CBD is everywhere: the news, YouTube, radio stations, your local grocery store, & even your friends are asking you why you haven’t tried CBD yet! Your mom is even calling you exclaiming, “This CBD stuff works, everyone is doing it, and even my dogs can take it!” You finally give in, and try researching about CBD on the internet. There’s thousands of brands, flavors, strengths, and oil bases that you don’t even know where to start! What’s the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil? Aren’t they the same thing?
With the explosion in popularity regarding CBD and the “life-saving” benefits it seems to give each individual, it can be confusing to navigate the market when you’re a novice to the industry. There are so many different ‘oils’ on the internet, that many people end up buying something falsely advertised as CBD, or think it’s CBD just because it contains hemp oil.
CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil: They are Different
A common misconception is that hemp oil and ‘CBD Oil’ are the same thing, they aren’t.
My name is Cecelia, and I have worked for Cannafyl CBD as a store associate since May of 2018. I have had numerous unsatisfied clients come into the Cannafyl Phoenix location regarding products they purchased off of Amazon, or other online retailers, that failed to produce the advertised effects. Differentiating between oils is one of the most common issues consumers face when buying blindly off the internet.
Hemp extract is simply just plain hemp oil (most likely seed) & contains trace amounts of CBD & 0% THC. Hemp Oil is usually used for skincare, cooking, or general wellness, like coconut oil, and still has some benefits to taking as a daily supplement. Benefits to using hemp oil are decreased progression of heart & neurodegenerative diseases, reduced acne, and inflammation or other skin conditions.
CBD Oils are oils, of any base (Coconut oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hemp Oil, etc.), infused with the Cannabidiol molecule itself, as well as other cannabinoids if it’s not an isolate product. A full-spectrum CBD oil contains CBD, less than .03% of THC, and trace to greater amounts of other cannabinoids like CBG, CBV, & CBN. CBD oils themselves create an overall relaxation effect on the mind and body, helping with anxiety, mood, pain, stress, and insomnia. CBD is also a proven neuroprotectant & anti-epileptic.
Misinformation on Hemp Seed Oil and CBD
Most of the time, these products are mismarked, and claim to provide therapeutic benefits of CBD, without actually containing any CBD or cannabinoids in general.
Since the Hemp CBD industry really shot off in 2018, there have been thousands of companies flooding the market with products, most of the brands seen on Amazon and other retailers online are simply selling Hemp oil, with claims similar to that of Hemp-derived CBD oils, a hot topic at the moment. Most people who haven’t been introduced to this industry struggle to differentiate a product that just contains Hemp Oil to a product that actually contains “CBD Oil”.
What’s important to realize is that there ARE many companies in this industry with money on their mind, not with the intention of helping people live more fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, the chance at making a quick buck motivates retailers to market products similar to being related to CBD.
Why CBD is the Best Choice
An oil that contains CBD, and other cannabinoids, is called a phyto-cannabinoid rich oil. PCR Oils can also be known as CBD oils, full-spectrum hemp oils, & pure CBD oil, but is not to be mixed up with seeds of the hemp or plain hemp oils. CBD is lipid (fat) soluble, and is typically are suspended in an oil base, such as hemp oil.
Oils like hemp oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are used as a daily wellness & beauty regimen for many people, but CBD oils contain the cannabinoids that are rich in antioxidants & therapeutic benefits we have all come to know and love!
Products that don’t contain CBD, for example, will say “Hemp Oil Drops 240,000 mg, 100% Natural Extract, Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Stress, Natural Dietary Supplement, Rich in Omega 3&6 Fatty Acids for Skin & Heart Health, Vegan Friendly” for only $19.99 on Amazon.com. Anyone in a novice state of mind will automatically assume this is a great deal.
Let me be the first to tell you, it’s not. (It is only a great deal if you’re in the market for Hemp oil supplements for essential fatty acids & essential hearth health).
Hemp Oil is Not The Same as CBD Oil
A loyal customer of mine actually brought the example of the 240,000mg hemp oil drops up to me the other day, confused as to why he was able to buy “so much CBD, for so little” online!? When I looked a bit deeper into this listing, it clearly says “of Hemp Extract” by the milligrams on the front label, and does not say CBD anywhere on the labeling of the product, or the listing.
Labeling a product with the words “Hemp extract” might make the consumer think that the bottle must contain CBD, because it’s from the Hemp plant itself, right?
Another kind, yet frustrated lady came in one day with a bag of bottles, lotions, and oils, and slammed it on the counter, frustrated with what she had purchased online. She exclaimed, “It doesn’t work! It doesn’t work! What in the world did I buy, or what am I doing wrong?! I am rubbing this Hemp stuff on my body like crazy & I am HURTING!”
I take a quick glance at the products she is describing to clearly see “Hemp Oil Supplements” written on the labels. The funny thing is that the oils claim to be anti-anxiety, pain relieving, and a sleep aid, but clearly were not providing the relief she needed!
CBD is One of Over 100 Different Cannabinoids
CBD is one of the cannabinoids naturally produced by the Hemp & Cannabis plants. CBD is also known as a “phytocannabinoid”, due to the fact that it originates & is produced in the hemp plant itself. This molecule interacts with the bodies naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to help regulate the body’s metabolism, pain, appetite, thermoregulation, stress, muscle recovery, and much more. The ‘Endo-‘ in endocannabinoid actually means inside the body, so this means that our bodies even produce cannabinoids by themselves (like breast milk)!
The ECS consists of neural pathways throughout the body with CB1 & CB2 receptors throughout the body that help the process of homeostasis, or balance. CB1 receptors have been shown to help regulate cardiovascular health, digestion, pregnancy, & hormone production, while CB2 receptors are more geared towards immunity responses within the body.
When CBD interacts with these receptors by modifying the receptors ability to bind to other cannabinoids. This process of modification helps the body build up levels of endocannabinoids based on the demands and needs of the individual’s body. This releases neurotransmitter messages needed to reach optimal health in your cells, tissues, and organs. A well running ECS is one that has an optimal level of homeostasis, or regulation, within the body.
By knowing the process of the Endocanabinoid system naturally found in our bodies, we can further look into what products would be best for our needs and preferences. When it comes to navigating the CBD market, look for CBD oils, not hemp oils. CBD oils are going to be phytocannabinoid-rich, and offer benefits to issues such as insomnia, pain, inflammation, anxiety, and anti-convulsion relief. A plain hemp oil from your internet retailer will not satisfy you the same way a cannabinoid rich product will.