The public’s attitude toward cannabis has significantly shifted to a more positive direction in recent years. In fact, a record-breaking 64 percent of people support the legalization of weed, according to a Gallup survey in 2017.
Even though weed has only gained widespread acceptance in recent years, this plant has actually been used medicinally since ancient times. Cannabis oil, specifically, is considered very potent, and just a few drops of it can have significant effects on a person’s health. Here’s what you need to know about cannabis oil and its medical use.
Medical Cannabis in Ancient Times
It is challenging to trace the exact origins of cannabis because it was cultivated and used even before the invention of writing. However, some of the earliest records of medical cannabis can be traced all the way back to ten thousand years ago in China. The Chinese emperor Shen-Nung also wrote a book detailing treatment methods that also showcased the medical uses of the plant.
Surviving texts from ancient India also describe how doctors have used marijuana to treat a range of health problems like headaches, insomnia, pain, and gastrointestinal issues.
The Ebers Papyrus from ancient Egypt also described the medical applications of the plant. In ancient Greece, cannabis was used to dress wounds and treat sores of horses. The leaves were dried and used as a treatment for nosebleed.
Cannabis Oil and Its Applications
Cannabis oil is the essential oil produced from the namesake plant. It is created by using a solvent to separate the oil from the plant matter. This results in oil that contains high concentrations of cannabinoids, the active compounds found in cannabis that are responsible for their notable effects on the body, including immune responses. Cannabis oil is more potent than other marijuana products, like flowers and resin.
There are many medical applications of good-quality cannabis oil. It can be ingested orally, vaporized, and even used as a suppository. Some people also mix the essential oil with beauty creams and ointments and apply it topically.
Raw Cannabis Oil
Raw cannabis oil is rare because it is complicated to produce. It is extracted from the marijuana plant without using heat as heat can destroy the cannabis product. The result is a very high-quality oil with active compounds existing in their acid form. In other words, THC found in raw cannabis oil comes in the form of THC acid, and it will not cause any psychoactive effects.
Many people choose to ingest raw cannabis oil to experience its anti-inflammatory effects without the effect of a high.
Full-Extract Cannabis Oil
An alternative to raw cannabis oil is full-extract cannabis oil, which is made using marijuana buds and, sometimes, its leaves. A full extract oil is still very potent because it maintains the integrity of the plant, and it can feature different active ingredients, depending on the type of cannabis plant used.
For example, THC cannabis oils are produced from marijuana that is high in THC, the cannabinoid responsible for producing the buzz that weed is notable for. THC oils are used as a treatment for cancer, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, and various gastrointestinal disorders.
Another type of full extract cannabis oil is CBD oil, which contains high concentrations of CBD. People use it to treat epilepsy, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Some Words of Caution
Although marijuana is a promising medical cure, do take note that, in states where it is legal whether for medical or recreational purposes, you still have to take the necessary precautions. Employers may require passing workplace drug tests, especially if you work in a safety-critical position, like operating heavy machinery. Your employer may ask if you’ve had hits for marijuana, but you don’t have to disclose your exact medical condition.
Moreover, the field of cannabis studies is still very young, and there needs to be more research on the possibilities of what marijuana can cure or at least mitigate. Aside from that, you have to consider your preexisting conditions and your body’s responses to chemicals before deciding to take the green way as a course of treatment. For your safety, never self-medicate.