HEMP OIL vs CBD OIL
Before the cannabis plant was outlawed in 1937, you could find cannabis oil derived from hemp and marijuana at your local apothecary. In fact, “There were at least 2000 cannabis medicines before 1937, produced by over 280 manufacturers.” Cannabis oil was a prevalent remedy that many people relied on for wellness.
Fast forward to 2020, and once again, you see cannabis oil available everywhere, from online to health foods stores to wellness shops like Leanna Organics’ CBD store in Westminster, CO.
Cannabis oil is once again ubiquitous. In fact, there are so many kinds of cannabis oil on the market that it is a bit overwhelming to the new user. You may be confused with all the different variations of oils from the cannabis plant; which one is right for you?
The first thing to understand about cannabis oil is that it comes from two different sources: the Marijuana plant and the Hemp plant. The primary difference is that cannabis oil that comes from marijuana is intoxicating, and oil that comes from the hemp plant is not.
From the hemp plant, there are three types of oils. Well, at least three different names. Hemp oil, CBD oil, and Hemp seed oil.
This article discusses the similarities and differences between Hemp oil vs. CBD oil and the difference between these two oils and other oils from the cannabis plant.
WHAT IS CANNABIS OIL?
Cannabis oil is an oil extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa). It contains high levels of cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). There are two main types of cannabis oil: THC-dominant and CBD-dominant. THC-dominant cannabis oil is used for its psychoactive effects, while CBD-dominant cannabis oil is used for its potential skincare and wellness benefits without the "high."
Cannabis oil is typically consumed orally, either by itself or mixed with food or drinks. It can also be used topically as salves, creams, and bath bombs.
Typically, the term “cannabis oil” describes oils with high THC content. These types of intoxicating oils are sold at local government-regulated retail storefronts called dispensaries, where a person can purchase cannabis-related items for medical or recreational use. Leanna Organics does not sell any products with high THC content. Additionally, we third-party test our CBD to ensure it is not intoxicating.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD oil is a natural oil that is extracted from the hemp plant. This plant is a member of the cannabis family, but it contains very little of the intoxicating compound found in recreational and medical marijuana. This means that using CBD oil does not produce the “high” associated with marijuana use. Instead, people use CBD oil for its potential skincare and wellness benefits.
It is available in two primary forms; isolate-based CBD and full-spectrum CBD.
CBD oil is available in various forms, including tinctures, bath bombs, and topicals. Tinctures are oil drops taken orally, either by themselves or mixed with food or drinks. Topicals are salves, creams, lotions, or balms that are applied directly to the skin for localized relief. Similarly, bath bombs with CBD are activated through the skin, communicating with receptors just below the surface.
CBD oil is believed to work by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors that regulate various functions of the body to create homeostasis. All mammals have this system of receptors or neurons called CB1 and CB2 receptors; therefore, people also give CBD to their pets to help them cope when overwhelmed and deal with discomfort.
WHAT IS HEMP OIL?
The answer to that question depends on whom you ask. Technically, Hemp oil is derived from hemp plant seeds. Hemp seeds do not contain any CBD, the compound from the hemp plant that is changing the world by offering a plant-based alternative to skincare and wellness.
However, the term “hemp oil” is also used to describe CBD oil. While it is true that CBD is derived from hemp and is, therefore, hemp oil, the term can be misleading because people may think they are purchasing an oil with CBD.
This confusion stems from the fact that companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon do not like the word “CBD.” So to get around this problem, companies and marketers looking to advertise on Facebook and Google and sell their CBD oil products on Amazon have called their CBD oil “Hemp oil” instead.
Fair enough, this is business, and mislabeling the product gets it in the hands of people who may need it. However, this creates problems for consumers because many other companies sell hemp oil derived from hemp seeds without CBD on the same platforms. This creates an environment where the consumer is being deceived, buying mislabeled and misleading products.
While there is still much controversy about the hemp plant and the best way to utilize it, companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google are making it worst by misinforming their consumers. Leanna Organics’ stance is that CBD derived from hemp is non-intoxicating and legal nationwide as of 2018 with the introduction of the farm bill. Therefore, there should be no restrictions on using the word CBD oil, as that most accurately describes the product.
CBD is a cannabinoid compound with similar molecular structures to endocannabinoids, which are internally made in mammals. The reason CBD works is because of this – it mimics or stimulates compounds that our bodies make naturally. But you can’t get CBD from hemp seeds… CBD only comes from a fully mature cannabis plant. At the end of its life, the plant will produce buds, and inside those buds, cannabinoids are manufactured. The primary difference between hemp oil vs. CBD oil comes down to cannabinoids. You can’t get cannabinoids from hemp oil. Hemp oil does not carry cannabinoids.
WHAT IS HEMP SEED OIL?
Hemp seed oil is a cold-pressed oil extracted from the hemp plant seeds (Cannabis sativa). As mentioned above, unlike CBD oil, hemp seed oil does not contain significant amounts of cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC. It, therefore, does not have the same potential wellness benefits associated with these compounds.
However, hemp seed oil is rich in nutrients and has its own set of potential skincare and wellness benefits. It is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are important for maintaining a healthy heart and supporting brain function. It is also high in antioxidants, which can help protect the body against damage from free radicals.
Hemp seed oil is commonly used as a dietary supplement, either taken by itself or added to foods such as smoothies or salad dressings. It is also used in cosmetics and personal care products, as it is believed to have moisturizing and nourishing properties for the skin. For this reason, many of Leanna Organics’ skincare goods are made with hemp seed oil, including our hemp body scrub and body soap.
Hemp seeds are nutritious. They are great for your skin. They contain all of the amino acids and are a great source of protein. A true superfood. But they do not contain any CBD. CBD is the primary difference between hemp oil vs. CBD oil, as hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids, including CBD.
LEANNA ORGANICS' STAND ON HEMP OIL vs. CBD OIL
At Leanna Organics, we refuse to mislabel our products because some are uncomfortable with the word CBD as opposed to hemp oil. The cannabis plant has been around for 12,000 + years – there has never been a confirmed overdose or death from the plant. Tons of evidence-based research proves the efficiency of CBD for wellness and skincare. What is actually happening is the effects of a failed war on drugs that dragged the harmless cannabis plant into the category of more dangerous substances. Even with THC removed, the effects of the stigma remain. We are working against those stigmas to provide the truth about CBD products.
With time, the confusion of hemp oil vs. CBD oil will dissipate, and companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google will come around, allowing people to market and sell CBD oil to the masses.
CBD is a plant-based remedy that originates from mother nature. The reason why it has become so popular is that it works! Millions of people use it daily to be calmer, rest better, address discomfort, and live a more balanced life. And at Leanna Organics’ we are proud to bring you this natural remedy; we offer free samples of our goods, and you can stop by our store or call at anytime to discuss how to integrate CBD into your lifestyle.
Written by Scott Mollenkopf