Hemp Oil vs. Cannabis Oil​

Many people do not know the difference between kemp oil and cannabil oil. The difference can actuaaly be simplified to a single word – resin. The resin content of the oil is the main factor that differentaites marijuana from industrial hemp. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the Farm Bill) defined “industrial hemp” for the first time in U.S. history and seperated it legally from marijuana. The ‘0.3 percent THC or less’ qualification for hemp was embedded in  the Agricultural Act and it was then renewed when Congress approved the 2018 Farm Bill. the Farm Bill removed hemp, though not cannabis, from the list of controlled substances. The Farm Bill also removed hemp products, including hemp-derived CBD. However, the FDA, still maintains that hemp-derived CBD is neither a legitimate food supplement nor a medication approved for off-label use.

CBD oil, however, must have less than 0.3% THC in it, regardless of whether it is derived from hemp or cannabis. Oil derived from any cannabis plant with over 0.3 percent THC still  remains a Schedule 1 substance under federal law. The best source of CBD oil is organically grown, high-resin, CBD-rich cannabis, rather than low-resin industrial hemp. It is because the more resin in the plant, the more CBD there is to extract. Low-resin industrial hemp grown for fiber or seed oil is not an optimal source of CBD. As a large amount of industrial hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, it is not as good of a CBD source compared to cannabis. Furthermore, low-resin hemp is more vulnerable to pest and mold infestation due tothe fact that the resin contains terpenes as well as cannabinoids that repel predators, attract beneficial insects, and protect plants from blight.


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Additionally, hemp-derived CBD lacks the potent mix of medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids commonly found in high resin cannabis. These compounds interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits. Think of it this way: Cannabis oil has substantially higher levels of THC than hemp and also more of the secondary cannabinoids that produce the “enterouge effect”, known as the most effective form of CBD oil. While they are from the same “family” of plants, they are different in many ways.

Another significant difference between the two plants is the purpose for which each one will be used. The hemp plant is cultivated with two purposes in mind; to extract non-CBD oil from its seeds or to extract CBD-Rich oil with non-detectable THC from the whole plant. Due to its stem and fibers, the hemp plant is also cultivated to be used in the clothing, construction, and paper industries. On the other hand, the cultivation of cannabis is focused on its wholeplant potential. Therefore, the stem and fibers are not used, and what matters the most are its flowers, which are the part of the plant with the highest concentration of THC and CBD.

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