CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds into an omega-rich cooking oil and contains very little, or no, CBD in it. CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from the leaves, flowers and stalks of a hemp plant.
Some regular users claim that both of these products have their own, unique health benefits, especially with regard to depression and anxiety, insomnia, and even epilepsy.
Main Differences of Hemp vs CBD/Marijuana
In order to look at the differences between the two, let’s first look at the similarities.
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) and hemp (Cannabis indica) are both varieties of cannabis plant. Marijuana, however, contains up to 30% THC, the psychoactive compound that produces the ‘high’ sought after by many marijuana users. Hemp, on the other hand, contains very little THC, requiring a measurement of less than 0.3% to even be legally called ‘hemp.’ One of the main functional differences, therefore, is that marijuana will get the user ‘high,’ whereas hemp will not.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil, a product of Cannabis sativa seeds, contains antioxidants, including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, and others, as well as high levels of vitamin D and B vitamins. It does not, however, contain significant THC (although there may be trace amounts from some suppliers) and has very low levels of CBD (or none at all), so it will not produce a ‘high.’
Because it does not produce a high, but does contain desired nutritional supplements, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, some nutritional supplement products contain hemp seed oil.
There are three different general types of CBD oil on the market. These include full-spectrum CDB oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD oil made from an isolate.
Full spectrum CBD oil contains at least some of all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC – though it should be at a very low level.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains some of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, but not THC.
CBD Puroil only provides broad spectrum for this very reason.
CBD oil made from CBD isolate contains only CBD.
Use caution though, because use of these terms is not regulated.
Some producers even use them interchangeably. The best way to be cautious is to check the Certificate of Analysis (COA), a test of the makeup of the CBD oil that is usually done by a third party. This should break down the contents in a way that tells you all you need to know before purchasing.
Extraction of the desired compounds from the flowers, leaves and stem of the plant is done by processes like carbon dioxide extraction. Using such methods, producers can extract the desired compounds, such as CBD.
Manufacturers keep all components when producing full-spectrum CBD oil, and only CBD for the isolate products.
There are many benefits claimed by users of CBD oil, including alleviation of many symptoms such as epileptic seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, inflammatory and neurogenerative skin conditions, and it is even used for addiction management. Research needs to be done in these areas to confirm or deny these claims.
Full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains significant amounts of THC, is used as a recreational drug, as well as by those claiming it alleviates nausea and vomiting.
Other phytocannabinoids and terpenoids found in the oils may also have some medicinal benefits, but further investigation and research is needed to confirm or deny these possibilities.
Does CBD Get You High?
CBD itself will not give users a high. It has no psychoactive properties. It is THC, another compound found in cannabis plants, that produces a high.
What is CBD Made From?
CBD can be made from either variety of the plant, but since marijuana is illegal in most places, the CDB oil found on the legal market is most likely produced from hemp.
Final Thoughts on Hemp vs CBD
Both varieties of the cannabis plant can be used to produce CBD oil. CBD oil comes from the flowers, stem and leaves of the plant, and hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of a cannabis plant.
Most products that contain hemp seed and CBD oil do not cause a high, as they contain very low levels, or no level at all, of THC, the psychoactive substance also found in the plants.
There are many claims for the health benefits of both CBD oil and hemp seed oil, but research needs to be done to back up or refute these claims.