Apologies in advance if this reeks of newb, but...
I've read about the process that involves boiling cannabis oil and through a few other steps, removing THC all together, leaving just CBD. Specifically, in the cases I read about, it was people giving said concoction to their pets to battle epileptic seizures.
My question is, while taking into consideration all the supposed health benefits of cannabis oil (ala Rick Simpson), do you think it would be beneficial in the same way a daily multivitamin is? Like, just a small dose each morning to help prevent Alzheimer's and/or other disease?
HIGH CBD strains and preparations have use, but it is important to remember that THC is still present.
The CBD-only products you see around here and the web via spammers is a misnomer. Look at Charlotte's Web - If I am not mistaken there are still small amounts of THC and it is an important part of the process.
The BEST benefit of cannabis comes from utilizing the whole plant. There are 70+ cannabinoids and we only typically focus on the major 8. There are terpenoids/terpenes (what gives cannabis its aroma) and also bioflavonoids - in all there are over 421+ compounds in cannabis. If you've been following Dr. Sanjay Gupta he recently did a piece on the "entourage effect."
There is a synergistic, compounding effect when all the compounds are utilized together. For instance the terpenoids don't just give the aroma, but they are literally pharmacologically active constituents. THAT is part of the medicine! Look up "limonene" sometime. It gives buds the citrus smell, but is present in lemons also and carries many medicinal properties.
CBD-only legislation and products are a farce and misnomer to what we could and should be doing with cannabis. You miss out entirely on what is being offered to us.
In specific to your question:
If you haven't yet, go to google and search for "NORML.org Introduction to the endocannabinoid system"
They have a great piece on what it is and how it works. You'll read the details there but know it is a lipid-based, modulatory system that regulates ALL of our body functions, immune system, reproductive system, etc. Our body creates ENDOcannabinoids (endogenous) naturally, such as anandamide, and we need lots of healthy fats and omega 3's in the diet to generate healthy cannabinoid receptors, to make use of them. Our body MAKES cannabinoids but by consuming cannabis we can supplement them!
Google/YouTube articles/videos by Dr. Robert Melamede elaborating on this and also the evolutionary development of our endocannabinoid system. As stressors from the outside world (toxins, stress, chemicals, etc) put STRAIN on our body, our system's are taxed pretty heavily. For instance, stressors can cause our immune system to fall out of proper regulation. Supplementing with cannabis can help "regulate" our immune system back to proper order!
So as far as supplementation, think of our internal regulatory system that can stay in homeostasis MUCH easier and effectively through moderated cannabis intake. In herbal medicine, there is a term called "adaptogen." It is used to describe adaptogenic herbs - they have no specific mechanism, do not specifically target any one organ (as Dandelion helps the liver, etc) and they are technically not a tonic. They "normalize" in conditions of too much AND too little. I wrote a piece on this recently for my company and while writing it, you better believe I realized that cannabis is technically the most powerful adaptogenic botanical in our reach.
Moreover, many of the pharmaceutical patents on cannabis have stemmed from its supreme free-radical reducing effects as an antioxidant. Essentially, the research shows that cannabis can prevent/treat just about ALL "age-related diseases" because age-related diseases are truly not directly correlated to our AGE - but rather FREE RADICAL DAMAGE!
YES that means that cannabis - NOT CBD-only - is one of the greatest longevity herbs known to man. It reduces mental stress but also the physical stress that shows up as free-radical damage.
In terms of supplements...
Think of a longevity formula that blends herbs like Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba with high-grade, whole-plant cannabis oil. Or heck just supplement the two separately. The point either way is that as far as supplements go, look to the endocannabinoid system, look to its antioxidant/free-radical fighting powers, think longevity, think neuroprotectant and so on.
The science, as we have available today, says that every citizen would benefit from regular consumption/supplementation of cannabinoids. Moreover the terpenoids and flavonoids are an important part of the "medicine" - that's why CBD only is garbage, THC only (Marinol) is garbage and so on - because it's not just the cannabinoids that bring pharmacological effects.
Eat healthy fats and omega 3's to build healthy cannabinoid receptors to utilize cannabis most effectively.
Supplement cannabis regularly.
Eat lots of fresh, vibrant fruits and veggies.
Drink lots of fresh, pure, clean water - spring water is best.
Add other longevity herbs such as ginseng, ginkgo, capsicum, etc.
Do lots of yoga, exercise, watch the sunrise, sunsets.
Make love, music, enjoy creativity and happiness every day.
Then prepare to live to 100+!