Breaking down different types of oil
Like its precursor, cannabis oil has many faces and a host of applications. In fact, the increasing popularity of cannabis oil can almost certainly be attributed to both the potency and efficacy of the product, but the sheer number of different oils available, and unique ways they can be consumed, which has also greatly increased their popularity.
While it seems almost a daily occurrence to see a new oil product hit the budding cannabis market, there are still only three that demand discussion: supercritical oil, butane hash oil, and Rick Simpson oil. Again, the list could be more extensive but these products constitute almost all of the oil consumed by patients and recreational users.
Used often by commercial producers of concentrated cannabis products, supercritical extraction is the most sophisticated extraction process used today. Made using compressed carbon dioxide to create a supercritical fluid that strips whole flowers of essential oils and cannabinoids, supercritical oil is consumed using pre-loaded cartridges and vaporizers.
Butane hash oil (BHO)
Despite some concerns that BHO poses risks, the product is still highly popular, particularly among recreational users. The oil derived from butane extraction typically comes in the form of a shatter, wax or ‘budder,’ all of which can be consumed by inhalation. For patients, BHO remains an efficient means of treating acute symptoms and conditions.
Rick Simpson oil
Also known by the name Phoenix Tears, Rick Simpson oil remains notable for its medical applications. Created by Simpson, this unique oil is made by soaking the whole cannabis plant in isopropyl alcohol or pure naphtha. Following the evaporation of the solvent, the oil can then be consumed orally or topically. The results from this method have been celebrated globally.