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Cannabis Essential Oil (Hemp Essential Oil)

Cannabis Essential Oil is also known as Hemp Essential Oil.

This profile page pertains specifically to Cannabis Essential Oil, steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of Cannabis sativa. Hemp Seed Oil is a carrier oil (vegetable oil) that is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of Cannabis sativa. The steam distilled essential oil profiled on this page is not the same oil as the cold pressed seed oil. See AromaWeb’s Hemp Seed Oil carrier oil profile for more information. CBD Oil is produced using CO2 extraction techniques and is also not the same thing as the essential oil profiled here.

My understanding is that Cannabis Essential Oil does not contain the CBD or THC cannabinoids present in the plant. While technically the essential oil may contain extremely small quantities of THC or CBD, the trace amounts possibly present in the steam distilled oil are negligible and offer no perceivable therapeutic benefit.

“The THC component is non-volatile, therefore does not come over in the distillation process into the essential oil.” [V. Mediaville and J. Steinemann, Essential oil of Cannabis sativa L. Strains. (Journal of the International Hemp Association 4,2), 80-82. Source cited in Jennifer Peace Rhind, Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice (London and Philadelphia: Singing Dragon, 2012, 155.]

Cannabis Essential Oil primarily consists of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.

The 10-20% range of Beta-Caryophyllene present within the oil is gaining a lot of interest. Beta-Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene. Beta-Caryophyllene can apparently interact with cannabinoid receptors, and therefore is classified as a cannabinoids according to 38 research papers that Robert Tisserand has reviewed on PubMed. Sources: [Robert Tisserand, Robert Tisserand Essential Training Facebook Post September 19, 2016. ] [ Dr. Robert Pappas, Essential Oil University Facebook Post September 18, 2017.] [Robert Tisserand Comment Within the Facebook Group Essential Oil Consumer Reports, September 25, 2017.]

Beta-Caryophyllene is also anti-inflammatory. As such, the use of Beta-Caryophyllene shows a lot of promise. It is also present in Copaiba Balsam, Black Pepper, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Catnip, Cananga, Ylang Ylang and several other essential oils. Refer to page 520-521 of Essential Oil Safety for a comprehensive list of the essential oils that contain B-Caryophyllene and their typical percentages.

Because I don’t mind the aroma of Cannabis Essential Oil, I am glad to be able to highlight a differing opinion: Elizabeth Ashley finds the aroma vile, and doesn’t see it serving as a single note in a blend. I do agree with her remarks that it is versatile and blends well with many other essential oils. This is certainly an essential oil that aromatically, some will love and some will loathe. I’m finding that it adds depth and character to blends and is beautifully complementing essential oils in all the aromatic oil families including citrus, wood, connifer, spice, floral and mint families.

Elizabeth Ashley also mentions that it’s considered a middle note but that it can behave like a top note if not blended with oils that are base notes, and I notice the same occurrence. It’s no big surprise, however, as Cannabis Oil is typically comprised primarily of monoterpenes which are lightweight and are more fleeting. [Elizabeth Ashley, Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil and Hemp Seed Oil (CreateSpace, 2017.]

Explore the uses for Cannabis (Hemp) Essential Oil. Discover its benefits, safety info, botanical name, aromatic description, what to watch out for and more.

Blue Ridge Aromatics – Handcrafted Essential Oils

Locally grown and distilled 100% unadulterated organic Essential Oils

Hemp (Flower) Essential Oil

100% Pure Essential Oil, steam-distilled from dried, organically-grown but flood-damaged Suver Haze Hemp (Cannabis sativa) plants. This all-flower essential oil has a potent marijuana aroma with green/grassy and sour undertones. No THC or significant CBD. Myrcene and Beta-Caryophyllene give this essential oil anti-inflammatory properties.

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Batch CS-002 (February, 2018):

Hemp essential oil is also known as raw “Terp Oil” in the greater Cannabis industry. Being steam-distilled from dried hemp (Cannabis sativa) flowers/buds, it does not contain THC or CBD. Instead, it is simply the aromatic compounds (like an essential oil from any other plant).

This batch was made from the “Suver Haze” strain of hemp plants that were selectively bred from a popular marijuana strain to remove the THC content and increase the CBD content while also providing close aromatic/flavor characteristics to its original marijuana breed. The hemp plants were grown with a permit from the NC Pilot Industrial Hemp Program in Old Fort, NC at Jah Works Farm, using organic practices. The plants were damaged in flooding from hurricane remnants so were not marketable as CBD flowers. Each 5ml bottle of our Hemp Essential Oil contains the pure essence from 1.2 lbs of dried flowers. The aroma is a complex tapestry. The initial burst of aroma is very much like skunky marijuana; but with focused inhalation one detects sweet and sour green notes with an earthy base. The primary components of Hemp essential oil are Myrcene and Beta-Caryophyllene, which are anti-inflammatory. Humulene (like in Hops) adds sedative properties to Hemp flower essential oil.**

*An important distinction between Cannabis essential oil and blended terpene products: Cannabis essential oil is made directly from the plant and contains all of the trace aromatic compounds that make up the plant’s smell. Terpene blends (available in a variety of profiles/strains like White Widow) are not extracted directly from that strain, but instead are blended from base terpenes (aroma compounds) isolated from various plants or synthesized in a lab.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

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2 ml Dropper Bottle ($20), 5 ml Euro Dropper Bottle ($45)

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