How Does CBD Oil Work Differently Than Hemp Oil

Despite the growing popularity of CBD, there is still a lot of confusion going around between both new and avid users about it. One reason for this may be because there have been so many CBD derived products flourishing store shelves and consumers aren’t sure about their authenticity.

Therefore, it is safe to say that not all CBD products are equal. This is because not all of them have the same CBD content that makes them as potent or effective as other kinds. The main difference mostly lies in the way in which CBD is extracted and how it is used to make such products.

The two most popular infused products from the Cannabis sativa plant are CBD oil and hemp oil. Though they are often used interchangeably, they differ in the ways they affect your body and health. So, the question remains: what is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

We have put together a guide to help you learn about the differences between the two, including their main uses, consumption methods and benefits.

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Production methods

The first major difference between CBD oil and hemp oil is in the way they are made. Although both oils come from the hemp plant, they are produced differently.

CBD oil derives from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It is produced using specialized extraction techniques such as supercritical fluid extraction, or most commonly known as CO2 extraction, or solvent-based extraction.

On the other hand, hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant following a cold-press extraction. CBD oil usually has a light golden to dark brown color, while hemp oil is greener and darker.

The CBD content

Besides the different production method, another major difference between CBD oil and hemp oil is the presence, or absence, of THC.

Though CBD oil comes from the entirety of the hemp plant, it contains less than 0.3% THC. This means that CBD-based products lack the psychoactive effects which are typically found in marijuana. In simpler terms, consuming such products won’t provide you with what is commonly known as the “high” effect.

On the other hand, hemp oil doesn’t contain any cannabinoids at all, meaning there is no THC or CBD found. It is most notably used as a vitamin supplement as it contains nutrients such as fatty acids and antioxidants which are very useful for the human body.

How they work on the body

Although there is still ongoing research about how CBD oil and hemp oil affect the body, researchers have suggested the following theories.

CBD mostly affects the receptors, enzymes and endocannabinoids which make up the endocannabinoid system. When a person consumes CBD, the enzymes break down the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoids bind with the receptors. Therefore, the CBD compound activates these receptors which contribute to the many health benefits CBD provides people such as reducing pain and inflammation or managing health conditions like anxiety, stress and depression.

Hemp oil works a bit differently than CBD oil. The hemp seeds out of which this oil is made are the best source of plant-based protein. They are also rich in amino and fatty acids that the human body needs. Some of these acids include omega-3 and omega-6 which are beneficial for lowering the signs of aging as well as improving heart health. In addition to this, the nutrients can also help improve various skin and gastrointestinal conditions.

Consumption methods

Since both oils are not the same thing, they are consumed differently. CBD oil mostly refers to the oral tincture which contains CBD, though it is the main ingredient in many other CBD-rich products such as edibles and topicals. On the other hand, hemp oil is mostly found in hair and skincare products or used for cooking.

Here is a brief explanation of the different consumption methods of CBD oil and hemp oil.

CBD oil consumption methods

  • Tinctures, which are taken sublingually by placing a few drops under the tongue
  • Edibles, which come in different forms such as gummies, chocolate and beverages, and in different flavors
  • Inhaling CBD using vape pens which also come in different flavors and strengths
  • Topicals which are used for localized application on the skin, muscles and joints

Hemp oil consumption methods

  • Topicals in the form of shampoos, body lotions, balms and hand creams that work well on every skin type
  • Food and beverages such as oil, milk, flour, cereals and granola bars

Proper labeling of CBD products

Every state that has approved the sale of CBD products also demands that the labels of these products are in accordance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). Therefore, each CBD product must include these four basic elements:

  • An identity statement indicating what the product is
  • A net weight statement usually expressed in milligrams
  • A list of ingredients that clearly identifies the presence of hemp or CBD
  • The exact name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor

Some states even demand the use of scannable barcode or QR code which is linked to a document including information such as:

  • The batch identification number, date and size
  • The product name
  • A list of ingredients
  • The expiration date
  • Certificate of analysis

Also, many states mandate that the labels don’t include any health claims. This means that if a company that produces CBD-based products must not include the health benefits and medical uses of that product on the labels. Otherwise, the Food and Drug Administration will conclude that the company is selling unapproved drugs in violation of the FDCA.

Final thoughts

Although they share many similarities, it is important to know the main differences between CBD oil and hemp oil. The more research you do about the two, the higher chances you have of an elevated CBD or hemp oil experience. So, whether you are new to CBD-based products or not, make sure you keep this guide nearby to help you learn the different ways how CBD oil and hemp oil affect your body and health.

 

 

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