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What is Hemp Essential Oil?

What is Hemp Essential Oil?

A woman suffering from insomnia is told by a friend to inhale marijuana before bed to get a good night's sleep. A man undergoing chemotherapy is advised to get a medical marijuana card by his family to deal with nausea and sickness.

The problem with this advice is there’s still a lot of unknowns and unclear terms when it comes to medical marijuana (cannabis). Because the plant is still illegal in many states, research is fairly limited. But recent studies are showing promising results for the use of cannabis.

“One misconception about cannabis is that people just want to have an excuse to use cannabis because it gets them high,” said renowned chemist and founder of Essential Oil University, Dr. Robert Pappas. “But there is real therapeutic and medicinal value to these plants.”

It is important to note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis as a treatment for any medical condition so consult your doctor for all health recommendations.

THE PLANT

Part of understanding the effects of cannabis starts with identifying the natural elements in the plant. There are more than 400 chemical entities in cannabis, making it incredibly complex reports the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Furthermore, the cannabis plant has two main subspecies, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.

One of the main active compounds in cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD) which unlike another active compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), does not produce euphoria or intoxication according to a study at the Institute of Psychiatry in the United Kingdom.

The study also notes that the Sativa-dominant cannabis have a higher THC content, whereas Indica-dominant plants have a higher CBD content. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis flower.

Hemp is also sometimes confused with marijuana. Comparing the two, Dr. Pappas explained, “The only difference is the level of THC. Marijuana is high THC and hemp is low THC. Cannabis is the genus of both plants. Traditionally, marijuana is the high THC strains, hemp is low THC strains.”

POSSIBLE TREATMENTS

According to the National Cancer Institute, cannabinoids activate specific receptors throughout the body to produce a drug-like effect, specifically in the nervous and immune systems. Although more research is needed to conclude the effects of CBD, it may relieve pain, lower inflammation and decrease anxiety without the psychotropic effects of THC, as reported by the National Cancer Institute.

Currently, the institute is studying the effects of cannabis and cannabinoids for the relief of nausea, pain, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by blocking cell growth. Other possible effects of cannabinoids include antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity, and relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. But despite promising results, more research is needed to verify the possibilities.

CAUTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS

Although Federally illegal, CBD-rich cannabis oil products can be applied topically. It is imperative to remember, however, that no matter how much CBD is isolated from the rest of the plant, there will still be trace amounts of THC in the product, says Dr. Pappas.

Possible side effects when using cannabis include fluctuations in sugar levels, low blood pressure, increased risk of bleeding, dizziness, dry eyes, stomach issues, itchiness and more according to the Mayo Clinic.

Despite the growing research, there is still a deep level of uncertainty and confusion surrounding the use of cannabis. At Edens Garden, we currently carry Hemp Essential Oiland Hemp Seed Carrier Oil to our line of 100% pure oils. Research and education is key in understanding the effects of Cannabis and more is needed to conclude the effects of the plant.

IDENTIFYING THE DIFFERENCES

Hemp Essential Oil: To be diluted into a carrier oil, Cannabis Essential Oil is produced by the steam distillation of the cannabis flower. The active components are myrcene and beta-caryophyllene, which are packed with anti-inflammatory properties. 

CBD: Extracted from the Hemp Plant, Cannabidiol is a potent phyto-cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive.

Cannabis CO2 Total: A concentrate extracted from the flowers of cannabis by the use of carbon dioxide and great amount of pressure. Typically, CO2 Totals have a thicker semi-solid consistency, often referred to as cannabis "mud". The process produces an extract that contains the highest amount the plant’s heavier extractable components which are typically the most medicinally valuable, and a minimal amount of the volatile aromatic essential oil components.  The cannabis CO2 total typically contains 50-60% cannabinoids with the ratio of CBD to THC depending on the genetic strain being extracted. 

Cannabis CO2 Select: Closer to an essential oil than the CO2 total, the select is extracted from the flowers of cannabis using relatively lower pressure. Generally, the CO2s select is comprised of the plant’s most volatile essential oil components in addition to a smaller amount of the heavier molecules which cannot be steam distilled. The cannabinoid content of the cannabis select is typically in the 3-5% range with the CBD/THC ratio being determined by the particular genetic strain used. As the cannabis essential oil basically has no significant level of cannabinoids, one can think of the CO2 select as sort of a hybrid between the CO2 total and the essential oil. In general, all CO2 selects are chemically closer to the essential oil profile but almost always having a richer, fuller, higher quality aromatic profile than the essential oil, due to the inclusion of the heavier components that the standard essential oil production methods cannot access.

Hemp Seed Carrier Oil: Rich with vitamins and antioxidant properties, Hemp Seed Oil is produced through a cold pressed method. The oil is pale to golden yellow. Hemp Seed Carrier Oil can help reduce toxins, clear skin and improve overall health.

TRY THIS RECIPE

DIY Hemp Facial Oil

Creamy, supple skin may be just a few drops away with the DIY Cannabis Facial Oil. Don’t get scared away by the aroma because the skin benefits are tremendous. Rich with vitamins and anti-inflammatories properties, Cannabis Facial Oil does not clog pores and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smooth.

What you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Carefully fill ⅔ of the bottle of Hemp Seed Carrier Oil.
  2. Add 2 drops of Hemp Essential Oil, 3 drops of French Lavender Essential Oil and 1 drop of Frankincense Essential Oil.
  3. Cap your bottle and shake well until blended.
  4. After washing and drying your face, dab a few drops on your face, avoiding the eye area.

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52 Responses

Edens Garden

May 15, 2019

Hi Karen! As far as chemistry and aroma go, Copaiba and Hemp are very different but they are both soothing to sore muscles.

Karen Cooper

May 15, 2019

I currently use some copaiba for sore muscles, etc. How different is hemp essential oil from copaiba?

Pamela Ronemus

May 15, 2019

I have been using CBD oil for about 3 years. I quit using for awhile due to financial situations. I didn’t know if it was really helping or not but I knew I felt better and didn’t get sick but I was also diffusing Immunity Essential Oil in 3 diffuser at the medical clinic I worked at and 2 at home. But when I stopped using the CBD oil I immediately knew it was working. My back started hurting. I wasn’t sleeping well due to stress. Many things pointed to the fact that the CBD oil was working. As soon as I could I became a distributor and I didn’t make a lot of money because I sold mostly to my friends at my discount price because I wanted them to be healthy too. Therefore I can say with the utmost confidence that Hemp EO and carrier oil would be just as effective for our bodies and skin. I am going to order some and see for myself. The witch hazel might be a problem as the good quality witch hazel is expensive, or it is according to my budget. I highly recommend this DIY for toner. It may not smell very good at first but your moisturizer should cover it up.

Edens Garden

March 25, 2019

Hi Stephanie! Using Hemp essential oil topically or through inhalation will not cause you to fail a drug test, as it does not contain THC.

Stephanie Sanders

March 25, 2019

I’ve heard quite a bit about the benefits of hemp for pain relief. I have a lot of arthritic pain and am interested in trying this. I’m concerned that it could potentially cause a positive drug screen and I’m employed full time. Can someone advise me if this is a valid concern please? Thank you.

Edens Garden

February 08, 2019

Hi Eliot! We apologize, but we’re not sure we understand your question. Essential oils don’t become less effective or lose their potency when blended. Please let us know if this answers your question.

Eliot

February 08, 2019

Hi, EG
Is it okay to mix Hemp, Lemon, and Frankincense? Won’t these oils cancel each other’s potency?

Edens Garden

January 07, 2019

Hi Sara! You can obtain the benefits of Hemp by topical use and inhalation. This article may help you choose the best way to use Hemp EO: http://bit.ly/2pAO8ca

Sara

January 07, 2019

Are the properties of the Hemp EO only found in topical uses or can it (should it) be defused?

Edens Garden

December 17, 2018

Hi Tracey! The current GC/MS report for Hemp essential oil is available on its product page under “Reports.”

TRACEY DE COSTA BYER

December 17, 2018

Hi there,

I love the Cannabis essential oil, and was wondering if you have a gc testing report or any other report that contains the contents of this distillation.

I’m using this as a medicine for skin care and joint pain.

Thanks so very much for making a superb product

Tracey

Edens Garden

November 14, 2018

Hi Dan! It depends on what you’re using it for. 3% is generally a good place to start for adults. Here’s an article that explains how to dilute: http://bit.ly/2vSH4HZ

dan

November 14, 2018

I’m new to the “oil” conversations and recently purchased essential hemp oil. I’m not familiar with how to mix or what to mix with. Is there a ratio of hemp to carrier and what is a good carrier oil? Thank you.

Cindy Barkhuizen

October 09, 2018

In your salve recipe, is there a reason for the guava carrier oil, versus another carrier oil, like Emu oil, or Tamanu Oil, that are both anti inflammatory?

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Jeanne! We would recommend you work with an animal aromatherapist or holistic veterinarian, as we are not animal aromatherapists. You might also join the Facebook group, Animal Aromatherapy (Safe Use) where animal aromatherapists frequently contribute and share safe use ideas.

jeanne

September 03, 2018

Could this be used on a larger older dog and how would you recommend doing that?
Edens Garden

August 14, 2018

Hi Colleen! We have changed the name to Hemp essential oil. It is the same oil, just a different name.

Colleen

August 14, 2018

Ebay sell your cannabis oil but could not find on your website.

Edens Garden

July 17, 2018

Hi Vaidhyanathan! In this case, we recommend working with a doctor and aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet that person’s specific needs.

Vaidhyanathan Krishnan

July 17, 2018

Hey i was going through all the previous comments and wanted to ask a direct Question on how this can be used for cancer patients. Does it help reduce after Chemo effects? Kindly do answer the same

Edens Garden

May 28, 2018

Hi Cindi! Using Hemp Seed carrier oil or Hemp essential oil will not cause someone to fail a drug test.

Cindi

May 28, 2018

Hello, I understand that this oil in not to be ingested. My question is using the Hemp oil topically will a person drug tested for marijuana test positive?
I know many that suffer from chronic pain as well as myself would love to find something that helps our pain.

Edens Garden

May 21, 2018

Hi lalchhanhimi! We do not recommend the internal use of essential oils. Here is an article on this very subject:

lalchhanhimi ralte

May 21, 2018

Is this oil edible for cancers

Edens Garden

May 14, 2018

Hi Lois! We have renamed Cannabis essential oil, Hemp essential oil.

Lois Rigg

May 14, 2018

I want to purchase the cannabis essential oil but can’t find it on your site. Please let me know how to purchase this thanks

Edens Garden

May 07, 2018

Hi Natalie! You can use the above recipe, or to make it easy, remove the Lavender and Frankincense and replace it with more Hemp essential oil

natalie hershon

May 07, 2018

i want to try one of the cannabis/hemp oils as a topical treatment for lower back pain..what do you suggest?/i read the information on your website but, am not able to make a determination of which maybe correct..thanx for advice..natalie

Edens Garden

April 16, 2018

Hi Gina! Hemp essential oil has more therapeutic benefits and skin-loving benefits, whereas Hemp carrier oil has moisturizing, skin renewing benefits.

Gina Satterfield

April 14, 2018

Would using the hemp carrier oil be as effective for anxiety as hemp essential oil. Don’t really want to purchase both.

Edens Garden

April 09, 2018

Hi Lauren! A trace amount of THC is present in our Hemp essential oil at .01%. Using copious amounts of our Hemp essential oil topically or through inhalation would not cause you to fail a drug screening.

Lauren

April 09, 2018

Can you explain how the description of this product says it contains no THC, yet the article about it says there’s no way to remove all the THC? I’m only curious because I need to guarantee it not coming up on a drug screening. Thanks.

Edens Garden

March 28, 2018

Hi Jessica! Hemp EO can be used on kids 2+ at a 1% dilution rate.

Jessica

March 28, 2018

Is there a recommended minimum age for using hemp essential oil?

Edens Garden

March 28, 2018

Hi June! Our Cannabis essential oil has been renamed Hemp essential oil.

June

March 27, 2018

I have had serous back and shoulder pain for approximately 25 years. The back wash from a fall on concrete. I was told about the 100% Cannabis Oil you sold and I tried it and it saved me! Now I’m so sad, because I can no longer order this.

Edens Garden

March 16, 2018

Hi Steph! Hemp essential oil is filled with therapeutic properties. It is high in myrcene and beta-caryophyllene which are known for being analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral and immunostimulant.

Steph

March 16, 2018

Is the goal of this oil simply the aroma. You have a great article here with lots of info but point out this product had no cbd oil in it and since the cbd comes from the resin, not the flowers ehich you have distilled, is this meant to be a mild sort of side kick oil to anyone actually using the plant for its cbd properties?

Edens Garden

March 02, 2018

Hi Jan! Cannabis has been renamed Hemp for accuracy.

Jan

March 01, 2018

Hi there,
I am a little confused by the email train here. There seem to be answers to questions that I can’t find asked.
I see that even Amazon does not carry the 100 ml Cannabis EO that I have been buying. Have you discontinued that size?
I see a mention of a ‘renaming of an oil to hemp’ is this the cannabis oil? I am very confused.
Thank you

Brenda

February 03, 2018

If your Hemp Essential oil has no THC or CBD then what does it have that makes it worth $50.00 for 10 ml ?
My understanding was it had CBD in it
And was great for pain , been hurting for 14 years ready to try anything.
Love your company ❤️

Edens Garden

January 29, 2018

Hi Kim! Hemp Seed carrier oil is a great oil to pair with Hemp essential oil. Also try Guava Seed, Jojoba and Tamanu.

Kim

January 27, 2018

What oils do you recommend using as a carrier oil?

Edens Garden

January 22, 2018

Hi Lelle! Hemp essential oil is legal as it contains no THC or CBD. Please contact us for more information.

Lelle

January 19, 2018

Aloha I use your cannabis oil in my spa and am now being accused of having an illegal drug in my spa by a neighboring business… may you please share the legalities so I can make reference and continue using this fabulous product in my spa without trouble from my landlord?

Alice H. Davis

January 17, 2018

Has anyone had experience with applying hemp or Cannabis oil topically to relieve chemo-infused neuropathy?

Edens Garden

January 05, 2018

Hi Kara! It depends on what you’d like to use it for. There are recipes and ideas of ways to use Hemp EO on its product page and on our blog.

Kara

January 03, 2018

Hi, I just received your cannabis oil. Cannabis sativa. How can I use this?
Thanks Kara

Edens Garden

December 17, 2017

Hi Shannon, no it will not.

Edens Garden

December 17, 2017

Hi Lillian, we’ve renamed this oil “Hemp essential oil”

Shannon

December 17, 2017

Will using hemp seed carrier oil cause drug tests to come back positive?

Lillian Lynch

December 04, 2017

Hello,
I wanted to purchase the Cannabis essential oil but I could not find it on your website. Is it not available for purchase anymore? Was it discontinued or just out of stock?

Thanks Lilly