In the midst of the fame and controversy of cannabis and its family of products, one may confuse one variant for the other and thus may not fully enjoy the benefits that each of them possess. Hemp oil and CBD oil have equally gained recognition for their therapeutic benefits. They are considered as cousins and have the same source, Cannabis sativa. However, if one examines closely, these two oils have different characteristics and have different uses. Let’s take a look.
Hemp oil comes from industrial hemp, a variety of Cannabis. Hemp Oil contains low CBD levels and does not contain and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp per se contains less than 0.3% of THC, the acceptable amount for it to be sold legally in the U.S. This amount is further lost in hemp seeds oils which
Hemp Oil is considered as a superfood and is found to contain high levels of Omega 3 and 6, vitamins and other nutrients. Thus it can improve the nutritional value of one’s diet. Aside from its healing properties, it is also excellent for the hair and skin. These properties make it popular in the beauty industry which exploits hemp oil’s capacity to unclog pores, prevent and heal inflammation, and provide superior moisture to the skin keeping it always hydrated and healthy.
“Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, is perfectly good seed oil that’s high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD,” says Cindy Capobianco, the co-founder of a cannabis company, Lord Jones.
CBD oil’s most distinctive characteristic is its analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve muscle pain and soreness. Thus, one can find CBD oil in skin care products, tinctures and sleeping tablets to relieve tension and anxiety. It is even used to combat the symptoms of insomnia.
“It’s been used for centuries to successfully provide pain relief to muscle aches, arthritis, joint pain, neuropathic conditions, headaches, and to aid skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, even sunburn, and bug bites when used topically,”
In the beauty industry, CBD is used as an anti-inflammatory antioxidant to treat irritated, acne-loaded skin caused by overproduction of lipids.
A Problematic Mix Up
A regular shopper who is curious about cannabis, CBD, and CBD-infused products may confuse one from the other. Unfortunately, lots of companies are taking advantage of this misinformation, some of them even resort to deceptive branding by indicating that a certain product contains CBD when it does not.
“Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD”, Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marche cannabis apothecary, said in an interview.
Also, sources argue that the CBD content of a beauty product should not be the sole determiner of its effectiveness. Currently, the lack of studies about CBD and hemp oil should remind the public that results may still vary or change in the future.
Before buying any of the two, customers are advised to figure out what they truly hope to achieve or resolve. Is it for a beauty supplement? As an analgesic? As a sleep aid? It is also advised to do some research and read reviews on a particular product to find out its CBD content and effectiveness.