It gets a little more confusing when you start to see the phrases cannabis oil and hemp oil.
Since marijuana and hemp, technically speaking, are both cannabis plants, then cannabis oil can refer to either the THC rich oil of a marijuana plant or the CBD rich oil of a hemp plant. To understand which actual substance the cannabis oil being discussed is referring to; you simply need to know whether it is rich in THC or CBD.
Just as confusing, traditionally hemp oil refers to hemp seed oil – and is pressed out of the seeds of the hemp plant. It is meant to be used for cooking, as a salad dressing, or as an Omega 3 supplement and has little to no CBD (or THC).
Or more to the point in today’s changing hemp market, hemp oil can also refer to the CBD rich cannabis oil which is a product manufactured from the stalks of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds, and it is intended to be a source of beneficial and healthful cannabinoids.
The confusion can get even greater as sometimes cannabis oil is shortened and labeled as CBD oil.
This has led to the new phrase “full spectrum cannabis oil” or even “full spectrum hemp oil” which refers to cannabis oil with all legal cannabinoids, including CBD, in their natural ratios. It is still made from industrial hemp (low THC – below 0.3%), however it is processed to favor the beneficial cannabinoids.
In summary, if you read about the health benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids online, then the product you should look for is a full spectrum cannabis or full spectrum hemp oil. However, if you’re looking to make a salad, then you’re probably looking for hemp seed oil.
A Quick Reference Guide
Cannabis Oil: Either THC rich oil from the marijuana plant or CBD rich oil from the hemp plant.
Hemp Oil: CBD rich oil from the hemp plant.
Hemp Seed Oil: THC and CBD free oil pressed from hemp seeds and used for salad dressings.
THC Oil: An oil made from marijuana which has a very high percentage of THC.
CBD Oil: An oil made from hemp which has a high percentage of CBD.
Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil: Generally refers to an oil made from hemp which has a high percentage of CBD and most of the other cannabinoids present in the percentages nature provides.
Who said being proactive about one’s health is always easy! Hopefully, you have understood by reading to this point that the preferable oil offering the widest range of health benefits is the full spectrum hemp (or cannabis) oil. This oil will have many of the cannabinoids and terpenes intact, although the levels of THC in the oil will be far too low for the product to be considered psychoactive and the therefore will be legal for sale in all 50 states.