Cannabis Essential Oil (Hemp Essential Oil) (Cannabis sativa)


It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowering tops.


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. CBD Oil is produced using CO2 extraction techniques and is also not the same thing as the essential oil profiled here.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Hemp Essential Oil smells sharp, herbaceous, green and slightly spicy.
  • Botanical Family: Cannabaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cannabis
  • Major Compounds: B-Myrcene, B-Caryophyllene, (E)-B-Ocimene, Terpinolene, a-Pinene, a-Caryophyllene, B-Pinene
  • Perfumery Note: Top/Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium-Strong
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: England
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowering Tops
  • Shelf Life: 6 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Cannabis (Hemp):

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Cannabis Essential Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized due to a greater risk of skin sensitization. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 300-301.]

Safety Precautions for Cannabis (Hemp):

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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