Inflammation can be treated in a number of ways. Those suffering from it have no doubt tried the mainstream methods, from over-the-counter ointments to prescription medications. Cannabis oil is a different kind of treatment method available for patients with an authorization. Here’s how this oil works to reduce pain associated with inflammation.
What It Is
Cannabis oil is an umbrella term that covers different types of oils made from the marijuana plant, with CBD oil the most common. The oil is derived from the resin of the plant, specifically from the flower and upper leaves. It’s withdrawn using steam distillation and additional solvents, such as ethanol or olive oil, to release the cannabinoids during the extraction process. The plant is soaked in the solvent—ethanol being the most common—which allows the solution to evaporate and leave the oil behind.
Some users prefer the oil for its discreet ingestion options. Droplets can be placed under the tongue or it can be taken in capsule form. Patients can blend it with essential oils or apply it to inflamed areas as a topical salve. Some users simply like the easy measuring method of counting oil drops, instead of worrying about overdoing their dosage through inhalation.
Researchers want to discover more about other qualities of the plant that make their way into the oil. Terpenoids, for example, give the plant its unique aroma, while flavonoids have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both may boost the therapeutic effects of this medication.
How It Works
The oil ingredients communicate with the brain’s receptors to create analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help the cells respond. When the compound in CBD oil activates in the body’s CB2 receptors, it reduces the painful swelling. This creates the painkilling effect and signals the anti-inflammation reaction.
Some patients prefer CBD oil because CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient in the plant. They won’t feel the “high” effect. It inspires a calm and uplifted mood that’s great for daytime pain management.
Cannabis oil is used for a number of different treatments. It’s particularly helpful to those suffering from joint pain because it can be applied directly to the inflamed area, instead of only being ingested.
Benefits of Treatment
Health Canada gave CanniMed the go-ahead to sell cannabis oil, and users appreciate the new choice between this form and dried marijuana, particularly among patients who prefer not to smoke. It’s a versatile solution for combatting ongoing discomfort. Medical professionals hope to see its increase in accessibility for those in palliative care and with severe physical disabilities.
Cannabis oil has a number of advantageous qualities. Research has shown that patients are less likely to build a tolerance to the effects of CBD, meaning there’s no need to continually increase the dosage. When compared to highly addictive medications such as opioids, this feature is a welcome alternative.
A review in the U.S. backs the claim that patients can take this oil without experiencing adverse side effects. Similar studies were previously conducted using rats as test subjects. After applying the topical oil to the rats, researchers noticed a significant drop in pain and inflammation, yet no side effects. Researchers take this as good news, but they’re quick to point out that more studies are needed to accurately determine whether humans will or won’t experience adverse side effects.
Get answers to your questions about cannabis oil from the doctors at Aleafia Health. They have the knowledge and expertise to advise how this medication can work for you.