HEMP SEED OIL VS CBD OIL.
Did you know that a pretty shocking number of products boasting CBD on the label actually contains none of this wonderful cannabinoid at all? Or carries a dose so low that consumers will be getting practically nothing other than carrier oils in their system. Spot testing across the UK and US over the last couple of years has revealed this to be the case and, although some brands are simply fibbing about the cannabinoid content delivered by their oil or offering it in products that just don’t work, others are marketing themselves to look like a CBD product but if you check the ingredients list you’ll find hemp/cannabis sativa seed extract or oil listed.
For anyone new to CBD this can be incredibly misleading. Isn’t CBD derived from hemp? Well, yes – but the cannabinoid content all comes down to the part(s) of the plant used.
Hemp (also known as, and listed on ingredients labels as, cannabis sativa) is largely what’s used to extract CBD from for products sold in the UK as it tends to be high in CBD and low in THC. Marijuana is the name used for cannabis (the same plant) with higher levels of THC. However, cannabinoids – be that CBD, THC, CBG or any other of the approx. 120 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant – are found in the greatest profusion in the flowers, while the stalk and leaves contain less and the seeds none at all.
Yep, you read that right – hemp seeds contain no CBD (or any other cannabinoid) whatsoever. So if you’ve been using a hemp seed oil product in the hope it will deliver the same plethora of benefits as CBD oil, you’re going to be disappointed.
However, that’s not the say hemp seed oil has nothing to offer. This part of the cannabis plant is remarkable in it’s own right and makes another fantastic dietary supplement and skincare base – just not one which will bind to or activate your endocannabinoid system.
Hemp Seed Oil 101
Hemp seed oil, as you’ve probably guessed, is extracted purely from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike the flowers used to extract cannabinoids, this can be from plants that are grown in the UK.
Although you won’t find any cannabinoids in your hemp seed oil, what you will find is a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals (vitamins E, B, B1, and B2 potassium, magnesium to name a few) as well as all 21 amino acids and a perfect balance of Omega 6 (Linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-Linolenic) which is not found in any other natural oil. These essential fatty acids are not produced by the human body, but are vital for keeping optimum health.
In skin care…
Endocannabinoid receptors can be found in almost every skin cell, so CBD skincare has a deeply impressive effect on skin health. Hemp seed oil offers a range of benefits too, just in a completely different way.
– Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and exceptionally gentle, making it a great carrier oil for aging or spot-prone skin
– It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores
– That perfect ratio of Omega 3 and 6, plus the full range of 21 amino acids makes hemp seed oil very moisturising. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid are all used by a part of the cell membrane that is vital for cell function so applying this oil to troubled skin can help it to naturally re-balance.
– Hemp seed oil is densely nutritious – your skin will love you for all that vitamin E, carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
As a sleep aid…
When you take a high quality CBD product, the cannabinoids will make their way to your CB1 and CB2 receptors to alter their function. These include ones known to affect pain, mood, body temperature and much more that can have an impact on your sleep. Hemp seed oil can also help you catch some seriously restorative zzzs’. There are a number of reasons for this:
– Both L-Tryptophan and vitamin B6 are found in hemp seeds and together, these create the precursor for melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. By taking a spoonful of hemp seed oil every evening you will give your body the B6 it needs to trigger the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, which your body can then convert into melatonin.
– If your body is low in fatty acids, you may have a melatonin deficiency. The unique combination of omega 3 and omega 6 found in hemp seed oil can quickly replenish your levels while also reducing stress and inflammation.
– 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil (or 2-3 tbsp of hemp seeds) contains 39% of your magnesium RDA. Not only that, but it’s one of the most bioavailable sources of this mineral out there. Magnesium is involved in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the body’s cells, so if you’re running low you’re going to feel it. One of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency is insomnia, so topping up with hemp seed oil can be a quick fix for many people.
Of course this brief overview is only scratching the surface, but what we hope you can gather (and what we know to be true) is that cannabis sativa is the most amazing plant – from the seeds to the flowers.
Being clued up on the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil can help you make the buying choices best for your needs. But there’s no reason you should use both together, like in our hemp oil tincture! Just so long as you always buy from a trusted, organic source.