New infused topicals like cannabis sativa oil, hemp seed oil, and more are providing cannabis proponents with a bold new way to use marijuana. With all the options available today, finding the right oil (and applying it correctly) can make your head spin. That’s why today, we’re going to explore how to use THC and CBD oils.
First, let’s get clear on what we’re talking about.
Cannabis sativa oil is another term for hemp oil, or CBD oil derived from the hemp plant. Hemp oil is farmed from flowering plants on smaller farms and is generally considered the gold standard for sourcing, especially when the processing of the plant produces a full spectrum product that includes all the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. This is the type of oil that Papa & Barkley uses in its CBD products.
Cannabis sativa seed oil, aka hemp seed oil, is an oil made from industrial hemp seeds. These seeds are generally a byproduct of hemp grown for industrial purposes. The seeds from these tall, fibrous plants are pressed to produce an oil that is devoid of cannabinoids and is broad-spectrum at best. This type of oil is often sold in the beauty section or in health food stores. Now, you may see hemp seed oil sold as “cannabis sativa seed oil,” but it’s still just oil made from hemp seeds.
Why Use Cannabis Sativa Oils?
Cannabis sativa hemp oil may provide its users with several benefits. According to ample anecdotal evidence, this oil may be able to help manage a variety of symptoms. In fact, several scientific studies appear to confirm that hemp oil may be effective against:
- Joint comfort, flexibility and mobility: Research suggests that CBD may be able to provide comfort for those dealing with troublesome joints.
- Pain: Data shows that CBD could help with discomfort. That includes not only discomfort from recent injuries as well as neuropathic, or “phantom pain” from old ailments that have healed.
- Relaxation and Sleep: Cannabis sativa hemp oil shows potential as a stress-relieving and soothing agent. In addition, it could help those suffering from sleep issues with falling asleep faster and get better sleep throughout the night.
In contrast, hemp seed oil, also known as cannabis sativa seed oil doesn’t exhibit any of the properties mentioned above. Instead, cannabis sativa seed oil provides a variety of dietary benefits. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids that can promote cardiovascular health and more.
One important thing to note about CBD oil is that it doesn’t trigger a psychoactive “high.” That’s because while CBD is an important ingredient in cannabis, it doesn’t possess any intoxicating properties. Instead, THC (another cannabinoid that only exists in CBD oil in trace amounts) causes these effects.
How to Use Cannabis Sativa, Hemp, or Sativa Oils and Salves
Oral CBD oil is a great tool for people seeking generalized relief throughout their bodies. In contrast, topical ointments, salves, and massage oils are better at targeting localized problems. We’ll cover how to do that in this section.
Fortunately, cannabis topical solutions are fairly easy to use. Just apply some of the ointment to the area of your body you want to affect. So, if you’re feeling joint discomfort in your knuckles, massage some cannabis oil into them. You can even find topicals with warming or cooling effects that may provide even further relief.
Take care to let the balm, salve, or lotion soak into your skin. Basically, you don’t want to wash it off right away! You can reapply as necessary to achieve your desired effect.
Where Can I Find Cannabis Sativa, Hemp, or Sativa Oils?
If you want to experience the possible benefits of cannabis sativa oils for yourself, you’re in luck. The US has legalized both CBD oils that contain 0.3 percent THC or less. As a result, Americans nationwide can order CBD products delivered directly to their home. Want to learn more? Check out our wide array of CBD oils and topical products, including balms and body oils, and see which one works best for you. If you’re in California, you can also check out our topicals.