Cannabis still has a negative stigma. Despite the number of CBD products growing, not everyone’s knowledge is keeping pace. There are still a number of persistent old wives’ tales going the rounds. Especially on the Internet. Let’s try to separate truth from fiction. What things do you often hear which aren’t true?
1. Weed Oil, THC Oil, Cannabis Oil and CBD Oil are all the Same
An infamous statement. Many of those using the terms weed oil, cannabis oil or even THC oil often don’t mean that at all. They’re usually referring to CBD oil except they don’t say that. This leads to much confusion because weed, cannabis and THC oil aren’t CBD oil and do not even compare. These oils have a completely different effect on humans and animals.
Oil from Weed Plants or Hemp Plants
Cannabis oil, weed oil and THC oil are three different names for one and the same product: oil made from weed plants. These oils contain THC and a (very) small bit of CBD. The CBD content depends on the weed plant used. THC - just like CBD - is a cannabinoid. Only THC has a psychoactive effect meaning it can get you high or stoned. For this reason, weed oil is not freely on sale and falls under the Opium Act. You can only use it under doctor’s prescription or if you make it yourself.
CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from hemp plants. Now the relationship is the exact opposite: a lot of CBD and a (very) small amount of THC. So little as to be virtually indetectable. This means that you can’t get high or stoned from CBD products. These products are freely on sale in web shops and pharmacies.
2. CBD Oil is Made from Weed Plants
No. Only hemp plants are used for CBD products. Weed plants contain much more THC and a tiny amount or none at all of CBD. Their proportions depend on the weed plant. However, the amount of CBD bears no comparison with the amount produced by a hemp plant. Because hemp plants are used, CBD products are safe to use without you being able to get high or stoned.
3. All CBD Oils are the Same
The exact opposite is true: there is an enormous choice of different brands, base oils, CBD percentages and production method. All CBD oils are different.
Different CBD percentages
For example, in our web shop you can choose between CBD oils with differing CBD percentages, ranging from 2.5% right up to 20% CBD. Depending on what you’re looking for and how long you will use the oil. Only just starting to use it? Then we recommend you start low and see whether you like the oil. As and when you use it for longer, you can build up the dosage and the CBD percentage.
The Production Process and Cannabinoids
The oils can also be produced in different ways. The entire production process can be conducted cold, hot or partly hot. When everything happens cold, this is often referred to as Raw CBD oil. The cold production process retains all terpenes and cannabinoids, such as the acid form CBDA. When heat is applied (Pure CBD oil) only the pure CBD is retained and various terpenes can be lost through evaporation. Our customers often comment that the taste of Raw is less pleasant (bitter) than the Pure variant.
The Base Oil
After the CBD has been extracted from the hemp plant, the extract is diluted with a base oil. These base oils often contain certain vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids and proteins which can be beneficial. In this respect you can choose from olive oil, hemp seed oil (hot or cold pressed) or organic hemp seed oil.
4. CBD is Drugs and Thus Addictive
According to Jellinek, the Dutch experts on addiction, drugs are substances which influence the consciousness of the user. Drugs can be divided into three types: addictive substances, stimulating substances and mind-altering substances. Because a lot of people think that CBD oil is made from the same plant as the weed soft drug, they automatically think that CBD is drugs. This is not true. CBD is derived from the hemp plant and does not fall into the category of (soft) drugs. It contains no (or an indetectable amount of) THC and thus has no psychoactive effect. For this reason, CBD is also not addictive.
Most CBD producers are completely open and transparent about the content of their oils. You can often look at the analyses on their websites. These also show that the THC percentage is very low or completely non-existent.
5. CBD Gets you High
The previous point (4) leads us on straight away to this point: CBD gets you high. This is not so. As previously stated, CBD contains no THC or just 0.05% at most. This is so small as to be negligible and it cannot make you high or stoned. Not even if you try your very best and consume a whole lot of it.
6. Calculating with CBD is Easy
That is not the case for everybody. For working out the CBD percentage for a 10ml bottle you use the following formula:
Total volume of CBD in the bottle (CBD + CBDA) / number of millilitres in the bottle* x 100 = CBD percentage.
* N.B.: because CBD is often specified in milligrammes and the volume of the bottles of oil in millilitres we multiplied the volume of the bottle by 1,000.
The Size of the CBD Percentage
In other words, the CBD percentage simply states to what extent the CBD extract is diluted with a base oil. Naturally, the strength of the CBD extract plays a role in the size of this percentage. The higher the CBD percentage of the oil, the less in proportion you have to use of it. In this way you can keep going for longer with a higher CBD percentage than a CBD oil with a lower CBD percentage. This means it may pay you to choose a higher percentage.
A Fantastic Product from Mother Nature
As you’ve been reading there is a lot of confusion around the subject of cannabis. Which is actually a great pity: it’s just such a fantastic product from Mother Nature. Hence the most stubborn fairy tales that many believe but which aren’t true. Hopefully we can clear up some of the confusion and uncertainties about this subject.