Many hemp growers and cannabis enthusiasts rejoice the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill formally legalizes the plantation of the plant as well as the products derived from it. Now, manufacturers can produce two of the most popular products in marijuana dispensaries — CBD oil and hemp oil — in the US soil.
While these two hemp-derived products are among the most ordered in cannabis dispensaries, many people are still clueless about their differences. Sometimes, people use these products interchangeably. But the fact that they both came from a single plant does not mean they are the same. There are huge distinctions between these two natural products that you should know.
What Is Hemp?
Hemp belongs to the Cannabis family. Its cousins — sativa, and indica — are strains of marijuana. Manufacturers use hemp for a wide variety of industrial uses — from ropes, clothing and beauty items to food and drinks.
Hemp is also a safe source of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound with fantastic healing properties. While manufacturers mainly extract CBD from Marijuana strains, they also often derive it from hemp because it is low in THC, a substance that alters the mood and thought processing of pot users.
If they belong to the same plant, then what makes them different from each other?
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil (sometimes called hemp seed oil) comes from the plant’s seeds. It is made by pressing seeds like the process of extracting olive or sesame oil. Nutritionists consider hemp seeds as a superfood because it is a rich source of essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. Because of its nutritional content, this substance also provides many wonders for your health. Even though it contains some THC, it is very minimal to produce psychoactive effects.
Hemp Oil Benefits
- Brain development – It contains DHA, an essential fatty acid for brain development. Mothers who consume hemp oil during pregnancy may give brain and eye protection to her child. Adults can also benefit from DHA’s support for the brain and eyes.
- Healthy heart – It contains the right balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular health. These acids also reduced cholesterol in the blood. Moreover, it contains antioxidants.
- Supple and healthy skin – It is commonly a key ingredient in lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other beauty or cosmetic products because of its moisturizing effect on the skin. It also contains gamma linoleic acid that can provide relief to eczema and psoriasis.
- Enhanced immunity against infection – The essential fatty acids from hemp oil promote healthy bacteria in the gut. They also support and enhance the immune system response.
What is CBD Oil
CBD oil (sometimes called hemp extract) comes from the plant’s, flowers, leaves, and stalk. Apart from hemp, manufacturers also extract it from marijuana. Many brands sold in cannabis dispensaries underwent a process that separates CBD from THC, making them safe to use, according to the WHO standards.
CBD Oil Benefits:
- Pain relief – Researchers in many parts of the world have proven the efficacy of this CBD oil in pain relief for arthritis, muscle spasms.
- Anxiety and depression – Users can use CBD oil for anxiety and depression. It is also potent in relieving stress and tension.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – CBD can protect the brain and nerves from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.
- Epilepsy – CBD received a federal patent because of its potency in treating epilepsy.
- Cancer symptoms – Patients use cannabidiol to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and decreased appetite.
While both hemp oil and CBD oil benefit your health, you still need to determine which one to use for your health regimen. It is, therefore, necessary to only buy these products from reputable dispensaries with qualified personnel for assistance.