Hemp oil versus cannabis oil: Contrary to what many believe, hemp oil is not the same as cannabis oil. However, hemp oil and cannabis oil do come from different strains of the same species. (The cannabis sativa plant). "The hemp plant is like a cousin to the cannabis sativa plant." So, what's the difference? Hemp oil is derived from a strain that has a low cannabinoid count; cannabis CBD oil is derived from a strain that has a high cannabinoid count. The two most common cannabinoids found in cannabis are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and Cannabidiol (CBD). However, there are over 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis.
A few that play a major part in the psychoactive and medicinal healing properties of cannabis are: Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabichromenate (CBCA), Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Cannabis oil is made from sativa and indica strains from the cannabis flower. (Strains you might find in your local dispensary). Cannabis oil is extracted from the flower using advanced non-toxic, supercritical CO2 extraction methods. Hemp oil is extracted by pressing the industrial hemp seeds which is a process used in making common oils. Cannabis oil has a much higher CBD content than hemp oil and is a much cleaner product.
Cannabis oil is the most common used to treat medical patients where it is legal. Cannabis oil provides the full-spectrum of the cannabis plant for healing and pain relief as opposed to just the CBD found in hemp oil. The full-spectrum of cannabinoids enhances the effects and medical benefits as they have a synergistic effect on each other.
Bottom line... Hemp CBD oil has found its place in the cannabis industry and is a great alternative for those who want to try some its medical benefits. (Especially if you live in a state where medical marijuana is not legal yet). However, with the vast selection of CBD to THC ratios and terpene flavors, plant derived cannabis oil is the clear winner here among medical marijuana patients.
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