In recent years, the use of parts of the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes has become more widely accepted. However, the effects of cannabis extracts on the human body vary depending on the compounds present in the product. Two of the most popular cannabis oil products are CBD oil and hemp seed oil.
While the terms “CBD oil” and “hemp seed oil” are often used interchangeably, they refer to two distinct cannabis-based products. They come from different parts of the cannabis plant, contain different compounds, and, consequently, pose different potential health benefits. The following blog post provides an overview of these differences.
An Overview of CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the over 100 cannabinoid compounds in Cannabis plants. It is a non-psychoactive substance—unlike THC—found in the flowers, leaves, and stalks. When properly extracted as an oil or other consumable or applicable form, it is believed to reduce the following conditions in the human body: acne, anxiety and depression, inflammation, and pain perception. It is also said to have positive effects on appetite, immune function, memory, mood, and sleep.
An Overview of Hemp Oil
In contrast to CBD oil, hemp oil—also referred to as hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa seed oil, and virgin hemp oil—is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. While it does not contain any cannabinoids (e.g., CBD, CBN, or THC), it does contain high levels of beneficial compounds such as antioxidants and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Its nutrient-rich formulation makes it ideal for use in health food and nutritional products. Recently, it has also been purported to offer the following benefits:
- Prevention of skin breakouts
- Protection against skin aging and inflammation
- Resistance against infection
- Treatment of acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis
Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil
As indicated above, hemp oil and CBD oil are distinct products. While they both come from Cannabis plants and offer potential health benefits, there are several key differences between them. For example:
- CBD oil is derived from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of all of the varieties of Cannabis plants, while hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa
- CBD oil contains cannabinoids (specifically CBD and potentially small amounts of other cannabinoids), while hemp oil contains no cannabinoids.
- CBD oil remains under strict restrictions in some states as some CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, while hemp oil can be purchased freely in-store and online as the products do contain any cannabinoids.
- CBD oil is relatively new to the consumer market, while hemp oil has been used in beauty products for many years.
Choose the Right Cannabis-Based Oil For Your Needs
Both the CBD oil and hemp oil markets are growing in response to the increasing number of consumers seeking the products’ potential health and wellness benefits. As each contains different compounds from different parts of the plant, they have different effects on the human body, meaning consumers must carefully choose the one that best suits their needs. Regardless of which one you’re looking for, the experts at Loud Associates can provide a high-quality product solution.
At Loud Associates, we offer a broad selection of phytocannabinoid products, including CBD and hemp oils. For additional information about our product offerings, contact us today.