When you see a hemp oil product, you likely think it’s some form of CBD. They seem like the same thing, so why not? In reality, they aren’t the same at all. So, what makes them so vastly different?
What is CBD?
CBD, also known as Cannibidiol, is the latest trend in alternative medicine and it’s produced in different forms including balm, vape oil and gummies. Cannabidiol is one of the many ingredients found in Cannabis Sativa plants and is produced in both marijuana and hemp. CBD does not cause a high like marijuana since the amount of THC in CBD is incredibly low at 0.3% or less, according to federal regulations. While the FDA has approved one CBD product to treat two types of epilepsy, currently there isn’t much of any research and data on CBD to support its use for treatment.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from pressed hemp seeds. Hemp oil is edible since it is derived from seeds and is made of many essential nutrients including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, plus a good source of protein. Because of this, hemp oil is primarily used as a food oil or a dietary supplement.
What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD?
Unlike CBD or CBD oil, hemp oil is only made up of the hemp seeds while CBD is made up of the rest of the plant, including stalks and leaves. This also means that hemp oil does not contain any CBD because the seeds are the only part of the hemp plant that doesn’t contain CBD. Hemp oil also does not contain THC since it isn’t found in the seeds, but there can be trace amounts found within it depending on the manufacturing process. When using CBD oil, it is recommended to take it under the tongue since ingestion isn’t as effective while hemp can be ingested.
While both hemp oil and CBD are made from hemp plants, knowing their differences is key to understanding these products and their uses.