As you research CBD and CBD infused products, you’ve probably come across various terms when researching CBD, including CBD oil, hemp oil, full-spectrum oil and broad-spectrum oil, to name a few. You may have even seen advertisements for hemp seeds and wondered what’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. CBD oil and hemp seed oil products originate from the same plant, but their properties have little in common. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil.
What is CBD?
CBD is “short” for Cannabidiol, and is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant. By definition, cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis plant. The most recognizable cannabinoid is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it’s commonly referred to. Unlike, it’s sister THC, CBD does not provide users with the euphoric feeling or the feeling of being high. Thus, CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is being been touted for its many benefits. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical with no intoxicating effects, but with many alleged benefits including decreasing pain and inflammation in the body. Although, none of these mentioned benefits have been approved for use by the FDA. MBH encourages anyone who is taking CBD or who is considering taking CBD to consult with their doctor.
As mentioned above, CBD and hemp seed oils originate from the plant, Cannabis sativa plant, but there are key differences worth noting. Let’s explore.
CBD oil derived from industrial hemp, is made by extracting the CBD from a hemp plant’s flowers and leaves. By using special extraction processes, manufacturers can draw out extracts rich in CBD and other phytonutrients. Any CBD product derived from hemp is required to contain less 0.3% of THC.
Hemp-derived CBD oil comes in three varieties:
- Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all compounds of the hemp plant. These compounds include cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients. Notably a small amount of THC is present, but needs to be under the legal limit of 0.3%, respectively.
- Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains several compounds of the hemp plant and usually no THC. In some products, however, there might be an undetectable amount of THC and only a highly sensitive test can detect the presence. So, similar to full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum oil also contains cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients.
- CBD isolate is a CBD oil made using CBD isolate, which contains pure cannabidiol and nothing else. Isolate is said to be 99.99% CBD. Moreover, CBD isolate products do not contain any other phytonutrients mentioned above.
CBD Oil Uses
Hemp-derived CBD oil has a variety of uses including the following:
- Food additive
- Bath bombs
- Pet products
- As additives to vape cartridges.
Now that we’ve covered the uses of hemp- derived CBD, it’s time to look at the benefits and uses of hemp seed oil.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is similar to hemp-derived CBD oil in that it is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp seed oil is extracted specifically from the hemp seeds (surprise, surprise) of the plant. The seeds do not contain CBD, but have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds that can also have health benefits. Nutrients like essential fatty acids including Omega 6 and Omega 3, both of which are unsaturated fats or “good fats”, plus all nine essential amino acids which your body uses to make protein. Hemp seed oil that is made from hemp seeds also is packed with minerals and nutrients including vitamin C, carotene, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, iron, zinc- all of which are useful compounds for medicinal purposes.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefit
Oil made using hemp seeds possess it own set of health benefits and is a direct function of the minerals and nutrients found in hemp seeds. Some studies show that oil derived from hemp seeds can be beneficial for your skin and your heart, as well as, for inflammation.
We also know that the amino acid arginine may contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system. This amino acid is known to produce nitric oxide which dilates and relaxes blood vessels.
Other studies have shown hemp seed oil is good for skin with eczema and the fatty acids in the seed may improve overall skin dryness.
Given research surrounding the benefit of hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, it’s no wonder that hemp seed oil has found a place in many mainstream products.
Hemp Seed Oil Uses
While different from hemp-plant CBD oil, hemp seed oil manufactured from hemp seeds has many uses in:
- Nutritional supplements;
- Manufacturing clothes and fibers;
- Face masks;
- Creams; and
What Happens to hemp seed and CBD come together?
The plentiful benefits of hemp seeds and oils, derived from these hemp seeds makes it a great candidate for many consumer products. Hemp seed oil is even used as a carrier oil for CBD. The oil has a nutty flavor that is well received by individuals who have particular palates. Many CBD products that use CBD, primarily in a tincture form, are taken under the tongue. This type of sublingual administration has a good bioavailability. Effects can take up to an hour to be felt and last as long as six hours depending on how your body metabolizes the oil.
Still Unsure? Mind Body Hemp Is Here to Help
If you are still unsure about the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, or if you have any questions about our products, feel free to contact us at Mind Body Hemp! We believe in our products, and want to share our experiences to help you live better. We are committed to helping you find the hemp products right for you. We carry CBD infused products including CBD tinctures; CBD for dogs; CBD topicals; CBD bath bombs and even CBD coffee! As avid hemp users ourselves, we can’t wait to help you plot a course to a healthier tomorrow!