CBD Oil VS. Hemp Oil: What Is The Difference and Why Does it Matter?

Hemp based CBD oil infused skincare products and ingestible CBD products sales are exploding! People are discovering the many benefits of CBD oil. There also seems to be a bit of confusion of the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil. CBD oil is a term for cannabidiol, a natural component of cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil with high cannabidiol content. Hemp sourced CBD is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp. Hemp oil is made from the seeds of hemp. This is a very important distinction when it comes to CBD oil and CBD skin care products, here’s why.

Hemp oil has tremendous health and nutritional benefits. It is rich in Omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid and high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. However, hemp seed oil alone does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids. 

CBD is one of over 113 cannabinoid chemicals in the cannabis plant and is found in abundance in the flowers stems and leaves in the hemp plant.  CBD oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic (Pain reliever) and antioxidant. These properties of CBD oil, when combined with other beneficial natural ingredients, in various skin care products, provide treatment for acne, dry skin, wrinkles, under eye bags, redness and fine lines, to name a few. 

When CBD is applied topically to the skin it does not reach the bloodstream, however, it can be absorbed through the skins surface to interact with nearby CB_2 receptors. In addition, we now know that CBD also binds with TRPV-1 receptors, where it helps with the feelings of pain, heat and itching   It is this receptor activity within the body’s own Endocannabinoid System(ES), that provides the full spectrum of topical and internal benefits. 

It is the CBD oil in the hemp plant that offers these properties. Hemp oil from hemp seeds is great for nutritional consumption and use as a moisturizer and antioxidant, however it does not provide the full spectrum benefits of CBD oil. This is why it matters to know the difference.

There are many hemp-based products that can be found in many stores that do not provide the benefits of CBD because they are sourced from hemp seed oil. Often, these products are sold at very low prices in comparison to the relatively consistent, within a small margin, pricing of high quality CBD products. To insure quality, it is important that the products are sourced from reputable companies that clearly provide detailed information on the source and natural purity of their ingredients.

CBD is fast becoming one of the most researched components of the cannabis and hemp plant. New ways in which CBD oil benefits the body is being discovered daily, through research, scientific studies and anecdotal evidence. CBD might prove to be one of the most powerful natural healing and wellness promoting compounds in our recent medical history. 

CBD infused beauty products are quickly becoming the most sought after products on the market. The reason is not only that they provide superb daily skincare results, but also over time they contribute to dramatic changes and healing for many skin disorders. 

Have you tried CBD beauty products? If so, what has been your experience?

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Written by Katherine Saab

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