We all know that hemp oil is used in medicines and foods for different purposes. Hemp seeds have been part of many weight loss programs for many years now. However, recently, another term has become highly popular in the wellness industry. It is cannabidiol, also known as CBD or CBD oil. Both hemp and CBD are obtained from the Cannabis sativa and hemp plants. Does that mean they are similar? Of course, not!
Here are some of the top differences between hemp oil and CBD oil. They are as different as chalk and cheese; being aware of these will help you decide which one you should take for achieving the results that you want.
- Where is it sourced from
Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is extracted only from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds are cold-pressed and the oil is extracted from them by using ethanol or carbon dioxide. Finally, all the impurities are removed and the pure hemp seed oil is extracted. This is added with carrier oils (mostly sunflower or jojoba oils) to be used for various purposes.
Cannabidiol or CBD (also known as CBD oil) is extracted from many parts of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The leaves, stalks and flowers of the plant are used for extracting CBD. This contains many cannabinoids, including THC. With each stage of processing, the toxic substances are removed and finally only CBD that contains less than 0.3% of THC is ready to be released into the market, as per the laws.
- Applications of use
As we told you already, hemp oil is used mostly in the weight management field. Hempseed oil is a rich source of fibre. Therefore, it can keep you full for a long time, reducing your appetite by a great extent. This oil is also used for making medicines and creams because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in many cosmetic products.
CBD oil is used as a part of alternative medicine therapy for bringing about the healing of the body and mind. Though it is also used in making cosmetic products because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is more widely used in controlling anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, seizures in epileptic patients and chronic pain.
If you are not sure if a product is hemp-based or CBD-based, all you need to do is to look at the label for the name and ingredients. If a product contains names as hemp, hemp seed oil or hemp extract, it is a hemp-based product. Even if you cannot find the word, hemp, anywhere, you could search for terms such as cannabis sativa oil, cannabis sativa extract or cannabis sativa seed oil. These are some scientific terms used for hemp. Also, please look at the ingredients carefully. A hemp seed oil-based product will not contain any THC.
When you look at the label of a CBD-based product, you will definitely find the words CBD, cannabidiol or CBD oil. No CBD oil product can be manufactured without these terms on the label. Also, when you look at the ingredients, you shouldn’t be surprised to find many minimal traces of THC in it. This is because CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC is legalised in most of the countries.
Some other minor differences between CBD oil and hemp oil are:
Nutrients – Yes, hemp oil is rich in nutrients, but it doesn’t contain the essential cannabinoids that CBD oil has.
Years of usage – Hemp oil is used in foods and medicines for more than fifty years, but CBD has been in vogue in the wellness industry only for the last two years.
Availability – Hemp oil can be purchased online easily, but CBD oil is not easily available. It is available only with authorised sellers currently.
Type of plant – Only industrial hemp plants are used for extracting hemp seed oil; however, all types of Cannabis sativa plants are used for extracting CBD oil.