Cannabis Oil vs Hemp Oil – Crucial Particularities

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

First off, let’s clear the confusion surrounding cannabis oil vs hemp oil. Many people confuse each one for the other.


Medical marijuana background with cannabis buds & leaves framing

The Differences of Cannabis and Hemp

Cannabis is the name of the plant family. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis.

The scientific name of hemp is cannabis ruderalis while marijuana is cannabis sativa.

The hemp plant is taller and has sturdy stalks and can be grown in a variety of environmental conditions. Marijuana plant is shorter and requires a tropical environment to grow.

All hemp and marijuana are cannabis but not all cannabis are hemp or marijuana. In general, though, marijuana is referred to as cannabis so we will refer to it as such.

Hemp and cannabis both contain THC and CBD. Hemp has lower levels of THC but has high cannabinoid or CBD content while it’s vice versa in marijuana. Cannabinoids are the compounds that are present in cannabis plants.

Now that we know the difference between the two, it’s time to discuss the benefits of each.

Recent studies, though, are showing a lot of medical benefits that can be gained from cannabis oil. Because of the high content of THC in cannabis, you only need a little to reap its benefits.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Cannabis Oil

The use of cannabis oil goes back a few millennia but only recently medical cannabis received medical recognition.

The cannabis plant was previously used only for recreational purposes because of its ability to give the user a ‘high’ feeling.

Here are some of the medical conditions that cannabis oil can help with:

  • Insomnia – the psychotropic content of medical marijuana can induce relaxation by releasing pleasure hormones, making it an effective cure for insomnia.
  • Chronic Pain – For people suffering from severe, repetitive pain, medical marijuana offers almost instant relief without the addictive properties.
  • Weight Gain – Marijuana is known for its ability to increase appetite so it is advised to people who have lost a lot of weight after an illness like cancer.

Hemp seeds and hemp oil, close up

Hemp Oil

Hemp seed from which hemp oil is derived is abundant in:

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    Polyunsaturated (essential fatty acids)
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    Omega 6
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    Omega 3
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    Insoluble Fiber
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The oil derived from hemp extract can help increase immunity and also improve heart health. Those suffering from hormonal issues can also benefit from the ability of hemp oil to provide menopausal relief and regulate fluctuations.

Hemp oil is also known for fighting off or preventing skin conditions like psoriasis. It is commonly used to treat dry skin and hair so it can be found on some beauty products.

Cannabis Oil or Hemp Oil?

The choice actually depends on how you intend to use it since each has both advantages and disadvantages. Refer to the list of applications of the two to find out what you need to use. For example, for chronic pain, Cannabis oil is recommended.

Both are available in a variety of delivery media like topical oil, capsules, vaporizers, gums, and others.

Keep on mind that not all manufacturers are the same so you should be aware from which seller you buy cbd oil amazon from. Only go for products that are pure and come from a reputable seller.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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