Cannabis-infused oil is steadily becoming one of the most popular, discreet, and easy-to-use options among medical cannabis patients. It can have little to no odour or flavouring, and is beneficial because of its versatility in providing long-lasting symptom relief.
For many patients, smoking and vaping can be harsh on their throats and lungs, so for anyone experiencing respiratory issues or sensitivity to smoke odours, oils are a great alternative. Oils can provide faster relief than traditional smoking. In fact, many patients find that even a single dose [*] of cannabis oil can provide several hours of relief. Taking cannabis orally usually causes the effects to last longer than smoking or vaping does, though oils and edibles can take longer to absorb.
The effects of oils are based on each person's endocannabinoid system, coming down to variables such as metabolism, how much food you’ve eaten that day, the type of foods consumed, and how your liver and other organs process cannabis. Want to ensure faster relief from your oil? Take your cannabis oil with a fattier food; as cannabis is fat-soluble, it will ensure faster absorption. [*]
Certain cannabis oils may still have a strong cannabis flavour but new technologies are constantly being tested and used to infuse oils without a strong cannabis taste or aftertaste. There are even topical options made from cannabis oils and extracts that can be used on the skin! For patients, cannabis consumption is becoming simpler and more convenient every day.
The most common forms of cannabis oil are:
The number of ways you can use cannabis-infused oil is constantly growing, from tincture bottles and capsules to gourmet food recipes and lattes.
Oils. For most patients, taking your cannabis oil with a dropper under your tongue or dropped into water or juice is simplest and most discreet. If you want to take your oil consumption to the next level, there are countless recipe options to try. Some favourites include popcorn, almond butter, and peanut butter (PB & Js, anyone?), and pasta dishes. There is also the option to add your oil to your lattes and tea (cannabis-infused drinks). As most cannabis oils come in a tincture bottle or capsules, dropping them into your morning latte or tea is an easy way to enjoy your dosage.
Baking. Probably one of the most common forms of consuming cannabis-infused edibles. As most baking recipes require large amounts of oil and butter, it is naturally the perfect pairing for cannabis. Pies, cakes, brownies, scones, tarts, cookies, the list goes on. For patients more proficient in the kitchen, or for those looking for a challenge, why not try your hand at candy making? There is a range of options, from hard candy and lollipops to peanut brittle and fudge. With some preparation and time, there are a variety of ways to consume and enhance your cannabis-taking experience.
Topicals. Not all cannabis oils need to be taken orally to feel their effects. Some cannabis oils can be applied topically, that is to say, to the skin. If you’re a DIY kind of person, there are multiple options to make your own bath bombs, Epsom salts, creams, lip balms, lotions, ointments, salves, and massage oils.
While cannabis oil works well for some patients, it may not be for everyone. To determine your specific needs for intaking cannabis oils, feel free to reach out to your Namaste nurse practitioner at Namaste MD.