Yes, there is. End of the article.
No!! I’m just kidding 🙂
It isn’t the end but the very beginning of an attempt to explain to you what the contrast Hemp oil vs CBD oil actually means.
Some time ago, Theresa, a friend of mine and frequent reader of my blog, sent me a message:
Maybe you can write a future post explaining the difference between Hemp oil and CBD oil. I noticed that you have articles about hemp for skin but I think some people are taking it orally instead of CBD oil and receiving the same benefits. A search for CBD oil on Amazon leads to hemp oil products and some of the people are pointing out that Hemp oil contains no CBD while others love the benefits. I’m sure I’m not the only one confused.
Her message reminded me that not all people are aware of the differences between the various oils the market offers.
It seems that there’s great confusion regarding the various names of cannabis deriving products and the differences between them
Knowledge is power.
It is extremely important that you know what to buy and what you buy.
First of all, the properties and health benefits of each product are different. Frustration and disappointment are inevitable when you try to treat health issues and symptoms with the wrong product.
Money is another crucial factor. One should pay for what he buys. So, if you need CBD oil you should buy CBD oil and pay for CBD oil. You shouldn’t count on the vendor’s honesty and sincerity; he wants to sell and he could mislead you to earn your money. You should count on your knowledge to avoid any scams.
Be informed to protect yourselves and help others do the same.
The “cannabis market” is a mess. Some hemp oils are inaccurately marketed as CBD oil and vice versa to compete in an emerging and unregulated market. A lot of skin care products are falsely advertised as containing CBD oil to meet the consumers’ needs and increasing demands.
So follow me on this journey. When you finish reading this article you will have all the information and knowledge you need to never get fooled.
Meet the Cannabis family and its members
The “cannabis products confusion” can be attributed to the uncertainty regarding the cannabis plants and their differences.
Unfortunately, these terms are often interchangeable and the result of this is a huge confusion.
The term Cannabis refers to the plants of the Cannabaceae family which are:
- Cannabis Sativa
- Cannabis Indica
- Cannabis Ruderalis
Cannabis plants contain both THC and CBD and the amounts of the two cannabinoids in a plant depend on the cultivated strain, the location of cultivation and the reason why it is cultivated.
I know this brief introduction to the plants isn’t enough. You still feel confused? Don’t worry! You will find all the information you need about the plants in an article explaining the differences between the hemp and marijuana plants.
Now, let’s get to the point and meet the two subjects of our discussion: Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
What is Hemp oil?
The term Hemp oil is actually short for the exact and more descriptive term: Hemp Seed Oil.
The Hemp Industries Association explain that:
“Hemp oil is the common term for hemp seed oil, obtained by pressing hemp seeds that contain low levels of CBD, typically less than 25 parts per million (ppm).”
You understand that the term Hemp Oil should be used to describe the oil extracted by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant.
I didn’t say “is used” but “should be used” simply because there are a lot of manufacturers or vendors out there that do not brand, label and market their products truthfully and clearly.
What is CBD oil?
According to the Hemp Industries Association :
“In contrast [to Hemp Oil], CBD extracts are produced either directly from cannabis flowers that are up to 15% CBD (150,000 ppm), or indirectly as a co-product of the flowers and leaves that are mixed in with the stalks during hemp stalk processing for fiber.”
Not very clarifying?
Ok. I’ll make it clearer.
CBD is the short term for CannaBiDiol, a phytocannabinoid found in and extracted from the cannabis plants and more specifically from the whole plant and the flowers.
CBD oil is a product that contains a specific amount of Cannabidiol, terpenes and other substances
In other words, it is a solution that contains the cannabinoid. CBD is not an oil. As soon as it gets extracted, it is mixed with a carrier oil. This is done so it can be absorbed more efficiently by your system.
Producers use various carrier oils. Here are some examples from the brands I, personally, trust:
Endoca uses hemp seed oil as a carrier oil and so does VerifiedCBD. Elixinol’s suspension choice is coconut oil while Avid Hemp uses MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride oil) extracted from coconut oil. Joy Organics prefers a combination of grape seed oil and hemp seed oil. In Nganic, they use hemp seed oil for their non-flavored products and a combination of grape seed oil with hemp seed oil for the flavored ones.
So, why do I see products labeled CBD Hemp Oil? Why, the heck, do they use the word Hemp with CBD products? (Yeah, I know, I have bionic ears! They help me hear your thoughts :-))
The answer is simple: For legality reasons.
There is Hemp and Marijuana CBD. By labeling it as CBD Hemp Oil, producers denote that the cannabinoid contained in the product is extracted from industrial hemp which is legal in all 50 US states and most countries.
No, I won’t tell you what the difference between Hemp and Marijuana CBD is, now. Be patient and stay tuned.
Hemp Seed Oil: Properties, Benefits, Quality and Usage
Hemp oil is considered one-of-a-kind among oils deriving from seeds because of the essential fatty acids (EFA) combination it contains, including two of the most important for skin health,
- omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid [ALA]) and
- omega 6 (linoleic acid [LA] and gamma-linolenic acid [GLA])
It also contains polyunsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid, stearidonic acid, antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients.
It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As far as skin care is concerned, hemp seed oil isn’t pore-clogging. It cleanses, nourishes and soothes your skin improving its elasticity. It is considered to slow the aging process by fighting free radicals.
Skin health issues, such as Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema can be treated with products containing hemp seed oil. Furthermore, it seems that it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease thanks to the alpha-linolenic acid it contains.
The list of precious ingredients, hemp seed oil is packed with, is impressive. You study find detailed information on all the extraordinary substances it contains, its properties and its benefits to your health and beauty, here.
How can you be sure that the oil you buy actually contains all this magnificent stuff?
There is something missing from the HIA’s definition of Hemp oil. Something that, IMHO, ensures the consumer that the oil he buys is of excellent quality.
The method of extraction is decisive to the quality of the oil.
High-Quality hempseed oil is unrefined and cold pressed. This means it is obtained by pressing the seeds of hemp at temperatures not higher than 40°C/104°F. No chemicals or bleaches are used.
Be careful! There are refined and unrefined hemp seed oils in the market.
The unrefined oil has a green color with a nutty flavor. Above all, it contains the active substances that exist in the seeds of the plant. It has a shorter shelf life and is more expensive.
The refined oil is clear with little or no flavor, it lasts longer and is significantly cheaper than unrefined oil. It is obtained by a treatment with chemicals and high temperatures (270°C/ 518°F) This process stips the oil of most of its vitamins, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and other health beneficial substances.
How can you introduce hemp seed oil in your everyday routine?
Fist of all by getting rid of all the “mainstream”, full of harmful ingredients and ridiculously expensive cosmetics and replacing them with hemp oil-based cosmetics.
A really amazing cosmetics line, I swear by and strongly recommend, is the SATIVA™ Hemp Skincare by Elixinol. Not pricy, but packed with precious ingredients, these skin and hair care products will simply amaze you.
CBD Oil: Properties, Benefits, Quality and Usage
I’m sure that most of you are aware of how important and helpful CBD oil can be to your health and wellness.
In previous articles of mine, I introduced you to your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and the way CBD is related to it.
The ECS is responsible for the regulation and the proper function of a lot of body processes.A deficiency of the endocannabinoid system can lead to several health issues
From treating various forms of addiction to chronic pain and arthritis, neuropathic ailments and psychological disorders, CBD can help you find relief from pain, help you fight stress and anxiety, improve your sleep quality. You can even administrate it to your cat or dog!
The list of CBD’s properties and benefits is long. I will not repeat the things you already know. If you are a new reader, I invite you to take a look at previous articles of mine to get detailed information about this wonderful product.
I want to remind you, though, that the maximum of the results is brought by quality product.
Factors that determine the quality of a CBD product are :
Thesource of the raw material. The Hemp plant is a hyperaccumulator. This means that it absorbs anything found in the ground it is cultivated in. If the plant contains pesticides, bacteria, heavy metals or fungus then the product will contain them . Suggestion: Verify that the product you buy is extracted from organic hemp.
- Production Method. Cheap methods produce low quality and consequently cheap oil. Suggestion: Buy CBD processed either through ethanol or CO2 supercritical extraction. They are the best extraction methods.
- Amount of THC present in the CBD oil. Verify that the amount of THC contained in the product isn’t higher than 0.3%. Suggestion: check the labels or ask the manufacturer.
- Full Spectrum = Whole Plant. Check the label on the product or ask for a lab report to see if the product was manufactured by the whole plant. Some call it Full Spectrum CBD oil others Full Plant Cbd oil. Don’t be confused, it’s the same thing and certainly the best thing. Suggestion: if the label doesn’t help you, seek information on the company’s website.
- Accredited Laboratories Results. A high-quality and reputable brand always provides recent third-party lab results to their consumers. Suggestion: Seek them on the website of the company. If you don’t find them ask the provider. If he doesn’t provide you with the certificates, RUN!!!
- Good Customer Service. A trustworthy company offers excellent customer service, is ready to respond to questions and is characterized by transparency and straight answers Suggestion: Trust brands with an active chat on their site.
There are a lot of ways to consume CBD. Tinctures, Capsules, Edibles, Vaping products, Gums even beer containing CBD. It’s up to you and your lifestyle or preferences to choose which way suits you better.
What’s the take-home?
Lots of producers intentionally mislead the consumers trying to capitalize on the current boom in CBD and hemp products. Frequently their products do not contain these ingredients and consequently don’t offer their benefits.
The only way to avoid being scammed is to be a careful customer.
So, if you are looking for CBD oil, be certain that the product you are about to buy is a full-spectrum hemp extract which contains the precious cannabinoid. On the other hand If you want to purchase hemp seed oil or skin care products that contain it, make sure that this is what you pay for.
There is another easier solution: Trust the brands I trust 🙂
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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.