Cannabis oils offer smokeless consumption that can be experienced with or without the intoxicating effects of THC. There are a lot of options, and every person will find products that work (or don’t work) for their own life. The first step in choosing a cannabis oil for yourself is determining what you want to get out of the experience.
A more classic “high”
If you’re searching for the same intoxicating effects you’d normally associate with consuming cannabis, look for a cannabis oil product that is THC-dominant.
A more balanced “high”
If you’re someone who prefers are more balanced high, you could try a cannabis oil product that contains a balanced ratio of THC and CBD, also known as a 1:1 product. CBD can counteract the effects of THC when consumed together, reducing the intoxicating effects THC typically provides.
For those who aren’t looking to experience a high, a product that is high in CBD and low in THC could work for you. CBD does not produce the same intoxicating effects THC does, but it still has an affect on the brain.
The types of oil products
There are three main formats of cannabis oil you’ll see when doing your research. These are the most common methods of consuming cannabis oil: softgels or capsules, extract vape pens, and cannabis oil (usually with a dropper). Each has their own list of benefits depending on what you’re looking for. Capsules and oils are a discreet and ingestible method of consumption, while vape pens offer a faster onset of effects.
Finding the right product
If you’re new to cannabis, ingestible cannabis products can be a little harder to get into. Though their convenience is good, capsules or oils can make it difficult to find the best dosage for you. The effects of these products can be quite strong and they last a long time*. Vape pen effects may not last as long as ingestible products*, but they can usually offer a more precise dose. This is why it’s always important to start low and go slow when consuming cannabis. Learning what works for you and what doesn’t may take time. It’s recommended that newer cannabis users start out with a product that contains 2.5 mg of THC or less or 10% THC (100 mg/g) or less, and an equal or higher amount of CBD.
It’s all up to you
As with any cannabis product, there is no “one size fits all” option or recommendation for cannabis oil. Everyone reacts differently to cannabis, which means what works for you might not work for someone else. Desired outcome, ease of consumption, and duration of effects should all be considered when choosing a cannabis oil product.
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*The effects of softgels, capsules, and oils can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in, and can last up to 12 hours. The effects of extract vape pens can kick in within seconds to minutes, and can last up to 6 hours. The effects of all cannabis products can last up to 24 hours, depending on the person.