Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
Cannabis has been used for its health benefits for thousands of years by many cultures across the globe. It was used by the ancient Roman and Greek cultures, as well as in the Middle East before spreading through the Islamic Empire to North Africa. In the last century the interest for cannabis has grown in the West and was a secret ingredient in several patented medicines.
Chemically, cannabis is made up of mainly two compounds: THC, which provides the euphoric “high” state, and CBD, which delivers most of the relaxing benefits, including reducing anxiety. Cannabis oil with mostly CBD in it benefits nerve disorders and treats various mental and physical ailments, including depression. Cannabis extracts have a faster onset of action than prescription antidepressants. It is claimed to have fewer side effects. In the correct dosage, stress resistance is improved via enhanced mood. Focus, motivation and energy are also improved, as well as the sleeping pattern.
Medicinally, cannabis is best taken in oil form. To treat depression, it should never be smoked, since the sudden surge in THC is known to elicit a range of mental disorders, including psychosis and even schizophrenia. An oil with a high CBD and low THC content is best. The taste is bitter and can be taken with a little honey if necessary. Start with a low dose at night and gradually increase to 3 times daily dosage. The oil stays active in the body for about 8 hours. To keep CBD levels in the blood at effective levels, a 3 times daily treatment schedule is best, but vary according to your circumstances. Absorption is best from the mouth, so do not swallow or dilute the oil, but rather keep it in the cheek for about 5 minutes after dosing (you can swallow your saliva during that time).