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The web is full of misinformation and incomplete information about CBD oil. The most common questions that arise is about the difference between the various oils that can be extracted from the cannabis plant – Cannabis oil, Marijuana CBD Oil, CBD hemp oil, and Hemp seed oil and unless you can distinguish between them you will most likely end up with a product that doesn’t suit your needs at all.
As the medicinal use of the cannabis plant is gaining popularity across the globe, some global brands are jumping on the chance to sell their cannabis-infused products but mixing the up the terms CBD and hemp seed – intentionally or otherwise.
Since CBD and hemp seed oil belong to the cannabis family, they’re often incorrectly marketed as the same thing. Why would a brand do this? One reason is that the consumers are willing to pay a premium for CBD oil, which is an expensive ingredient compared to hemp seed oil. It’s easy for a brand to add hemp seed oil to a product, adorn its packaging with marijuana leaves, highlight the word cannabis, charge a premium and make consumers think they’re purchasing a CBD product when it contains no actual CBD at all.
Here we will try and shine a light on the difference between various types of cannabis-based oils.
However, before we dive deeper into this subject, we’d like you to get a better understanding of what cannabis, hemp, and marijuana are and how they’re different from each other. The Cannabis plant has two main varieties: Marijuana and Hemp. “Marijuana” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis plants that contain more than 0.3% THC (the primary ingredient responsible for the psychoactive effects of the plant). On the other hand, “Hemp” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis plants that contain 0.3% or less THC content and instead have a much higher concentration of CBD (non-psychoactive compound).
Cannabis oil is an umbrella term to describe different types of products made from both Marijuana and Hemp plant. Both marijuana CBD oil, CBD hemp oil, and hemp seed oil come from the same parent plant cannabis. However, this is where the similarity ends.
Marijuana CBD Oil
Marijuana CBD oil is made from marijuana flowers that have been selectively bred to contain high CBD content and lower THC levels. This product is typically used for medical purposes. However, there are no limits to the amount of THC you can get from marijuana-derived CBD oil as it all depends on the breeder. As a result, there is a greater possibility that the Marijuana CBD Oil may have a higher content of THC than you need, leading to the “high” associated with cannabis.
Marijuana CBD Oil or any cannabis product from cannabis plant having THC content higher than 0.3% is ill-legal in India.
CBD Hemp Oil
CBD hemp oil is derived from the stalk, stems, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. It contains below 0.3% THC and does not provide a “high”. The low THC content also allows hemp manufacturers to market their CBD oil as a health supplement rather than a therapeutic or recreational drug. This makes CBD hemp oil legal in India.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil (as the name suggests) is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. Although, like CBD hemp oil, hemp seed oil also comes from the hemp plant, however, these two products are worlds apart. The most important difference lies in their CBD content, which is nearly non-existent in hemp seed oil. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and all the other active compounds in hemp are contained in the resin of its flowers — not in the seeds. On the other hand, hemp seed oil comes with a whole array of beneficial nutrients, such as fibre, protein, vitamin E, and omega fatty acids.
I hope we have provided a general understanding of the basic categorisation of cannabis oils and this helps you choose the right product according to your needs. Although, there are several other differences between CBD hemp oil and Hemp seed oil based on their nutritional, benefits, method of consumption, and so on and we will hopefully cover that in another article.