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HEMP OIL VS CBD OIL VS MARIJUANA - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT TO KNOW

CBD oil has started to appear in more and more health shops, and thousands of people are using CBD to help with pain, inflammation and for their sleep.

But it can be confusing to find out what CBD actually is, with some places saying it is from hemp, others from cannabis or marijuana. 

Today then we are going to look at what each of these terms mean, and how CBD can help.

HEMP OIL VS CBD OIL VS MARIJUANA

It’s important to understand that at their core, all three are the same. Hemp, CBD and marijuana are all derived from the cannabis plant, though how they are treated and how they have been changed is what makes them different.

WHERE IS IT DERIVED FROM?

Hemp Oil

Firstly, hemp is a form of cannabis. In fact it is cannabis, but with the THC bred out of the plant. 

Hemp has been around for hundreds of years, and has been made into rope, clothes, sails, food, and much more over that time.

That’s what makes Hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) different from the other two, it has next to no cannabinoids such as CBD or THC. Cannabis and hemp are from the same plant, it is not a distinct plant. What differentiates it is the level of THC. To be called hemp there can only be a maximum of 0.3% THC in the plant, otherwise it is classified as cannabis.

As to what hemp seed oil is, it is exactly what it says it is: the oily residue extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. 

Unlike CBD there is no fancy cryogenic extraction, instead most hemp oil suppliers just cold-press the seeds, before getting rid of the bigger bits from the liquid. 

CBD Oil

CBD Oil is actually normally taken from Hemp plants as well (as hemp doesn’t have the THC), however unlike hemp oil, CBD keeps the cannabidiol CBD from the hemp plant.

Hemp oil and CBD oil will be very similar to each other, just one will have CBD and the other will not.

Marijuana

Like the other two, hemp and marijuana are just different names for the cannabis plant, but one that has been bred with the high THC. Normally the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant are dried and used to create Marijuana.

CBD is just one of the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS IN IT?

Hemp Oil

Though CBD is where a lot of the reported health benefits of cannabis are to be found, that doesn’t mean Hemp oil doesn’t have anything to offer. In the oil there are a large number of unsaturated fats they contain, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. 

All of these compounds are useful to the body, in fact in most health food shops you will sell you pills for each of these compounds. 

CBD Oil

CBD Oil or cannabidiol, is one of the more than 540 phytochemicals found in the Cannabis sativa (C. sativa) plant. Normally it is actually taken from what we would call Hemp plants as they will be  low in THC.

Like the Hemp oil, CBD oil has a lot of the ingredients of cannabis, but with the CBD left in and the THC is taken out.

How the CBD oil is taken out of the cannabis plant, and what is kept in, creates different types of CBD oil. However all hemp derived CBD products will have the CBD ingredient in.

Marijuana

This is most of the cannabis plant, but not the same kind of cannabis that is used in CBD and hempseed oil. Marijuana will use a cannabis plant that is high in THC (which is what causes psychoactive effects in cannabis) and so will both CBD and THC in.

DOES IT CONTAIN THC?

Hemp Oil

Hemp is used in a huge amount of products, and it can do this because there is no THC in it. Unlike the CBD which has to extract the THC, hemp is grown without THC. In fact hemp can’t be called hemp if there is more than 0.3% THC in the plant.

That means that there is no THC anywhere in the growing or oil making process.

CBD Oil

Like Hemp oil, the CBD oil is created from a cannabis plant that has been grown to have low levels of THC.

The extraction process to make CBD oil will also make sure that there is no more than 0.3% THC in the oil

Marijuana

The whole point of using Marijuana is the THC! The psychoactive agent is the main draw for this drug, and can be found in 10% to 25% (depending on the strain).

The levels of THC in Marijuana is also the reason that it is considered a Class B drug.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

Hemp Oil

As there is no CBD or THC in pure hempseed oil it doesn’t have the positive effects that the other two do, however hempseed is still full of antioxidants and other useful ingredients like unsaturated fats.

There is also some evidence to show that hempseed oil can have anti-inflammatory effects, but that has also been more closely linked to CBD oil, so it might be that the hempseed oil that helps with anti-inflammatory has some CBD in.

As hemp doesn’t have much that actively affects you, there aren’t many side effects to consider either. That isn’t to say that you should take too much, but like a multivitamin you should   

CBD Oil

CBD oil has all of what is in hempseed oil, and perhaps the most important part… the CBD.

Though CBD oil is still relatively new, what we do know about it seems to show a huge variety of uses.

The three main areas it can help with are: pain relief, inflammation and relaxation. Under those 3 issues though there are a huge amount of illnesses such as anxiety, arthritis, fibromyalgia to name just a few!

How CBD does this though is a little complicated, and is to do with a part of the body called the endocannabinoid system. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it, as the endocannabinoid system has only really been discovered in the last 20 years.

Despite the fact that we only just discovered it,  the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) seems to be a vital part of our bodies as the major way the body talks to itself and the brain. 

To be a bit more specific, the ECS is a huge collection of cell receptors that stretches from our brain to our immune system and all through our bodies, and seems to be a part of the way we control and transmit pain, inflammation and more. 

CBD oil affects the ECS as the ECS works by chemicals called endocannabinoids (which are naturally made in our bodies) carrying information from one cell receptor to another.

As CBD is a cannabinoid, CBD can interact with the ECS and gives it a boost, helping it work more effectively and give it a boost. 

Marijuana

As the CBD and the hempseed oil are both derived from the cannabis plant, Marijuana will also include these elements as well. However as you will be smoking Marijuana rather than taking it orally or in food form this can have an affect on how Marijuana affects you. 

There have been health benefits shown with Marijuana, which can be linked to the CBD in cannabis. 

The biggest difference though is that Marijuana has THC in, which means that you will be getting the psychoactive element that is taken out of Hempseed oil and CBD oil. Depending on the dose of THC this will affect you very differently, from a slight affect to “getting high”.

There are cases where medical marijuana is being used to treat illnesses, but that is for rare cases as of this time.

IS IT SAFE TO CONSUME?

Hemp Oil

Anything taken to extremes will be unsafe, however there really isn’t much in hempseed oil that can harm you.

As long as you make sure to follow the instructions on the package, and don’t overuse it, then you should have no issues.

CBD Oil

Like with Hempseed oil, there isn’t too much in CBD oil that can hurt you. However CBD itself does have the “grapefruit warning” which means that it can affect certain types of medication like grapefruit can.

If you are on medication then it would be an extremely good idea to check with your doctor or a medical professional to see if CBD will negatively affect you.

Marijuana

Though Marijuana has all the benefits of the previous two items, you will be taking in these compounds via smoke through the lungs. Even though it isn’t tobacco smoke, any smoke in your lungs can be harmful, and can lead to respiratory issues. Also the act of burning creates carcinogens which will also be taken in through the lungs.

IS IT ADDICTIVE?

Hemp oil

There is nothing in hemp oil that is addictive, and as there are only useful compounds that can help there isn’t even much of a chance of a psychological addiction either. If you got addicted to hempseed oil, it would be the same as getting addicted to a multivitamin tablet. Technically possible (as people can become addicted to almost anything) but not very likely. 

CBD Oil

Like Hemp, there isn’t much in CBD that can get you “hooked”. The CBD compound is not an addictive substance at all, however if you are in pain and CBD is able to help with that, then you might become “addicted” to the reduced pain.

Marijuana

Unlike the other two, marijuana has THC in, which is a psychoactive agent. Though not a addictive substance in itself, the feeling you get from taking THC can be addictive. Much like alcohol, the way it makes you feel, and the need to take more and more to feel like you did can lead to a full blown addiction. 

CBD Products sold in the UK must not have more than 1mg of THC in a single container

IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK?

Hemp oil

As Hemp doesn’t have the THC or the CBD all that are left are some useful compounds like unsaturated fats and amino acids. This means that hempseed oil is perfectly legal to buy and use.

CBD Oil

Like hempseed oil, CBD doesn’t have THC in, but unlike the hemp it does contain CBD. The good news is that in the UK CBD is legal to use and buy as there are no ingredients that are harmful or are psychoactive (by which we mean the THC). 

CBD oil and other CBD products have even been given the go ahead by the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and are allowed to be sold as medicine. Most CBD products are not classified as medicines due to the large amount of issues involved.

In order for CBD to be legal though there has to be a maximum of 1mg THC in a single container, if there are more than the smallest amounts of THC in CBD oil then it is technically illegal in the UK.

Marijuana

As you may have guessed, marijuana is not legal! As it will contain a large amount of THC it is classified as a class B drug.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Hemp oil

Hempseed oil is a great way to get some healthy fats, omega C and other useful compounds into your diet and for some people could replace multiple vitamin and heath supplements they are already taking.

CBD Oil

Due to the way that CBD interacts with the ECS, especially with pain, inflammation and relaxation there is growing evidence that it can help with a whole host of issues.

To name a few:

This is by no means a full list, but it does go to show how CBD can help! CBD will not cure any of these, but in each case there is growing evidence that CBD can at least alleviate the symptoms.

Marijuana

Because marijuana has CBD in as well, it has also been shown to help with these issues. There is even some evidence that the THC in Marijuana can also be of help. However at the risk of time in jail, it might be safer to stick with CBD for now.

HEMP OIL VS CBD OIL VS MARIJUANA - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT TO KNOW: CONCLUSION

There we have it, if you have ever wondered what the differences between the hemp, CBD and Marijuana are we hope this has helped show the similarities and differences between each product.

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