CBD and Hemp Seed Oil
CBD and Hemp Seed oil —
Let’s clear up the confusion surrounding CBD and hemp seed oil. It is important to note that these two, while they both come from hemp, are not the same thing. People will buy a product labeled as ‘hemp oil’ thinking it’s CBD and are generally disappointed with the results (or lack there-of). There are differences between the two and it’s important to know before making a ‘hemp oil’ purchase. In this article, when I use the term ‘CBD’, I am referring to hemp oil.
Don’t be fooled…
CBD and hemp seed oil are derived from the hemp plant and can be taken internally or applied topically. Although they are in the cannabis family, neither will produce a high feeling. You can see why these are so easily mixed up! Both products are also sold in the same stores as well as websites. While normally sold in different sections of stores, discerning the differences online can be a little tricky. These days, Amazon is becoming the first place that most people go to when they need something. The problem this causes, however, is that consumers can never be sure, especially with ‘hemp’ products, of what they are actually buying.
Although both of these compounds are from the same plant, CBD oil is produced by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and then adding it to a carrier oil. The CBD is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and stems from the plant. There are many ways to extract hemp oil from the plant with CO2 being the preferred method. It is the cleanest and uses no chemicals. Hemp seed oil is different. The oil itself is extracted from the plant through the seeds. The seeds are pressed, processed, and then bottled right away. Hemp seed oil is also only produced from industrial hemp where CBD can be extracted from all hemp plants.
Hemp seed oil, while containing omega-6, omega-3, and antioxidants, contains no CBD. Hemp seed oil can be used to boost health and wellness and can improve skin, nervous system, and immune system. You can use it as an everyday supplement or work it into your skincare routine. If you are looking for the benefits reaped from CBD however, then hemp seed oil will not provide you with what you are looking for.
CBD oil has a substantial list of benefits including but not limited to, managing pain/inflammation, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular health, nerve issues, and much more. It can be used as a natural method of providing relief rather than medication. It has also shown to help arthritis, epilepsy related issues, and suppress cancer cell growth. CBD can also be taken to improve sleep by relaxing your body and quieting your thoughts.
I know the feeling of disappointment when you have been excitedly waiting for a package, only to realize that what you ordered was not what you thought it was. Unfortunately, more companies than not, don’t do a good job in labeling their products correctly. Too many are trying to capitalize on the CBD boom by selling the inferior hemp seed oil as CBD or hemp oil. Technically, hemp seed oil is hemp oil to a degree as it is oil from the plant. However, as consumers, it’s important to educate ourselves on the differences so we know what we are buying to avoid confusion and disappointment.