Difference between THC Oil, Cannabis oil, CBD oil, marijuana oil
In this article we explain in detail the differences (if any) between CBD Oil, Cannabis oil, THC Oil and Hemp Oil & Marijuana oil.
Different names for THC oil
We receive many questions about the types of Cannabis oil, marijuana oil, THC oil, hemp oil and CBD oil. What does the name stand for and what is in the oil? The biggest difference is the concentration of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ) in the oils. Whereas hemp and CBD oil do not contain THC, the other oils do contain measurable levels of THC (the active substance that can produce a high).
On the Internet all kinds of terms and symptoms are mentioned that cause confusion. So many, that you, as a customer, cannot see the forest for the trees anymore. We will try to inform you in this article as clearly as possible about the apparent differences between Cannabis oil, CBD oil, marijuana oil, hemp oil and THC oil.
Cannabinoids are the basis
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are the two best-known cannabinoids that recently received a lot of attention as medical application. However, it is estimated there are more than 80 cannabinoids present in hemp and marijuana plants.
The human body contains, just like other mammals and animals an endo-cannabinoid system. Endo stands for endogenous to the body. Endo-cannabinoids act as signalers and control the production of e.g. hormones. Also, our complex immune system is controlled by the cannabinoid system. So, quite important.
Still in its infancy, but with good will
Medical science is still in its infancies regarding this area. The same science actually just started with extensive research on the effect of cannabinoids. The will and the importance of cannabinoids is increasingly being recognized. Also serious research is going on about the exact influence on the human and/or animal body.
What names are used for oils coming from the hemp plant
- Hemp oil
- CBD oil
- Marijuana oil
- THC oil
- Cannabis oil
In general, with Hemp oil one refers to hemp seed oil. The seeds of the fiber hemp are a byproduct of the production of hemp. The fiber hemp is produced with fibers that are used for e.g. car and construction industry.
Cold-pressed hemp seeds
The seeds of the hemp plant can be cold pressed peeled and unpeeled (preferably cold), to a delicious oil. This oil is known about its great taste, and for the high values of unsaturated fats, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. In these oils, no cannabinoids such as TCH or CBD are present. Yet, the oil is used to improve the dosage and the wholesome effects of CBD oil.
CBD Oil is a collective term for oils made from fiber hemp, and do not contain THC. CBD Oil is a compound oil that contains at least CBD (Cannabidiol). These can also be other varieties, because there many different cannabinoids are present in raw hemp. Apart from CBD, we have oils that also contain the cannabinoids CBDA, CBC, CBGA, CBD, CBCA. This oil is often diluted with olive oil or hemp seed oil to improve the dosage and taste.
CBD products without THC
The fiber hemp we use for the production of CBD Oil, contains less than 0.2% THC. During the production of different CBD products, the level of THC in the fiber hemp will further reduce.
CBD oil is legally available
CBD oil comes in many types and tastes. We sell the best brands and most demanded compounds. Because no THC is present in CBD Oil, this oil is legally available in all of Europe. We do not make any claims about the wholesome effect, though the Internet is full of renowned researchers who see benefits in the use of CBD oils.
Marijuana Oil, THC Oil and Cannabis Oil
Three names that in most cases refer to the same product. In popular speech, different names were created out of THC containing oils from (Dutch) marijuana. Those saying marijuana oil, cannabis oil or THC oil normally refer to the same thing. An oil made from (Dutch) marijuana with a high concentration of THC. The purpose is to become high, though the medicinal effect becomes more and more important.
Marijuana oil = THC Oil = Cannabis Oil
One of these names is normally given to oils made from the resin of the female marijuana plant. So when you learn something about marijuana oil, an oil is meant with a high concentration of THC and sometimes with a high concentration of CBD as well.
This oil is made by extracting the resin of the female marijuana plant with the help of alcohol. After the resin is dissolved in alcohol, you let the alcohol evaporate. The residue will then consist of a thick syrup full of THC. The THC is what’s it all about. To simplify the administration (often orally), the syrup is often dissolved in pure hemp seed oil.
Marijuana oil is made from (medicinal) marijuana (as the word already suggests) and the oil therefore also contains THC. The large difference between marijuana and hemp is the amount of THC present in the plant. For marijuana that is high and for hemp that is negligibly low.
Marijuana oil is not legal to buy
Because marijuana oil contains THC, this oil will never be available to buy here, because THC is illegal. Marijuana oil is illegal because of the presence of THC (a substance forbidden in Europe). Making marijuana oil yourself is allowed though. We have several instruction videos and articles on our website that show precisely how you can best do this.
The name already kind of suggests it. This oil from the marijuana plant is known about its high concentration of THC. Also this oil is made by extracting the resin of the female marijuana plant with the help of alcohol. This is possible through different methods. The best-known method is used by Rick Simpson, he put very clear instruction videos on Youtube. The value of THC depends on which marijuana strain is used to make THC oil from.
THC medicinal use
The Internet is full of claims about the medicinal effect of Cannabis and CBD oil. All the benefits it could bring. Less known is the medicinal effect of THC and the power that THC gives to CBD (and the other way around).
CBD oil medicinal use
CBD oil is made of industrial fiber hemp plants. You do not get high or stoned from CBD oil (it is made of hemp, not of marijuana). CBD is good for your health (see links below for more information).
CBD is legal within the EU
Because we can offer legal CBD Oil, what follows is an overview of CBD Oil products.
CBD is offered in the following:
We receive many questions about the types of Cannabis oil, marijuana oil, THC oil, hemp oil and CBD oil. What does the name stand for and what is in the oil? The biggest difference is the concentration of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ) in the oils. Whereas hemp and CBD oil do not contain THC, the other oils do contain measurable levels of THC
The Difference Between CBD Oil And Cannabis Oil
CBD oil, THC oil, cannabis oil, hemp oil… what on earth is the difference? If you’re as confused as most, and aren’t sure what to get—no worries, you can find out about the differences between all these oils and more right here!
The potential benefits of CBD oil and other CBD supplements have been discussed extensively in recent years. Some claim CBD helps them with pain, or helps them relax and get a better night’s rest. Others take CBD as a daily supplement to boost overall wellbeing. Regardless, finding the right CBD product isn’t always easy.
The many varieties of CBD oils, hemp oils, cannabis oils, CBD tinctures and whatnot available today can make it difficult to decide what to get. A lack of regulatory guidelines and misleading information (sometimes intentional!) don’t help matters much. So, what’s up with CBD oil vs cannabis oil? Aren’t they the same thing?
The Difference Between CBD Oil And Cannabis Oil
Well, to make a long story short: no—CBD oil is not the same as cannabis oil. Although both are derived from the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa), CBD oil and cannabis oil are extremely different, and also fall under completely different laws. Moreover, CBD oil and cannabis oil are usually consumed for different purposes. Here’s the scoop on them:
CBD oil is most often made from industrial hemp. Hemp isn’t a different species than recreational cannabis, but it does feature one very significant difference: negligible amounts of the psychotropic constituent THC. Hemp does, however, contain CBD and other cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBC, CBGA, CBN, and CBCA. CBD oil often features all (or most) of these cannabinoids, minus the THC. Some CBD oils also have hemp seed oil or olive oil carriers added to increase bioavailability (rate and efficacy of the formula) and flavour.
Throughout much of Europe, hemp must contain no more than 0.2% THC to be considered legal. This threshold is increased slightly in the US at 0.3% THC. As these already minuscule amounts are further reduced during the production of CBD oils, there is essentially no THC in these products at all. CBD oils made from hemp cannot get you high. Because of that, CBD oil is legally available throughout the EU and in other nations.
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Full Spectrum CBD Oil Vs CBD Isolate
When you’re shopping for CBD oil, you may come across the phrases “full spectrum” oil or “CBD isolate”. What do these terms mean?
Full spectrum CBD oil
Full spectrum CBD oil doesn’t contain just CBD, but also other cannabinoids like CBN, CBDV, CBG, CBC, and CBDA. It also contains flavonoids and terpenes, the substances that give cannabis its flavour and colour. Why is this important? It is believed that these “minor” cannabinoids and other substances work in synergy to support a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”. In essence, the active chemical constituents in hemp can work together to produce an effect that’s greater than the sum of its parts. As a result, full spectrum oils have become popular among those looking to benefit from the entourage effect.
CBD isolate, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids, flavonoids, or terpenes, as it is an almost pure form (99.9%) of CBD.
So, which one is better? Full spectrum or CBD isolate? There is no definite answer to that. CBD isolate has the advantage of being the purest form of CBD. There is no risk of psychotropic effects, and a drug test won’t show anything. CBD isolate is also tasteless and odourless, which can make it more suitable for adding to recipes. However, among consumers in the know, full spectrum CBD oils tend to be more popular as we learn more about the potential of these so-called “whole plant” formulas.
Cannabis Oil (“Marijuana Oil”, “THC Oil”)
To start with, the terms “cannabis oil”, “marijuana oil”, and “THC oil” all mean more or less the same thing. Each one is an oil infused with cannabis extract high in THC. Not only does cannabis oil contain more (usually much more) THC than CBD oil, but it’s typically derived from recreational or medicinal cannabis rather than industrial hemp.
Of course, this isn’t to say that manufacturers aren’t labelling their CBD oil as “cannabis oil” in hopes of appealing to more customers. But, for our purposes, when talking about cannabis oil, we mean the “real thing”—an oil containing considerable levels of THC.
Given the difference in cannabinoid profile, people favour cannabis oil because its effects differ from CBD oil. Some use it recreationally (to get high), while others prefer cannabis oil’s therapeutic properties.
The potential benefits of cannabis oil include:
- Healthier delivery (no inhalation involved)
- Discreet (no noticeable smell or giant plumes of smoke)
- Precise dosing
- Stronger high (up to four times more potent compared to smoking)
- Longer-lasting effect
THC — Not Just For Stoners
We hear about the benefits of CBD all the time, but there is now evidence  that cannabis may exert more of its beneficial effects when both major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are present. Likewise, research suggests  that for treating certain types of pain, an added dose of THC may be more effective than CBD alone. In other words, there are justified reasons why a patient would want cannabis oil that contains THC.
Because of its legal status, you won’t find cannabis oil on eBay or at your head shop around the corner. However, there are exceptions where one could legally obtain cannabis oil for medicinal uses: For instance, if you’re a patient in Germany or happen to live in another country where medicinal cannabis is legal, a doctor can prescribe you cannabis oil or you can get it with your medical card at a dispensary. In theory, this sounds great. In practice, however, many doctors will not give out cannabis prescriptions left and right for anyone who comes to their office and asks nicely. Many times, they will prescribe cannabis only if other treatment methods haven’t proven effective.
How to Make Cannabis Oil at Home
If all this talk of cannabis oil has got you excited, we’ve got fantastic news—you can make it at home! You’ll need a few pieces of equipment and a suitable solvent, but, in exchange, you’ll gain complete control over the quality of the final infusion.
Creating cannabis oil at home can also work out to be marginally cheaper than shop-bought alternatives. Plus, if you already have the bud kicking around, it makes sense to set some of it aside for cannabis oil. Your infusion will last significantly longer than any cannabis flower ever will.
- 45g decarboxylated cannabis buds (see tip below)
- 2l ethanol (99% proof isopropyl alcohol)
- 2x large mixing bowl
- Plastic spatula
- Cheesecloth or sieve
- Elastic band
- Rice cooker
- Paper clip
TIP: Decarboxylation involves gently heating plant material to activate the cannabinoids inside. There are several ways to decarb weed, but, whichever method you pick, remember that too much heat can also destroy your precious THC. If in doubt, low and slow is the best way to decarboxylate.
- 1. Add all of the decarboxylated cannabis buds and the ethanol to a large mixing bowl. Only pour in enough ethanol to submerge the buds.
- 2. Gently stir the infusion well using a plastic spatula. Keep stirring and pressing the plant material for three minutes.
TIP: Don’t use a metal spatula or handheld mixer to stir the solvent. Ethanol is highly flammable, and even the smallest spark is highly dangerous.
- 3. Cover the second large mixing bowl with the cheesecloth and secure with elastic bands. Then, carefully pour in the cannabis/ethanol mixture. The cheesecloth will catch all of the leftover plant material.
TIP: You can repeat this process several times to get every last drop of THC out of your buds. Cycle through steps 1–3 using the leftover plant material until you fill the second bowl with cannabis-infused ethanol.
- 4. Set up your rice cooker in a well-ventilated area, away from direct flames. Then, transfer a quarter of the infusion from the mixing bowl to the rice cooker.
TIP: Although rice cookers aren’t essential, they remove a lot of risk, and they maintain a consistent, low temperature perfect for evaporating ethanol.
- 5. Set the rice cooker to warm, and check back on it every hour to see how much ethanol has evaporated. Once the infusion starts getting low, add another quarter from the mixing bowl until all of the solvent from step three is gone.
TIP: Depending on how much solvent you use, step five can take anywhere from 12–24 hours.
- 6. Before you decant your cannabis oil into a suitable container, there’s one last check to perform. Dip one end of a paper clip into your cannabis oil, then remove it and carefully heat the same end with a lighter. If there’s no spark or flame, you’ve completely removed all the ethanol.
TIP: If there’s a small spark, some solvent remains, and the infusion needs longer in the rice cooker!
- 7. Once you’re happy all of the ethanol is evaporated, siphon the oil directly using a syringe, or pour the entire batch into several dropper bottles. If, over time, it becomes hard to dispense the oil, run the syringe or dropper bottle under a hot tap to lower the oil’s viscosity.
Choosing the Right Strain for Cannabis Oil
The beauty of homemade cannabis oil is that you can use any strain you’d like! If high potency is your goal, consider a strong THC strain like Wedding Gelato. Or, if you’re after a more mellow experience, higher CBD strains provide a balancing effect.
There’s also a variety of solvents you can use, including coconut oil and MCT oil. Both aren’t quite as efficient at binding with cannabinoids, but they’re fantastic alternatives if ethanol is unsuitable.
What About Hemp Oil?
As if the situation wasn’t confusing enough, you can also find “hemp oil”. So, what the heck is that?
Hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) is what you can find in health food stores and nice supermarkets, right beside the sunflower, sesame, or jojoba oil. Hemp seed oil is the cold-pressed extract from hemp seeds. It contains absolutely no cannabinoids, so there’s no CBD or THC in it. But this isn’t to say that hemp (seed) oil is useless; on the contrary! As a superfood rich in antioxidants, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and protein, it is very healthy in its own right, and can be used to provide extra nutritional value to your diet. Hemp seed oil is also widely used in cosmetics and beauty products as it moisturises and softens the skin. While you wouldn’t use hemp seed oil for the same reason(s) you’d use CBD or cannabis oil, each has its purpose. Moreover, as mentioned above, CBD oil is often infused with hemp seed oil to boost its effect.
Some manufacturers market CBD tinctures as “CBD oil”, which technically isn’t correct. Whereas CBD oils contain olive, hemp seed, or some other type of carrier oil for cannabinoids to bind with, tinctures use alcohol (or glycerine). These products can be quite similar to both CBD oil and cannabis oil (depending on cannabinoid content), but are not ideal for everyone. For instance, tinctures used topically may irritate the skin, and oftentimes tinctures are less regulated, chiefly because they’re not as popular as CBD or cannabis oil. Ultimately, it comes down to personal taste and reason for use.
Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson oil (RSO) is another cannabis concoction, this time popularised by former engineer turned cannabis advocate, Rick Simpson. Simpson developed a method for extracting cannabinoids using alcohol, then using a rice cooker to evaporate the alcohol to leave behind a potent extract. The exact cannabinoid profile of this concoction varies, but it’s known to contain both THC and CBD. RSO is also fairly easy to make at home, but you do need a rice cooker. For the most part, what makes Rick Simpson oil different is that it is a highly potent cannabis extract containing a significant amount of THC.
The distinction between CBD oil and cannabis oil can be confusing to get a grasp on. Here, we explain the main differences between the two products.