Getting confused between hemp and CBD is one thing, but considering them to be the same is a whole different story! These are two very different entities, however given that we live in a world that’s only recently understood the true health benefits of cannabis, deeming hemp and CBD to be the same is a common mistake.
Hemp oil and CBD oil both come from the Cannabis sativa plant, so the confusion is legit. There are however some very distinct differences in the two oils, that many of us use interchangeably.
Cannabidiol Oil or CBD Oil
Cannabidiol or CBD is the compound derived from the cannabis plant that is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is used in everything from pain-relieving concoctions to skin-care products. It’s extracted from the stalks, leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant and is one of the hundreds of active compounds found in the plant. It’s a powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which is why it significantly helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
Contrary to popular belief, CBD is not exactly ‘new in the market’; for centuries it’s been known to relieve pain related to arthritis, joints, headaches, muscle aches and neuropathic conditions, as well as skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, sunburn, bug bites and even psoriasis by topical application.
Taking CBD oil can garner a relief from anxiety and induce a sense of well-being. The cannabinoids (bioactive compounds of the cannabis plant) are potent, highly anti-inflammatory antioxidants in themselves and have been proven in multiple studies to reduce lipid products from the sebum glands – the overproduction of sebum is the cause of acne.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a cold-pressed extract from seeds and may sometimes also be referred to as Cannabis sativa seed oil. It is a super-seed that has high concentrations of antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil has no CBD, THC or CBN and has been available in food stores for years, it’s a common ingredient in smoothies. It also falls under the superfood category and can add great nutritional value to your diet.
Hemp oil is also used in skin care, it’s a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t contribute to oily skin or clog pores.
Why you should remember the difference
Both oils have plenty of health benefits and you won’t be harmed if you accidentally buy and use one instead of the other – but you also won’t get the maximum benefits of one in the other.
There are a variety of brands that are cashing in on the popularity of cannabis, CBD, cannabinoids and hemp with some even making false claims of CBD and hemp as the same! Both come from different parts of the cannabis plant, have different chemical makeups and offer different benefits so marketing them as the same thing is just deceiving! Always check the product label to ensure that you aren’t falling into these marketing traps. If you want the benefits of CBD, make sure that the label clearly marks its presence.
Try both hemp and CBD oil according to what you’re looking for.