In recent years, hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil) and CBD oil have made a strong impression in the world of wellness products. Both can benefit your well-being in different ways, but let’s clarify first. Despite certain similarities and contrary to popular belief, hemp seed oil and CBD oil is not the same.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
For those who are not familiar with it, CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the most important compounds found in hemp flowers and, to a lesser extent, in some other parts of the plant. To take full advantage of this compound’s benefits (which we will talk about soon), hemp plants are processed to produce a concentrated extract of CBD. Then this can be used to make CBD oil. If you would like to know more about CBD, see our more in-depth discussion on the subject.
WHAT IS CBD OIL USED FOR?
After the extraction process, you get a CBD oil that has a number of potential benefits. Do you suffer from nausea or neuropathic pain? Some studies on rats have shown that CBD can help to solve these problems. Other studies have shown that CBD has great potential to combat social anxiety and can help people who have difficulty speaking in public.
For these and other reasons, professional athletes in almost all sports have begun to realize this. Many are even making their affinity public and vowing through the CBD to improve their health and lifestyle significantly. Even the World Anti-Doping Agency has campaigned to have the CBD removed from its list of prohibited substances. As a result, many athletes have now been able to join the people in completing with the CBD.
However, CBD is not a cure for any disease and you should always consult your doctor if you are considering starting or stopping supplements or medications.
WHAT IS HEMP OIL?
Now that we have talked about CBD oil, you are probably curious to know how hemp oil differs from it. First of all, it is not obtained from the plant’s flowers or ornaments, but from the seeds. Since hemp seeds do not contain CBD, the oil that is extracted from them does not contain CBD either.
WHAT IS HEMP OIL USED FOR?
Although it offers a different range of uses and applications, hemp oil is just as impressive as its CBD counterpart. Its low saturated fat content and high polyunsaturated fat content are widely used as an edible oil or dietary supplement. The presence of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and α-linolenic acid makes it even more attractive to health-conscious people. It is also known to help some people maintain healthy skin. It is widely used industrially in the production of fuels, lubricants, plastics, paints and varnishes. Even carpenters and furniture manufacturers find it useful as a polish for wood finishing.
CBD AND HEMP SEED OIL COMBINED
Despite the differences between CBD oil and hemp oil, they can often be combined, adding to the confusion. The final product of a CO₂ extraction is a high quality CBD crude paste. This CBD paste is mixed with a carrier oil (most often olive oil) to obtain CBD oil, which is often commercially available. However, this paste can be mixed with hemp oil to obtain CBD hemp oil. CBD hemp oil combines the advantages of both: the potency of CBD and hemp seeds’ nutritional value.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CBD OIL AND HEMP OIL
In summary, while both are derived from hemp and offer many advantages, CBD oil and hemp oil (if not combined) are very different. CBD oil, for example, requires a relatively laborious extraction process, whereas hemp oil is much easier to obtain. CBD can potentially help combat anxiety, inflammation, pain and even sleep problems. Hemp oil does not offer these beneficial properties, but it does contain essential fatty acids, proteins and other important nutrients. In short, both can be a part of your life, but they should not be confused!