There is so much information online that is can be kind of scary to delve into – “What do I even search? Is this information true? Can I use Cannabis for this?”- We’d like to make it a little less daunting, so we’ve compiled some really useful information for both newbies and veterans to enjoy. The below is based off of research readily available online as well as our own research, which expands over a decade and will continue to grow.
Cannabis – What can I use it for?
Short list showing some of what we have assisted with & how versatile a medicine Cannabis is:
- ADD / ADHD
- Appetite Stimulant
- Cancers :
- CPOD (Bronchitis/Emphysema)
- Heart Disease
- Hormone Imbalance
- Menstrual Cramps
- Metabolic Regulator
- Migraine/ Headache
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neuropathic pain
- Pain & Inflammation
- Sexual Well-being
- Skin Conditions
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke Recovery
- Weight Loss
Knowing Your Cannabis Oil
Ever wonder how to tell if the cannabis products you are buying are any good?
Not sure about buying at all because you’re not sure what to look for and worried that you’ll get a product that simply doesn’t deliver? Well, here are a few things to look at before buying cannabis oil.
First off, let’s talk about the two different types of basic cannabis oil:
F.E.C.O (Full Extraction Cannabis Oil) also known as RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) – The most concentrated form of cannabis oil that can be extracted. Extraction methods include: alcohol extraction. CO2 Extraction, Butane Extraction etc.
Cannabis Oil (Carrier Oils) – A less concentrated (but still very effective) oil extracted via different carrier oils (coconut oil, olive oil, glycerine, etc.). Good quality carrier cannabis oils are packed full of omegas, terpenoids, flavonoids, cannabinoids, vitamins and minerals following a thorough extraction process.
Important: If not specified, always ask what solvent was used to make your product. Unfortunately, there have been reports of solvents like petrol, acetone and paraffin being used to make F.E.C.O, which of course, can be toxic when ingested. Make sure your supplier is as transparent and open as possible, never be afraid to ask questions, stay informed, do the research.
There are four things to consider when determining if cannabis oil is good quality or not: colour, consistency, smell and taste.
F.E.C.O – A green tinge is expected, but F.E.C.O should always be black (similar to marmite).
Cannabis Oils – Oils that are clear, light or yellow indicate that the vital step of activation may have been skipped or incorrectly done and are generally less effective. Green oils indicate a similar scenario and are likely to contain larger amounts of chlorophyll, also likely to be less effective. Oils that are dark amber to black in colour indicate that full activation and extraction were achieved, these oils are generally much more effective and contain many more beneficial compounds from the cannabis plant. The darker the oil, the better.
F.E.C.O – Should always be thick and sticky. Should have a thicker or similar consistency to marmite. If F.E.C.O is thinner than this, it still contains excess residual solvent (like Isopropyl Alcohol) and results in decreased intake of cannabis and an increased intake of the residual solvent. When warmed, F.E.C.O should become less viscous.
Cannabis Oils – Should have the same or similar consistency to the carrier oil used to make it.
F.E.C.O – Certain solvents do help with absorption, so a faint “alcohol” smell is okay. If the smell of solvent is overbearing, it is as a result of excess residual solvent still remaining and this leads to a higher intake of the solvent, which can be toxic.
Cannabis Oils – This oil should never smell like a solvent – it should have a natural, earthy smell. If it smells like a solvent, it is most likely that F.E.C.O was thinned substantially and added to a carrier oil. This means a less effective oil and the chance of ingesting larger amounts of the solvent, which can be toxic.
F.E.C.O – Usually bitter and earthy.
Cannabis Oils – Should taste natural and earthy, possibly with slight undertones of the carrier oil and Cannabis.
When activated, extracted and produced properly, cannabis oil does not need the aid of other plants or herbs to be effective – it is excellent all on its own.
Please Note: The above is based on our own research and feedback from patrons who have tested a variety of cannabis oils.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
- The Endogenous Cannabinoid System, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
- Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. Human breast milk is also a rich source source of endocannabinoids — these compounds act as neuromodulators that stimulate the suckling process by activating oral-motor musculature, which helps teach children to eat. Without it, newborns might not want to eat or even know how.
- The body has 2 main types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 exists in the brain, CB2 is in the immune system and the rest of the body. Both receptors respond to cannabinoids whether obtained from breast milk or consumed cannabis. Our bodies were built for these nutritive substances that protect everything from the nervous system to the immune system.
- In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same – homeostasis; the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub‐cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond. Here’s one example: autophagy, a process in which a cell sequesters part of its contents to be self‐digested and recycled, is mediated by the cannabinoid system. While this process keeps normal cells alive, allowing them to maintain a balance between the synthesis, degradation, and subsequent recycling of cellular products, it has a deadly effect on malignant tumour cells, causing them to consume themselves in a programmed cellular suicide. The death of cancer cells, of course, promotes homeostasis and survival at the level of the entire organism.
- Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are also found at the intersection of the body’s various systems, allowing communication and coordination between different cell types. At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro‐inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.
- The Endocannabinoid System, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system we begin to see a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease.
- The discovery of an endogenous cannabinoid system, with specific receptors and ligands, has progressed our understanding of the therapeutic actions of cannabis from folklore to valid science. The human body’s neurological, circulatory, endocrine, digestive, and musculoskeletal systems have now all been shown to possess cannabinoid receptor sites. Indeed, even cartilage tissue has cannabinoid receptors, which makes cannabis a prime therapeutic agent to treat osteoarthritis. Cannabinoids have been shown to produce an anti‐ inflammatory effect by inhibiting the production and action of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and other acute phase cytokines, which also makes them ideal compounds to treat the autoimmune forms of arthritis. It is now suggested by some researchers that these widely spread cannabinoid receptor systems are the mechanisms by which the body maintains homeostasis (the regulation of cell function), allowing the bodies tissues to communicate with one another in this intricate cellular dance we call ʺlife.ʺ
- With this knowledge of the widespread action of cannabinoids within all these bodily systems, it becomes much easier to conceptualize how the various forms of cannabinoids have therapeutic effect on diseases.
Why Coconut Oil?
- Regenerates skin cells
- Protects and moisturises hair and skin
- Eliminates free radicals damage
- Contains several fatty acids
- Antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory
- Has a natural SPF of 20
- Has an abundance of antioxidants
- Prevents and treats cancer
- Effective against Candida
- Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in your diet.These fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk. Most fats in the diet are called long-chain triglycerides, but the fats in coconut oil are known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). What this means is that the fatty acids are shorter than most other fats.When you eat these types of fats, they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones.Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain, and are being studied as treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.
Why Castor Oil?
- Anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties
- Contains omega-6 & omega-9 fatty acids
- Locks moisture into your hair and skin
- Anti-allergic & immunity booster
- Shows promise in the treatment of cancer
- It’s classified as a stimulant laxative, meaning that it increases the movement of the muscles that push material through the intestines, helping clear the bowels.
- Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These types of fats act as humectants and can be used to moisturize the skin. Humectants retain moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin
- Applying castor oil to wounds creates a moist environment that promotes healing and prevents sores from drying out. Castor oil stimulates tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between the wound and the environment, decreasing the risk of infection. It also reduces dryness and cornification, the buildup of dead skin cells that can delay wound healing
Why Soy Lecithin?
- Aids in nutrient absorption both internally and externally
- Shown to be beneficial in preventing alcoholic-induced cirrhosis and fatty liver disease
- Is essential to nerve and muscle function, including heart and brain function
- Aids in the prevention of gallstones