Hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant that have different makeups, and completely different benefits. While CBD is fairly new to the market they has been a lot of misunderstanding between the two.
Hemp seed oil is a great source of unsaturated fat, especially omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also great for heart health, and is a great protein source, providing all nine essential amino acids. Hemp oil is produced by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Pressing the hemp seeds to extract their oil is very much like the processes used to produce other common oils, like olive, coconut, and peanut oil. Hemp seed oil however, lacks cannabinoids, which is where the real therapeutic benefits come from.
CBD is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, or CBD has of over a hundred active compounds or cannabinoids found exclusively in the cannabis plant. CBD oil undergoes specific extraction techniques to isolate the cannabinoids from the plant. CBD oil is produced through a process called solvent extraction. A solvent like alcohol, butane, or CO2 is forced across and through the Cannabis plant, where it separates the cannabinoids, terpenes, and trichomes. Thus leaving behind the cannabinoid packed CBD oil. All the anti-inflammatory powers remain, and has successfully provided relief from anxiety, to pain relief, to muscle aches, PMS, headaches, joint pain, arthritis, neuropathic conditions, and is known to aid skin conditions like eczema, sun burn, and psoriasis, when used as a topical. If you’re trying to reap the maximum benefits of CBD oil, hemp seed oil won’t deliver.
How to tell real CBD from the imposters?
Here are several key points to look for when purchasing a CBD product. Below is a list of things you should look out for.
- The company posts lab results and certifications on their website. Reputable companies will either post their lab results online or provide them to you upon request.
- Products will either go by the name CBD oil, or Hemp Extract. When a product only refers to itself as hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, you are not getting an actual CBD product.
- Products contain actual CBD content. The products will tell you how many milligrams of CBD are in a serving as well as per bottle.
- The price point. If it’s cheap, it’s fake. Plain and simple.