To begin with a bit of myth-busting, contrary to what some companies may be leading consumers to believe “hemp seed oil” and “CBD" also known as "hemp extract oil” are not one and the same.
Though both are derived from the hemp plant and are believed to have a multitude of potential health benefits to the human body, there are significant differences including how they are derived from the plant, processed, the part of the hemp plant from which they are derived, the beneficial components they contain, as well as the potential therapeutic benefits they offer.
Why is it so important to know the difference?
Both the uses and benefits of “hemp seed oil” and “CBD - hemp extract oil” are completely different. Thus it is important to know what each is and what result or product you are looking for, for example, a cooking oil high in antioxidants and omega-3s vs. a potential muscle pain reliever.
Due to a lack of regulation, many companies have marketed and labeled their products with misleading, and even erroneous details.
Especially when considering products with trace amounts of THC (full-spectrum CBD) it is imperative to research companies and products thoroughly, as some products may be mislabeled and contain more THC or other ingredients than indicated.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil contains no CBD or any cannabinoids including THC. Hemp seed oil is commonly considered to be in the “superfood” family and can be an excellent supplement and source of antioxidants, omega-3s and fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is created through cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant and can be used in beauty products, or even as cooking oil, akin to a sunflower seed oil or coconut oil.
Cannabidiol “CBD” Hemp Extract Oil
CBD or hemp extract oil is a liquid version of the cannabinoid cannabidiol extracted from the cannabis plant, specifically derived from the seeds or stems of industrial hemp. CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found throughout the hemp plant, that mimics endocannabinoids created by the body and thus can interact with the human body through its Endocannabinoid System. Hemp extract oil is thought to have a variety of health benefits and can be cooked with, or consumed sublingually via tinctures, as well as infused into topical creams, and capsules, among other methods.
Consumers have turned to hemp extract for a wide array of supposed benefits from its anti-inflammatory properties, possible pain relief, relaxation, and decreased stress response, among other effects within the central nervous system and immune system.
The amount of cannabidiol will vary from product to product. It is important to always read labels thoroughly to determine if the product you are considering actually contains CBD and if so how much, especially when deciding what dosage or serving size to consume.
Both hemp seed oil and CBD, hemp extract oil, can be incredible wellness supplements to consider integrating into your diet or daily life. As consumers, it is important to take the time to decide what the specific result or product it is that we are looking for and from there make an informed decision on which supplements to try and through which methods. As always it is suggested to seek a professional medical opinion, especially when taking supplements alongside prescription medications.
Holief strives to provide a trustworthy and thorough resource, to help you make a well-informed decision when it comes to choosing your source of hemp extract. Please note that it is always suggested that you consult your healthcare provider before incorporating any new supplements or treatments into your wellness routine.
At Holief we approach pain the way you approach life: with unshakeable optimism and conviction. We believe natural, and mighty relief should be accessible to everyone.
Our hemp-derived products are designed and tested by experts in our field to deliver trustworthy, accessible, natural relief and an effective alternative to ibuprofen or other pain relief medications.