The difference between hemp oil versus CBD oil
Topic: hemp oil for pain
More and more cannabis or hemp products are offered to the public and the range is continuously expanding. This variety is welcome since it meets different needs. CBD oil and hemp oil are two particularly popular options. To help you find your way around, we explain the differences between these two products here.
As the name suggests, hemp oil is pressed from hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are not psychoactive (4 mg THC/kg), regardless of method of consumption. This oil is legal in most countries, and is sold in grocery stores in the oil aisle. Its taste is reminiscent of almonds, and it can easily be added to your favorite recipes!
CBD oil (cannabidiol)
CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted from cannabis or hemp flowers, preferably from varieties that are extremely rich in CBD (cannabidiol). Its use does not cause any effect of euphoria. Quality CBD oil is only for sale where permitted by law. In Quebec, the Quebec Cannabis Society (SQDC) has a monopoly on the sale of products containing CBD.
Potential therapeutic properties
Cannabidiol oil and hemp oil share the distinction of not altering sensory perceptions, which makes them very popular with those looking for natural alternatives to treat their health problems.
For its part, hemp oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is therefore possible to use it topically to calm skin irritations, or even to promote healing. It is an ideal natural alternative, as it is also antifungal and antibacterial. Because of these many benefits, many body product companies are now adding them to their formulas.
As for CBD, the many user testimonials suggest that this cannabinoid is able to calm anxiety, chronic pain and even reduce tremors caused by conditions like Parkinson’s. Although the effects of cannabidiol are not yet well documented by scientists, it is already used in the preparation of certain prescription drugs.
Refined hemp oil is generally classified as a food, which makes it legal in most countries. Renowned for its many health benefits, it is part of the popular group of superfoods.
- Rich in protein
- Rich in omega 6 and 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Contains vitamin E with antioxidant properties
- Contains linoleic acid (combats aging and improves skin condition)
It should be noted that hemp oil contains traces of cannabidiol, as this variety of cannabis produces it naturally. That said, these are only negligible concentrations. So don’t expect to get the same benefits as if you were consuming CBD oil.
CBD oil is produced from the resin and cannabidiol of cannabis flowers. The extraction is done by various methods, each processor having their preferences on this subject. It is advisable to inquire about the method used and the quality of the product before buying CBD oil produced by a third party. Recently, several cases of contamination have been reported in the United States. Generally, getting legal products will keep you safe from such problems. As mentioned earlier, the list of benefits of CBD oil is difficult to compile since scientists have only recently become interested in it. That said, a large number of users suggest that it is an ideal supplement for controlling anxiety and calming muscle and joint pain, both in humans and animals.
The differences in appearance between the two types of oil may depend on their respective quality. Indeed, factors such as quality, age or storage method can cause the shades (from pale to darker) of hemp and CBD oils to vary. Both types of oil are extracted from the same polymorphic species, which is why they often have the same appearance: a rich golden green hue, similar to that of olive oil.
Hemp oil is known by different names: hemp seed oil, hempseed oil, edible hemp oil and sometimes even cannabis oil. The name hemp oil is the fairest. In order to make sure that the product bearing the names mentioned above is really hemp oil, you only have to consult the list of ingredients. This will clarify any doubts that may arise from erroneous or vague terms, often used for marketing or packaging reasons.
On the other hand, it is very rare to confuse CBD oil for another product, at least, if it is obtained legally. In the majority of cases, the name “CBD oil” will appear in the product description or on the packaging. The name “cannabis oil” will rarely be used: as cannabidiol is a sought-after component in the medicinal cannabis industry, it would be truly counterproductive not to mention its presence. In the case of products sold legally at the SQDC, the concentration of CBD/THC is clearly marked on the product.