Hemp vs. Cannabis Oil – Basic Differences

Of all the mental disorders, anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed and affect one in thirteen people. In 2019, Amanda Furstonberg found herself one of the thirteen following a nasty car accident.

Amanda’s foot was crushed in the accident. Recovery was slow and painful. She was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A friend suggested she try hemp products to find relief. Smoking hemp flower turned out to be her saving grace. Her anxiety eased, and the need for prescribed pain medication decreased. She even started sleeping better. Then the police came knocking and turned her life upside down for a second time.

bottle of hemp extract and bottle of cannabis extract

The 32-year-old mother was charged with possession of both marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Amanda lives in North Carolina, USA. Hemp products are legal to use in this state, so what went wrong?

This is an interesting question to explore and it is right up our alley here at C.O.A where we always investigate these CBD issues in depth.

Where Is The Confusion Coming From?

Have you heard the expression: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck? The statement implies that you can identify something by merely observing its habitual characteristics. Hemp and cannabis have shown that this identification system is not foolproof.

Hemp and cannabis are different varieties of the same herbaceous plant species, Cannabis sativa L. The two plants are indistinguishable by appearance. Not only does hemp look like cannabis, but the two also smell the same. Analyzing their phytochemical composition is the only way to tell the two apart.

Chemical testing kits are not standard issue in law enforcement hence Amanda’s troubles. Unfortunately, There are many more stories like this. Denis V. Palamarchuk, a driver for Colorado-based Big Sky Scientific LLC was apprehended while transporting industrial hemp. Hester Burkhalter was arrested at Disney World (Orlando, Florida) for having CBD oil and held for twelve hours before charges were dismissed.
bottle of hemp oil

Differences Between Hemp Oil and Cannabis Oil

The main differences between hemp oil and cannabis oil are highlighted below.

Source – Hemp and cannabis are different varieties of the same plant. However, different parts of the plant are used to extract the two types of oils. Hemp oil comes from the seeds. It may also This is why this type of oil is also known as cannabis sativa seed oil or hempseed oil. Cannabis oil is only sourced from the plant’s flower buds and leaves.

Chemical Composition – Hemp oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) and polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (PUFA). Protein, carbohydrates, fiber, trace amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), and an array of trace minerals can also be found in this type of oil. Hemp oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis oil contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). This oil may also be referred to as hash oil or honey oil.

Effects on the body – As cannabis oil has tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it produces psychotropic or euphoric effects when consumed because it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Hemp oil does produce this kind of effect as it doe not contain cannabinoids.

Processing method – Cold-pressing is the only way to obtain hemp oil is from hemp seeds. Cannabis oil is extracted either using carbon dioxide, solvents (like ethanol), or oils (like olive oil).

Use – Cannabis oil is used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. Hemp oil is used for cooking as vegetable oil. It’s also used and in beauty products where it’s said to have the following effects – moisturization, anti-inflammation, skin cell repair, balanced oil production, anti-aging.

Legality – Hemp oil is legal to use. Because cannabis oil contains THC, use is permitted only where marijuana is legal or can be prescribed.

bottle of cannabis oil

Cannabis Oil And Cannabidiol Oil (CBD)

Cannabis oil should not be confused with cannabidiol oil (CBD). The two substances can be produced using the same extraction methods and from the same plant parts. But CBD oil does not contain THC, so it does not make users high.
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Here is a list of basic things to remember when comparing these 2 substances:

● Hemp oil and cannabis oil both come from the cannabis sativa plant but from different parts of the plant. Hemp oil is from the seeds, and cannabis oil is from the flower buds and leaves.
● Hemp oil contains fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, trace amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), and an array of trace minerals. Cannabis oil contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
● Hemp oil produces no psychoactive effects. Cannabis oil produces psychoactive effects because it contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
● Hemp oil has little medicinal value because it does not contain cannabinoids. It is used for cooking and in beauty products. Cannabis oil has medicinal and therapeutic use.

Hopefully that clears things up a bit.

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