Cannabis Oil, Hemp Oil – what is the difference?
As early as 10 to 12 000 years ago Cannabis plants were being cultivated for fiber, seed oil, food and animal fodder as well as medicinal and euphoric qualities. Through selective breeding and hybridisation of the 3 species of Cannabis plant over the millennia, two main groups have emerged: a generally low growing, bushy type usually known as Marijuana, which produces large flowering buds rich in cannabinoids and high in THC (the psychoactive ingredient that weed is infamous for) as well as a tall, non-psychoactive high fibre content type that produces a large quantity of oil-rich seed and is referred to as Hemp. Cannabis oil is can be seen to be a broad term that can be applied to oil extracted from any part of either the Hemp or the Marijuana plant, while Hemp oil refers specifically to non-psychoactive oil extracted from the Hemp varieties . . .
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Hemp Oil versus Hemp Seed Oil or Cannabis Oil
Cannabis oil is the general term – but what is the difference between the 2 different types of Hemp oil?
The seeds of the Hemp plant are crushed in presses to extract Hemp Seed Oil, which is a culinary product that contains no THC, no CBD or any of the many terpenes and cannabinoids that are proving so promising in treating a whole spectrum of medical conditions. It is very healthful and tasty, and makes great salad dressing – and is also used for a wide range of industrial purposes in products like paints, lubricants, biofuel and even as a raw material to manufacture plastic.
The Hemp plant is low in THC, but the other important cannabinoids (like CBD) are generally present in high concentrations and this is where high CBD Oil is obtained from – without the THC that makes for legal problems and gets you talking to aliens! You are after those health benefits? This is the stuff that you are looking for.
Reliable extraction of High CBD Hemp Oil
Ok, so the seeds of the Hemp plant are crushed to extract the seed oil – but how are the other oils extracted? In short, a solvent of some kind is used to dissolve the oil content of the plant material, and than that solvent is evaporated to leave the concentrated oil behind. This method is used to produce Cannabis oil of all types, from highly psychoactive marijuana oil to the low THC, high CBD Hemp oil that you need.
There are some serious drawbacks to extraction methods that use chemical solvents, and contamination is one of these. Various chemicals may be present in the solvent that is used to do the extraction, or the plant material itself may be contaminated by fertilizers, insecticides or even chemicals present in the ground that the plants are grown in. These contaminants are concentrated in the final product, and can result in it being a toxic sludge instead of the pure natural Hemp oil that you need.