Is Hemp Oil CBD Oil? The Crucial Differences Between the Two

Is Hemp Oil CBD Oil? The Crucial Differences Between the Two

It’s in your grocery store. It’s at your pharmacy. It’s in your lotion. But is hemp oil CBD oil?

NO!

With the market currently exploding with all sorts of CBD products, you may have asked yourself this question. And it’s not an unreasonable one. Most of the CBD oil legally on the market is hemp-derived, and it is understandable that people are confused.

The one thing that makes this so important for people to learn is that there are more than a few companies capitalizing on this confusion right now.

As of right now CBD oil is unregulated. While this is sure to change in the future, it boils down to companies being able to say pretty much whatever they want about their product, and put anything on the label. Unfortunately for you, this means that if you didn’t do your homework, you may end up with a product that most definitely will not live up to the hype.

Before you buy, let’s clarify a few things.


What Is Hemp Oil?

The hemp plant has many parts to it. The leaves, stems, stalk, flowers, and seeds are all important and have a wide variety of uses.

Hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. Seeds of this plant are rich in oil, containing approximately 30% by weight.

The oil is extracted by removing the outer layer, or shell, and is then cold pressed. All the nutrients in the seeds are preserved by this process.

What you are left with is an oil that contains no THC, and important in relation to this article, no CBD either.

So what is hemp oil good for? This oil has a lot of great benefits associated with it, including:

  • Can lower the risk of heart disease
  • Can ease PMS symptoms
  • Is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Can improve certain skin conditions
  • Supports weight loss

Hemp seeds are naturally rich in fiber, unsaturated fats, and protein. They are considered a super food, and contain quite a few vitamins and nutrients that are vital to good health. From food to beauty products, hemp seed oil has a place in a lot of things.


How Does Hemp Oil Differ From CBD Oil?

We now know that hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. So what part of the plant does CBD oil come from?

CBD oil is produced by extracting absolutely everything possibly beneficial in the plant. This is the flowers, stalk, stems, leaves etc.

The resin of the plant is where the concentrations of CBD are the highest, so choosing an oil made from a plant that has high resin levels will produce the best results. When extracted properly, this results in an oil that has all the terpenes, fatty acids, vitamins, nutrients, and of course the CBD intact.

CBD can be extracted from both the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, but the difference between the two are the amount of THC in them.

Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) is the compound in the marijuana plant that is responsible for creating a “high”. THC is abundant in the marijuana plant, and contain levels of 15-40%. CBD is also present, but at a much lower level.

On the opposite side of things, the industrial hemp plant has very low levels of THC, while being incredibly high in CBD. This is the reason that most of the CBD being produced in the world comes from the hemp plant, and not the marijuana plant.

THC has been shown to also have incredible potential when it comes to treating disease, but remains for now largely illegal throughout the world.

CBD works within the body by binding to specific receptors that are located virtually everywhere. Hemp seed oil does not have these properties, and is where it differs from CBD oil.


Are There Any Benefits To Using Hemp Oil?

Of Course!

So what is hemp oil good for? This oil has a lot of great benefits associated with it, including:

  • Can lower the risk of heart disease
  • Can ease PMS symptoms
  • Is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Can improve certain skin conditions
  • Supports weight loss
  • Promotes healthy skin and nails

Hemp seeds are naturally rich in fiber, unsaturated fats, and protein. They are considered a super food, and contain quite a few vitamins and nutrients that are vital to good health:

  • All 20 amino acids, including the nine essential ones our bodies can not produce
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Folate
  • Vitamins C, B, A, and E
  • High in GLA(gamma-linolenic acid)

From food to beauty products, hemp seed oil has a place in a lot of things.


 

Why Choose CBD Oil Over Hemp Oil?

CBD has all the incredible benefits that hemp seed oil has, but takes it a lot farther. By binding to CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the body, CBD is showing great promise through research to help with a VAST list of disease and disorders. Some of these are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Eczema
  • MS
  • Inflammation
  • IBS
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • And much, much more!!!

By choosing CBD oils over just hemp seed oil, you have a much greater range of possible treatment.

With CBD’s ever growing popularity, extensive research is being done all over the globe to uncover all sorts of benefits and effects that it has on the human body.

The CBD industry is expected to at least triple by 2022. With this rate of growth we are sure to see new and exciting things being uncovered rapidly. Millions of dollars are already being spent to further research.

 


Hemp Oil Is Not CBD oil

We have the facts. Now we need to read the labels.

As I mentioned before, with CBD being unregulated the amount of companies that have jumped on the CBD bandwagon is growing every day. It’s important to do your research on the subject so you aren’t duped into buying a product that contains little to no CBD.

Take your time, make sure you are looking at the lab reports, and pay careful attention to the labels. Many “hemp oil” products are claiming to have CBD in them, when that is the furthest thing from the truth.

These companies are counting on you not being educated about the subject, and buy from them just based on their claims alone.

But we know better after this, don’t we?

Mallory – CBD Handle

Have a question about this article, or want to discuss it in more depth? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

6 Replies to “Is Hemp Oil CBD Oil? The Crucial Differences Between the Two”

  1. Thank you! I have been questioning that!!!! Thank you for the information and the clarification!!!! I really, really appreciate this! Can you tell us where to buy good quality CBD oil?

  2. Thank you for this great explanation. I’ve been searching for the differences between the 2 oils for a while, and thanks to your article now I know the benefits of the CBD oil.
    You definitely helped with my decision.

  3. Thank you for explaining the difference between these two products.

    I am wondering how a person can use hemp oil? Is it like oils you use for salads? Or is it better to get the benefits of hemp oil from hemp seeds? And can hemp seeds be used on salads or do we cook them?

    1. There are a few different uses for hemp oil, one of the big ones is for skin care. Hemp seed oil is used in a wide variety of cosmetics and beauty products. You can use hemp seed oil to relieve tension in tight muscles, like CBD it has some anti-inflammatory effects. You can cook with it, but only at low heat. Hemp hearts(shelled hemp seeds), can be used in salads, yoghurt, cereal etc. They are a great source of protein and vitamins.

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