BY ECHO / MONDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2017 / PUBLISHED IN EDUCATION, OVERVIEW OF CANNABINOIDS, TYPES / ALTERNATIVES / PRODUCTS
With cannabidiol (CBD) becoming increasingly in demand these days, more hemp oil products are hitting the market. You may have noticed more hemp-based oils and other products popping up in your local health food and grocery stores. Not all hemp oil products are the same, however, and it can be difficult to understand the differences between them. For those seeking the healing properties of CBD, it’s important to understand the differences between CBD hemp oil and hemp seed oil so that you’re getting what you expect and need.
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
CBD hemp oil is thick, viscous oil extracted from the both the seeds and stalks of hemp varieties that are naturally abundant in CBD. As a result, it contains high levels of phytocannabinoids, including a high content of CBD, a natural non-psychotropic compound that promotes homeostasis and wellness by interacting with the body’s natural systems.
Decades of research indicate that cannabinoids like CBD activates the endocannabinoid system to bring balance to many of the body’s functions, including inflammation response, pain response, appetite, mood, sleep and relaxation.
After being extracted, CBD hemp oil can be packaged unadulterated or formulated into a wide range of products, including liquids, tinctures, capsules, and topicals.
CBD hemp oil also contains essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is significantly different from CBD hemp oil. It has a thinner consistency, similar to olive oil. Its produced by cold pressing hemp seeds, which alone lack any substantial levels of cannabinoids. As a result, hemp seed oil products that are commonly sold in most grocery stores contain only trace amounts of CBD – typically less than 25 parts per million.
Like CBD hemp oil, hemp seed oil is rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Regarded as a superfood, hemp seed oil can be used as a substitute for traditional cooking oils. It can also be infused into body care products to act as a natural moisturizer for your skin and hair.
While hemp seed oil is very nutritious in terms of a dietary supplement, its marginal quantity of CBD per weight makes it unfeasible as a CBD supplement.
In summary, the most significant difference between CBD hemp oil and hemp seed oil is their levels of CBD. Those interested in obtaining cannabinoids and their balancing properties should be sure they’re purchasing CBD hemp oil rather than hemp seed oil.