If you’ve been looking at trying a cannabis-related product, you may have found yourself confused by a lot of different labeling and terminology. One confusion that often occurs is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil in these products. As both are used in a variety of products, it can be tough to work out what the difference actually is. This confusion can be even further compounded by regulations on what can be stated on labels due to legality.
As both hemp and CBD oil are derived from the cannabis plant, it is often assumed they are the same or are easily confused with one another. The truth is, whilst they both have important and useful properties, they are mostly utilised for different purposes. It’s also worth noting that, as both oils come from cannabis strains with low or zero levels of THC (the psychoactive element of cannabis), neither of them will leave you feeling high or ‘stoned’ in any way.
Knowing the difference between these two oils can be especially important in order to be sure you are picking a product that is suitable for your needs and that will have the desired results. Below, we have provided you with this handy guide on the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil:
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is a natural cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. In turn, CBD oil contains high levels of Cannabidiol, extracted from the stalks, leaves and buds of the cannabis plant. Specific strains of the cannabis plant that are known to contain high levels of CBD are chosen in order to maximise the potency of the final product. These are also the same strains that have very low levels of THC.
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Making CBD Oil
There are various different methods of extracting CBD from the plant, including through solvents and oil-bases. However, the one thought to be safest, most environmentally friendly and that produces the purest product is the CO2-based approach: Using carbon dioxide, the raw material is put under high pressure and in return derives a raw CBD oil. This method is specially formulated to optimise the amount of nutrients and richness in CBD.
Now, when it comes to CBD oil there are two different ways it can then be treated; kept as raw or decarboxylated (don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds!).
Decarboxylated, or decarb for short, merely means that the raw product has been heated or dried in some way. The benefit of this is that it allows our bodies to absorb the CBD more easily. Whilst the body still gets the full effect of the CBD, it is thought to damage or eliminate other compounds found within the plant that could have potential benefits.
Raw, as the name suggests, is the unheated version, although it does go through a filtration process. This contains a larger variety of compounds than the decarb version, including the unheated version of CBD – CBDa. Whilst the exact extent of how beneficial these compounds are is as of yet unknown, it is thought they could work together, in what is known as the entourage effect, to produce even better results.
Which type you choose depends on exactly the reason you are using CBD oil in the first place. For instance those with chronic illness or autoimmune disorders may opt for a decarb version which they know will be easily absorbed by the body.
Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD oil is thought to have a multitude of medicinal benefits, as it contains all the medical benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC.
Everyday, research into the benefits of CBD continues to discover new aspects of this compound, such as studies into the potential of CBD to help with conditions such as epilepsy, autoimmune disorders and as an aid in cancer treatment. New research is also being done into CBD’s potential as a painkiller.
More than just this, due to its anti-inflammatory and mood regulating properties CBD oil is thought to be a fantastic wellness supplement that can help with a number of issues, including sleep and mood regulation as well being a hormone balancer and anti-anxiety helper. Its status as an antioxidant also makes it ideal for promoting health in the body and skin, helping to fight off pollutants and cancer forming cells.
Hemp has a long history of use in various different industries, including its use as a textile, but hemp oil has shown its own unique benefits. Unlike CBD oil, hemp oil can be made from the seeds of any plant in the cannabis family, but is generally only extracted from the hemp strains of cannabis plant itself. These plants are actually bred specifically to have as little THC in them as possible, making them legal to grow in most countries.
The oil is extracted from the hemp seeds, which often contain up to 50% of their weight in oil, making it rich in nutritional value.
Differences to CBD Oil
The main difference between the two products is that CBD oil contains high levels of Cannabidiol, whereas hemp oil does not. CBD’s work of partially activating the endocannabinoid system in the body is what researchers think help it to have all the aforementioned benefits and effects.
Hemp oil does not work on the body in the same way, as it contains little to no CBD, meaning it is usually used more for its nutritional value than medicinally. Generally Hemp oil is also thought to contain more nutritional value, as the oil is derived directly from the seeds making it high in vitamins like the body-nourishing Vitamin E.
Benefits of Using Hemp Oil
For the general consumer, hemp oil has benefits in the two major arenas of nutrition and beauty – mainly down to the same key factors.
Due to its make up and extraction, hemp oil has tremendous amounts of nutritional value. Hemp seeds, and hence hemp oil, are thought to be the complete package, full of proteins, fatty acids and vitamins. These fatty acids, more specifically Omega-3 and Omega-6, are thought to be in the perfect balance, meaning it is also around 80% polyunsaturated oils (the good kind!) making it one of the healthiest oils to use in cooking.
It is those same vitamins and fatty acids that make it an ideal candidate for beauty products. Vitamins including A, C and E are all vital for skin elasticity and rejuvenation, due to their anti-oxidizing properties. As well as this, its high concentration of oils make it super moisturizing.
Knowing what the optimum benefits and differences of each oil is can be helpful when trying to decide what product is most suitable for you. Using this handy guide can help you make informed decisions about the products you are buying, because now you know the difference between these two variations of cannabis oil.