If you want the quick answer, the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil comes down to this; hemp seed oil is squeezed from the seed of hemp plants. It is highly nutritious and is commonly used in cooking. CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the flowers (or buds) of hemp plants. Research is showing CBD oil to be a possible treatment for a wide array of medical conditions.
That’s the basics but there are plenty more nuances to get your head around before you truly understand the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. The first area we should focus on is explaining just what hemp is...
Hemp is cannabis
That’s right. Hemp is cannabis. In fact, hemp is just a name given to certain varieties of cannabis that can be legally grown under licence in most countries around the world, including the U.S.
They are legal because they do not produce significant amounts of THC, which is the chemical in cannabis that can induce intoxication. Hemp, therefore, cannot be abused or used to get ‘high’.
Hemp is actually traditionally grown for its fibre and seed. Made from its stalk, hemp fibre is one of the strongest natural fibres on the planet. It has used extensively throughout the history of mankind, being utilised as paper, textiles and rope.
Nowadays, however, hemp is being grown for another reason… and that is for its cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.
CBD is from hemp
The cultivation of hemp is increasing all over the world, largely thanks to the growing demand for CBD and products like CBD oil. But there is still some confusion among many people as to what CBD is exactly.
Well, CBD is a chemical found in cannabis (or hemp) that belongs to a group of chemicals known as cannabinoids. THC, which we mentioned earlier, is another cannabinoid. Unlike THC, though, CBD is 100% non-intoxicating. But it's far from useless.
Recent developments in cannabis science have found that CBD offers a number of health benefits and shows promise in treating many medical conditions. We will go over these benefits and the latest studies on CBD in greater detail later on in the article. But for now, let’s take a closer look at the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil.
Hemp seed oil is squeezed from the seed, CBD oil is extracted from the flowers
Hemp seed oil is what it sounds like; the oil found in hemp seeds (which are actually technically nuts, but that’s for another time). It is gathered by being pressed out of hemp seeds. CBD oil, meanwhile, is an oil that has CBD in it. It consists of a carrier oil MCT and CBD. CBD is gathered by extracting it from the flowers (buds) of hemp plants.
Does hemp seed oil contain CBD?
No, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil (sometimes called hemp oil) do not contain CBD. Having said that, some brands of CBD oil do have hemp seed oil as their base oil. The reason we use coconut oil for the base in Specktra Tincture is that it easily absorbed into the body, thus improving the bioavailability of the CBD.
Hemp seed is highly nutritious
While it’s not used medicinally, hemp seeds and their oil are very nutritious food sources. The seeds, which contain more than 30% oil, are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. They are a great source of protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Hemp seed oil has a nutty flavor and is exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They have these two fatty acids in the ideal ratio that humans need, which is a remarkable coincidence. They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked with several health benefits.
As a good source of vitamin E, antioxidants and minerals, hemp seed oil is also often used in cosmetics like soap, shampoo and skin products.
CBD is highly beneficial for health
You’ve probably heard of CBD along with the countless outlandish claims that are being made about it. Almost every day it’s being touted in newspapers and online as a “miracle cure” or a “health elixir”. Anyone who’s anyone in the health and wellness industry is recommending it, while world-class athletes and movie stars are also singing its praises.
But what’s the truth? Is CBD really all it’s made out to be? To answer that, essentially, you will need to find out for yourself. Yes, there is a wealth of scientific evidence showing CBD to have many health benefits. And yes, there is even more anecdotal evidence suggesting CBD could be a potential treatment for a vast array of medical conditions. But there is still a lot about CBD and how it works that we don’t know.
What we do know, however, is that CBD and CBD oil offers the following benefits:
- CBD fights inflammation
There’s substantial research showing that CBD acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent. This is a large part of the reason why CBD products have become so popular in the world of competitive sports, particularly those that are very taxing on the body. Many people also use CBD to recover faster between workouts and to speed up healing from minor injuries.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it a potential treatment for conditions where inflammation is thought to contribute, like arthritism irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and depression.
- CBD reduces anxiety
The antidepressant effects of CBD may also be linked to its ability to reduce anxiety in people. Taming anxiety is one of the most common reasons people use CBD oil and other CBD-containing products.
CBD is thought to have this anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect by binding to serotonin receptors in your brain. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a big part in regulating your mood and happiness. It’s the same brain chemical that many antidepressant drugs target, like SSRIs.
One very important study found that a dose of CBD before a public speaking exercise dramatically reduced participants’ anxiety. This is confirmed by many consumers who use CBD oil to manage their social anxiety.
- CBD may be helpful for improving mental health
The potential uses of CBD for improving mental health do not end with depression and anxiety. CBD has also been found to offer benefits to those suffering from bipolar disorder, epilepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- CBD may be useful for treating addiction
Addiction is another promising area where CBD may be useful. There is a study that shows CBD can help cigarette smokers reduce how much the smoke, whilst this recent study suggests CBD can reduce cigarette cravings by altering the brain's attention bias.
- CBD can relieve pain
Many people use CBD to manage pain. This analgesic effect is corroborated by a handful of studies that suggest CBD may be effective at relieving neuropathic pain.
Other benefits of CBD:
- CBD can reduce nausea
- CBD has been shown to lower blood pressure after just one dose
- CBD can replace commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs
- CBD is a promising treatment for acne
- CBD can protect the brain
Until conclusive medical research is conducted (and it is underway), the effectiveness of using supplements like CBD oil will ultimately be a very personal experience. While it does work for many people with various different conditions, it might not work for everyone.
The good thing, however, is that CBD seems to be a very safe natural remedy. It has been shown to be non-toxic and well-tolerated in humans at very high doses.
Does CBD oil contain THC?
Another cause for confusion among those new to CBD oil is whether it contains THC, the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis. And the answer is that yes, many CBD oils do contain very small amounts of THC - far too little to have any effect or to cause a positive drug test result, however.
Our Tinctures and Vapes are made from organic hemp with less than 0.3% THC. We then use a proprietary extraction and purification process that ensures our final product has less than 0.03% THC as well as removing other unwanted elements.
To keep yourself safe when buying CBD oil, always purchase from a trustworthy brand that openly displays third-party lab results.
Now you know the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. While both are very useful - albeit, for different reasons - it is important to know how they differ. Hemp seed oil is a healthy food source that is used in cooking and comes from the seed of hemp plants. CBD oil comes from the flower or bud of the plant and is potentially a very valuable medicine that is already changing the lives of many, many people around the world.
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