Though they are both derived from the cannabis plant, CBD and hemp are two very different things.
In recent years, an increasing amount of research has been undertaken into the properties of marijuana derivatives. Certain cannabis-related products have gained considerable fame – particularly those with hemp and CBD content.
The market for these hemp and CBD formulations is expected to continue to grow, with the field already experiencing a boom in popularity.
As a result, it’s easy to make mistakes if you’re exploring these products for the first time. It’s very possible to become confused or misinformed about hemp and CBD as more and more uses are introduced. That is why it’s important to learn the distinction between certain cannabis extractions. Here, the team at CBD Ultra will explain in detail the two main forms of legally available cannabis formulation, and underline their differences.
What is CBD oil and how is it made?
In simple terms, CBD – short for cannabidiol – is a non-psychoactive extract of the cannabis plant. It is retrieved from the flowers, stalks and leaves of the plant.
CBD oil or tincture is commonly used by applying a couple of drops under the tongue once or twice a day.
It is known to have a relaxing effect and optimise general health and wellbeing. CBD is most commonly collected using CO2 extraction – where pressurised carbon dioxide is used to “pull” the natural oils out. It can also be obtained using a solvent, or through the gradual heating of the plant matter using olive oil.
What is hemp oil and how is it made?
Hemp seed oil is extracted from cannabis seeds. However, you can also get “full spectrum” hemp oil, which contains other parts of the plant as well – though this rarely contains any other cannabinoids.
Hemp extract can be used as a dietary supplement. It’s also often used as a skincare or hair care product, with similar properties to moisturiser or conditioner.
Many manufacturers use “industrial hemp” in the creation of paints, plastics and other household products too.
One of the most common methods used to obtain oil from the seeds of the hemp plant is called “cold pressing”, which is similar to squeezing fresh fruit juice.
It’s worth noting that if you use either CBD or hemp, you will not feel “high”. The cannabis compound that has this effect is called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Some cannabinoid specialists sell CBD oils that contain small traces of THC, but never high levels. The law states that no cannabinoid product is permitted to contain more than 0.3% THC. All products from CBD Ultra are totally THC free.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
CBD Oil & Hemp Oil Harvesting methods
As explained above, while CBD can be extracted from multiple parts of a cannabis plant through the use of solvents, olive oil or CO2, hemp oil is most commonly retrieved through cold pressing.
Effects of CBD & Hemp Oil
As well as distinctions in harvesting approaches, the most significant differences between CBD tinctures and hemp-derived oils are their effects and the way in which they are used by the body.
CBD is processed by the body’s endocannabinoid system – a series of receptors in the central nervous system that regulate certain functions, including mood, pain and memory. CBD is also thought to inhibit inflammatory enzymes within the neuromuscular system, reducing swelling. Hemp oil, on the other hand, tends to have more of an effect on the skin and hair, and is also a source of certain nutritional elements – including significant levels of omega-3, antioxidants and fatty acids – when ingested.
CBD oil can commonly be found in the form of drops or capsules – though there are other, more complex products that list it as an ingredient, such as vape juice.
Hemp, on the other hand, can be ingested in tea blends or supplements, and is often found in face and hand creams too.
There is an element of crossover here, however, as it is possible to find CBD massage oils, bathing products and balms – though these are commonly used for their soothing qualities rather than for the nourishment of the skin or hair or as a dietary supplement.
CBD oil and hemp oil may be derived from the same plant, but they are extracted in different manners and from different parts. They are also harnessed for different purposes. However, there are still outlets that use one name in place of the other – or confuse the two entirely – so it’s important to be able to recognise these differences to ensure you’re able to experience the full potential of each of these products.