The Difference Between Cannabis Oil, Essential Oil, and Cooking Oil

What’s the Difference Between Cannabis Oil, Marijuana Cooking
Oil, and THC/CBD Essential Oil?

Cannabis oil doesn’t always mean cannabis oil. Depending on the person and context, “cannabis oil” could mean

  • a high-THC concentrate for vaping,
  • THC-infused cooking oil,
  • or an ingredient in shampoos and lotions.

Most of the time the mix-up is quickly resolved. Want to smoke or do a dab? Buy hash oil. Want to wash your hair? Buy shampoo with hemp essential oils. Boom. Problem solved, right?

But, we shouldn’t dismiss the issue so quickly. If you put a gram of CO2 hash oil in your brownies, you’ll probably still get high. If you put cooking oil in your vape pen, though, you could do very serious damage to your lungs.

Whether you’re a cannabis beginner or a marijuana veteran, you might have questions about the difference between vape oil, cooking oil, and essential oil.

Cannabis Oil (Hash Oil, CO2 Oil, Shatter, Wax)

When most people talk about cannabis oil, they’re referring to the concentrates you load into your vape pen or dab rig.

Typically high in THC or CBD, cannabis oil is made by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from marijuana plants. That makes THC oil illegal in most states. And for CBD oil, you’ll have to be in a medical marijuana state.

There are a few different extraction methods that affect the flavor, concentration, and purity of the oil. In our labs, we use CO2 extraction (Super Critical Fluid Extraction) to produce the purest cannabis concentrates available. The solvents and additives used in other methods can overpower the flavor of the cannabis and introduce potentially harmful chemicals into your lungs.

If you’re not a fan of vaping, you can add a drop of marijuana oil to your next bowl or joint for an extra strong hit.

Cooking with pure hash oil is a bit more involved. You can’t just replace vegetable oil with cannabis concentrates from your vape pen (at least not if you want your food to taste good). To maintain the potency of THC or CBD oil in your marijuana recipes, you’ll need a fat or oil-based ingredient. And if the cannabis oil gets too hot or too close to the source of heat (like a skillet), you could lose most of the potency.

To avoid the hassle, many people are buying or making bottles of cannabis cooking oil.

Cannabis Cooking Oil

Cannabis cooking oil is NOT the same thing as cannabis or hash oil.

In its simplest form, it’s made by combining marijuana flower or cannabis oil with your choice of cooking oil. It’s easy to make yourself, though you’ll need a lot of flower or cannabis oil—so look for great deals on bulk purchases (like our weekly $150 out-the- door ounces of top-shelf bud).

If you cook with cannabis frequently, you can save time by keeping a bottle of cannabis cooking oil or a stick of cannabutter on hand. (Check out this marijuana cooking oil recipe from Leafly).

Making your own cooking oil isn’t for everyone, though, and it can be nearly impossible to measure potency and dosage if you go the DIY route.

Pot d’Huile is a cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil with an easy 5mg of THC per teaspoon. Use it in your cooking or leave it out as a flavor topper your guests can add according to their own tastes (and whether they want to feel high or not).

For those chefs in states where weed remains illegal, hemp-seed oil works as a non-psychoactive, accessible replacement. Hemp-seed oil is an organic hemp extract used most commonly in low-temp cooking and cold-prep recipes (like salad dressings). It won’t get you high, but it does boast many health benefits and a similar scent and flavor profile you would expect from cannabis oil.

Cannabis Essential Oils

You might hear some dispensaries, labs, or marijuana bloggers talk about extracting essential cannabis oils to produce high-potency concentrates. In this case, they’re referring to pure, amber, transparent cannabis oil loaded with cannabinoids and terpenes.

Other times, when people refer to cannabis essential oils they’re really talking about hemp essential oil. Unlike hemp-seed oil used in cooking or cannabis oil found in vape pens, hemp essential oil has a low THC total (typically below 1%) and is legal in the United States and dozens of other countries.

Hemp essential oil typically has a high concentration of terpenes known for their aroma or flavor. It is used as a scent in perfumes, soaps, lotions, cosmetics and candles, and is sometimes used as flavoring in candy or beverages.

What Oil Do You Need?

Now that you know the difference between cannabis vape oil, cooking oil, and essential oil, it’s time to find the right product.

Remember, not all oil is created equal. Learn more about how it’s extracted and used in our ultimate guide to cannabis oil.
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