If you’ve been doing some research online about the alleged health benefits from using CBD oil, you will have noticed that CBD and hemp seem to be used fairly interchangeably in some cases, and very strictly different in other cases.
There is actually a huge difference between hemp oil and CBD oil, and don’t worry, you’re not the first person to get them mixed up, so let’s take a deep dive into what hemp oil is made from, and how it’s different from CBD oil.
Before we do dive in, however, it’s important that we take a second to remind ourselves that neither hemp nor CBD is has defined approved guidelines currently set forth by the FDA. The FDA does not approve of recommendations for any CBD or hemp product for medicinal or food-based usages, mainly because the necessary research just hasn’t been done.
Due to that ruling, we won’t be making any recommendations about what you should use CBD oil for in medical capacity, and any mentions in this article are not endorsements based on medical knowledge or expertise.
The Cannabis Plant
Hemp and CBD products all come from the cannabis plant. This plant is responsible for producing both CBD oil and hemp oil, but it’s not the standard cannabis plant that some people roll up and smoke, this is a particular cannabis plant called industrial hemp, and it has been bred to be much lower in THC. This is the active ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for getting some people to feel ‘high.’
You may be wondering if they both come from the same plant, how are they different? The difference lies in the parts of the plants that are used to make both oils.
In any kind of herbology, there are two main parts of a plant’s anatomy that can be used, and each produces different or varying effects. The two areas are the roots system and the aerial system. Within the aerial system, it can be further broken down into shoots and leaves, flowers, and berries or fruit.
For many medicinal herbs, the root system is usually where the strongest active ingredients are found. For example, in dandelions, the root system is where the detoxifying ingredients are most concentrated, although you may use the flowers also. Some herbs and plants may produce toxic leaves or berries and edible roots, or vice versa.
For some other plants and herbs, the aerial system is actually the strongest. This is usually found in plants that are generally described as weeds.
Cannabinoids are the ‘magic’ ingredient of CBD, which are found in the flowers of the hemp plant but not the seeds; therefore, we extract CBD oil from the flowers and hemp oil from the seeds of the cannabis plant.
It is due to the fact that hemp oil doesn’t contain any cannabinoids that hemp oil and hemp products are not considered to be as potentially health beneficial as CBD oil or CBD infused products.
Hemp Seed Oil and It’s Health Benefits
Hemp oil should be known by the proper name of hemp seed oil, which would clear up any confusion with CBD oil, as hemp seed oil is made from just the seeds of the hemp plant and nothing else.
Although hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids as CBD oil does, it does boast some healthy benefits. Hemp oil is high in nutrients ad is considered one of the most nutritious plant-based seed oils on the market, containing lots of healthy fats and vital minerals.
It is for this reason that hemp oil is considered to be a very healthy oil to work with, whether it’s in cooking or as part of cosmetic ingredients.
How Is Hemp Seed Oil Made?
Did you know that if hemp seeds are pressed the wrong way, it will destroy the beneficial qualities of the oil and produce a much lower quality oil?
Hemp seeds can be tough to crack, and there is definitely an art to extracting the right hemp oil from them, but with modern machinery making this task a little easier, more and more of us are turning to hemp seed oil today than ever before.
Hemp seed oils are one of the relatively few oils that really should be cold-pressed, which is using no heat whatsoever to extract the oil so that more of the oil’s health benefits and nutritional benefits can be preserved.
In a cold-pressed machine factory, the hemp oil never goes above 120.2°F (49°C), even when it has been strained or any fibres and waste and bottled up ready to sell. This keeps the healthy fats and amino acids intact and undisturbed.
As with any factory process, there is always room for error, but the higher the quality hemp seed oil, generally the more care they have given to their pressing process and filtration process. Therefore, you should only ever be using fresh, clean, and healthy hemp oil from reputable companies that you know and trust. High-quality oil also has a slightly longer shelf life, the average shelf life of a bottle of hemp seed oil being around a year to 18 months.
The Benefits of Hemp Oil
Hemp oil, much like CBD oil, is not regulated by the FDA, and as such, it is not currently recommended for use as a medicinal treatment for any ailments or illnesses.
There are, however, some notable health benefits to using hemp oil in whatever form it takes. Be that in foods, such as butter and oil, or in cosmetics, such as face creams and bath oils. Many cooks like to use the nutty-tasting hemp oil also an alternative to cooking oils such as sunflower oil, coconut oil, and even olive oil.
Just like olive oil is good for the skin and hair, hemp oil is considered a good oil for the bones, skin, and body in general thanks to its inclusion of Omega fatty acids (6 and 3), Vitamin E, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and many more beneficial vitamins and minerals.
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