Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant that has been used for thousands of years as a food product (the seeds are edible and can be used to make nutritionally rich vegetable oil, the dried flowers and leaves can be used in tea, etc.[i]), as a material for fabric and construction, and for its health and wellbeing properties.
The Cannabis Sativa plant is also widely used in the health and beauty industry – you may have seen hemp products in your local chemist or high street store. Oil from hemp seeds is used in a variety of products, including lotions and oils for skin and hair care. The nutrients and essential fatty acid (EFA) content in hemp seed oil make it an excellent moisturiser, and therefore a popular product to help with dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
When it comes to the question ‘Are CBD oil and Hemp oil the same?’, there are some important differences to note. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is just one of the chemicals present in Cannabis Sativa (one of more than 60 cannabinoid compounds found in industrial hemp[ii]) and was first isolated and identified by scientists in 1963[iii]. The wellbeing and therapeutic benefits of CBD are still being researched and uncovered today, and have made it a popular supplement over the last decade as more and more people become aware of its properties.
Unlike the psychoactive variants of the Cannabis Sativa plant (which are high in the compound Tetrahydrocannabinol, or ‘THC’), Industrial Hemp has an extremely low THC content but does contain Cannabidiol (CBD) as well as a range of other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes which can help to promote wellbeing. These cannabinoids are found in the stalks, leaves and flowers of the plant – the parts of the plant that are used to obtain CBD oil.
Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. These seeds contain beneficial nutrients and essential fatty acids, but no cannabinoids. However, the outside of hemp seeds can become contaminated with the sticky resin oil (containing cannabinoids) secreted by the cannabis sativa plant if they are not cleaned properly prior to the extraction of the hemp seed oil[iv], meaning that in some cases trace amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids can be found in Hemp Seed oil.
If you’d like to find out more about the difference between Hemp and Cannabis, why not take a look at our knowledge centre article on the topic.
In order to come to a decision about CBD oil vs hemp oil, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve with the help of this supplement. Hemp seed oil can be found in lots of products at your local store grocery store (and health food stores) as it is high in nutritional value, containing only half the calories of olive oil and twice the omega-3 fatty acids (which can be beneficial for heart and brain health, among other things![v]). As a result, it’s popular in cooking and, as we mentioned earlier, in a wide variety of skincare and beauty products.
However, if you are specifically looking to enhance your wellbeing with the help of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes contained within the flowers, stems and leaves of Industrial Hemp, then CBD oil products could be the right option for you. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a range of beneficial cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), and a whole host of other substances which can help improve overall balance and wellbeing.
If you’re considering trying out CBD products for yourself, then make sure that you purchase them from a reputable seller. For a full range of some of the best CBD oil UK products, all of which meet the regulations for legal sale in the UK, you can also take a look at our store.
Hempura’s range of CBD products are manufactured from an original high-quality hemp extract. This extract undergoes strict manufacturing processes, as well as THC removal to ensure legality and safety for our customers. As our extracts come from organically grown Cannabis Sativa plants, there are microscopic amounts of THC present in our compounds, but these are at an undetectable level (of less than 0.05%), which helps to ensure the safety and legality of all of our products. In addition to this, all of the farms we use are carefully selected, regulated and compliant EU growers, and all the Industrial Hemp plants are organically grown and therefore herbicide, pesticide, fungicide and GMO-free.
[i] Lachenmeier, D.W. and Walch, S.G., 2005. Analysis and toxicological evaluation of cannabinoids in hemp food products-A review. Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 4(1), pp.812-826.
[iii] Burstein, S., 2015. Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: a review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry, 23(7), pp.1377-1385.
[iv] Cannabinoid Profiling of Hemp Seed Oil by Liquid Chromatography Coupled to High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6381057/
Last Updated on 22/10/2020