The many varieties of CBD oils, hemp oils, cannabis oils, CBD tinctures and whatnot available today can make it difficult to decide what to get. A lack of regulatory guidelines and misleading information (sometimes intentional!) don’t help matters much. So, what’s up with CBD oil vs cannabis oil? Aren’t they the same thing?
Hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) is what you can find in health food stores and nice supermarkets, right beside the sunflower, sesame, or jojoba oil. Hemp seed oil is the cold-pressed extract from hemp seeds. It contains absolutely no cannabinoids, so there’s no CBD or THC in it. But this isn’t to say that hemp (seed) oil is useless; on the contrary! As a superfood rich in antioxidants, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and protein, it is very healthy in its own right, and can be used to provide extra nutritional value to your diet. Hemp seed oil is also widely used in cosmetics and beauty products as it moisturises and softens the skin. While you wouldn’t use hemp seed oil for the same reason(s) you’d use CBD or cannabis oil, each has its purpose. Moreover, as mentioned above, CBD oil is often infused with hemp seed oil to boost its effect.
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Full spectrum CBD oil doesn’t contain just CBD, but also other cannabinoids like CBN, CBDV, CBG, CBC, and CBDA. It also contains flavonoids and terpenes, the substances that give cannabis its flavour and colour. Why is this important? It is believed that these “minor” cannabinoids and other substances work in synergy to support a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”. In essence, the active chemical constituents in hemp can work together to produce an effect that’s greater than the sum of its parts. As a result, full spectrum oils have become popular among those looking to benefit from the entourage effect.
The potential benefits of cannabis oil include:
The main difference beyond intended use is the divide in CBD and THC levels. Since THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, plants grown under the marijuana banner will have high THC levels. Conversely, because CBD isn’t psychotropic you’ll find it in high levels in hemp plants, which simultaneously have low THC levels.
As mentioned before, the major difference in purpose between oils with high CBD and oils with high THC is their desired effect. THC oils will largely be used recreationally for a high that can be sustained throughout the day as an alternative to smoking cannabis. CBD oils, however, have no psychoactive properties, and so are never used to get high.
CBD oil vs. THC oil
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Since recreational cannabis is generally illegal throughout much of the world still, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see oils being advertised by their THC content. As such, cannabis oil as a term is often used to refer to CBD oils, with THC oil reserved for products in an unregulated market with an illegal level of THC content. In countries like the U.S. however, it’s more of a catch-all name.
We’ve established why terminology like cannabis oil can lead to confusion, but where do we actually stand on what it is? In our experience, in countries where THC is legal you’ll generally see hemp oil referring to any oil that has a high percentage of CBD, and cannabis oil referring to oils with high THC, though this is very subjective. As such, the most important keywords to look for with each product are THC and CBD.