Hemp Oil vs Marijuana
If you’ve heard about CBD oil and wondered what all the buzz is about, read on. We’ll discuss the main types of hemp oil and marijuana. It, after all, is essential to be informed as a cannabis consumer. Otherwise, you can end up wasting a lot of time and money.
Besides, why suffer from your symptoms any longer than you have to?
Two Types of Hemp Oil
First and foremost, there are two main types of hemp oil:
- Hempseed Oil
- CBD Oil
While hempseed oil has its uses (e.g., salad dressing, cooking), it contains no CBD. In other words, it has no medicinal value. Thus, if you’re looking to manage your pain or anxiety, ensure that the hemp-derived product you’re buying contains CBD.
A good indication is the ingredient hemp extract. Yet thoroughly read the label to learn just how many milligrams of CBD there are in the bottle (and per dropper).
CBD oil is the other type of hemp oil. It contains CBD and potentially contains other chemical compounds (depending upon which type it is). There are three main types of CBD oil.
Three Types of CBD Oil
Isolate essentially is the CBD alone, all the other compounds filtered out. In contrast, broad-spectrum contains most of the other compounds (e.g., cannabinoids, terpenes, cannaflavins) from the hemp plant. However, the THC is filtered out. In reality, broad-spectrum is full-spectrum without the THC.
However, the full-spectrum also contains the THC from the hemp plant which along with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and cannaflavins work synergistically. As a result, the CBD user benefits from the entourage effect. This answers the question many have: What good is it to have such a small level of THC in the product?
But this is also where the primary difference between hemp and marijuana comes into play. While both plants are the same species (i.e., Cannabis Sativa), hemp contains up to 0.3% THC. Thus, a major difference is that CBD oil will not get you high.
As we’ve just discussed, marijuana has a higher level of THC than hemp-derived products. And, of course, its availability depends upon the laws where you live. In some states it’s legal for medical use, others for both recreational and medical use, others entirely illegal.
In a state where it’s legal, for instance, you need to get a medical marijuana card and visit a dispensary. While there, a budtender helps you decide upon which marijuana strain to purchase.
For instance, if you’re having difficulty sleeping at night, perhaps you’ll need an Indica-dominant strain. Whereas Sativa-dominant strains tend to be energizing. This is what earned Indica is associated with the “in-da-couch” effect and Sativa the nickname “wake and bake.”
The reasons for these differences between subspecies pertains to chemical compounds but is beyond the scope of this article. And to clear up a potential confusion: The cannabis species is Cannabis Sativa, while the main marijuana subspecies are Sativa and Indica.
Less Is Better
But if you decide upon CBD oil, less is better. That is, your optimal dose, or “sweet spot,” is the lowest dose that addresses your symptoms. For instance, if six drops alleviate your anxiety, that’s how much you need to take. Perhaps it will another individual half a dropper to manage her pain though.
When you calculate the dose, however, you’ll want to know how many milligrams of CBD you’re consuming. For instance, if a product’s bottle indicates there’s 50 mg per dropper, a quarter of the dropper is 12.5 mg (i.e., 50/4 = 12.5).
However, since everyone’s Endocannabinoid System is different, some CBD oil users require a higher dose than others. Thus, discovering your optimal dose requires some experimentation. Start with small doses and adjust your dosage as needed over time. Alternatively, you can use the process known as microdosing–a process whereby you increase your dose throughout the first few days to reach your optimal dose.
Deciding What to Buy
All things considered, if you purchase CBD there are a few steps to consider.
Steps to Select CBD Oil
- Decide Upon Full-Spectrum or other type
- Decide Upon Brand with 3rd Party Lab Report
- Find Your Optimal Dose
Regardless of which CBD products you decide to go with though, we hope you found our CBD guide useful. And with any luck, perhaps your pain or anxiety will be managed by this powerful treatment. Why suffer any longer than you need to?