Often mistaken for each other, hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, the former being cultivated for seeds, oil and fiber, while the latter has historically been cultivated for its high content of THC, psychoactive compound.
Industrial hemp contains less than 1.5% THC and products derived from it generally contain less than 0.3% THC. The cultivation of this plant is legal in numerous countries. The edible products obtained from industrial hemp, mainly the seeds and oil, are rich in protein, vitamins and fatty acids, so they’re an important source of nutrients that causes no side-effects. Thanks to its versatility, hemp is used as raw material for textile and body care products, pet food, paper, detergents and biomass fuel.
The controversy over the legalization of hemp has generated a lot of debate and has brought this plant into the spotlight again, increasing awareness about the properties of cannabinoids and benefits of CBD oil obtained from industrial hemp, as well as about the various hemp products. However, there are still numerous sources of misinformation out there, so it’s worth pointing out the differences between marijuana, industrial hemp and therapeutic hemp.
Characteristics and Differences
Hemp is grown differently than marijuana, and the oil is obtained from specific parts of the plant which do not contain THC. Most of the THC content is found in the buds and flowers of the cannabis plant, but industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, so this explains the different content of THC in marijuana versus hemp.
The plant owes its therapeutic properties to cannabidiol, a compound that was proven to have beneficial effects in nausea, inflammation, anxiety, convulsions and epileptic seizures. A significant number of studies have shown that CBD has positive effects on blood pressure and nervous system, and can be a potential solution for stimulating bone growth, inhibiting tumor growth and treating diabetes.
Producers of therapeutic hemp breed the plant to increase its content of CBD. Regular industrial hemp is not cultivated for this purpose, so although it does contain a low amount of THC and is not psychoactive, it also contains lower amounts of CBD than the therapeutic plant.
Hemp seeds are a good source of cannabidiol, but they don’t offer large amounts of this compound, so in order to get the most of this plant and obtain a product with a higher concentration of cannabidiol, special breeding & extraction techniques are required.
How Elixinol obtains its 18% CBD oil
Elixinol uses specially bred plants, which have a higher level of CBD, but the original extracts are still low in this compound, so we need to take the extract and then purify it in order to obtain a higher concentration of cannabidiol. The purified industrial hemp extract produced by our company has 18% CBD.
Being a high quality concentrate obtained through a complex procedure, Elixinol CBD is more expensive than other hemp oils available on the market, but it’s one of the few products that is supported by laboratory tests. You can check the evidence of purity and profile by downloading our Lab Results report.
To obtain similar concentrations, one has to use high-CBD strains, Harlequin, Sour Tsunami, Cannatonic or Valentine X. The levels of CBD in these plans vary from grower to grower and even from plant to plant, so what really makes the difference is not the breeding itself but the extraction procedure.
We’re proud to say that the Super Critical Fluid extraction used for obtaining Elixinol CBD oil is a safe, sustainable and superior method that allows us to obtain a pure, highly concentrated and nutrient-rich oil, loaded with phytonutrients. While we believe that our product is the best available on the market, we encourage you to do your research and pick the CBD oil that best fits your budget and needs, but make sure to always ask for lab tests before investing in any product.
Now that more and more states are passing bills to legalize CBD products and people are starting to learn about the benefits and uses of CBD oil, the market for hemp-derived products is expected to increase even more.
While it’s surely a good thing to make CBD oil easily available for people all over the world, the increasing popularity of products rich in cannabinoids has a not so pleasant side effect. Driven by the desire to explore this business opportunity and get the most of it, producers use misleading marketing and deceptive advertising to increase profits.
In order to convince people to buy CBD oil or other products made of hemp or containing cannabidiol, companies claim that their CBD can cure pretty much anything from cancer to acne scars, yet they have no scientific argument to back up their statements. It’s therefore not surprising to see that people are reluctant when it comes to purchasing such products, or that they feel overwhelmed and have no idea how to buy CBD oil without getting scammed.
What sounds more appealing to you? To search for a hemp shop in your area, or to try an online shop that sells hemp oil or other cannabinoid-rich products? Regardless of your choice, the first and most important thing to do before you buy any product that contains cannabidiol is to do your homework and make sure you know what you’re getting.
1. Look for quality, not for low prices.
With so many products only one click away, it’s more than tempting to grab the most affordable CBD oil you can find online, but cheaper isn’t necessarily better.
If you Google “buy CBD oil” right now you’ll get more than 5,950,000 results, but you know what’s curious? Most of these producers and distributors offer no tangible evidence to support the claim that their products are the best. Surely, lower prices are more attractive, but if I were you, I would think twice before picking the cheap CBD oil over the high quality one.
If you want to make sure you’re getting a safe and effective product, look for quality, not for a low price. How is quality defined when it comes to CBD oil? The higher the concentration of cannabidiol in a product, the more powerful its effects, and thus the wiser the investment.
We’re proud to be among the few companies that provide lab analysis <link to lab results page/pdf> for their products. Results of our lab tests are visible for anyone who wants to see what Elixinol™ contains, and that is 18% CBD, along with all the synergistic cannabinoids in the original plant. We produce a wholesome extract, not an isolate nor a synthetic product, because our focus is on delivering a pure, highly qualitative CBD oil, and not a cheap product with zero benefits for your health.
2. Beware of products that claim to cure everything.
If you decide to order CBD oil online, start by learning about the real properties and benefits of cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil and Hemp CBD oil are two different products, and neither of them is “medical marijuana”.
You’ll hear and read a lot about CBD products that can cure different forms of cancer and about hemp oil that has miraculously healed patients from anxiety, tumors, diabetes and whatnot. My advice? Beware of products whose benefits sound too good to be true. CBD oil is a powerful antioxidant whose strength is greater than that of vitamin C and E, and I’m sure we will soon have strong medical evidence for different health effects.
However, at this point, research is still needed, and the surest way to avoid scams is to beware of those products that claim to cure everything. Maybe they do have beneficial properties, but playing with people’s minds and hearts and with their desperate need to find a reliable treatment for painful conditions is not the right way to promote a product.
At Elixinol, we’re not selling magic potion in a bottle. Our CBD oil is not a miraculous cure that will make illnesses go away overnight. We don’t sell drugs, and we’re not producing medical marijuana. What we do offer you is a powerful dietary supplement with an impressive concentration of CBD, a product that is safe and is obtained through a technology that allows it to retain all the nutrients found in the original plant.
It’s the synergistic action of these nutrients that make CBD oil so valuable and beneficial for one’s overall health. We therefore encourage you to add this nutritional supplement to your diet in order to experience the positive effects of the phytonutrients found in our hemp-derived product.
3. Make sure your oil is Non-Psychoactive.
Some of the hemp and marijuana products available on the market contain psychoactive compounds, however cannabidiol is scientifically proven to be anti-psychoactive, so it’s important to check the label before buying a CBD oil and to choose only products that have no psychoactive effects.
As long as you stick with non-psychoactive products there’s no risk of getting high from them. But again, beware of cheap products. Making a good CBD oil that retains only the beneficial compounds from hemp requires a certain technology, and that technology is costly.
Few days ago I came across this article saying that you can make CBD oil at home by smashing some hemp seeds and extracting that fluid. Let me tell you something – this way you will get (at best!) a poorly qualitative hemp oil. You can’t take the psychoactive THC out of cannabis oil by simply squeezing the liquid from some seeds.
Check out this page to learn more about the process through which CBD is produced, and get well informed before deciding where to buy CBD oil from!