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THC Oil: Everything You Need to Know

09/30/2019 | Patrick Meier | Lifestyle

With more and more recreational cannabis users emerging across the globe, people are in search of better and more efficient ways of using their marijuana. To learn more about what is THC oil, and why you should smoke it, read on!

But, First Is there a Difference between THC Oil and CBD oil? Heck Yes!

To someone new to the world of smoking marijuana,  cannabis might seem like a fairly simple drug. However, cannabis has a lot of components and chemicals within it. All these chemicals together or isolated can be both beneficial and disadvantageous to eager users.

If we were to break down the biochemistry of cannabis, then we will see compounds like THC, CBD, and terpenes.

THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid chemical which is responsible for producing the intoxicating effects of marijuana. In other words, THC affects your brain and body, so it's really what gives you that high feeling.

CBD (Cannabidiol), on the other hand, is a little different from THC. Unlike THC, CBD and its oil will not elicit an intoxicating effect. However, this doesn't mean its a useless chemical! A lot of scientists and researchers are currently studying CBD oil as it may have exceptional health benefits.

So, What is THC Oil?

If you're looking for a really good high, then THC oil is the way to go!

THC oils are chemically concentrated extracts that can contain up to 90% of THC. The most popular forms of these types of cannabis oils include butane hash oil, CO2 extracted oil, and Rick Simpson Oil.

Confused? Let’s break it down further...

Marijuana Butane Oil

In order to acquire THC from a cannabis plant, an extraction process is must be established. Butane extraction involves combining cannabis in a vessel with hydrocarbons.

Butane based extracts can have many advantages!

  1. They contain more terpenes,  so they're a lot tastier and aromatic.
  2. They tend to have a unique taste and can be considered a lot stronger (in their THC content) when compared to CO2 based oils.

CO2 Extracted Oil 

CO2 extraction involves putting cannabis flowers under high pressure.  This method of extracting THC is quite laborious; however, as a result, you get a much cleaner product. As CO2 extraction takes a lot more time, THC oil made this way is often a lot more expensive when compared to its butane-based counterparts.

So, what are the main advantages of using THC oil that has undergone a CO2 extraction?

1. They can be used in vapor pens and are non-flammable.

2. They produce a more cleaner and pleasant smoke for the user.

Rick Simpson Oil

If you're really looking for a worthwhile THC oil, then consider purchasing the Rick Simpson oils. Created by the medical marijuana activist, Rick Simpson, these oils tend to have a potent level of THC.

Now, what makes Rick Simpson oil unique is the claims behind them!  The creator himself claims that his THC oils produce not only a high effect but also a sedative effect.

As a result, these oils claim to aid in cancer recovery, arthritis, inflammation, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure problems, and asthma. Whether or not these claims hold true are still up for debate. Nevertheless, a lot of research today does claim that cannabis can indeed aid in reducing the symptoms associated with many health conditions.

So, Does THC Oil get You High?

THC actually binds to a cannabinoid receptor in our body. Known explicitly as CB1 receptor, THC will begin to increase blood flow to a particular part of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex.

Now, the prefrontal cortex has many functions! One of it's most critical functions involves decision-making, motor manipulation, management of executive functions, and of course attention.

THC can also bind to receptors located in the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, and medial forebrain. Together, these parts of the brain control your emotional state of mind. And so, when these parts of the brain are affected by THC, you will notice a near instant feeling of euphoria.

Side Effects of Consuming THC Oil

Whether you're a rookie or a dedicated smoker, it's important to familiarize yourself with the side effects of THC oil.

Now, one thing important to remember is that side-effects will vary person-to-person. So, here we will list some of the most common side effects to using a highly potent THC oil concentrate.

It's essential to keep in mind that THC is a psychoactive compound. This means that it's going to affect various parts of your nervous system. This can include your perception of time, sight, smell, hunger, reaction time, and general sensory awareness.

Anxiety is no doubt, one of the most common side effects seen when consuming THC oil.

  • Paranoia and acute depression
  • Altered sense of time
  • Ataxia
  • Some people may experience lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Dry mouth is quite a common side effect!
  • Dysphoria
  • Dry and red eyes
  • Lethargy

So, Is THC Oil and Cannabis Oil the Same Thing?

THC oil merely is cannabis oil!  Cannabis oil is nothing but a concentrate that contains high levels of THC. These oils can be used in many ways; however, they're most commonly used in vape pens for convenience sake. So, if you'd like to dabble into the work of vaping THC oil, give it a try! You're sure to enjoy it a lot more compared to a joint.

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