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  • Post Time Posted May 01, 2019
Cannabis oil has become a ubiquitous buzz term. In the years since, cannabis has transformed from a culture on the fringes of society to an industry at its heart, the term has formed an umbrella under which a number of different, and often disparate, products are categorized. The byproduct of that fact has been an unhealthy confusion among medical patients and consumers about what to purchase, and how to use the respective products.

For simplicity’s sake, it’s best to classify oil by type: hemp oil, CBD oil and cannabis oil. Where the two former options are rather specific classifications, cannabis oil is a category that includes a number of products, which can also be consumed in a variety of ways. Because of these oft complicated nuances, a veritable solution is to remember a few of the basic traits about each of the products.

Hemp Oil

Derived from the hemp version of cannabis sativa, hemp oil is formed when the plant’s seeds are cold-pressed to obtain the highly nutritious oil. Often used interchangeably with CBD oil, hemp oil typically doesn’t contain high amounts of cannabidiol and has no THC content. This oil is most-often consumed orally, on its own or in food and drinks.1

Considered a superfood, hemp oil has a clear light green colour to it and is characterized by a mild but nutty flavour. Replete with vitamins and vital nutrients like amino acids, fiber, and Omega-3 and 6 acids, hemp oil is an edible culinary oil that is popularly being included in dishes and desserts of every type.2

CBD Oil 

When the term cannabis oil is tossed around, it is almost always being used to describe CBD oil. A derivative of the cannabis sativa plant, CBD oil is one of the most in-demand products on the cannabis market. It can be extracted from the leaves and stalks of hemp or from the traditional cannabis flowers and used in a variety of therapeutic and medical treatments. Unlike its sister cannabinoid THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive analgesic, which research suggests could be a major boon to the human body.3

Studies have found that CBD oil has the potential to minimize and even eradicate seizures in some epileptic patients. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can be used for everything from cancer treatment and multiple sclerosis, to chronic pain and migraines. Still somewhat unknown, the benefits of CBD oil are reported to be far-reaching and it is being hailed as a compound with almost limitless potential.

Cannabis Oil

Where the conversation becomes somewhat more confusing is when it comes to general mentions of cannabis oil, which come in a variety of concentrations and can be consumed in a myriad ways. These oils, whether high in THC or CBD, are derived from the cannabis sativa plant and take the shape of edible oils and oils that can be either smoked or vaporized.

Extracted using a number of forms and solvents – from supercritical CO2 to butane – cannabis oil is often mixed with carrier oils like MCT and coconut oil and consumed orally. When extracted as butane hash oil, or BHO, it can be smoked using a dab rig, or vaped with an oil pen. Incredibly versatile, cannabis oil is quickly becoming one of the most effective means of medicating with cannabis concentrates.4 

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