Hemp Oil and CBD Oil – What’s the Difference?

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What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil? This is something you should know before buying. Whereas hempseed oil is derived exclusively from cannabis, CBD oil can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana. Depending on the legalities in your state, knowing what you are getting definitely matters.

Both hemp and marijuana are considered cannabis. However, there are three types of cannabis, sativa, indica, and ruduralis. The latter (ruduralis) is considered a sub-species by some botanists, and tends to have a much higher THC content, depending on the strain. Industrial hemp won’t get you high, hence its legalization. Marijuana, of course, will.

Now that industrial hemp has been legalized, we will see more and more hemp products on the market. As CBD products are soaring as well, many providers will use industrial hemp-derived CBD exclusively in an effort to sell to the masses. For those individuals weary of breaking the law, CBD extracted from industrial hemp is the safer way to go, unless you live in a state where both marijuana and CBD are legal.

Hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil has been sold at health food stores for decades. Historically, it has been used for both cooking and skincare. Consumers rave about its ability to deeply moisturize without clogging pores. Regarding cooking, it has a nutty flavor and is considered healthy as it is loaded with vitamins.

Hemp oil, as it is commonly referred to, is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. It’s a clear green oil that is harvested by cold pressing hemp seeds. Furthermore, hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or THC (the compound that induces a high).

CBD oil

In contrast, CBD oil is extracted from the whole hemp plant, including but not limited to, the stalks and flowers. Its oil comes in three distinct forms: nano, isolate or full spectrum.

We are now seeing our skincare market flooded with CBD options. There is a reason for that. Research has shown that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps a host of skin issues: acne, eczema, and even psoriasis. Additionally, CBD has a trove of antioxidants. These benefits combined can help with troubling skin issues.

Hemp seed oil versus CBD for skincare

The irony here is that people have used hempseed oil for the same reasons for decades. However, we seem to have more studies done on CBD. Because the CBD market is taking off, people are more apt to buy products marked “CBD” instead of “hemp.”

In all fairness, they are two different products with varying benefits and chemical makeup. Producers know this and yet, are not always honest about their products. That’s why it is up to us to be consumer savvy.

Third-party testing

To ensure you are buying what the label states, find a provider that utilizes third-party testing. The companies that have done so, want to provide the public with a quality product. However, they are in the minority.

FDA regulation

Our biggest issue to date is that both hempseed oil and CBD are unregulated. Consequently, companies are “naming” their products CBD, even if it is plain hempseed oil, and contains no CBD at all. Why? People are willing to pay more for CBD because the benefits are vast in comparison to hempseed oil.

If you have someone trying CBD because they have seizures, it does a great disservice to have them taking hemp seed oil instead, even if it causes them no harm. If they fail to garner any success with the product, then someone else who could be helped may not try it. Everyone deserves to receive the benefits of CBD and it can be challenging to know exactly what you are getting.

Fortunately, the FDA recently intervened and held a hearing. Currently, they have a panel researching the product and discerning what regulations need to be put in place to ensure that the public is protected. Ultimately, we want everyone to get what they are paying for.