CBD oil and Hemp Oil (commonly referred to as Hemp Seed Oil) are often mistaken as for one or the other, as both made from the cannabis plant. The two are not the same. Hemp oil is pressed from Hemp plant seeds and has a different amount of Cannabinoids as compared to the CBD Oil (also known as Cannabis Oil and Hemp Extract). CBD oil is made from the whole Hemp plant, not just the seeds.
Both these oils contain wellness ingredients, so you won’t be harmed should you accidentally use or buy it in place of the other. If you want to get the most benefits that CBD oil provides, then using hemp oil won’t do.
What is the Hemp plant?
The botanic name of the hemp plant is Cannabis Sativa. Though you might come across dual variety of this plant, the most common two are the Industrial Hemp and Marijuana.
Industrial Hemp produces low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and higher amounts of CBD (Cannabidiols). Industrial Hemp is where most Hemp Oils and CBD Oils are extracted from.
The marijuana plant produces low amounts of CBD and high amounts of THC. Thus its legal status will vary from one state and country to the next. Marijuana is often treated as a recreational drug due to its psychoactive effects.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Also, known as Hemp seed Oil, hemp oil is commonly extracted from Industrial Hemp plant seeds. The production of hemp seed oil is regulated and gets tested for CBD and THC levels - it doesn’t carry either of these Cannabinoids. Because Hemp Oil does not contain any THC and is therefore not psychoactive, it is common to find Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil products in supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and health stores as they are legal. It is a common food product to add to salads and soups.
Hemp seeds do not contain cannabinoids. Hemp Oil is considered a Superfood, thanks to its high amounts of Omegas that occur naturally in a ratio of 3:1. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3)
Hemp oil can also help with stress and pain management. The vitamins and omegas in hemp Oil make it an excellent product for use on your skin and hair repair.
The most beneficial factors in hemp oil are the fatty acids it contains (omega-3 & omega-6). These acids help decrease signs of aging and improve heart health. Since hemp oil contains omega-3 and omega-6, these make it a great moisturizer, as they act almost like our skin’s natural lipids. As a result, the use of hemp oil allows your skin to have increased elasticity as well as better water retention. Because of this, hemp oil can be used to hydrate your hair, nails, and skin, helping them remain strong and healthy.
By consuming fatty acids, you can also lower your body’s cholesterol levels. Fatty acids help in increasing your metabolism, which in turns burns fat a lot faster. This also prevents cholesterol from being deposited on artery walls. Furthermore, omega-3 and omega-6 protect your nerve cells, since they prevent damage occurring to the myelin sheath. Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. Hemp seeds are a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids.
Hemp oil contains Gamma linoleic acid which helps fight psoriasis and eczema – common auto-immune skin conditions affecting many people from around the world.
What is CBD Oil?
Also known as Hemp extract and Cannabis OIl, CBD oil contains naturally occurring Cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and other healthy phytonutrients derived from the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main cannabinoid in CBD Oil and is extracted using CO2 and does not contain harmful solvents.
CBD Oil is commonly used medicinally for relief of anxiety, pain, reduced sleep, and reduced inflammation. The active component in the CBD oils are the Cannabinoids it holds. Currently in Australia, CBD Oil is not available for medicinal use without a prescription.
The extraction process used is gentle, alcohol-free and done under low temperatures to yield the purest form of this Oil type. This extraction method produces clean, high-quality CBD oil that holds a wide range of Cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial phyto-compounds.
CBD oil works in the body by affecting the body’s endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. To help keep us healthy, the Endocannabinoid system helps maintain a balanced state in the body. The use of CBD oil can impact your sleep functions, mood, hormone, pain, immune response, and appetite. Also, ECS helps your body produce natural occuring Cannabinoids.
By using CBD, the natural production of cannabinoid in the body will get stimulated. And this helps maintain the receptors efficiency and for optimal functioning of your endocannabinoid system. Nonetheless, CBD plays a bigger role than affecting our bodies cannabinoid receptors. It also impacts other receptors found throughout the body as well.
CBD also affects the opioid receptors - known to affect the serotonin and dopamine receptors. Dopamine helps govern aspects of our cognition and behaviour, like human motivation and reward-seeking patterns; while serotonin receptors cater to issues like anxiety.
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