Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil – what’s the difference; well there’s plenty… despite coming from the same plant they are very different products. So we thought we’d give a quick and easy guide to those difference:
|HEMP OIL||CBD OIL|
|Contains little to no CBD or any cannabinoids||Contain high amounts of CBD|
|Made from pressing seeds and extracting the oil||Made by extracting oil from the hemp plant|
|Excellent source of plant-based protein||Can helps regulate biological functions such as mood, pain, appetite, sleep and immune system|
Both CBD oil and hemp oil come from the same plant: Cannabis sativa L. plant. The difference stems from which part of the plant the oil comes from.
Hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the plant, so it is sometimes (though not always) referred to as hemp seed oil. CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from the whole cannabis plant and its flowers. Therefore, its CBD content is highly concentrated.
CBD oil can also be extracted from marijuana plants in some cases, but this type of oil is only available with a doctor’s prescription in rare cases. You won’t find it at the supermarket or health store, and you can’t buy it online.
Why use Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is a great source of:
- Vitamin E
- Linoleic acid
- Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids
The high concentration of fatty acids (the good fats; unsaturated) has also been linked to improving brain health and heart health. It’s also great for the skin helping to reduce dryness and itchiness, by hydrating and moisturizing the skin from the inside out.
Why use CBD Oil?
Well, without wishing to open a can of worms, this bit comes with a proviso, CBD is classified as a food supplement so we’re not going to start proclaiming that CBD is the cure but based on varies studies and feedback, what we do know is CBD balances the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates a range of functions in the body, including:
- Immune system
- Organ function
- Cardiovascular function
- Reproduction and fertility
- And many more!
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in these systems. For example, if you are in a car accident and injure your back, then the ECS begins going to work on returning you back to “normal.” Your body’s endocannabinoids bind to the receptors where your system needs them most to fight pain and inflammation while restoring health and function.
Scientists are still working out exactly how CBD-containing products support this system, but it’s believed that CBD oil can either increase your body’s endocannabinoids or prevent your natural endocannabinoids from breaking down. Another theory is that CBD binds to a receptor that we haven’t discovered yet.
Given the complexity of the endocannabinoid system and how many bodily functions it supports, it makes sense that CBD oil is used for a variety of purposes.
So, don’t get confused think that Hemp oil and CBD oil are the same or that one is better than the other, they’re both great but for very different reasons.
We hope this has helped… feel free to leave any comments of questions you may have below.