What’s the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?
And What About Hemp Seed Oil?
Can we Legally Buy CBD Oil in Australia?
I’ll be tackling these, and many other questions, in this article.
At the time of writing, CBD is actually legally obtainable here in OZ, but you’re going to have to jump through a few hoops in order to get your hands on it.
CBD products were legalised in November 2017, but only under special access. Anything containing CBD is considered a ‘scheduled product’. You’ll need to go to your doctor, and they then have to refer you to an approved specialist who is authorised to prescribe CBD.
That is, provided you can convince your GP to even consider CBD as an option.
Elsewhere on this site I have an article that you can read here, about the various health benefits of cannabis. In it I delve a bit deeper into some of the various health issues and ailments that medical cannabis can be used to alleviate, with special emphasis on the health benefits of CBD.
But wait, isn’t CBD a form of marijuana? Aren’t marijuana products illegal in Australia?
Well, no. (and yes, in that order) CBD is a constituent of marijuana, but CBD is also contained in Industrial Hemp. You know, the stuff we used to make ropes, sails, clothing, and literally hundreds of things from for hundreds of years. Long before synthetic products like Nylon or Polyester were invented. An interesting fact here; Levi’s Jeans were originally made from hemp fibre.
Hemp is quickly returning to favour as an excellent and profitable agricultural crop.
Why did hemp, or cannabis, come to be demonised the way it has? It’s a long story, but if you want the details you can read about it here.
We’ve all heard of CBD Oil and Hemp Oil these days. Trouble is, there’s a bit of confusion about the difference between the two, and exactly what are the health benefits of CBD and Hemp Oil.
The term Hemp Oil can be misleading in itself. Are we referring to Hemp Seed Oil, or oil from the whole plant? What’s the real difference?
The truth is, there are actually three distinct and different products to be considered. In this article I’m going to be explaining the difference between them and what some of the claimed health benefits of each product are.
First up, let’s look at the difference between Hemp Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and CBD Oil.
The term Hemp Oil can be misleading. The problem is made worse by the fact that so many producers use the term Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil interchangably. They are not necessarily the same thing though.
Hemp Oil would obviously be any oil produced from any strain of the cannabis plant. It may, or may not, contain any or all of the various chemical components of cannabis. This could include THC, the main ingredient that gives the ‘high’ associated with marijuana usage. Hemp oil is usually made by extraction from the entire hemp plant. The terpenes, flavonoids, and other ingredients and their strengths would vary according to the strain used.
Whole plant hemp oil is the main source of CBD, the most widely known medicinal ingredient. Stems, seeds, leaves, flowers etc are all used to produce hemp oil or CBD oil.
During production some ingredients will be removed or isolated to create the exact formula required.
Industrial hemp is the main source, as the tiny amount of THC that may be present won’t be enough to bother the authorities or the end user. In countries where CBD is still illegal this would need to be removed also.
Hemp Seed Oil.
As the name suggests this is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. Any plant in the cannabis family is technically hemp, though for this article I’m going to be referring to industrial hemp as mentioned above.
You could use seeds from a high THC sativa variety, but as the seeds don’t contain THC the end product would be pretty much the same as if you’d used industrial hemp. Industrial hemp varieties grow much taller and faster than marijuana plants and besides that, you wouldn’t have to worry about the Drug Squad knocking on your door. One of the reasons governments are reluctant to fully legalize cannabis production in many countries stems from the difficulty in identifying individual cannabis strains.
What is Hemp Seed Oil Used For?
Hemp Seed Oil is one of the healthiest oils on the planet, either as a medical supplement or simply as an ingredient in your favourite salad dressing. The oil itself has a delicious, nutty taste and aroma and a smooth texture.
Hemp Seed Oil contains Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 in what has to be the most perfectly balanced formula. It can be used in smoothies, stirred into hot chocolate or coffee, or added to your next batch of cookies. It’s also been reported to be very effective as a topical lotion for all sorts of problems from acne to muscle strains. Let’s face it, anything banned for so long just has to be good! Depending on your location in the world, you may also be able to buy Hemp Seed Oil with added CBD, taking it to a whole new level.
My Medical Cannabis post covers many of the benefits of CBD Oil. CBD is the most well known of all the medicinal components of hemp or cannabis. CBD Oil is usually made from the entire cannabis plant. Leaves, seeds, (if present) stalks, the lot. Manufacturers will regulate the end product to maintain a controlled balance of the various ingredients, including the various terpenes etc that determine the actual potency and effectiveness of the oil.
Where to Buy CBD Oil?
Well here in Australia we don’t have a whole lot of choice. If you can convince your medico to prescribe CBD for you you’ll have to obtain it from a licenced dispensary. The actual location of these seems to be a well kept secret.
Some websites will tell you that any hemp products without THC in them are now able to be legally imported into Australia. If you follow this link http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices/ifn-15-17 you’ll see the official Government position. The fine print will tell you it only applies to hemp seed products. Hemp seeds do not contain THC anyway, so it’s a moot point.
This post here will give a guide to some of the best brands of CBD Oil available online, should you decide to go down that route. I’ve researched several different brands and this is my short list of recommendations. Obviously I haven’t been able to look into every single brand on the market. If you feel I’ve missed your favourite please let me know via the comments box below.
The Endocannabinoid System.
Any post about the wonderful health benefits of cannabis isn’t complete without discussing the Endocannabinoid System.
As strange as it may seem, our bodies are actually pre-programmed to respond to cannabis and all its many wonderful ingredients.
Medical researchers, whilst looking into the way marijuana affects the human body, discovered this amazing system our bodies have for regulating our internal balance, or homeostasis. Our bodies are equipped with special receptors to cannabinoids, which operate differently in different areas of the body. They named it the Endocannabinoid System after the plant that led to its discovery.
THC, the most widely known component, is actually just one of many cannabinoids affecting us. I believe we have actually evolved alongside this amazing plant and it’s only fairly recent legislation that has prevented us humans from benefitting from it. That’s not to say I think we should all be getting stoned every day. Far from it, in fact. Maybe the plant evolved this attribute in order to encourage us to consume it? In any case, we can get the most benefits from eating the plant, not smoking it! (By the way, you won’t get high from chomping on a few cannabis leaves in your salad. You might be healthier, though.)
We’ve all heard of “Runner’s High” that feel-good sensation we get from physical exertion. That’s actually the endocannabinoid system in action.
CBD can produce a similar reaction without significantly affecting our thought processes like THC does.
This article I found has a lot of very useful information on the health benefits of hemp products.
As a side note, it’s worth noting that hemp is one of the most sustainable crops grown. Hemp can actually produce four times as much fibre to the hectare as pine trees, in about one fifth of the time. It needs little water and can grow in soils that won’t sustain many other crops. Hemp needs very little in the way of fertilizer and is actually beneficial to the soil. The plants produce not only fibre, but seeds that are very high in protein and essential fatty acids.
Why has it been banned for so long? I believe it’s because so many everyday products, which big business has invested so heavily into, could face unwanted competition. I discuss this in another article HERE.
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