Both Hemp Oil and CBD Oil can come from the same species of cannabis. The phrasing of the oil’s names and the sheer volume and variety of products on the market can ultimately make it confusing to differentiate between the oils, making it difficult to understand exactly what you are getting. The key way to understand the difference is to understand the two types of CBD Oil available: hemp-based or cannabis-based.
From as early as its cultivation and through to its application, industrial hemp is almost-completely different to cannabis. At one point, all cannabis plants were classified and treated the same; there was a blanket ban on all species of cannabis, with both industrial hemp and cannabis being listed as controlled substances.
Following many years of confusion, with cannabis mistakenly being referred to as hemp and colloquial uses for the substance misrepresented, industrial hemp is currently classified as legal in most parts of the world and contributes to a number of industries, whilst cannabis remains largely illegal or restricted.
Cannabis-based CBD Oil
Given this, CBD oil that is cannabis-based is more legally tricky too. CBD oil from the cannabis plant has the key characteristic of THC, occuring at a level high enough to be considered a psychoactive product. Cannabis-based CBD oil is therefore heavily regulated.
The accessibility of this product is ultimately down to whether cannabis is legal in your state or country. In states where it is legal, cannabis-based CBD oil is sold in dispensaries, where it must adhere to the state’s cannabis regulations.
Alongside CBD and THC, this oil contains an array of nutrients and cannabinoids. The occurrence of all these cannabinoids make it a full spectrum cannabis oil. This means that everything that was in the original plant has been left in the oil; nothing isolated and left out.
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Hemp-based CBD Oil
If you don’t have much access to, or knowledge of, the CBD products and the market, then many CBD beginners might be inclined to think that all CBD products are cannabis-based. Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions and a vast number of outdated laws, this supplement faces too many hurdles and barriers to make it to the mainstream. Luckily, here we have the legal alternative: CBD found in industrial hemp strains of cannabis.
Oil extracted from industrial hemp is overall easier to access and navigates legal restrictions more smoothly. This is because any traces of THC in this oil do no occur at a high enough level to have any sort of psychoactive or intoxicating effects. This is the key difference between cannabis-based and hemp-based CBD oils.
Full spectrum oils can also be made from hemp plants, with all the original characteristics of hemp remaining in the oil. The original plants, however, contain less cannabinoids than cannabis plants. Despite containing significantly fewer cannabinoids, hemp-based CBD oil is paving the way for access to CBD, making it more visible and beginning to reduce the stigma surrounding it.
Hemp Seed Oil
On top of hemp-based oil, there is also hemp seed oil. This is, again, completely different from both of the above.
In this case, the oil is extracted from only the seed of the hemp plant and has a colorful contribution to many industries. It is used for industrial purposes in biodiesel fuel, plastics and, also, in the health and beauty industry: in shampoo, lotions, soaps. Its uses are akin to that of olive oil and coconut oil: a food source high in vitamins, omegas, potassium, and magnesium.
The low content of psychoactive cannabinoids, such as THC, in hemp seed oil makes it legal as a food supplement in many countries around the world.
Differences in CBD Oils and Hemp Seed Oil
The CBD oil production process works with the objective of extracting key compounds from the stems, flowers and leaves, and preserving them to create a product packed with cannabinoids; whether it be from cannabis or hemp. Whilst CBD oil from industrial hemp and cannabis has varying levels of CBD, hemp oil has a very low trace of CBD, if any, in many cases.
There are multiple extraction methods, from solvent to cold press to CO2. The supercritical CO2 process is the method we favor at Endoca, as it is the cleanest and least harmful. Overall, the key difference in the production processes is the objective and result of the methods: a general press will create an oil that does not isolate or extract cannabinoids, whereas CBD extraction processes optimize the nutrients and molecules for a cannabinoid-rich oil.
Both hemp-based and cannabis-based oils are chameleon-like substances: their versatility for medicinal purposes and supplementing good health give them a diverse audience of consumers. Ultimately, the key difference to be aware of in the oils is the level of THC and, thus, the legality and access to the supplements. In regards to hemp seed oil, there is a vast difference, as little CBD is present in the oil, which instead is full of vitamins, omegas, and nutrients.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).