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CBD vs. Hemp

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What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil have a few important differences. The treatment and production methods both vary, but the underlying and most significant difference is that hemp seed oil has virtually no CBD content. Hemp seed oil is made using the hemp seeds alone, where they undergo a cold-pressing process which delivers the final product. This oil has many uses, but its absence of cannabinoids means it does not possess many of the benefits of its CBD counterpart. The extraction of CBD is a more involved and highly technical procedure. The raw materials are different as the production of cannabidiol utilises the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Due to the complexities involved, the attention to detail is much greater in the manufacture of CBD.

Hemp oil is not without its benefits. It is an excellent source of nutritional goodness and it has a wide range of uses. Hemp oil has nearly 30 times more natural omegas than organic olive oil, and it is low in saturated fats. These omegas are great for healthy skin and can help to balance the immune system. Research has also found that omega-9 can reduce cholesterol levels, making it an excellent supplement for those looking to improve the health of their heart. In fact, hemp and CBD oil can actually be taken together, and many find the combination successful in maintaining homeostasis and natural balance.

CBD Science

Cannabis and hemp are the part of the same species of plant. The Misuse of Drugs Act makes no distinction between hemp and cannabis plants. The difference is that hemp plants contain less than 0.2% THC as defined by UK and European law. Cannabis plants contain more than this level. THC concentrations in various strains of cannabis plants can vary quite considerably.

CBD products such as oils are made by extracting the CBD from hemp plants and adding it to a suitable carrier oil including hemp seed, apricot or coconut oil. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are found in the highest concentrations in the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and cannabis plants. CBD processed from farming grade hemp plants can only be processed from the seeds, stalk and fibre. The flowers and leaves of hemp must be destroyed by law.

Professor David Heal
Scientific Advisor for EthicaCBD
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