With so many cannabis-derived products on the market, it can be a chore to decipher between hemp and CBD. What is the difference between hemp seed oil vs CBD oil? What does each oil do? While both oils are derived from the same hemp plant, hemp seed oil and CBD oil are derived from different parts and are used for distinctly different purposes.
What are the Differences Between CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil?
CBD and hemp seed oil appear very similar, and people might also use the words “hemp oil” or “hemp extract” interchangeably but they definitely are not the same thing. Also, people see hemp seed oil in the grocery store and assume that it’s the same thing as our Charlotte’s Web™ CBD Oil.
We want to clear up some of the confusion and arm you with powerful health and wellness knowledge that will ultimately help you experience the benefits of Charlotte’s Web full-spectrum hemp extract oils.
Where does CBD Oil Come from vs. Hemp Oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a phytocannabinoid found in hemp known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. CBD oil which is found in hemp extract specifically comes from the flowers, stalks, and leaves of the hemp plant.
Meanwhile, hemp seed oil is derived strictly from the seeds of the hemp plant.
How is CBD Oil Made vs. Hemp Seed Oil?
CBD oil comes from hemp plants that have been harvested, dried, and shucked. CBD oil is obtained by high-pressure extraction where a solvent is forced through the ground plant material to pull out the CBD, essential oils, lipids, and beneficial compounds.
At Charlotte’s Web, our CBD oil is derived from two methods: CO2 and alcohol. The extraction agent in the supercritical CO2 extraction process is carbon dioxide. This process is clean, safe, and leaves no negative impact on the environment. Alcohol extraction is a labor-intensive, small-batch process that provides a rich mix of hemp’s beneficial compounds – cannabinoids and more. In the final process, all the alcohol residue is removed from the formula and tested for quality assurance.
Similarly, hemp seed oil is made by harvesting hemp plants, drying them, and extracting the seeds. The oil is obtained by pressing or cold pressing dehulled hemp seeds.
What’s in CBD oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil?
CBD Oil contains a THC content of less than 0.3% and is considered non-intoxicating. Depending on the type of CBD oil, it also commonly contains synergistic plant terpenes, phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, beta-caryophyllene, and fatty acids.
What are the types of CBD oil?
- Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all compounds of the cannabis plant, including low, non-intoxicating levels of THC
- Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains some compounds of the cannabis plant but may not contain THC
- CBD isolate contains strictly CBD
Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, but it is comprised of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, oleic acid, stearidonic acid, and other nutritional antioxidants. The oil contains high levels of B vitamins and vitamin D.
What is it Used For?
CBD oil is known for its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate homeostasis and important physiological processes.
Consider trying CBD (in a tincture, oil or gummy) for:
- Supporting healthy sleep cycles*
- Providing relief from exercise-induced inflammation*
- Supporting a sense of calm and focus*
- Managing everyday stresses and mild, everyday anxiety*
Hemp seed oil is commonly used for its health benefits such as:
- Relieving constipation
- Promoting cardiovascular health
- Immune system support
- Moisturizing skin
- Providing gastrointestinal support
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Watch the Searching for Answers video on the difference between Hemp vs. Marijuana. Also look at this infographic on CBD vs THC.
Some common questions about hemp vs. marijuana:
- Hemp can get me high, right? No, hemp-derived CBD is non-intoxicating
- Hemp and marijuana are in the cannabis family, so that makes them the same? No.
- Do I need a medical marijuana card to buy hemp extract with CBD? No.
- Are the plant chemicals identical in marijuana and hemp? No.
- Does Charlotte’s Web hemp extract contain more phytocannabinoids than just CBD? Yes.
Hemp vs. Marijuana Breakdown
Let’s shed some light on these incredible and controversial plants:
- Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis and contain phytocannabinoids. Phyto means “plant.” Humans and all mammals produce what are known as endocannabinoids. Endo means “within.” These compounds are key players in normal immune and central nervous system function. Hemp’s phytocannabinoids work with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a vast receptor system that helps support homeostasis and health. *
- Marijuana has more than 0.3% THC (the only phytocannabinoid that gets you “high”).
- Hemp has less than 0.3% THC and is not psychoactive.
- Marijuana is most often associated with THC and hemp extract is often associated with CBD, a health & wellness phytocannabinoid.
- Charlotte’s Web proprietary, non-GMO hemp genetics contains a unique combination of phytocannabinoids; it’s more than just CBD. Charlotte’s Web also includes naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, and other valuable hemp compounds that work synergistically to heighten positive effects, sometimes referred to as the “Entourage Effect,” making it more complete than single-compound CBD alternatives.
Now that you know the differences between CBD oil vs hemp seed oil and the difference between hemp and marijuana, we recommend that you always seek quality and consistent full-spectrum phytocannabinoids for your optimal wellbeing. While world-class genetics are the foundation of Charlotte’s Web, quality is in the details.
The production and quality of care that goes into Charlotte’s Web CBD products are unmatched. The process is fully traceable, beginning with supplying our family farms with our proprietary genetics, non-GMO plants, to manufacturing in an FDA-registered facility with 3rd party-verified Good Manufacturing Practices. It’s this dedication that earned us the designation of The World’s Most Trusted Hemp Extract™.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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