We are flooded with information about the effects of hemp oil and CBD oil, but do you really know the differences between these oils? Have you gotten results that you expect from taking one, but not the other?
The Differences Between CBD & Hemp Oil
If you’re pondering these questions, don’t worry. We will discuss the differences between CBD oil and hemp oil, as these are the most popular and most recent hemp products on the market today.
You may have been misled by the assumption that these oils are the same, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, they are completely different products even though they come from the same plant. Keep reading to learn their differences and what sets one apart from the other.
Hemp oil has been around for ages and used as a remedy for various issues. This oil is made from hemp, a specific cannabis sativa strain known for its low content of THC.
THC, CBD, and CBG are a few examples of the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring chemicals in the cannabis plant. THC is the psychoactive component and one that is not found in hemp oil. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It also has the most health benefits, which is the most important quality.
The cannabis sativa strain known as industrial hemp is rich in CBD and lacks THC. It’s the reason why this plant is cultivated in the first place. Once the industrial hemp crops get to a mature state, bloom and produce seeds, they are harvested and dried. The seeds are collected and pressed to extract the oil from them. This oil is known as hemp oil.
Because THC is not present in the seeds of the plant, it is very unlikely that the hemp oil will contain any viable amount of THC. There is a slight chance that a small amount of THC may be present, but with it being a banned substance, all manufacturers remove it completely from their hemp oil products.
Just as any other plant-based oil (coconut, palm, and olive oil), the hemp oil is rich in useful fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. To get the most out of its benefits, hemp oil can be used as a food supplement. You can add it to your foods, drinks, or simply consume it orally.
Recently, there has been a rise in hemp-based products that contain hemp oil, such as personal care products and beauty products, because of its excellent nutritious benefits. It is packed with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins like D, E, B, B1, B2 and B6 that are essential for skin health as well as other organs.
On an industrial scale, the hemp oil can be used for the production of lubricants, plastics, paints, and biofuels. Yes, hemp oil is a great source material that has many uses.
As I mentioned above, the composition of hemp oil greatly improves overall health. It is useful to the brain, the nervous system, the heart, kidneys, and skin. It has great moisturizing benefits for the skin and protects it from harsh environmental stressors. When taken orally, the hemp oil helps the digestive system and its fatty acids positively affect the cholesterol and help improve the body’s metabolism.
We can greatly benefit from adding hemp oil to our diets.
As one of the main components of hemp, cannabidiol (CBD) is the most popular of the cannabinoids and the most useful. Once the hemp oil gets extracted from the hemp seeds, the oil contains a blend of all the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
To produce CBD oil, the CBD needs to be isolated from the hemp oil. The reason for this is because there are strains of industrial hemp that are specially raised to produce a large amount of CBD and very little of other cannabinoids. Once the CBD-rich hemp oil is extracted from the hemp, it is filtered to extract as much of the CBD possible from the mixture.
Once the CBD is filtered, it reaches purity up to 99%+ and is dissolved into an appropriate carrier oil, such as medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil (coconut oil) for example. The oil is now classified as CBD oil.
CBD oil can be taken orally as a liquid, a capsule, through a vape liquid, or as a topical cream. Once the CBD oil enters your bloodstream, it gets absorbed and it binds with major receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are part of the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping your body in homeostasis. This is the process of keeping your bodily functions in normal range affecting your mood, emotions, appetite, sleep patterns and the normal function of the hormones. Our bodies have the ability to produce cannabinoids that govern the cannabinoid system. If this production gets off balance, the condition of your body becomes critical.
CBD stimulates the production of the cannabinoids, restoring balance and improving the physical and mental condition of the body. This includes noticeable improvements in behavior, reduced chronic pain and anxiety, feeling calmer, improved eating habits and more.
I’ve explained the basic differences between hemp oil and CBD oil. Both have their merits and I’m a fan of both. With that being said, to improve the general well-being of the body, I would suggest taking hemp oil. For a more specific health issue, taking CBD oil may be more beneficial.