Many people in Nevada and other states that have legalized medical marijuana have started using cannabis oil. Dispensaries and medical marijuana facilities usually sell these oils as well as edible products made from cannabis oil for patients who prefer not to smoke the drug but to utilize it in a different way instead.
The American Academy of Neurology offers fact sheets on medical marijuana, and the AAN also provides research study findings and information on cannabis oils and products that contain these beneficial oils. There are some important considerations and every patient and case is different. Some patients may respond well to oils and extracts while another may get better results from the dried plant.
Cannabis Oil does not Always Get you High
Some of the cannabis oils that are available in Nevada dispensaries are not produced to provide the sense of being high. Oils that have less THC but are rich in CBD can often provide seizure relief for children and adults who have epilepsy. The strain of medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web was specifically designed to have little THC in order to treat a little girl who had almost constant seizures.
In our article here, we discuss more about medical marijuana for seizures.
Know the Ratios When Using Cannabis Oil
When using cannabis oil it is very important to know the ratios of THC and CBD in order to get the desired effects. Each patient may have different needs, preferences, and sensitivities that should be considered. Oils with lower THC to CBD rations will not be as intoxicating to the patient, but these oils may also not be as effective as products with a higher THC ratio either.
A combination of CBD and THC will likely have a greater therapeutic effect for a wider range of conditions than CBD or THC alone.
It is recommended that inexperienced users start out with a product that has the lowest ratio of THC to CBD when using cannabis oil. As you determine how the product affects you, it is possible to increase the THC ratio in order to get the most effective treatment. This can take some trial and error before you find the ideal ration for your sensitivity and conditions.
THC Sensitivity can vary from One Patient to the Next
When using cannabis oil it is a good idea to understand your THC sensitivity. This factor can vary greatly from one person to another, and may even depend on your gender in some part as well. Recent studies have shown that women tend to be more sensitive to THC because of higher estrogen levels, and sensitivity can increase during the menstruation cycle for many women.
Cannabis Oil Comes in a Variety of Product Types
Do some research on the various products before you start using cannabis oil so that you know what is available. You can find sprays, oils for cooking, butters, and even candies, cakes, and cookies that are made using the cannabis oil. You may find that you prefer a certain type of product or that a specific form of cannabis oil product works better than others.
Some people respond better to gummies, others seem to get better results with infused chocolates, and some may find the optimal relief using cannabis butters and oils in prepared foods.
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Should you make your Own Cannabis Oil?
There are many online resources available on how to make these oils if you plan on using cannabis oil. For most patients this is not an ideal solution though, because the finished oil is not tested for active components and the THC and CBD ratio may not be properly identified. The process for making medical cannabis oil can also be dangerous if caution is not used.
The Product Brand can make a Difference
The brands you choose when using cannabis oil can be an important factor. Some brands have a better reputation for quality and consistency, while others may be less exact when it comes to ratios or specific marijuana compounds offered.
Understand the Potential Side Effects and Store Oils Properly
There are a number of potential side effects that are possible when using cannabis oil. These are usually mild but in rare cases, they can become serious and even require medical treatment. Before you use any cannabis oil product, make sure you understand the possible side effects so that you know what could happen. Never leave your medical oils where anyone else can access them, especially children.