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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.

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.

TIP: Depending on how much solvent you use, step five can take anywhere from 12–24 hours.

What About Hemp 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.

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.

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.

The potential benefits of cannabis oil include:

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As interest in other cannabinoids, like cannabigerol, or CBG – which some are touting as the new CBD – continues to grow, so too grows the need for further medical research into cannabis.

“Broad spectrum” CBD typically contains at least three other cannabinoids, as well as some terpenes and flavonoids – but still no THC. “Full spectrum” CBD, also called “whole flower” CBD, is similar to broad spectrum but can contain up to 0.3% THC.

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Clinical research indicates that CBD is effective at treating epilepsy. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can help with pain and even anxiety – though scientifically the jury is still out on that.

Consumers concerned about content and the accuracy of CBD products, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can look for certification from independent lab testing or by scanning a QR code on product packaging.

Marijuana, containing both CBD and more THC than hemp, has demonstrated therapeutic benefits for people with epilepsy, nausea, glaucoma and potentially even multiple sclerosis and opioid-dependency disorder.

It makes sense then that THC oil is predominantly harvested from the recreational strains, while CBD products are largely extracted from industrial hemp. Both compounds are then subject to further processes that ensure the levels of either cannabinoid is adjusted accordingly, but you can chart the journey of each oil right back to the way in which the plants were bred.

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We’ve established why terminology like cannabis oil can lead to confusion, but where do we actually stand on what it is? In our experience, in countries where THC is legal you’ll generally see hemp oil referring to any oil that has a high percentage of CBD, and cannabis oil referring to oils with high THC, though this is very subjective. As such, the most important keywords to look for with each product are THC and CBD.

CBD oil vs. THC oil

You’ve heard of CBD oil (if not, start with our comprehensive CBD guide), and you’ve also heard of cannabis oil, but you may be unsure which is which, or if they’re the same thing. You’ve probably seen information here and there—a short clip on a news story or a suggestion from a friend—but if anything, that’s left you more confused. At Vitality CBD, we’re here to set the record straight!

THC is the best known cannabinoid because it induces many of the effects you typically associated with cannabis: the “stoned” effect, and paranoia. By contrast, CBD has been shown to not induce those effects. This is why trying CBD has become such an object of interest across the world in the past couple of years.

Significantly, CBD oils can contain THC, and likewise THC oils can contain CBD. From a legal perspective, most countries limit the amount of THC in the hemp extract used for CBD oils to 0.3% (in the UK it’s 0.2%), but in countries where THC is freely available the lines blur yet further. If you’re concerned about THC content make sure you look for CBD oils with a guarantee of 0% THC, like our Pure CBD Oral Spray.

Since there’s been a lot of terminology thrown at you so far, it might be time to step back even further. The key difference between strains of cannabis from a user perspective is the balance of two chemicals: CBD and THC. These chemicals are both cannabinoids, a type of compound that was first discovered in the cannabis family.