"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.]
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.
Cannabis Essential Oil is also known as Hemp Essential Oil.
Cannabis Essential Oil primarily consists of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
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.
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.
All doTERRA essential oils, including Copaiba, are CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade. This means that the oil is pure: there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants that would reduce its efficacy. Each batch of oil undergoes rigorous internal and third party testing to confirm that oils are meeting our quality standards. Every bottle of oil has a unique Quality ID that you can use to view the GC/MS test results from an independent, verified third party lab on Source to You.
It seems that CBD has flooded the marketplace and can be found in every product imaginable, from mascara to doggy treats. Amidst this excitement, however, there are a few reasons you should remain cautious.
Have you ever felt the famed “runner’s high”? You can thank your endocannabinoid system for that. After a period of strenuous exercise, the body begins to produce an endocannabinoid called anandamide. Anandamide activates both CB1 and CB2 receptors. When the anandamide activates the CB1 receptors, it produces an almost euphoric feeling while the activation of the CB2 receptors soothes discomfort in the muscles and joints.
While CBD may not be a good option at this point, there are other ways to boost the health of your endocannabinoid system.
There is relatively little medical and scientific research regarding CBD. This is due in large part to legal and research limitations. Some studies indicate promising benefits, but the research is young, and it is still too early to come to any definitive conclusions about the perceived health benefits of CBD.
There is substantial evidence supporting the powerful benefits of oral supplementation of beta-caryophyllene. Further human clinical trials are needed, but current studies are already quite promising—as little as 1–2 drops of Copaiba oil produce noticeable results in humans.
Without FDA oversight of CBD, it is difficult to be certain of both the amount and purity of CBD a product may contain. Regardless of what a product may claim, it may contain no CBD at all, while others may vary in purity or consistency of formula. “Over the past several years, FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD). As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain.” 21
Four stars for what it is, a super top note. While quite distinct and recalls my college days, I found that the characteristic smell of cannabis in this particular oil is an ultra-short top note, even moreso than the citruses. While some darker shades do extend into the mids, after two minutes you are no longer wearing what anyone would term a cannabis-based fragrance. This is especially true if combined with other green notes such as galbanum and tomato leaf, which can easily overwhelm it. But it doesn’t stand on its own, either, and that’s a problem. I cranked up the concentration to 8% (undiluted) in a green EdP concentrate I’m working on, and it was still gone within minutes even though I attempted to extend the cannabis further into the drydown.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
For information regarding the aromatherapeutic attributes of Cannabis essential oil, please see:
I thought it couldn’t hurt. well I tell you, and this is no exaggeration, the effect was IMMEDIATE. no more heat, no more tenseness, no more searing pain
Safety Considerations: None known. Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided. 6 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
I can’t believe how it has relieved this pain in my body so quickly. It is truly heaven scent (it smells so good in my blend) AND heaven sent, and I am so glad EB has this as an offering. I am back on the site for a bigger bottle and know I will never be without 🙂
I would also suggest that you do not use many other top notes with this blend unless to accentuate the existing citrus notes already present in the cannabis oil.