The most frequently asked questions we are asked is what is the difference between Hemp oil and CBD oil? These terms are sometimes used interchangeably. However, hemp and CBD are different products and are used and consumed in their own individual way. Let’s dive into the differences of hemp oil vs CBD oil.
One of the differences to consider when comparing hemp oil vs CBD oil is where the oils come from.
Hemp oil comes from the seed of the hemp plant. Hemp is a form of cannabis that has been typically grown for industrial purposes. These plants contain low levels of cannabinoids including the two most commonly known extractions from the hemp plant: CBD (Canabinoidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp oils are extracted from the hemp plants by pressing the seeds they produce. This is done through a similar method of extraction just as how olive and coconut oil is obtained.
Hemp seeds do not contain any amounts THC. However, oils extracted from different parts of the hemp plant may contain some amounts of THC or CBD. The products that are derived from this process are still be labeled as hemp oil because it is made from hemp plants. Hemp products must have that information included on the packaging. So, if you are concerned about purchasing a non-THC product such as CBD, make sure you read the label well before purchasing your products.
CBD oil refers to the extracted oil from the hemp plant that contains a concentration of CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD oil is most easily extracted from the hemp plant. It is specifically cultivated to be high in CBD since it only contains trace amounts of THC7. This makes the ratio of CBD to THC much higher.
· THC is the extract that causes the euphoric or “high” effect of feeling. These are the forms of cannabis plants that are used for smoking marijuana, which are also specifically grown to be high in THC.
· CBD will not give you the “High” feeling when consumed, and it actually works with your body in a different way. In fact, CBD will counteract some of the “high” effects that come from THC.
How Does It Work?
CBD works with the body through the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping the body in a state of balance. It impacts the functions of sleep, mood, pain, appetite, hormone, and immune response. ECS also aids your body in creating natural cannabinoids.
CBD helps to stimulate your body’s natural cannabinoid production to maintain the efficiency of the receptors and optimal function of the endocannabinoid system. But CBD does more than just affect cannabinoid receptors. It impacts many other receptors too.
Opioid receptors are also affected by CBD. It has also been shown to affect dopamine and serotonin receptors as well. Dopamine helps regulate aspects of cognition and behavior, i.e. motivation and reward seeking. Serotonin receptors deal with problems such as anxiety.