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Oils are concentrated marijuana plant extracts in liquid form. These contain the same 100 or so active ingredients as the plants in their unprocessed form, however the internal balance of the components varies according to the particular plants from which the oil originates. Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are the two main active substances in cannabis plants.

Oil produced from hemp plants consists of a large percentage of CBD, while oil from marijuana plants will contain more THC. The high originates from the THC cannabinoid but oils are mostly used for the therapeutic benefits that the CBD provides.

Cannabis oil has been used for medicinal and therapeutic conditions for around 3,000 years. Depending on how the oil extracts are made, the chemicals used to process the oils will vary. The effects that the user will feel when consuming cannabis oil depends on many factors, and that is what makes it challenging for developing it into a medicine. One person can absorb tremendous amounts of it and feel fine, while it may have a negative effect on someone else. People use cannabis oil for things such as pain, inflammation, acne, and cancer related symptoms.

A drug called Epidiolex is a cannabis-based drug and is the first FDA-approved treatment that helps people with certain forms of epilepsy. It has been proven to reduce seizures in individuals by up to 50%. Cannabis oil has been referred to many different names such as marijuana oil, cannabinoid oil, THC oil, CBD oil, hemp oil, and hash oil. Making proper cannabis oil is fairly complex for the medical extraction process, but people do choose to make it at home as well. Solvents used to extract the cannabinoids range from ethanol to olive oil. Arthritis patients have said that cannabis oil has offered relief of their pain in some studies.

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