Disappointed consumers are occasionally led astray by not understanding the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD, and end up buying a product which does not have the benefits they expected. Hemp seed oil does have some potential benefits and healthy ingredients, but hemp seed oil is not the same thing as CBD oil, and it does not contain CBD.
Ever since the Farm Bill of 2018 made the cultivation of hemp legal, there has been a rush of hemp-derived products on the market, and it’s easy to get confused. Cannabis, typically available in the whole-plant form, contains the full range of cannabinoids, including CBD, and a high percentage of THC, the latter of which causes the psychoactive “high.” Cannabis is still illegal on the federal level and in several states. CBD, on the other hand, is only one of the many cannabinoids contained in either hemp or cannabis. It is not psychoactive (it doesn’t create a high), it’s legal, and it contains less than the legal limit 0.3 percent THC. Hemp seed products and hemp seed oil, on the other hand, contain no THC and no CBD at all. If you’re looking for benefits such as relief from pain, anxiety, and stress, hemp seed oil won’t do it. Check the labels before you buy, and make sure you are buying your CBD from a reputable retailer who understands the products they sell.
Some CBD retailers have used the term “hemp oil” in marketing their products, which only adds to the confusion. If this is the case, read the label. Some products marketed as “hemp oil” are just that, pure hemp seed oil, and contain no CBD. Just to clarify, the hemp seed oil is derived from seeds, as the name implies. Hemp seeds do not contain CBD. CBD, on the other hand, is derived from mature hemp plants, including stalks and flowers.
Also consumers should be aware that not all CBD oil is designed for vaping; specific offerings are formulated differently and optimized specifically for vaping.
The manufacturing process is also different. Hemp seed oil is made like olive oil, it is cold-pressed to extract the seed’s nutritious ingredients. The process for extracting CBD is a little more complicated, typically through an ethanol or CO2 extraction process where the cannabinoids are separated and refined, and then usually, subsequently tested to determine the absence of any unwanted substances and the precise level of CBD and other cannabinoids, if any. The result may be a CBD isolate, which extracts pure CBD without any other cannabinoids, or full spectrum CBD, which contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids. Isolate, or CBD in its purest form may be best for those who may have a sensitivity to THC or are worried about false positive drug tests. CBD isolates typically do not have a flavor, which makes it better for adding to food. Full-spectrum, on the other hand, may impart an unusual flavor when used in cooking (it’s an acquired taste), and it can contain up to 0.3 percent THC, which is still not psychoactive but a few older drugs tests may still pick it up. Full-spectrum CBD does provide what is known as the “encourage effect,” which delivers a heightened impact due to the combination of cannabinoids present.
That is not to say that hemp seed oil does not have any value, it does. It is rich in nutrients and protein and contains polyunsaturated acids and vitamin E. It contains both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well. Because of the high concentration of vitamin E, it is often incorporated into skincare products.
Check the ingredient list. Hemp seed oil does have some healthful ingredients and some potential uses such as skincare, and it is sometimes used as an additive in food products, but it’s not CBD, and it doesn’t offer the same benefits. Avoid confusion by reading the label, and avoid the all too common mistake of buying a bottle of oil with a picture of a cannabis leaf on it and thinking it’s CBD without checking the details first.