A look at the main differences between hemp oil and CBD
CBD has risen up the ranks as an alternative product in recent years, with just as many questions floating around as supposed benefits and selling points.
Here at PharmaHemp we are on a mission to cut through the rumours and share the facts about CBD-based products, including how they are made and how they can be consumed safely and responsibly.
Hemp oil vs. CBD
CBD is derived from the hemp plant, and while CBD and hemp oil have the same origin, they are two different oils with different production methods.
The main difference you need to understand as a consumer is that hempseed oil is a regular product which can be purchased from a supermarket – used in cooking and other everyday routine tasks.
CBD is a specialist ingredient which is used by people around the world as an alternative mental and physical wellbeing therapy.
Does hemp oil contain CBD?
This is a commonly asked question by consumers.
Hemp oil is entirely legal in many countries and can be consumed in a variety of ways from skincare solutions and moisturisers to smoothie ingredients and more, but as it is made from the same plant as CBD and cannabis - does it contain any of the same compounds?
The answer is yes – but in such small amounts that any CBD present in hemp oil does not have any notable effect on the body. To look at it in terms of quantity, CBD oil is a high concentration product which is more costly to purchase, and which is made using the whole hemp plant, while hemp oil is made only from hemp seeds and is much cheaper to produce and sell.
To put the product levels into perspective for customers, almost all high street oils hold such small amounts of CBD that only the most sensitive and high level equipment can even pick it up.
So yes, hemp oil can contain CBD – but the amount is so small that it barely registers in scientific tests, never mind in the body.
How is hemp oil made?
To understand the difference between hemp oil and CBD it helps to look at the production methods for hemp oil.
Hemp oil is a cold pressed oil which is made purely by cold pressing the seeds which come from the hemp plant. During this process, the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the hemp seeds are protected and retained, making hemp oil a healthier option in cooking when compared with many other oils.
In comparison, CBD requires a much lengthier process which sees the whole plant harvested at the right time, before being stripped of their CO2 and then packed with a number of compounds which render the CBD more potent and effective.
Is hemp oil safe?
Hemp oil is considered a legal and completely safe product for use in household cooking and skincare products in many countries around the world.
With minimal recognisable side effects, it is sometimes used by consumers as a remedy for minor ailments and issues – thanks to the high level of omegas 3 and 6 which support the maintenance of health brain function among other things.
Hemp seeds also contain vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and an assortment of B vitamins.
Here at PharmaHemp we have a range of quality CBD and hemp products in a variety of different forms.
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