Hemp - ‘Oils ain’t Oils’… Discover the differences!

Author: Teresa McDowell  Date Posted:23 May 2018 

Much has been shared in the media over recent times regarding hemp oil or ‘medicinal cannabis’.  For many people confusion remains around the differences between cannabis oil and hemp ‘seed’ oil.  Today I will endeavour to clear up some of that confusion.

Cannabis oil (sometimes referred to as ‘hemp oil’) is extracted from the flowering head and leaf of the cannabis plant.  Tinctures and oils made up of high THC (tetrahydrocannabidoids) and CBD (Cannabidiol) oil are used medicinally to treat chronic and terminal illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, PTSD, pain etc.

Medicinal cannabis is only legally available through prescription and access is currently very restrictive in Australia.   More needs to be done to allow sufferers quick, affordable and safe access.

CBD oil (the non-psychoactive cannabinoid) is also scheduled as a class 4 drug leaving sufferers with no option but to go through the lengthy TGA process via a GP willing to support them.  There is necessarily no guarantee however of a successful outcome.  The current process seems morally bankrupt given this healing herb has no toxic or hallucinogenic side effects.  I would remind our regulators and legislators that one of the fundamental principles of medicine is ‘do no harm’.   What harm are we doing as a society when nature is criminalised?

Hemp ‘seed’ oil is a dark, golden-green oil cold pressed from the industrial hemp seed and doesn’t contain any of the psychotropic properties of medicinal cannabis. It has very low levels of THC, down to 0.3% with a maximum of 1%.

Akin to a health supplement (such as fish oil) it may help prevent conditions such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and auto immune diseases by limiting the inflammatory process.

With the perfect balance of omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), hemp seed oil is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds which is beneficial when dealing with degenerative diseases caused by inflammation.

A nutritional powerhouse, hemp seed oil is rich in essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, vitamin E, D & A.  Healthy fats (EFA’s) and plant-based proteins help maintain heart health, lower blood cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.

Hemp seeds and oil are now legal to consume in Australia with regulations enacted on November 12, 2017.  This finally brings Australia in line with the rest of the western world and Aussie consumers can now enjoy the health benefits and delicious treats hemp foods offer.


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