CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil
What’s the difference, and why should you care?
In the world of vitamins and nutritional supplements, namely cannabis-based supplements, there are literally THOUSANDS of brands popping up all over the internet touting superiority when it comes to efficacy and benefits.
The truth is, even though there’s substantial evidence that cannabinoids play a special role in helping aid in relief from specific ailments, research is ongoing and it’s up to these brands themselves to inform and educate potential consumers as to what it is, exactly, that they’re buying, ingesting, or applying to their bodies.
One of the most prevalent misconceptions we encounter each day is in regards to CBD oil vs Hemp Seed Oil. What are the differences, and which one should you be using? Allow us to shed a little light on the subject, and help you decide which is right for your specific need(s).
Hemp Seed Oil
As the name suggests, hemp seed oil is an oil produced by grinding and smashing hemp seeds to extract the oil contained within the seed. What’s important to know is that genetically hemp seeds are virtually devoid of any cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, or other sought-after compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Hemp seed oil, coming exclusively from hemp seeds, does carry some supplemental value as it pertains to linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). These oils can also be rich carriers of proteins as a nutritional supplement.
The main thing to point out is that hemp seed oil will be virtually devoid of ANY cannabinoids and as such will not deliver the benefits related to any of the specific cannabinoids you may be wanting. For this reason, hemp seed oils are utilized fairly often as cooking oils and carrier oils for other essential oils, or products.
Legal CBD oil, as it pertains to the 2014 US Farm Act, also comes from the hemp plant, BUT the main difference here is that the oil is extracted using the entire hemp plant. CBD Oil manufacture requires the use of the stalks, flowers, stems, and leaves of the plant to produce an oil that carries a richness in cannabinoid content.
The benefit of utilizing a broad or full-spectrum, whole-plant extract is that not only will you actually get CBD as an ingredient, you’ll also be able to call upon the entourage effect received from the numerous other cannabinoids in the oil, whether with or without THC. Many CBD oils, ours included, actually utilize hemp seed oil as a carrier oil for our cannabinoid-rich products so that customers still get the added bonus of the hemp seed oil’s proteins and amino acids in addition to the CBD.
CBD and the other accompanying cannabinoids are integral* to receiving the benefits of the oil supplements. You just can’t get these from straight hemp seed oil.
While there’s much more information we could provide from a chemical & organic perspective, we believe that the information we shared should shed some light on this subject as we’re sure you have encountered numerous statements in favor of one or the other. To us, neither one is the right answer until you first determine what you want to use it for.
For additional questions, please reach out to us!
*Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.