We need to clarify a major question surrounding the CBD industry. Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same? Here’s the short answer — no they’re not. But we need to explain this deeper as it can be very confusing to so many people trying to decide which product they want to purchase or knowing if they are getting the right product that everyone keeps talking about.
Hemp oil, or for more clarity, hemp seed oil is what it sounds like. Oil that is pressed from the sterile seed of the hemp plant. This oil is rich in omega 3 and 6, fiber, and antioxidants, but contains no CBD or other cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil can be found in most grocery stores as it very useful as a dietary supplement in smoothies and food to add into your diet. Raw hemp seeds can also be found in bulk so you can add them to your cereals, crumbles, or your avocado toast. Who doesn’t love avocado toast!
Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz around CBD oil and its potential medicinal benefits. There are countless articles and information roaming the internet describing its healing abilities and uses. CBD oil is also pressed from the hemp plant. Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD oil is made from pressing the whole hemp plant. The seeds are removed and sent to other processors to make into hemp seed oil. The hemp plants that are used to make “CBD oil” are really making a full spectrum hemp oil. This is where the confusion may start.
Hopefully you are not fully confused at this point! Let’s recap. Hemp seed oil is produced from hemp seeds and has no CBD or cannabinoids. CBD oil produced from the remainder of the hemp plant produces a full spectrum hemp oil that contains CBD and other cannabinoids. The reason it is often called CBD oil is because CBD is the cannabinoid that is notably found during the extraction process, but there are other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
The full spectrum hemp oil aka CBD oil is made from the whole hemp plant and contains many cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant materials. People refer to it as CBD oil because that is the most commonly used name. However, it isn’t technically correct to call it CBD oil. When you’re shopping for a CBD product, you need to make sure that it contains full spectrum oil so it includes all the other good cannabinoids and terpenes.
Full spectrum hemp oil (CBD oil) contains low levels of other cannabinoids like THC, CBG, CBN and high amounts of CBD. This combination of cannabinoids makes the oil rich in its ability to help people suffering from a multitude of symptoms like:
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Full spectrum hemp oil also contains terpenes. Terpenes are natural compounds found in hemp and other plants that add medicinal benefits, flavor, and aroma.