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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!

The many varieties of CBD oils, hemp oils, cannabis oils, CBD tinctures and whatnot available today can make it difficult to decide what to get. A lack of regulatory guidelines and misleading information (sometimes intentional!) don’t help matters much. So, what’s up with CBD oil vs cannabis oil? Aren’t they the same thing?

The Difference Between CBD Oil And Cannabis Oil

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We hear about the benefits of CBD all the time, but there is now evidence [1] that cannabis may exert more of its beneficial effects when both major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are present. Likewise, research suggests [2] that for treating certain types of pain, an added dose of THC may be more effective than CBD alone. In other words, there are justified reasons why a patient would want cannabis oil that contains THC.

If you’re open to trying cannabis products that are high in CBD and low in THC, you may be interested to know that CBD has the potential to mitigate the intoxicating and potentially adverse effects of THC, while THC may contribute to or enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. THC and CBD elicit responses from the human body by binding to cannabinoid receptors.

First, CBD can be derived from hemp or from cannabis. If it’s from hemp, there can’t be any more than 0.3% THC in it, by law. That’s the CBD that you should be able to purchase in just about any US state because hemp is legal across the land. (Sorry, Idahoans, this doesn’t apply to you.) CBD that’s been extracted from marijuana, on the other hand, could have any amount of THC in it and is only available in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legal. In medical states, you’ll need to be a registered patient to participate.

If you’re interested in benefiting from the potential entourage effect when combining THC and CBD, begin with high-CBD/low-THC cannabis products. Check the ratio of CBD to THC, expressed on the label as something like 10:1, 5:1, 1:1, etc. It may take a bit of experimentation to find the ratio you prefer. It’s possible that CBD works better for some uses, and some people, in conjunction with THC.

Is CBD effective without THC?

So for these consumers, the question inevitably arises: Do CBD products contain THC?

It’s possible to consume CBD oil that has trace amounts of THC, but you may not sense any intoxicating effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Next, pay attention to whether a CBD product is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.

In the earlier days of CBD product manufacturing, full-spectrum products were likely to contain higher levels of THC than 0.3%. But as the industry has matured, it’s now possible to find full-spectrum hemp products with all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp but no more than 0.3% THC. Just be sure the label says full-spectrum hemp, not marijuana.