More and more cannabis and hemp products are being offered to the public and the range is continually 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 will explain the differences between these two products here.
As its name suggests, hemp oil is pressed from hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are not psychoactive (4 mg THC/kg), regardless of the method of consumption. This oil is legal in most countries and is sold in grocery stores in the oil department. Its taste is reminiscent of almonds and it can easily be added to your favorite recipes!
CBD Oil (cannabidiol)
As for CBD oil, it is extracted from cannabis or hemp flowers, preferably from varieties extremely rich in CBD (cannabidiol). Its use does not cause any euphoric effect. Quality CBD oil is only available in places where it is allowed by law. In Quebec, the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) has a monopoly on the sale of any products containing CBD.
Potential Therapeutic Properties
Cannabidiol oil and hemp oil share the particularity of not altering sensory perceptions, which makes them very popular with those who are looking for natural alternatives to treat their health problems.
For its part, hemp oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it can be used topically to soothe skin irritations or even to promote healing. It is an ideal natural alternative because it is also antifungal and antibacterial. Because of these many benefits, countless body product companies are now adding it to their formulas.
As far as CBD is concerned, numerous user testimonials suggest that this cannabinoid is able to calm anxiety, relieve chronic pain, and even reduce tremors caused by afflictions such as Parkinson’s disease. Although the effects of cannabidiol are not yet well documented by scientists, it is already used in the preparation of some prescription drugs.
Hemp Seed Oil
Refined hemp oil is generally classified as a food, which makes it legal in most countries. Known for its many health benefits, it belongs to the popular group of superfoods.
- Rich in protein
- Rich in polyunsaturated omega 6 and 3 fatty acids
- Contains Vitamin E with antioxidant properties
- Contains linoleic acid (fights aging and improves the condition of the skin)
It should be noted that hemp oil contains traces of cannabidiol as this variety of cannabis produces it naturally. However, these are only negligible concentrations. Consequently, one should not expect the same benefits as those found in CBD oil.
CBD oil is produced from the resin and cannabidiol of cannabis flowers. Extraction is done by various methods, each processor having its own preferences in this regard. It is advisable to inquire about the method used and the quality of the product before purchasing CBD oil produced by a third party. Recently, several cases of contamination have been reported in the United States. Generally, purchasing legal products will keep you safe from such problems. As mentioned previously, the list of benefits of CBD oil is difficult to compile since scientists have only recently begun to look at it. That said, many users suggest that it is an ideal supplement to control anxiety and to soothe muscle and joint pain in both humans and animals.
The differences in appearance between the two types of oil may depend on their respective qualities. Indeed, factors such as quality, age or storage method can cause hemp and CBD oils to vary in colour (from pale to darker). Both types of oil are extracted from the same polymorphic species, which explains why they often have the same appearance: a rich golden green colour similar to that of olive oil.
Hemp oil is known under different names: hemp seed oil, hemp oil, food hemp oil, and sometimes even cannabis oil. The name hemp oil is the most accurate. In order to make sure that the product with the above mentioned names is truly 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 with another product, at least if you buy it legally. In most cases, the name “CBD oil” will appear in the product description or on the packaging. The name “cannabis oil” will rarely be used: since 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 to the SQDC, the concentration of CBD/THC is clearly indicated on the product.