Hemp Extract vs. CBD Oil: Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better, hemp extract or CBD oil?
CBD oil contains many beneficial cannabinoids, which are lacking in hemp extract.
Don’t CBD oil and hemp extract come from the same plant?
Yes. Both are derived from the cannabis plant but from different parts of that plant. Hemp extract is the oil pressed from raw hemp seeds, whereas CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of the mature plant.
What’s the difference in how hemp extract and CBD oil are made?
Hemp extract is made by extracting oil from raw hemp seeds. CBD oil uses a more complex extraction multi-step process that uses more of the full plant. Hemp oil extraction is simple and relatively inexpensive, whereas CBD oil CO2 extraction takes longer and requires highly specialized equipment and training.
Why does CBD oil cost more than hemp extract?
CBD oil has more to offer than hemp extract and hemp oil requires a more complex and expensive manufacturing process. This is a bit like comparing ground beef to filet mignon – they come from the same place, but the process of obtaining each (and the consumer use) are very different.
Which one is legal?
The short answer is both. The more in-depth answer is this: hemp extract is an essential oil and is legal throughout the United States. Full spectrum CBD oil and other types of CBD oil are federally legal, with certain states having levied more specific laws regarding the use, possession, and distribution of CBD oil. For the most current updates, always check with lawmakers in your city and state for local regulations that may apply to you.
Which one can I use on my skin?
Both. CBD oil and hemp extract are both safe to apply topically to the skin, and CBD oil is often incorporated into skincare and antiaging products.
Which one can be ingested?
Which one will get me high?
Neither. Hemp extract contains no THC and CBD oil contains only trace amounts of THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound of cannabis that’s responsible for producing marijuana’s “high.”
Where can I buy hemp extract?
You can buy hemp extract most anywhere you can find essential oils (because that’s what it really is): natural food stores, some pharmacies and groceries, and online.