Hemp oil, also called hempseed oil, is dark to clear light green colored liquid having a nutty flavor, in unrefined and cold pressed form. The flavor becomes lusher when this oil is darker. This oil is an industrial product of marijuana hemp and has its health benefits. This oil in its refined form is clear and colorless liquid having little flavor but without natural antioxidants and vitamins.
Difference between hemp oil and hash oil
Some people misconstrue hemp oil as hash oil. Hempseed oil is a cannabidiol (CBD) oil, but hash oil or cannabis oil is different by product of cannabis. Hash oil is a tetrahydrocannabinol-containing oil made from the Cannabis flower. It is an extracted oleoresin obtained from cannabis or hashish. Hash oil contains cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids, and contain many of cannabis’s terpenes and resins in concentrated form.
Various hemp oil applications
Unrefined hemp oil is not beneficial in different application for which it is transformed into its refined form. The refined oil is largely used in manufacture of natural body care products and the manufacture of soaps, shampoos and detergents. This oil is also used in manufacture of some industrial products such as inks, paints, lubricants, plastics and fuel. This oil is efficient as a feed-stock for mass biodiesel production due to presence of essential fatty acids Omega-6 to Omega-3 in 3:1 ratio.
Hempseed oil production
The common cannabis species that are put to many useful applications are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, but Cannabis sativa is preferred for hempseed oil because tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content is quite negligible in strains of these species. The THC percentage has been further lowered successfully in modern manufacture methods of hempseed oil though content level differs in this oil production in Canadian and European countries. For manufacture of hempseed oil, the seeds are first thoroughly cleaned up to 99.99% and then pressed for oil extraction.