Consumers looking to explore the potential health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) often face some uncertainty about terminology. It is particularly confusing to try to analyze the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil.
The confusion is further complicated by the fact that there are several categories of CBD oil products, including isolate, full-spectrum hemp extract, and hemp-derived oil. Then there is the problem of the omnipresent "hemp oil", which can or cannot be assumed to be identical to CBD oil. Finally, shopping enthusiasts who go through a health store may come across another type: hemp seed oil.
So, to clear the air, are hemp oil and CBD oil the same? No.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp oil is frequently used today to label CBD-rich products derived from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. However, in some cases, the term hemp oil can also refer to hemp seed oil, a substantially dissimilar product that does not contain any CBD.
When you see something called hemp oil, it is essential to confirm if you are getting hemp oil that contains CBD or if hemp seed oil that comes from hemp plant seeds, and does not contain CBD. There are several fundamental differences between both of them.
Hemp seed oil comes only from cold-pressing hemp seeds. Interestingly, CBD is not found in hemp seeds. Instead, they are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, a mixture of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and protein. Hemp seed oil is generally accepted due to its high nutritional value. It is normally used in cooking, sold as dietary supplements, and found in cosmetics and beauty products. It is also stored with fish oil and linseed in food stores. Certain grains and smoothy recipes even contain whole hemp oil seeds.
CBD Oil and Products
Conversely, CBD oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers of the same hemp plant, which contain large quantities of terpenes and cannabinoids, not excluding CBD. The oil obtained from the leaves and flowers of these plants is, without a doubt, rich in CBD.
Sources of CBD Oil
There are two main sources of CBD oil: marijuana plants and hemp plants. As regards CBD in chemical form, there is no difference between both plants - in molecular terms, it is always the same. However, in terms of the legality of CBD, it all depends on its source – hemp or marijuana.
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the cannabis plant. All parts of the cannabis plant in its hemp form, including hemp fiber, have been used for thousands of years to make nutritional supplements (as mentioned previously), food, paper, building materials, and textiles. In America, industrial cannabis refers to the Cannabis sativa L. species, scientifically proven to contain at least 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On the other hand, marijuana is legally defined as a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC.
This distinction was made a statute in the 2018 Farms Act, which legalized in principle cannabis, along with hemp oil and other CBD products resulting from cannabis. This caused a widespread availability of cannabis-derived CBD products and, as such, is much easier to buy than before. However, CBD products with more than 0.3% THC are illegal in America, and can only be procured in nations where marijuana is legal.
Another variance between hemp and marijuana is the resin quantity, which affects the volume of CBD available. Since hemp produces less resin than marijuana, hemp, therefore, produces less cannabidiol than marijuana.
What are the Types of CBD Oils?
Whether derived from cannabis or marijuana, CBD oil is available in varieties of full spectrum, broad spectrum, distillates of CBD, and CBD isolates.
CBD extract can be prepared using ethanol, with hydrocarbons like propane, hexane or butane, or supercritical CO2. In crude form, they will all contain tetrahydrocannabinol.
CBD distillate is formed by distilling the crude extract under high temperature and in vacuum to separate the CBD from its components. Getting the isolate requires further work – pentane is added for purification, which causes crystallization of the CBD. It then undergoes filtration, and then drying to obtain pure CBD products.
The CBD Pillow
The CBD Pillow is made from pharmaceutical grade, hemp-based CBD. Every pillow contains an average of 150 milligrams of CBD, providing you with sustained microdoses of CBD throughout the night. While you sleep, the friction of your skin and hair gently breaks the microcapsules to release the CBD.
Another great feature of the CBD Pillow is that the fill is customizable. That means you can a thin and light pillow, or a full and firm pillow, and everywhere in between. Simply unzip the cover to any amount of fill you’d like to give you the firmness level to your individual needs.
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