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    Hemp Seed Oil vs Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil: Is There A Difference?

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    If you’ve been considering trying CBD Oil you may have seen sites using the terms Hemp Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and CBD Oil interchangeably as terms to describe the same product. 

    However, the reality is that they’re actually very different products that are used for very different things.

    So what are the differences between Hemp Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil? 

    Let’s take a closer look.

    What Is Hemp Oil?

    The term Hemp Oil refers to any oil extracted from the Cannabis Sativa, or Hemp, plant.

    In reality, this could also be labeled as a “Cannabis Extract” but we’ve found that this term can put a lot of people off, as the word “Cannabis” still has certain connotations surrounding it.

    As a matter of fact, all of our CBD Oils are labeled as hemp oil on the packaging as we found that using the term “Cannabis Extract” raised too many eyebrows (despite it meaning the same thing!).

    What Is CBD Oil?

    CBD Oil is extracted from the stalks, flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, and is combined with a carrier oil to form a food supplement.

    A full-spectrum CBD Oil contains hundreds of cannabinoid compounds from the cannabis plant including, obviously, CBD, but also THC in very small amounts.

    CBD Oil has grown in popularity in recent years as a supplement to help regulate the endocannabinoid system, a newly discovered network of receptors in the human body that help to regulate everything from mood, sleep patterns and appetite to pain, immune response and hormones.

    What About Hemp Seed Oil?

    Hemp Seed Oil is manufactured by cold pressing the seeds of the Hemp plant, and is commonly used in cooking as an alternative to olive oil, and as a carrier oil for CBD Oils.

    The similarities between these terms can be incredibly confusing, and we’ve seen far too many products online being sold as “Hemp Oil” when they are, in fact, nothing more than Hemp Seed Oil.

    There are an alarming number of “CBD Businesses” that sell Hemp Seed Oil to customers who think it’s the same thing as CBD Oil. 

    Sadly, while Hemp Seed Oil is incredibly nutritious, these customers are simply flushing their money down the drain by paying for a product that completely lacks any active ingredients.

    It’s easy to find these products on platforms like Amazon and, incredibly, people are leaving 5 star reviews calling these products “CBD Oil” when the product descriptions explicitly state that the product is 100% Hemp Seed Oil!

    Despite what these companies would want their unsuspecting users to think, Hemp Seed Oil contains little to no CBD (Cannabidiol), and absolutely no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

    Is Hemp Oil The Same As CBD Oil?

    This question can be tricky to answer, given the frequent misuse of the names, but generally speaking Hemp Oil and CBD Oil are the same thing in that they are both oils extracted from the Hemp plant.

    CBD Oil is extracted specifically for its CBD content, as the quantity of cannabinoid compounds increases as the plant grows, but you could have Hemp Oil which is very low in CBD depending on the specific strain being harvested.

    What Is CBD Oil Good For?

    CBD Oil is used as a food supplement to support the body’s endocannabinoid system, which appears to play a part in balancing our health through homeostasis, which makes sure our body can function despite the external demands we place on it.

    Cannabinoids also appear to interact with our immune systems, but the research into CBD’s true impact on the body is still ongoing so there are no approved health claims for CBD or any cannabinoids

    What we can say, however, is that it’s a naturally occurring compound, and is considered exceptionally safe.

    What Is Hemp Seed Oil Good For?

    As it’s a fantastic source of nutrients, Hemp Seed Oil is most commonly used in cooking, but it can also be used as a carrier oil in CBD products.

    It’s low in saturated fats, with 40% less saturated fat than olive oil, and is full of omega-3 fatty acids which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, fight inflammation, and improve brain health.

    While it might not be to everyone’s taste, Hemp Seed Oil can be added to smoothies, used for baking, or as a delicious salad dressing.

    It’s also commonly added to beauty products for topical use as it’s a non-comedogenic oil, which means it doesn’t clog pores, as well as having fantastic moisturizing properties, and helping to reduce inflammation.

    What’s The Bottom Line?

    When it comes to which is better, it depends on what you’re trying to achieve.

    If you’re simply looking for a healthy alternative to olive oil, or a way to boost your omega 3 intake, then Hemp Seed Oil is a fantastic choice.

    However, if you’re looking for CBD Oil then don’t be fooled into overpaying for Hemp Seed Oil that has been intentionally mislabelled as Hemp Oil, thinking it offers the same benefits as CBD.

    There are too many shady businesses relying on customers being confused by the options available on the market.

    The key thing to look for when you’re buying is that the product lists the milligrams (mg) of active CBD in it. 

    If the product doesn’t explicitly state the number of milligrams of CBD it contains, then it’s unlikely to be the real deal, and if you look at the ingredients you’ll probably find that it’s nothing more than Hemp Seed Oil.

    You can buy a 500ml bottle of Hemp Seed Oil for around £6 in your local supermarket, so don’t pay £20 for a 50ml bottle of the same product!

    If you’re still confused about what’s out there, or you have another question about which product would be right for you, get in touch with Nick, a trained Osteopath with over 15 years of experience, who offers free health advice to help you find the answers you need.

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