Everything you need to know
Cannabis oils are a discreet and controlled method to consume your favourite cannabinoids. You can find oils that are Sativa-dominant, Indica, balanced, CBD and on and on. There is something for every level of consumer.
Oils can be consumed simply on their own, or they can be added to any food product to transform any item into an edible. While oils cater to every level of consumer and usually run a better price based on potency and dosing than that of dried flower, they can seem like a big upfront purchase. We wanted to outline some interesting fact about oil itself and answer some common questions.
First, let’s chat about the extraction process.
Cannabis compounds can be extracted using a variety of methods, but two common ones are ethanol extractions and super-critical CO2 extraction.
Ethanol extractions require the cannabis product to soak in an ethanol solution, from which they are then extracted. Ethanol is much more cost efficient than other methods and can yield more substantial terpene profiles, but ethanol extraction may yield a bitter or unpleasant taste.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is more expensive but enables Licensed Producers (LPs) to hone in a more specific cannabinoid profile. This means it can yield higher percentages of CBD and THC, or created a more balanced strain. Additionally, this method is more efficient and produces a higher yield, so it’s typically the go-to extraction method for LPs.
Now you know a little bit about the extraction process, it might help to convey why price points vary for oils. Now let’s address some common questions about oils and their uses.
What is in cannabis oil and capsules?
Cannabis oil is made by mixing pure cannabis extract with common oils, such as coconut-derived MCT oil or sunflower oil. This is available in either oil drops, spray or capsule form.
If you have an allergy, it is important to check what oil your cannabis product is suspended in!
So are cannabis oil and capsules considered an edible then?
A: They are! Oils and capsules are ingestible products which are digested, just like cannabis brownies and gummies, but without the added sugar. Oil can be added to any food item of your choice, which instantly transforms it into an edible! Since oils are ingested and processed differently in the body, they elicit longer lasting effects. The effects of ingested cannabis can last anywhere from 6-8 hours.
Confused about the potency ranges of dried flower?
Well, capsules and oils take all the guesswork out. THC and CBD content in oils are displayed in milligrams per millilitre and have an exact dose (due to the extraction process) compared to dried flower.
Not a fan of smoking and the smell that comes with it?
Oils and capsules are your answer. They are all discreet, odourless and smoke-free! Most oils come with a dropper when you purchase, so dose control and consumption is amazingly easy.
Why are oils and capsules more expensive than your average flower?
Cannabis oils and capsules provide a higher potency, have longer lasting effects and are less expensive when you compare the same amount of dried flower. So, they seem more expensive but are actually a better bang for your buck!
How to gauge which oil is best for you?
While we cannot give you any medical advice in-store, our sales team can determine what experience you desire and then recommend a oil based on your own personal preferences. Keep in mind:
- High THC oil should be used in moderation and by experienced consumers. Remember, oils are just like edibles, there is a longer onset period for effects and they last longer.
- Balanced oils are a great way to ease new users into THC, as the CBD present can help offset some of THC’s psychoactive effects.
- And of course, CBD oils will not elicit a psychoactive effect, so they are a great all-purpose product.