Ever since CBD (cannabidiol) got a green signal from the US Government, there has been a “green rush” as cannabis-based products are flooding the market. 

Being very new to the market, a lot of confusion still revolves around the names of these cannabis products. Oftentimes, “hemp seed oil” and “CBD oil” are used interchangeably. However, both are entirely different products with many health benefits. 

What Is CBD Oil?

Production of CBD oil includes the extraction of CBD from stalk, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. All these fractions hold a high concentration of CBD, an ingredient that has shown promising effects on consumers’ health.

The best part is that cannabidiol oil offers all these therapeutic benefits without making the user high.

Introduction To Hemp Oil

Hemp seed or hemp oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds have almost 0% of CBD in them. However, the seeds provide rich nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds that offer an array of health benefits.

A sound understanding of the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil will make it easier for consumers to choose the most appropriate product for their use. 

So, let’s begin and explore the differences. 

How Are They Made?

  • CBD Oil:

Leaves and flowers of the hemp plants are used for the production of CBD oil. Then the CBD extract is diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil. To ensure the highest standard of purity of the extract, specialized extraction techniques such as the carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction method is used.

The levels of concentration of CBD are then determined for different types of CBD oil, the highest concentration being in full-spectrum CBD oil.

  • Hemp Seed Oil:

Hemp oil is derived from the seed of the hemp plant and is harvested by cold-pressing the hemp seeds. The oil is often unrefined and has a clear green with a nutty flavor.

Being extracted from the seed, the hemp seed oil does not have any amount of CBD in it. However, it still has so many health benefits to offer.

How Do They Work?

  • CBD Oil:

Although preliminary research has been very propitious in terms of effects, there is not much conclusive evidence of how CBD reacts to the human body. Some researchers suggest that CBD:

  • Obstruct endocannabinoid reuptake.
  • Stimulate the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1, which plays a role in regulating pain, and g-coupled receptor 55.
  • Enhances the function of serotonin receptors

The CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, when bonded by full-spectrum CBD products (containing THC), produce the pain-mediating and psychoactive effects in the body.

  • Hemp Seed Oil:

The absence of THC in hemp seed oil restricts its use as a recreational drug. The oil is widely used for medicinal purposes as hemp oil is used in supplement and helps fulfill the deficiency of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Also, it contains high amounts of vitamin E and minerals including potassium, sulfur, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and zinc/

Uses & Health Benefits:

  • CBD Oil:

Cannabidiol Oil uses ranges from medicinal to recreational purposes. CBD products are used by many physicians, clinicians, and even beauticians for a number of health benefits. These CBD oil benefits include:

  • Inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Neurodegenerative conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer and Parkinson disease 
  • Can relieve cancer-related symptoms

CBD oil contains a long list of components in it, each with different health benefits. The paramount components include:

  • CBD works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant drug. It can also reduce pain and anxiety.
  • THC helps in easing out nausea and may also work as a pain- killer.
  • Beta-caryophyllaceous reduces anxiety.
  • Cannabigerol works as an anti-inflammatory drug.

Since some full-spectrum CBD oils also contain THC in little amounts, a product can be used for recreational purposes. But, of course, a CBD product with THC can have different side effects, which may include vomiting or nausea. CBD oil also contains many other components that are still under study. 

  • Hemp Seed Oil:

Hemp seed oil is consumed after being added to nutritional products, including bread, butter, or biscuits. It can also be taken orally or used topically. The initial perception is that hemp seed oil can be very beneficial for cardiovascular health due to the high amounts of the amino acid arginine. 

Health benefits of hemp seed oil include:

  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Improve lipoprotein cholesterol 
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Decrease the risk of blood clot formation
  • Keep triglycerides very healthy.
  • Benefit skin disorders and improve skin conditions
  • Boost the digestive system.
  • It helps to strengthen the immune system.
  • It can also prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Recent research has also shown that it might be even helpful against cancer and may also have use in anti-aging products.

As mentioned earlier, any conclusive evidence to prove these benefits is quite limited. Thus, always consult a physician before using any such drug.

Side Effects:

  • CBD Oil:

CBD products are generally considered safe. Research has been carried out on different components of CBD oil, and most of them are declared safe and free from all side-effects. 

A medical study concluded it had no side-effects when participants used 300mg of CBD per day. CBD was also experimented on epilepsy patients, and some minor side-effects were reported which included:

  • Fatigue.
  • Some patients experienced appetite loss.
  • Diarrhea.

Though CBD does not have heavy side-effects but still care must be taken will purchasing CBD products. Certain low-quality products might have a higher percentage of THC, which can produce psychoactive effects.

  • Hemp Seed Oil:

The absence of THC makes hemp oil very safe for consumption. A few consumers experienced digestive issues with hemp seed oil during researches, but it was mostly among those who had a medical history of allergies. 

Final Thoughts

So, now you know the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil. Though both oils come from the Cannabis Sativa plant, they are completely different and offer various medical and general health benefits. 

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