Hemp oil is a food product made by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant to extract the oil. You can buy it at the grocery store and it contains very little to no THC or CBD. Meaning that while it is a very nutritious food, it will neither provide any medical benefits or a high to the user. It does go well with vinegar on salad or bread.
With the media frenzy around CBD and it’s exciting medical applications, google Charlotte’s web - CDB, came a vast array of “CBD rich” products with some companies shipping to all 50 states (more on that in another post). Many of these products are marketed as “Hemp Oil” which can be confusing because as we know there is already another product marketed under that name. The two products in no way resemble each-other.
CBD rich oil is made by extracting the resin from plants that produce high levels of CBD. It is usually a sticky paste that does not taste good. The plants that produce significant amounts of CBD are not the industrial hemp varieties, they much more resemble the high THC plants that have been bred to produce large amounts of cannabinoid rich resin on the leaves and flowers.
Eric Streenstra of Vote Hemp and the Industrial Hemp Association said to cbdproject.org: “Our biggest concern, from an industry standpoint, is the conflation of hemp oil and cannbidol. The reality is that the best source of CBD is high resin strains of cannabis - the drug kind.”
Although CBD is not psychoactive so to say it the cannabis plants that produce it are “the drug kind” may be a stretch, but that’s just my opinion.
So the next time that you are on Amazon, and you see one “hemp oil” product costs thirty dollars / ounce while another comes in at about sixty cents / ounce, you’ll know why.