The Difference Between Cannabis Oil and Hemp oil

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Many medical marijuana patients choose to medicate using cannabis oil or hemp oil. For those who are new to the medication, they may look at the two oils as interchangeable, but there are a few distinctions to be made.

Cannabis oil is a cannabis extract that contains high concentrations of cannabinoids, like THC and/or CBD, but these concentrations remain strain dependent. Although hemp stems from the same genus as marijuana, it has not been bred to produce high amounts of THC, and therefore its oil will contain very low amounts of the cannabinoid. Studies surrounding cannabis oil have shown great medicinal promise for a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses, but hemp oil is known more for its nutritional benefits, like lowering cholesterol. Cannabis oil is still federally illegal, and can't leave the borders of legalized states. Hemp, on the other hand, can only be grown in about 27 states, but its oil is legal across the nation. 

This information has been provided by Health MJ and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.