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With surging interest in CBD since the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, you may be curious about the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil.
Unheard of only a few years ago, both hemp and CBD oil are proliferating store shelves, but there are big differences between these two products. Luckily, NuLeaf Naturals put together a guide to help you learn about the similarities and differences between the two hemp derivatives, how to figure out what you need, and where to get the right product.
Hemp Oil or “hempseed oil” is just what it sounds like: oil that’s been extracted from the seeds of the industrial hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant. To extract the oil hemp seeds are pressed and bottled or further processed and refined before bottling. Hemp oil is rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein. There is not much research into its uses other than as a topical, nourishing oil.
CBD or cannabidiol oil is most commonly derived from the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant, but instead of using the seeds, CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of matured hemp plants. CBD oil can be extracted through several methods including carbon dioxide, ethanol, and even olive oil. The extraction method can play a part in the quality of CBD oil.
Additionally, full spectrum CBD oil contains terpenes and nutrients that don’t appear in hemp oil alone.
Hemp oil has many unique benefits but cannot give you the same as CBD oil thanks to the entourage effect. It is manufactured only from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant while full spectrum CBD oil uses the entire plant from stem to leaf for production.
When you harvest oil from the entire plant, you get every potential beneficial compound the plant has to offer including not just CBD, but dozens of other cannabinoids and scent compounds called terpenes.
Because hemp seeds don’t have the same cannabinoid profile, terpenes or other beneficial compounds, you’re only getting a fraction of the benefits that you would from CBD oil and not tapping into the entourage effect.
Why does it matter? The entourage effect is the belief that the different compounds of the cannabis plant work better when they’re used together compared to being used individually. The terpenes help the cannabinoids achieve their best effects; the cannabinoids help other cannabinoids – everything works together harmoniously.
With the entourage effect, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You get the benefits of the entourage effect with full spectrum CBD oil, but not with hemp oil.
CBD oil is currently unregulated, marketers and shady manufacturers might use misleading labeling or claim unfound benefits on their products.
Always carefully read the ingredients list to be certain what you’re getting and ignore what the label says. Hemp oil should always use hemp seed oil as the active ingredient while CBD oil should list cannabidiol, full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, hemp (not hempseed) or phytocannabinoid-rich CBD as its primary ingredient.
Full spectrum CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals is blended with pure, organic hemp oil, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. NuLeaf Naturals uses a two-part extraction process in creating CBD oil, which ensures the maximum benefit from the harvested plants. You can take CBD oil topically, or you can ingest it or take it under the tongue. When choosing a CBD oil, do not be swayed to select purely on cost, as this is one industry where “you get what you pay for.”
Choose CBD oil that is pure, organic, and full spectrum, and be sure to check out the company’s lab-verified test results. You can access NuLeaf Naturals’ most recent test results here.