Should I take hemp seed oil or CBD? Is CBD oil the same as hemp oil? What’s the difference between hemp oil and CBD? What if my hemp oil says there is CBD in it? Should I take that instead of CBD? These are all great questions because in a young industry such as this, it is easy to get confused especially when the vast amount of information surrounding the products tend to be a company’s own marketing material. Well, we are here to set the record straight.
First of all, hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same. Hemp seed oil is made from cold-pressing the hemp seed whereas CBD Oil is extracted from the whole plant, stalks and seeds included. Hemp seed oil is good for you because contains antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. That said, hemp seed oil actually contains virtually zero CBD (Cannabidiol). Despite prolific marketing campaigns by companies promoting their “1000mg Full Spectrum Hemp Seed Oil with CBD”, in actuality there is virtually no cannabidiol in these products. Tests have shown that there are no cannabinoids present in the seeds of the hemp plant.
CBD and hemp seed oil have different benefits and on a completely different scale. Hemp seed oil is an effective superfood and can help reduce inflammation and promote a sense of calm the same way eating kale can promote a decrease in blood pressure. However, the results of CBD on inflammation, anxiety, stress, insomnia etc. is far more comparable to the effect of a beta blocker or ACE inhibitor on decreasing blood pressure. It is a direct and fairly immediate sensation. There is no doubt that hemp seed oil is beneficial for the human body as a source of antioxidants and fatty acids but there are a great many people being tricked into purchasing hemp seed oil when what they are really looking for is CBD (cannabidiol).