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Cannabis Extracts: Oils

Cannabis Oils

Cannabis is the botanical name of a genus of plants. Plants in the genus are capable of producing various distinct types of cannabis oils, employed for very different applications.

There may be some confusion over these different types of oil, in part because the names of the different oils are sometimes used mistakenly to refer to each other.

If there is any doubt in your mind, make sure to gain a solid understanding of the difference before purchasing or producing any of these related products.

Hash Oil
Hemp Oil
Essential Oil

Hash Oil

Hash oil is a common name of a substance that has for decades been sold as the most potent drug form of cannabis. Hash oil has also been referred to by names like THC oil, cannabis oil, cannabis indica oil.

When utilized as a medication, hash oil is sometimes called medical marijuana oil. Medical applications include reduction of pain, stimulation of appetite, reduction of nausea.

When employed to cure cancer, hash oil may be referred to as rick simpson oil, after the man who was most responsible for introducing the fact to the masses.

The thing that makes hash oil unique, when compared to the other forms of oil on this page, is that it contains a large concentration of the cannabinoid THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Hash oil may contain various quantities of other cannabinoids, like CBD, but this is not essential to being classified as hash oil. The important thing is that hash oil be comprised of high levels of THC.

Instructions for making hash oil with marijuana and alcohol are here. For making small amounts, instructions are here. Instructions for making hash oil with marijuana and butane are located here.


CBD oil has medical properties that make it an effective medication for those who require it. These include reducing pain and reducing anxiety. It can also reduce some types of seizures.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that can be produced by cannabis plants. Unlike THC it is not psychoactive so it will not get a person high.

CBD oil may contain quantities of other cannabinoids, but will usually intentionally have no worthwhile THC content. The important thing is CBD oil has high levels of CBD.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, more commonly marketed to consumers as hemp seed oil, is produced from cannabis seeds. Most manufacturers say they produce the oil from hemp plant seeds.

Hemp indicates cannabis plants with very low THC levels, but even seeds from exceptionally potent marijuana plants will not contain amounts of THC worth the effort of extracting, so it will not get a person high.

Hemp seed oil is generally consumed for its nutritional value, high levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and low levels of saturated fatty acids, or applied topically as a body care product.

Essential Oil

Sometimes referred to by names such as hemp essential oil, cannabis essential oil, or cannabis flower essential oil, it is extracted from cannabis plants via steam distillation.

An essential oil means that the oil contains the essence of a plant's fragrance or smell. It does not mean the oil was extracted from compounds that are essential to the life of the plant.

Essential oil from cannabis plants is employed as a scent in items such as candles, cosmetics, perfume, soap. It is also used as a flavoring in food and drink, including some types of candy.

Cannabis Oils Conclusion

Hash Oil: Also referred to as cannabis oil, medical marijuana oil, rick simpson oil. Used as medication or to produce intoxication. Has high levels of THC.

CBD Oil: Also referred to as cannabidiol oil. Utilized as medication to treat things like pain and anxiety, but does not alter consciousness. Has high levels of CBD.

Hemp Oil: Also called hemp seed oil. Utilized for nutritional value or as a body care product. Also used in inks, lubricants, paints, plastics, and as fuel. Will not alter consciousness.

Essential Oil: Also called hemp essential oil, cannabis essential oil, cannabis flower essential oil. Employed for its scent. Will not alter consciousness.

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