What is CBD oil, and how is it different from cannabis oil?

What is cannabis oil?

Now, I have seen a lot of people say that cannabis oil is the oil extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. This is wrong and right. How can it be wrong and correct? Well, this is similar to saying that citrus oil only comes from oranges. In reality, citrus is the name of a family of fruit trees that includes limes, lemons, tangerines etc. Like the citrus family, the cannabis family includes more than just cannabis sativa.

Cannabis oil is just a general term to describe any oil from the cannabis plant, whether it be cannabis indica, sativa or ruderalis. 

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil typically comes from industrial hemp plants, and this is the only CBD oil that is legal to be purchased in all 50 states. Why? Industrial hemp is a special designation given to cannabis sativa plants that have very low concentrations of THC and very high concentrations of CBD. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of up to 90 different cannabinoids that can be present in any strain or cultivar of cannabis. A pubmed.gov search of cannabidiol will yield over 2,000 published research papers. 



Other types of CBD


CBDA is the acidic precursor to CBD. What does that mean? Before decarboxylation, cannabinoids like CBD and THC have an acidic component and are represented as CBDA and THCA respectively. Once the cannabinoids are heated through cooking, smoking or vaping, decarboxylation occurs.

Read more about decarboxylation here. 


Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is the lesser known CBD and is found primarily in indica dominant strains and is being used in clinical trials in human patients and recently won approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Is CBD oil cannabis oil?

All CBD oil is cannabis oil like all oranges are citrus, but remember cannabis oil is just a broad term describing all oils extracted from any type cannabis plant. CBD oil is easily distinguished from all other types of cannabis oils due to it’s high CBD percentages and low THC percentages. I say percentages because there is more than one type of CBD and THC as seen above. 

When choosing a product made from CBD oil, it is important to know where you CBD comes from. While CBD oil made from marijuana with medium to high amounts of THC is legal only in a handful of states, CBD oil taken from industrial hemp plants is legal in all 50 states and over 40 countries. This is why it is so important to choose a CBD company that provides a Certificate of Analysis or COA so you know what kind of CBD you are receiving.

To see COA’s for CBD 2.0 products click here. (link to COA’s)

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