If you're looking to find a source of high quality cannabidiol (CBD) oil or tincture, chances are you've shopped around online. While browsing, you've likely come across many vendors selling something called hemp seed oil. You may have wondered what, if anything, is the difference between the much cheaper hemp-seed oil and CBD products? Isn't CBD just hemp oil, after all?
Read on to take a look at the differences between CBD, Hemp oil, and hemp seed oil. We will examine their various uses and benefits, and hopefully after reading, you will be more able to make an informed and logical decision about what choice is for you.
We've written many times about the various potential medical, dietary and holistic benefits of CBD use. We have covered its uses for things like anxiety and insomnia, management of chronic pain, and even apparent mitigation of seizure disorders and some forms of cancer.
Additionally, a proper CBD tincture made with a high-quality MCT oil offers dramatic benefits in the areas of diet and weight-loss.
Many of us are using CBD for all of these benefits, and more. Many of us have even reported replacing some pharmaceutical remedies with CBD, though you should take care to always involve your doctor when considering changes to treatments prescribed.
Of course, the efficacy of a CBD product depends largely on factors such as the source of the compound (hemp vs. cannabis) and the method by which it is extracted from the plant matter (Co2 extraction vs methane etc.)
Before we go any further, it is perhaps important to point out that neither product (CBD or hemp seed oil) contains significant amounts of THC. To put it bluntly, they won't get you high.
Isolate CBD (at least the kind that is legal in all 50 states and can be found at your local drugstore these days) is extracted from industrial hemp which contains no THC. It must have less than .03% of detectable THC in order to be sold as a health supplement.
Meanwhile, hemp seed oil is just that- an oil produced by compression of the seeds of the hemp plant. It is not made from cannabis seeds and contains no significant levels of THC.
So then, what is hemp seed oil good for?
Hemp seed oil is consumed for its dietary benefits, of which there are many. Because hemp seed oil contains as much as 85% essential fatty acids and a 6-to-1 ration of omega 6 fatty acid to omega 3 fatty acid, it is very helpful for brain and eye function.
These benefits are often sought by pregnant women because the fatty acids are also helpful in these areas of a developing fetus. These acids also promote cardiovascular health, as well as having a cosmetic benefit in the strengthening of hair and nails.
While hemp seed oil does offer dietary and supplemental benefits such as those named above, it lacks the bio-chemical and neurological benefits offered by CBD. Because CBD binds with the brain's endocannabinoid receptors and activates key areas of the brain and nervous system, it seems to offer a whole host of benefits, some of which we are only just beginning to understand.
Interestingly, many (though not all) of the dietary benefits of hemp seed oil can be offered by a well-prepared CBD tincture using high-quality MCT oil as a base. Medium-Chain Triglyceride oil offers a wealth of benefits. We mentioned them briefly above, but for an overview, it is recommended that you read our article on MCT oil.
In summary, while we can say that hemp seed oil provides a variety of interesting and certainly useful health and dietary benefits, it should not be considered a substitute for a high-quality CBD product sourced from safe plants, extracted cleanly using carbon dioxide, and prepared with a high-grade MCT oil base.
Such a product will offer a wide range of benefits around mental, physical, emotional and possibly spiritual health. This holistic approach will surely offer the greatest and most lasting positive effects on your road to healthy living.