If you don’t have access to cannabis oil, you might wonder if hemp oil is a good legal alternative. We’d love to see more medical studies on both.
Here’s what we currently know about the difference between cannabis oil and hemp oil:
It’s the extracted form of cannabis
The level of THC and CBD varies
The THC and CBD levels in your cannabis oil depend on the strain you use to extract it. Check Leafly’s guide to see which strains suit your needs.
Studies show promise for medical benefit
It is still federally illegal and cannot cross state borders
It is always illegal to travel with cannabis, even when it’s in oil form. If you purchase or create your own cannabis oil, be cautious with your travel plans.
Legal cannabis is grown locally
Since cannabis is still federally illegal, legal states have to grow cannabis within their borders. Depending on the state, this cultivated cannabis may be subject to regulations.
It’s similar to cannabis oil, but comes from the hemp plant
The Association of Plant Taxonomy states that “both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus,” but hemp differs from cannabis in that it has not been bred to yield large quantities of THC.
It’s extremely low in THC
Unlike cannabis, hemp seeds contain very little THC. In fact, its THC levels are low enough to not be detected during drug screenings.
It’s known for its nutritional benefit
It’s legal to own and purchase in all 50 states
Hemp oil is often imported
Because growing hemp is restricted in many US states, hemp is often imported. It’s important that you trust the source of your hemp oil. Hemp crops have been used effectively in some countries to remove radiation from soil — this hemp is unfit for consumption after it has absorbed toxins from the ground.