The Many Names of Cannabis
Cannabis is a plant genus. There are three types, known as Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. They’re all a little different in terms of appearance and physiological effect. To keep this simple, let’s use terms that most people are familiar with: marijuana and hemp.
Marijuana is a broad term that is commonly used to refer to cannabis plants that cause psychoactive effects. Meanwhile, “hemp” refers to a non-psychoactive type of cannabis.
There’s a common misconception that hemp looks the same as marijuana, but it’s actually quite different. While marijuana is short with big flowers, hemp grows very tall with a thick, cane-like stem. The incredible thing about hemp is its versatility. Every single part of it is useful!
The stalk contains fibers that are used to make fabrics and textiles; the seeds are very nutritious and can be toasted for eating, or cold pressed to make hemp seed oil for cooking and dressings.
Hemp oil vs. Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil and hemp oil (also called “CBD oil”) are not the same thing. You can buy hemp seed oil in any grocery store, but I’d be shocked if you found CBD hemp oil.
- Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds; it’s super nutritious but doesn’t contain CBD or terpenes (we’ll talk about those soon).
- Hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and stems; it’s rich in CBD, terpenes, and other phytonutrients.
Sourcing legal hemp oil
When it comes to hemp supplements, you need to be very careful where you shop. To be legal in all 50 states, the hemp oil must be imported. It’s strange, I know, but that’s just how it is right now.
We always verify the origin of our CBD products. Most of our hemp oil comes from Europe, where there are high standards for growing food. And yes, hemp is considered food!