As a Florida medical marijuana patient, there are more options than ever when it comes to cannabis consumption. Aside from smoking cannabis, there are now concentrates, edibles, transdermal patches, topicals and oils. Cannabis oil is one of the approved ways to ingest medical marijuana. Whether you are looking to make baked goods, infused recipes for drinks, or simply taking the oil sublingually (under the tongue), the possibilities are endless.
There are so many ways you can use cannabis oil. However, keep in mind the proper dosages for your recipe of choice. The general rule of thumb is to “start low and go slow” so you can find the right dose for you in your meals, drinks or other applications of choice.
What is cannabis oil?
There are numerous ways to take cannabis oil that are safe and effective. Here are a few popular ways to help you find relief:
Under the tongue
Cannabis oil is generally taken sublingually, where it is absorbed by the mucous membrane under the tongue, eventually making its way into the bloodstream. Unlike pills or other forms of drugs, sublingual medications can enter the bloodstream rapidly and in high concentrations, due to the high vascularity of the cheeks and gums. A few benefits of sublingual marijuana include:
Similar to olive, vegetable, and coconut oil, cannabis oil is made through the same chemical extraction process. Cannabis oil is a concentrate made by extracting cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, from the cannabis plant and putting the extracts into a carrier substance (oil).
While there are many methods of extracting oil from a cannabis plant, some are safer and more effective than others. CO2 extraction is quickly becoming the gold standard because it produces a safe and potent product that is free from chlorophyll, waxes, and any toxic residues that other solvents can sometimes leave behind.
The most effective way to take cannabis oil is sublingually, where the oil is placed under the tongue with a dropper and absorbed by the mucous membranes that lead directly to the bloodstream. This method allows it to bypass the stomach, which raises the bioavailability (the number of cannabinoids that make it to your bloodstream when your body absorbs the medicine) and takes about 15 to 30 minutes to kick in.
What is Cannabis Oil?
Start with a few drops and wait at least an hour to see how you feel. Slowly increase the dose until you experience the effects you desire. Keep in mind that more isn’t always better and there could be a tiny dosage window or “sweet spot” that works best for you. You might need to adjust your dosage over time, but many people find that a consistent dose can work for their needs over the long term.
You can also use cannabis oil like you would an edible or a capsule by adding it to food and drinks. While this method is effective, the bioavailability of anything you ingest is generally lower, meaning you won’t absorb the cannabinoids as thoroughly because they must pass through the stomach and the liver. Ingesting cannabis oil can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to kick in depending on things like what you’ve eaten and the speed of your metabolism.
Choosing a method of cannabis consumption is about personal preference. While cannabis oil doesn’t work as fast as inhalation methods like vaping or smoking, it can work more quickly than ingesting edibles. It also comes in a variety of potency options, from oils that contain only CBD to those with a wide range of THC concentrations.