Cannabis essential oil
Essential oils have been used for fragrance and medicine since time immemorial. Today, scientists are discovering that these plant-based extracts really do have amazing properties. Cannabis essential oil in particular has been found to have significant health and therapeutic benefits.
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What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are extracts that contain the ‘essence’ of a plant. They are highly concentrated as a result. A high-quality essential oil should contain no additives and should consist solely of the natural oils found in plants.
How are essential oils made?
There are several methods for extracting essential oils. Distillation is a common method used for obtaining a pure essential oil. Other methods include expression, absolute oil extraction and cold pressing. Solvent extraction is a common method used for obtaining an essential oil, but the process may leave solvent residues behind and should be approached with caution.
Is hemp oil an essential oil?
Hemp oil is a form of Cannabis essential oil that is generally used by those who wish to benefit from the antioxidant and therapeutic properties of Cannabis without experiencing the ‘high’ that results from the cannabinoid THC.
Hemp essential oil is a rich source of natural vitamins and recent research has indicated that it can be beneficial in treating a host of medical conditions. Regretfully, the innocuous hemp plant has been demonized owing to its superficial similarity to Marijuana.
However, hemp oil contains very little THC and a high concentration of non-psychoactive CBD. Although THC has received more publicity, CBD is proving to offer similar health benefits without the psychoactive side effects.
Regretfully, the popularity of cannabis essential oil and its lack of regulation by the FDA has led to the production and sale of impure oils in the US.
Author: Andrea Durrheim