Cannabis Oil vs. CBD Oil – What’s The Difference?
Times have changed in the cannabis industry. Over the years, more and more people are engaging and believing in the health benefits that cannabis offers. But why shouldn’t they? Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat a wide array of symptoms caused by many conditions. Although not all of us are ready to jump on the cannabis wagon yet, most of the people are open to trying the different types of cannabinoid oils that are now available.
Yes, there are more than just one type of oil. If you’re seriously considering trying one of them, you should definitely start by learning the difference between the different varieties. For instance, some can cause psychoactive symptoms or get you ‘high.’ That’s why is so important that you know exactly what you want from the product before beginning your search.
Different Names can mean the Same Product
Today, there is a great deal of confusion in the cannabis oil market. You have hemp oil, CBD oil, cannabis oil, and so on. The truth is different names and labels can contain the same product. Part of this is a regional and language issue, part of this is a labeling issue. But most of all, this confusion is due to the lack of regulatory guidelines in the market.
Let’s begin by addressing the difference between hemp and CBD oil. “Hemp oil” and “CBD oil” in the U.S. are used interchangeably. In Europe, on the other hand, “Hemp oil” is high in CBD but can contain trace elements of THC, so it’s not the same as “CBD oil,” which has less than 0,2% THC in it. The matter gets trickier when you take into account that in Europe, “CBD oil” is frequently made from hemp. But the bottom line is that European “CBD oil” has a minimal amount of THC, meaning you cannot get ‘high’ using it, and therefore it is legally sold over the counter and not considered a “prescription” drug. The regular recommended dosage is 1 to 4 drops, three times a day.
Feeling confused? Just remember that in Europe, products labeled as “CBD” or “hemp” oils are made from industrial hemp, and the products labeled as “CBD” tend to have a higher CBD content than the usual “hemp” products made in the U.S. or elsewhere.
Cannabis oil is an entirely different matter because it’s made from plants that can have high THC levels. In the U.S., they can actually have low THC dosages depending on the type of cannabis plant used. This isn’t the case for most European products; therefore, you can get ‘high’ from them. In most jurisdictions, these products are considered as “narcotic drugs,” so you probably won’t be able to buy them for recreational purposes outside of Holland.
CBD vs. THC for Medical Purposes
Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the leading psychoactive compound in most cannabis plants. It is responsible for the feelings of hunger, anxiety, reduced aggression, and fatigue that users experience from using any type of marijuana. On the other hand, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is responsible for antagonizing THC’s effects in the brain, reducing the anxiety often associated with its use and acting as a counterbalance to some of THC’s negative effects.
Although THC is being researched for medicinal benefits, CBD is now also being examined by researchers for medical purposes. CBD is far easier to test on human volunteers because of its reduced psychoactive effects. People who use CBD products get to go on with their routines without any side effects, like feeling tired or anxious. It is currently being researched to determine if it may hold promise for the treatment of many types of arthritis, depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia. In contrast, THC is often used by AIDS, spinal injuries, and cancer patients during chemotherapy because of its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting.
There is currently a strong push for cannabis legalization in the UK, so hopefully, in the coming years, people will be able to choose the combination of cannabis and CBD which suits them best.