Cannabis Oil: The Basics

There are a variety of ways to consume cannabis, and while the typical joint or bong is still a nostalgic option, many are looking towards modern smoke-free options.

Whether you choose to ingest edibles, enhance and explore terpenes with a vaporizer, or consume a capsule, there are many ways to experience cannabis without combustion– and one of the most versatile cannabis products with the greatest potential to serve the non-smoking consumers, is cannabis oil.


What is Cannabis Oil?

First, let’s cover a basic cannabis oil education for those of you who are new to the product.

Simply explained, cannabis oils are made by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis plants. They come in a variety of strains and potencies and can a range of percentages of CBD or THC or any variety of a mix of both.

In addition to THC or CBD, cannabis oils typically also contain non-detectable quantities of other cannabinoids, terpenes (which gives it its smell) and a carrier oil (typically MCT oil).

How Should Cannabis Oil be Consumed?

Cannabis oils can be consumed directly via homemade topical creams, in edibles (anything that isn’t heated above 280 degrees) added to beverages or taken via pre-portioned capsules.

Most oils come with droppers that make it easy to get a clearly measured dose every time, and that can be used to place a few drops under the tongue or in your food. Cannabis oils can also come in sprays, but this is not as common as the droppers.

Are all Cannabis Oils the Same?

Cannabis oils, just like dry flower, vary greatly in their CBD and THC concentration and produce a wide range of corresponding effects and experiences. Reading the percentages and tracking your tolerance levels are critical when finding your personal sweet spot.

As far as potency goes, Canada has enforced limits to the amount of THC allowed per millilitre of oil (30%) but places no potency limits for CBD as it’s a non-intoxicating cannabinoid.

Potency differences aside, the taste of cannabis oil is typically the same across a variety of products, due in part to Health Canada’s laws forbidding the addition of flavours or scents. Its natural flavour is best described as earthy or herbaceous. As it is commonly mixed with grapeseed, coconut (MCT), sunflower or olive oil, those flavours often dominate the palate.

If you’re interested in learning more, stop by one of our META stores and a Friendly Guide will be happy to help you navigate your cannabis oil discovery path. Shop for available cannabis oils.
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