This is a big question now in South Africa with the legalisation of using, owning and growing cannabis in privacy at home: how does cannabis oil work and why should I use it? A good question in that cannabis oil is not the raw cannabis that people smoke. It is much more than that and it is much better for you. Remember that smoking is harmful to your health and is linked to lung and throat cancers. Taking cannabis oil has a better effect on the condition you are treating, it is easier to take and it does not have to make you feel high.

How Does Cannabis Oil Work?

Cannabis oil is a liquid extract of the cannabis plant. The chemical compounds that are extracted depend on the type of cannabis being used, how the extract is made, and what chemicals were in the plant originally. Cannabis plants contain hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes which can assist us to stay healthy and to treat diseases of body and mind. We need to firstly understand how the cannabis oil works and why we should use it.

The two main cannabinoids that are extracted to make medical cannabis oils are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both cannabinoids are highly recognised as healing therapies for a range of maladies from headaches and nausea to chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s Disease. THC is known for its euphoric qualities but it is still a powerful natural therapy that is used in treating all kinds of illnesses. CBD does not make the user high but is an awesome antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can treat pain, help treat depression and anxiety, epileptic seizures, fibromyalgia, insomnia and arthritis.

CBD can modulate the psychoactive properties of THC when they are used together to treat things like pain. This is called the Entourage Effect and it occurs when the various chemicals in the cannabis plant cooperate to create a combined effect that is greater than their effects when used alone. So, when CBD and THC are blended in a cannabis oil where there is more CBD than THC, the oil does not make the user high, but instead it heals some of the worse debilitating diseases.

Why Should You Use Cannabis Oil?

The choice is yours – use cannabis oil that is a natural therapy from a plant which has been used for centuries, or choose pharmaceutical drugs which often do have harmful side effects. Many people get addicted to pharmaceuticals which can harm important organs and the mind. Cannabis contains at least 113 cannabinoids which trigger the endocannabinoid receptors, especially CB1 and CB2, in various parts of the body. CBD binds to the CB2 receptors while THC clings to the CB1 receptors.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps maintain homeostasis in the body and manages several diseases. This explains why taking cannabinoids helps to control disease as they cooperate with the endocannabinoid system, mimicking different endocannabinoids. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain, liver, intestines and central and peripheral nervous systems and affect memory, pain, stress, appetite and sleep.CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system and control inflammation and tissue injury.

Cannabis Oil for Health and Well-Being

More people are turning to medical grade cannabis oil to treat their respective illnesses. Mothers are treating children with epilepsy, while others are breaking away from pharmaceutical drugs and their harsh side effects. All of them are using non-invasive, yet very effective, cannabis oils and tinctures to self-medicate a multitude of issues successfully. Recent research is finding that cannabinoids in cannabis can be used medically to treat pain, nausea, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis muscle spasms, seizures caused by epilepsy, and trauma. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds which are being used even now to decrease brain damage associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, and to slow down the spread of cancer by targeting cancerous tumours. Cannabinoids bind to cells with help from two groups of molecules called receptors. CB1 receptors occur mostly in the brain, where new memories are created and where pain is perceived. CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system which stimulates inflammation if there is any disease of the body.

Grow and Use Cannabis Legally at Home in South Africa

South Africa is buzzing now that cannabis has been decriminalised at home, for use and possession and cultivation in the privacy of your own home. This opens doors for people to make cannabis oil for their health. The details around this cannabis law need to be highlighted by Parliament, but meanwhile people are starting to educate themselves about the use of cannabis oil. CBD is allowed in South Africa as a medical cannabis treatment if the need calls for it. Even children can use cannabis oil that has no side effects.

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