What is the difference between CBD oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Cannabis Oil?

Many people mistakenly believe that CBD oil, hemp oil and cannabis oil are the same thing. 

In fact, although CBD oil, hemp oil and cannabis oil both come from the cannabis plant, they don’t share many similarities beyond that fact. 

CBD oil and hemp oil come from different parts of the hemp plant. It contains little or no THC, the substance which will make you high and it is legal in Ireland. 

Cannabis oil, also referred to as medical cannabis, medical marijuana, THC oil, marijuana oil, Rick Simpson Oil is extracted from the dried buds and leaves of the cannabis plant using solvents such as butane and hexane. Outside of a certain number of medical conditions, Cannabis oil is illegal for consumption in Ireland.

This article will give you an overview of some of the most common differences between CBD oil, hemp oil, cannabis oil so you can make the right choice based on your needs and preferences.


Hemp oil vs. CBD oil Vs. Cannabis Oil

Abstracted from Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society Guide, 2021

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over plus120 naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions.

Unlike its cannabinoid cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive—so it doesn’t cause a high. The two are often confused with one another because of how they interact with our bodies, both from a chemical standpoint and on a physiological level.

CBD is primarily used as a general health and wellbeing supplement. 

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What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant while CBD oil is derived from the whole plant including the plant’s flower -  where all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present.

Hemp seed oil is much cheaper to produce than CBD oil and is often marketed as a “wellness supplement” when in fact, it does not have near the amount of wellness benefits as CBD oil. Instead, it is often used similarly to olive oil and used as a dressing to salads or often used in skin ingredients.


Hemp seed oil


What is Cannabis Oil?


Cannabis oil, on the other hand, contains much higher levels of THC, the illegal substance which will make you high.

Cannabis oils have been used in medicine for thousands of years; according to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (BJCP), cannabis has been used medicinally in South Asia since 2000 BC for its analgesic properties.

Cannabis oil is sometimes referred to as Rick Simpson Oil. Rick Simpson is the first recorded person to have cured himself from cancer (according to his reports). His story went viral and based on his story, people started using cannabis oil to fight their cancer. Rick has a famous documentary called “run from the cure” (available on youtube)  and there’s dozens of forums about how to make his Rick Simpson Oil/FECO oil like this one


Cannabis oil


Is Cannabis Oil legal in Ireland?

Cannabis Oil is not legal in Ireland because it contains high levels of THC. Despite its legal status in Ireland, doctors are permitted to prescribe cannabis-based products for certain conditions.

The Medical Cannabis Access Program (MCAP) allows medical cannabis like cannabis oils to be prescribed under the following conditions:

  • Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
  • Severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy.

Prescribed medicinal cannabis can be administered via a number of methods including vaporisers, sprays or tablets