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What Is the Difference Between CBD Oil, Rick Simpson Oil and Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil?

If you are just diving into the wonderful world of Cannabis products than you are probably where I was when I first started researching this topic, very confused with all the different information that is out there. However, you were probably led to this page because you are interested in learning a little bit more and you have heard about all the great health benefits that these oils have to offer.

So where did you hear about it? Did you watch the successful documentary, “Run From The Cure” where some are claiming that the Simpson oil has helped them cure Cancer? Was it from a friend or celebrity that's dealing with Lyme Disease because this oil is often praised among that community for being a so called, "Lyme Cure"? Maybe you just saw the Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary, “Weed” where a little girl named Charlotte was cured of her debilitating epileptic seizures using CBD Oil? Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that these oils have some definite healing properties and that they have gained popularity among those of us looking for a solution to our suffering when everything else being offered to control our condition(s) have failed us.

Due to geographical factors and through breeding, this plant has been developed into different species and strains, which than produces a plant with different chemical properties. Industrial or food grade Hemp plants for instance usually produce low amounts of the cannabinoid THC which is often associated with the psychoactive effect of medicinal marijuana. However, hemp plants can still produce varying amounts of other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBN and some THC. THC & CBD are just two cannabinoids found in the plant but the two most people tend to be familiar with. Hemp is often used legally for many industrial applications and has been classified as a superfood; Whereas Cannabis usually refers to the recreational and medical plant.

So, to take this even one step further there are also two strains, Indica and Sativa and all the hybrids in between.

Effects of Sativa

Sativa strains usually provide the user with an energetic feeling. Hence, it is recommended that Sativa is taken during the day when a quick burst of energy is required, as it helps to maintain focus and concentration. Also, this strain is good for athletes as it provides them with a boost of inspiration.

Medical benefits of Sativa

Sativa has many medical benefits such as appetite stimulation, anxiety relief, anti depression etc. In some cases it has also shown significant mental benefits with those who are dealing with social anxiety, ADD, ADHD and chronic depression. When it comes to marijuana each strain will affect its user in a different manner.

Popular strains of Sativa

Some classic Sativa strains include Sour diesel, Maui wowie, Jack herer and the Haze varieties (which include Super Silver Haze and Lemon Haze). Some of the popular strains in Canada are Green Crack, Strawberry Cough, Charlotte's web, Alaskan thunder ****, Durban poison and Moby dick.


Hybrid cannabis strains are a blend of Indica and Sativa that is bred in order to provide weed users with the attractive traits of each of the above subspecies.

Effects of Hybrids

Hybrid strains are specifically grown to blend the desirable effects from several genetic strains of weed, and to develop a feeling that usually one could only get from smoking multiple varieties.

Cross-breeding allows breeders to decrease the undesirable effects in a particular strain, thus the new hybrid strain can offer a range of various highs. At times, the best strains are the result of some breeding "accidents." Other forms, though, such as Charlotte’s Web (a high CBD strain that is used to treat children with epilepsy) is the result of careful breeding.

Medical benefits of Hybrids

Hybrid strains of marijuana are specifically bred to produce certain effects for medicinal purposes. An example of medical benefits of hybrids includes Blue Dream, which is beneficial for treating anxiety so that the individual can feel comfortable in social situations.

Popular Hybrid strains of cannabis

Some of the most popular ones include Cinderella 99, OG Kush, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue 4, Dutch treat, Banana kush, ACDC, Juicy Fruit and Girl scout cookies.