What is the difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?
Before we can really answer that question, we need to define what each one is, and is not. Both sets of facts are very important for you to make a good consumer decision and to know exactly what you are getting when you buy products that are labeled hemp oil, CBD oil, or full spectrum CBD oil, as they are not the same, equivalent, nor do they provide the same potential for benefits*. While both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are healthy to use and can be good for you*, they come from very different parts of the plant, have different chemical properties, do different things, and are used differently.
Hemp oil, which is most often hemp seed oil, is mostly sourced from Cannabis sativa plant seed, i.e. industrial hemp. Hemp seed oil is a regulated product, and is tested by the FDA and other regulatory agencies for both THC and CBD levels. It does not, however, contain either of those cannabinoids. Laboratory tests have shown repeatedly throughout history that there are no cannabinoids present in seed obtained from industrial hemp, and the hemp seed oil you buy will not get you high, or even feeling good. It might however get you a little healthier.
So What is Hemp Oil? I’ve Been Paying a Lot For It!
Hemp oil is generally defined as the oil obtained by pressing or processing hemp seed, and does not come from the rest of the hemp plant. While it is nutritionally rich in Omega oils, it does not contain CBD, the cannabinoid that works with our bodily endocannabinoid system. The correct term is hemp seed oil, and much is being sold mislabeled at ridiculously high prices. It is great to cook with, though!
Does Hemp Oil That is Seed Based Contain CBD Oil?
No, it does not. Period. Despite what a lot of companies would like you to think.
That is the sad part, too, as some – many in some arenas – of the products being sold as CBD oil are hemp seed oil and nothing more. Sometimes this is due to where the product is being sold and trying to deal with uneducated or out of date rules. More often than not, though, it is unscrupulous companies trying to sell you snake oil. There is no CBD in hemp seed oil, and you will not get any of the potential results or health and wellness benefits* you are seeking from it. If you see hemp extract from aerial parts, or something to that effect, you may be getting some CBD, so the next question is look for a concentration, like 300 mg. Lots of hemp seed oil is merely labeled hemp oil, so check.
So If Hemp Seed Oil Has No CBD, then what is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil I Keep Seeing?
Like we said, hemp oil is hemp seed oil in nearly all cases. It has no CBD or any other cannabinoids in it. It does have some nutritional value and potential for limited health benefits*.
Before we explain what full spectrum oil is, though, we need to make a “legal disclaimer” about the differences. CBD taken from Cannabis, i.e. the plant that produces psychoactive THC, is legal in states that have passed medical and recreational usage laws. CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 Farm Bill that was signed into law December 20, 2018. While this sounds like hair splitting, it is not when it comes to what you are actually getting in the products you are purchasing. Too many companies are selling hemp seed oil and labeling it hemp oil, hoping to dupe customers into thinking they are getting CBD oil, which they are not. Some are selling hemp seed oil with “hemp extract”… well, hemp seed oil is hemp extract. Hemp oil might be CBD oil, but certainly not all hemp oil is CBD oil. You need to read the labels carefully and if there is not clear disclosure, it does not state CBD and content, full aerial parts of plants and full spectrum, wide, total, or complete spectrum and full bioavailability, set the bottle down and move on.
However, if you are seeing any of the above on your bottle of CBD oil’s label or in an advertisement or posting, there are a couple of things that might be happening. First, the company may be dealing with online sales vehicles that still follow the grey, out of date CSA rules, and they have to label their products to comply. Turn the bottle over. There are a couple of things to look for. First of all, Full Spectrum means that the whole plant is used in extraction but it is basically raw.. If there is one word about cold press extraction, Omega-3, -6, or -9 fatty acids, isolate, or anything like it on the label, you are dealing with hemp seed oil and not CBD, or in the case of isolate, a refined, limited product made with harsh chemicals, no matter what they claim. CBD oil does not have the same nutritional analysis as hemp seed oil, as it contains no Omegas. If it has aerial parts, total, complete, wide spectrum, deoxylated, or anything indicating it has complete hemp extract in it, it probably is CBD oil. Next check the concentration to make sure it looks like an industry standard measurement, and that both concentration and package weight or content is listed. Any reputable company will tell you both those figures. You can quickly see what we are talking about on any of our Vid labels.
Vid 300 mg label here
Hemp seed oil has to be cold pressed and CBD oil pretty much cannot be in order to gain the best benefit from the compounds. CO2 or an alcohol process extracts it, and any residual materials are distilled out. (That is how we do it here at Vid, food grade ethanol – grain alcohol – that is all completely removed through low temperature distillation.) Hemp seed oil is very inexpensive to produce compared to CBD oil, and you can get a quart for under $20. Or at least, you should be able to. Too often we see hemp oil labeled as CBD that has no CBD in it at all, in fact, they even cut hemp seed oil with coconut oil or grapeseed oil and sell it for the price near that of CBD oil to hood-wink the consumer into thinking they are getting a real bargain.
You aren’t. You are getting over charged and under delivered, simple as that.
Look for words that describe the wide range of components, aerial parts, and the words CBD and a recognized carrier like MCT or coconut oil on the label and in all the images on the label. We use MCT – medium-chain triglyceride organic coconut oil. It is a stable product with a two-year shelf life, making our Vid-CBD oil very stable to ship, and is nutritionally dense, healthy carrier oil. Check out the website to see what it shows. Legitimate companies are not afraid to show their products and how to find where they are sold, with analysis, and how to get ahold of them on their websites. Honest CBD and hemp product companies want you to know the truth, and fly above the radar, just like Vid does.
If there is no CBD, is Hemp Seed Oil Good For You?
Hemp seed oil is protein dense, high in polyunsaturated fats, and is one of the known sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are essential to the human diet. The Omega fatty acids occur in a ratio that is considered by many to be optimal for utilization in humans. Hemp seed oil is also high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant compound that helps fight free radicals. It is a staple in the cosmetics industry, is used for cooking, and in biofuel.
You can buy hemp seed oil in most health food stores or even the gourmet cooking section of your local grocery. Some people use it in place of olive oil and in smoothies. Hemp seed oil is also high in gamma linoleic acid, which may help you lose weight*. Of course, any oil substitution must be accompanied by a healthy diet in moderation and exercise to achieve healthy, if any, weight loss.
What is Hemp Seed Oil Good For?
Hemp seed has high oil content and is cold processed to retain the nutritional value of the seed. It is greenish in color, and it needs to be kept refrigerated once opened. (If you do not refrigerate it, hemp seed oil will go rancid in about two weeks.) It blends well for salad dressings. Hemp seed oil is unique in that it does not convert its polyunsaturated fats into trans fats upon heating. It does, however, have a low to medium flash point, so for cooking it is recommended to blend it with avocado oil (twice the flash point of olive oil) at a ratio of 1:10 to gain the healthy benefits of cooking with both.
Uses for Hemp Oil Include Industrial
Hemp oil is also one of the original biofuels. Henry Ford designed his “Tin Lizzie” Model T to run on either gasoline or hemp seed oil. Hemp seed is plentiful, cheap, and is used to make lubricants, paint, plastics, biodegradable products, many health and beauty compounds ranging from shampoo and conditioner to soap, and is a common replacement for petroleum products.
Make Sure When You Buy Pure CBD Oil You are Getting Organic CBD Oil, Not Hemp Seed Oil
Vid believes in educating their customers so they know what they are getting. Be a conscious consumer, whether it is rolling the box over to see what is in your oil or vape cartridge, or checking the ingredient label on your gum or pain rub. What you put in, or on, your body is what goes through your body and has a lot of potential to help or harm your health*. Look for organic full spectrum CBD, and clear labeling for content, percentages, and counts. You will be glad you did.
All Vid products are clearly labeled, with contents, volumes, and detailed dosage instructions included. We want our customers to know that we value you as a customer and want you to get the best full spectrum CBD product for your money.
You have our word on that.