What Is The Difference Between Hemp Oil & CBD oil?
The approval of the very first cannabidiol based drug by the US FDA kicked off what has now become a billion–dollar industry. Increasing interest in CBD and the many benefits associated with hemp sees and CBD oil has led to a lot of confusion amongst buyers.
Most buyers are confused because they don’t know the difference between CBD and Hemp oil. Many people use the term “Hemp Oil” and “CBD” interchangeably. The confusion is further compounded when some brands refer to their hemp oil as CBD or CBD extracts.
The fact is that CBD oil and hemp oil are different products. While CBD oil is extracted from hemp flowers, leaves, and stalks, it is generally from hemp strains that have the highest concentration of CBD. CBD, as most readers may already be familiar with, offers a multitude of health benefits.
Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. The problem with this plant is that it does not contain much CBD but is rich in a multitude of nutrients and fatty acids which offers its own set of health benefits.
Keep reading as we go more in-depth to discuss the multitude of differences between CBD and hemp seed oil, so you know what to look out for when buying these products.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD is mainly a component of the cannabis plant with numerous anti-inflammatory benefits. That’s why it is used in everything from skincare products to tinctures, etc. CBD, as mentioned above, is extracted from the cannabis plant, but of cannabis strains that have the highest CBD content. Furthermore, CBD is extracted from stalks, flowers, and leaves but not cannabis seeds.
Cannabinoids are highly potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants and have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the production of lipids from the sebaceous glands. The overproduction of sebaceous is what many believe to be the leading cause of acne. However, that’s just one instance of the many benefits that CBD offers.
Many products may be labeled as CBD or hemp CBD or even phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, which leads to all the confusion. The fact is that all CBD comes from hemp plants but special strains known to have very high CBD content. The extract is then further processed to remove all impurities and ensure pure CBD.
What is Hemp oil?
Now hemp seed oils are along the lines of other types of oils like jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil in the sense that the oil is extracted from cold–pressed seeds. Hemp seed oil often referred to as cannabis Sativa seed oil, is one of the best oils out there because it is similar to CBD. It, too, has antioxidants, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids but does not contain CBD. It is worth noting that hemp seed, also sometimes referred to by brands as cannabis Sativa seed oil, has been available for decades in health food stores across the world. It is the primary ingredient in numerous skincare products and a couple of specialty smoothies.
Hemp seed oil does not have any cannabinoids. It also does not have CBN, THC, or CBD, for that matter. While it is still viewed as a superfood, with excellent nutritional value, it is a different product compared to CBD. That said, it is still an excellent skin softener, opens up the pores, and improves conditions like oily skin.
Products that use hemp seed oil are often labeled as cannabis Sativa seed oil, hemp oil, virgin hemp oil, and hemp seed oil. Some products may mention CBD, but if they do, then it’s a good way to know that they are deceiving buyers.
Understanding the Marketing Behind Hemp Seed Oil
The so–called “green rush” has many brands jumping in to cash in on the CBD craze so to speak. Almost every manufacturer of beauty products or even broader health products know that the mere mention of the term “CBD” in their marketing means that people will pay more for it. In some cases, the allusion to CBD oil isn’t intentional; in others, it is very deliberate.
Now because, as we’ve mentioned above, both hemp seed oil and CBD are of the same cannabis family of plant, they are marketed as being the same thing. CBD is a pretty expensive ingredient, and so budget products aren’t going to use it, which is why they use hemp seed oil and call it CBD oil.
Interestingly some brands may also market their products as hempseed based to mainly avoid being scrutinized by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA tends to regulate cannabis and marijuana–derived products pretty strictly.
So, the question is how to know what you are purchasing? Well, that’s simple, check the list of ingredients. If it is hemp seed oil in the product, it will be listed as cannabis Sativa seed oil. If it is CBD, then it will be listed as full spectrum hemp, hemp oil, cannabidiol, PCR hemp, or PCR extracts.
Educate Yourself as a Consumer of CBD Products
Companies aren’t required to list the CBD oil or extracts they add to a product in milligrams. While it is common practice to list their amounts, if they aren’t listed, then you don’t know what’s in the bottle.
Some companies have received warning letters from the FDA for selling CBD products illegally and advertising them as being safe for medical use or safety in general. If anything, that’s another reason why you need to do your research.
If there is one thing you can take away from this article is that both CBD oil and hemp seed oil are extracted from the same cannabis plant. However, the difference is how they are extracted and the strain of the plant.
Hemp seed oil and CBD both have their own share of health benefits. However, CBD is more expensive to produce as compared to hemp seed. That’s why most budget health, beauty, and other products don’t use CBD but instead rely on the many benefits offered by hemp seed.