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Hemp Oil Vs. CBD Oil: What’s The Difference?

Until recently, federal regulation in the U.S. meant that industrial hemp could not be cultivated for commercial use. It wasn't until the 2018 Farm Bill that farmers could grow and sell hemp plant extracts—namely, hemp oil and CBD oil. Since then, these products have hit the market quickly and with much fanfare, but with increasing popularity comes increasing confusion. This blog post is to help clear up any confusion between the two.

The main difference between hemp oil vs CBD oil, is that hemp oil has little to no CBD content. Hemp Oil is made by cold-pressing the hemp seeds into an omega-rich culinary oil. CBD oil is made by extracting the compound CBD from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of a hemp plant. However, both hemp oil and CBD oil, have their own purposes for being used.

Hemp products are gaining popularity by being produced into products such as hemp milk, hemp seeds, hemp protein powders, and of course the most popular being hemp oil itself. All of these are made from the hemp seed. One of the most common questions we get from people who are new to learning about cannabis products is: Are hemp oil and CBD oil the same thing? The quick answer is no but we will cover the differences below.

Where Does Hemp Oil & CBD Oil Come From?

When considering the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil, it’s good to look at the broader picture of where they come from. Both marijuana and hemp are varieties of the cannabis plant. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that while marijuana can contain up to 30%, or more, of the psychoactive compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp contains virtually none (typically below 0.3%). Most state laws require that CBD products be extracted from the hemp plant as opposed to marijuana. Because of this both hemp oil and CBD oil usually come from the same source. We say usually because it is possible to extract CBD from traditional marijuana depending on what state you reside and their laws.

Why Do People Take Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil can be a healthy food additive or taken as a daily supplement as it contains absolutely no trans-fats. It is also rich in omegas being high in both omega-3 and omega-6. It also contains less saturated fats then other traditional food oils. For example, olive oil has a higher saturated fat content and a lower omega content then hemp oil. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that many experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation and the immune system. Gamma linolenic acid (or GLA) is part of the omega-6 family and is known for its role in easing the symptoms of PMS and supporting the growth of healthy skin, hair, and nails. Meanwhile omega-9 plays a role in promoting heart health by supporting balanced cholesterol levels and improving immune function.

Why Do People Take CBD Oil?

CBD oil continues to gain popularity as people search for new holistic ways to take care of themselves. As of March 2022, CBD has still not been approved by the FDA. Because of this we legally cannot make any health claims or risk being shut down. We highly recommend doing a quick Google search on the health benefits of CBD. CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid system (ECS). Every mammal on the planet has an Endocannabinoid system which is why CBD products are being popular for pets as well. The Endocannabinoid system is put back into a homeostasis level when CBD is taken into the body and interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. A persons Endocannabinoid system is apart of their Central Nervous System and therefor plays a major role in mood, temperature, cognitive function, and muscle repair.

Is Hemp Oil Better Then CBD Oil?

We can’t say that one is better then the other as they both serve their own unique purposes. People tend to take their hemp oil its nutritional benefits. CBD oil is more commonly used for medicinal reasons, which due to not being FDA approved we are not allowed to list. It should be noted that It’s perfectly safe to take hemp oil and CBD oil at together. Even combining different CBD products is considered a completely safe thing to do. Some companies even use hemp oil as their CBD oil’s carrier oil to get the benefits of extra omega supplements. At reLeaf Therapy we use MCT oil as the carrier oil because of the amazing health benefits and is the best carrier oil for assisting in the absorption rate of CBD.

Is There Anything That I Should Be Aware Of?

Yes. Be very wary of cheap CBD products without lab testing. It is not uncommon for companies to mislabel regular hemp oil as CBD oil. Unfortunately, this is more common then most people realize.

To Sum It All Up.

The main difference between hemp oil and CBD oil comes down to the cannabinoid content. Cannabinoids are beneficial plant compounds, including THC, CBD, and others. Both hemp oil and hemp-derived CBD products are legal and contain less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana.

Hemp oil is usually hemp seed extract that contains no cannabinoids. CBD oil is the isolated extract of a single cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), but can also come in Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum formulas that include additional cannabinoids. When taken together, cannabinoids have a synergistic effect, called the entourage effect. If you are looking to reap the benefits of the entourage effect, you should try full-spectrum hemp oil. If you are concerned about THC, even in small amounts, you should try CBD in an Isolate oil or Broad-Spectrum oil.