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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We’ve already laid out the differences between hemp oil and hemp seed oil, so let’s discuss how we can distinguish between CBD oil and THC oil. First up: what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
First and foremost, cannabis oil is not necessarily the same as CBD oil. Since cannabis oil is a blanket term for any and all oils derived from the cannabis plant, it could be used to describe any number of different byproducts. There are hemp-derived oils, hemp seed oils, THC oils and CBD oils, and any number of other bizarre concoctions that technically all come from the cannabis plant.
CBD: Hemp vs. marijuana
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.
There are many ways of distinguishing between types of cannabis. Cannabis itself just refers to the overall plant family. It’s a genus, in much the same way as Eucalyptus and Rhododendron, meaning it covers a large spread of different strains and species. The two primary species are sativa and indica, but the most important differentiating factor for users comes down to the individual strain.
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.