CBD (cannabidiol) is one of a group of unique chemical compounds that are found only in the cannabis plant. With it’s growing popularity, products infused with hemp oil are appearing everywhere. A common question potential CBD consumers have is, “Do these products contain any meaningful CBD?” In this article, we discuss hemp oils, specifically CBD hemp oil, and hemp seed oil.
CBD Hemp Oil Vs. Hemp Seed Oil
With the popularity of CBD growing, it seems like products infused with hemp oil are appearing everywhere. A common question potential CBD consumers have is, “Do these products contain any meaningful CBD?” The answer may surprise you.
If you are new to CBD, let’s start with a quick introduction to this exciting compound.
For a deeper dive, I recommend reading the article “What is Cannabidiol or CBD?”
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of a group of unique chemical compounds that are found only in the cannabis plant. These chemical compounds are known collectively as cannabinoids. So far, scientists have isolated 113 of these special molecules, but a large number still remain.
In fact, the cannabis plant contains over 500 natural compounds (not all of them necessarily cannabinoids), so there’s great potential for further discovery.
The excitement around CBD is being caused by the many potential therapeutic uses it has. CBD can be used to treat chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
When I use the term hemp oils, I’m using it as an umbrella term to cover CBD oils and their derivates like CBD isolate, and hemp seed oils.
While CBD can be found in all parts of the cannabis plant, including the seeds, the relative content of CBD varies greatly.
Hemp products that you find in grocery or health food markets are likely created using hemp seed oil, which contains only trace amounts of CBD. While hemp seed products are a great source of nutrition, they contain extremely low levels of CBD per weight, making them inadequate for those interested in obtaining CBD’s benefits.
Of the available hemp oil products that contain high levels of CBD, safety standards and consistent cannabinoid content set high-quality products apart from others. High-quality CBD oil products have established testing standards to ensure safety, and measures to ensure products contain consistently high levels of CBD.
It may seem confusing at first, but it’s important to understand some key differences.
CBD Hemp Oil
CBD hemp oil, CBD-rich hemp oil, or hemp-derived CBD oil all refer to CBD oil. When made from the entire plant, it’s often times referred to as full spectrum CBD or whole plant CBD.
CBD oil is the short form of the term cannabidiol oil. Cannabidiol is a natural component of industrial cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil that has a significant content of cannabidiol. It is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil. CBD oil has become very popular in the medical marijuana industry, because it can be helpful in the treatment of various conditions without the typical intoxicating effects of marijuana use.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil, sometimes hemp oil, is regulated in its production and is tested for THC.
Hemp seed oil is significantly different from CBD hemp oil. It has a thinner consistency, similar to olive oil. Its produced by cold pressing hemp seeds, which alone lack any substantial levels of cannabinoids. As a result, hemp seed oil products that are commonly sold in most grocery stores contain only trace amounts of CBD – typically less than 25 parts per million.
Like CBD hemp oil, hemp seed oil is rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Regarded as a superfood, hemp seed oil can be used as a substitute for traditional cooking oils. It can also be infused into body care products to act as a natural moisturizer for your skin and hair.
While hemp seed oil is very nutritious in terms of a dietary supplement, its marginal quantity of CBD per weight makes it unfeasible as a CBD supplement.
As a general rule of thumb, for the therapeutic value, you should be using CBD oil, not hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil contains low levels of CBD, typically less than 25 parts per million, while CBD oil can be up to 60% CBD and CBD isolate can reach 99% pure CBD. Don’t get fooled by a hemp seed oil product when you are shopping for CBD. More than one manufacturer is trying to take advantage of consumer confusion; don’t get burned, get educated.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.