treatment for cancer have been conducted on animals in laboratories. The various research findings on this subject, however, have revealed that cannabinoids offer various benefits for cancer patients, including:

  • Preventing cancer cells from dividing and multiplying
  • Killing cancer cells through a process referred to as apoptosis
  • Minimizing the spreading of cancer cells throughout the body
  • Preventing the infection of blood vessels by cancer cells

The various benefits of cannabis oil for cancer patients are more pronounced when the treatment is combined with purified THC. The cannabidiol, a cannabinoid that counters psychoactive effects associated with THC, is the most effective cannabinoid treatment in this case.

Treating Asthma Using Cannabis Oil

Asthma is among the most common respiratory disorders today, affecting nearly 300 million people across the globe. Much of the asthma treatments associated with cannabis may be attributed to anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Such properties help clear and dilate bronchial tubes in the lungs of asthma patients. Results have proven an increase in oxygen supply which allows recovery from asthma.

In addition to improving respiratory conditions in asthma patients, a study concluded that prescription of cannabis oil can ease the various symptoms of this condition without causing any side effects[8]

Eye Health

According to the American Glaucoma Society, cannabis oil can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) levels considerably. In other words, it can improve eye health for patients suffering from eye diseases or even those who do not have any serious eye conditions. Cannabis oil has been shown to temporarily relieve glaucoma. However, patients are required to use the oil regularly throughout the day for sustained relief.

Improvement of Skin Health and Appearance

Applying cannabis oil topically on the skin can enhance its health and appearance by promoting the shedding of dead skin cells and the growth of new skin cells. Additionally, the oil is also known to promote the production of lipids in the skin. This aspect is particularly beneficial for people with dry skin. By enhancing lipid production in the skin, this oil also helps combat various skin conditions, such as acne, dandruffs, and psoriasis. Such benefits of cannabis oil may also be attributed to its ability to fight free-radicals in the skin.

Additionally, the stress and anxiety-relieving benefits of cannabis oil can also prevent signs of old age and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, the oil carries a natural antioxidant property that helps prevent cellular damage by free radicals. Cannabis oil may be used to fight skin conditions like rosacea and eczema, conditions that are commonly associated with stress and radical damage to the skin.

Why Patients Prefer Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil has increasingly been a preferred medical alternative for many patients for a variety of reasons. For one, some patients require a large amount of cannabis to benefit from its healing properties. If they smoke or inhale cannabis vapor, it is both expensive and very difficult to get the amount they need for their condition. For instance, one patient required 30 grams per day to manage a fatal form of Multiple Sclerosis, so he relied on highly concentrated cannabis oil which he made himself.[9]

Another advantage of using oil versus inhalation is that you can precisely measure your dosage. Furthermore, cannabis oil can also be consumed in edibles and tinctures.

Chris Skidmore Cannabis Oil Case Study

Chris Skidmore, an entrepreneur in Port Coquitlam who makes greenhouses for licensed marijuana growers, relieves his HIV symptoms with his own homemade cannabis oil[10]. He makes his concoction roughly every two months and continues to ingest drops of cannabis oil every morning to reduce symptoms. When he began consuming cannabis oil, his health drastically improved.

Conclusion

To experience the healing benefits of cannabis oil, you can purchase it in states where marijuana has been legalized. Recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries carry a line of products that include cannabis oil in the form of pills, shatters, waxes, and vaping cartridges. For topical conditions, you can also buy cannabis creams, lotions, salves, and patches at dispensaries.

References

[1] http://www.medicaldaily.com/cannabis-oil-2016-3-facts-know-about-alternative-treatment-394823

[2] http://www.ww.ufcw770.org/sites/all/themes/danland/files/CannabinoidsMedMetaAnalysis06.pdf

[3] http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/rick-simpson.html

[4] Renee Johnson - Congressional Research Service (2017) Hemp as an Agricultural commodity. Congressional Research Service https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf

[5] http://reset.me/story/the-biochemist-who-cured-his-cancer-with-cannabis-oil/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25843054

[7] http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v39/n12/full/npp2014132a.html

[8] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bph.12597/abstract

[9] http://www.leafscience.com/2016/02/21/cannabis-oils-look-whats-available-canada/

[10] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/licensed-cannabis-oil-too-scarce-expensive-for-medical-users/article28425672/