The answer to this is yes and no. It is a type of cannabis oil, however CBD oil that you can buy in the shops or on normal websites is a very different animal to full extract cannabis oil that is created from fully fledged cannabis containing THC as well as various other cannabinoids. That, you cannot buy in the shops.
In a recent survey of CBD available in the UK online and in shops stated doses of CBD varied dramatically.
Cannabis contains many diverse ‘cannabinoids’ and research has shown that they work most efficiently when in their original form, along with other cannabinoids. This is known as the entourage effect.
Pure extracts of CBD with just the CBD cannabinoid therefore are never going to be as effective as ones where other cannabinoids are present as well, this is known as ‘full spectrum’ cannabis oil – it’s worth checking this is what you are getting if you’re going to spend money on it.
That is not to say that these CBD oils are ineffective, just different to full extract cannabis oil. THC is unfortunately frequently identified as the ‘bogeyman’ cannabinoid because of the psychoactive effects that it can have on your brain, however, this is not the full story – THC also has many different therapeutic applications, as well as making people feel euphoric.
The cannabinoid THC has been bred out of these CBD oils to make them legal, a sad reflection of the current legal ramifications of using cannabis in the UK – despite what recent changes regarding medical cannabis might suggest.
People are reporting great results from these oils for pain relief, anxiety and sleep problems, without a doubt, but it’s good to know the facts before deciding what sort of oil or CBD you want to try.
If you are replacing medications, it is possible to buy CBD oil in capsule form at different strengths or in a bottle with a dropper for more controlled dosage application.
Hempelf is one of the most reputable suppliers of CBD products in the UK. They sell a variety of oils, hashes and edibles as well as the actual CBD bud itself.
Making Full Strength Cannabis Oil (FSO)
If you are looking to use cannabis oil to treat a more serious disease, you will need full strength cannabis oil, which you can actually make quite easily using olive oil and cannabis.
You may have seen the dark sticky substance in syringes, which is indeed how a lot of cannabis oil looks. Those type of extractions are much more difficult to carry out however and are quite likely to contain contaminants from the extraction process unless performed by experienced people. There is some good news though.
According to Dr Arno Hazekamp of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines:
“Of the solvents tested, this leaves olive oil as the most optimal choice for preparation of cannabis oil for self-medication. Olive oil is cheap, not flammable or toxic, and the oil needs to be heated up only to 100°C (by placing a glass jar containing the product in boiling water for 1-2 hours) so no overheating of the oil can occur. After cooling down and filtering the oil it is immediately ready for consumption. As a trade-off, however, olive oil extract cannot be concentrated by evaporation, which means patients will need to consume a larger volume of it in order to get the same therapeutic results.”
Dr Arno Hazekamp also coordinates the research and development program at Bedrocan BV https://bedrocan.com/ (The government regulated dutch medical cannabis supplier) so we should probably take his opinion seriously.
So this is how easy it can be to make an effective cannabis oil – the above method or the use of a double boiler can make the oil quickly and safely without too much drama. You may even have everything in the house you need already. It is even possible to make cannabis oil using a cafetiere.
Obviously, or perhaps not, this type of cannabis oil created using olive oil cannot be smoked. It is best taken with some other food or simply swallowed by the tablespoon.