Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are very different products, although often mistaken for each other.
CBD oil uses the stalks leaves, and flowers of the plant in its production. These contain a higher concentration of CBD, which is a compound with numerous potential health benefits. Meanwhile, seed oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds do not contain CBD, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids and useful bioactive compounds that can also have health benefits.
Hemp and CBD oils are unique and highly beneficial wellness products that can be used to improve health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. As they derive from separate parts of the cannabis plant, their benefits and uses differ. Read on for more information and to work out which product may be right for you.
Hemp: Nature’s Most Perfectly Balanced Oil
The oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from the cannabis plant. Think of marijuana – hemp is similar, except it contains little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that gets people ‘high.’ Instead of THC, this plant contains cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that modern day medicine uses to treat a number of ailments.
Hemp oil benefits are wide and varied. For example, it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest and most well-balanced oils, as it is rich in an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 – essential for eye and brain health, ADHD, depression, heart disease, and metabolic disorders. As oil has one of the lowest amounts of saturated fat, it is considered one of the best health oils on the market.
Health Benefits of Hemp Oil
As well as the abundance of fatty acids that nourish and moisturise skin, the oil is herbal and has almost no side effects. It is used to prevent skin disorders like psoriasis, acne and dry skin, and is great for hair health.
We recommend massaging the scalp with the oil, as it is known to improve blood circulation in the head and the brain. Washing your hair with oil-based shampoos and conditioners is proven to thicken the hair texture over time, prevent dandruff, and nourish follicles that promote healthy growth.
Loss of hair is also reduced through the use of hemp, and scalp infections such as psoriasis are kept at bay.
CBD Oil: Get the Facts
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are extracted from the plant and into an oil, which is why CBD oil is exactly what it sounds like. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and ‘carry’ them to the skin. This is because most oils are potent in their raw form and can cause irritation when applied directly.
CBD oil extraction is still the most popular form of withdrawal and is often the carrier of choice when oils are made at home. Extracting CBD involves isolating the chemical compound from the surrounding plant material and distilling it in high concentrations. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to deliver a feeling of relaxation and calm without the intake of harsh smoke.
Unlike THC – the component that gets you ‘high’ (aka. the main active ingredient in marijuana), CBD is not a psychoactive and therefore will not produce the same feelings that smoking marijuana will.
Research shows that cannabinoids have beneficial effects on both physical and mental health, and extraction into an oil makes it easier to consume with less trouble.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Buyers will generally find three different types of CBD oil available on the market:
- Full-spectrum CBD oil – which contains all compounds of the Cannabis plant, including low level THC
- Broad-spectrum CBD oil – which contains several compounds of the Cannabis plant, but not THC
- CBD isolate oil – which simply contains pure CBD
Two of the main possible health benefits of using this include reducing inflammation and pain.
Whilst people use CBD oil for different reasons, some common reasons include for the reduction of pain, to control anxiety and managing seizures. Some of the other health issues that may benefit from CBD oil include:
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Sleep disorder
- Migraine, cluster and other headaches
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
We always encourage people who use CBD oil for medical reasons to speak with their doctor first, to ensure the oil is safe to use and determine whether CBD is more effective than other conventional medications.