You have several options when it comes to cannabis oil. The most common ones are:
- THC-infused oil. These oils only contain THC, the main intoxicating ingredient in cannabis. THC provides a variety of possible benefits, ranging from pain relief to relaxation and stress relief. THC also causes euphoria; it’s responsible for the "high" associated with cannabis.
CBD-infused oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you high. However, it carries an impressive variety of potential health benefits. CBD may help patients with pain, sleep problems, anxiety, mood, nausea, and more, all without impairing your ability to function. CBD oil has only CBD, with minimal-to-no THC.
THC:CBD oil. THC and CBD may work better together for certain patients, especially when it comes to things like pain and sleep. CBD may also prevent side effects of THC, like paranoia, and can reduce THC’s intoxicating effects so you get the benefits but can still function well throughout the day. The interplay between THC and CBD is called the Entourage Effect, and you can read more about it here. THC:CBD oils come in different ratios; you can try a few to find one that works well for your medical needs.
- Full-spectrum oil. The Entourage Effect isn’t limited to THC and CBD. Cannabis contains more than 85 other cannabinoids that we’re just starting to understand. Full-spectrum extracts also contain terpenes, compounds that may bring their own set of benefits to the party, and researchers believe they may work alongside THC and CBD to provide additional relief. Some patients find they get the best results from full-spectrum oils.
It’s worth mentioning that no one type of cannabis oil is better than another. Different people respond differently to each type. Which one is best for you depends on your unique biology and your reasons for using cannabis.