Hemp seed oil and CBD oil have become synonymous with health and well-being. We wrote this blog post in order to inform you about hemp, CBD oil, hemp seed oil, and what makes them different.
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Hemp vs Cannabis
Hemp and marijiuana are 2 plants of the same family: Cannabis Sativa. But there is a major difference between them:
- marijuana contains THC, a chemical known for its psychoactive effects that causes the high feeling. As a consequence, marijuana is illegal in most countries.
- Hemp contains no THC, has no psychoactive effects and has always been 100% legal and widely cultivated in Europe. Hemp also contains CBD, the compound which is becoming increasingly famous for its wellness properties.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil is extracted from hemp seeds. Typically, it is taken from hemp seed varieties that contain around 30% oil by weight and contain no cannabinoids at all (ie no THC and no CBD at all).
Cold pressing requires the seeds to be de-shelled; the outer husk must be removed. Then, after some scientific chilling and squeezing, hemp seed oil is extracted.
Hemp oil may then be slightly refined for increasing the stability and shelf life in some applications such as cosmetics and food supplements.
What are hemp oil benefits?
Hemp seed oil contains a lot of omega-6 (60%), omega-3 (20%) and omega-9 (12%) polyunsaturated fatty acids. In fact, it’s the only edible oil that contains greater than 90% polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, and the ratios found in hemp seed oils are widely believed by nutritionists to be the optimal ones.
Another benefit of hemp seed oil is the high levels of vitamin E. On average, 100mL of hemp seed oil contains 100–150mg of vitamin E: it is way more than any other oil, and 10 times the recommended daily consumption for an adult. In case you didn’t know, this vitamin is known for its antioxidant properties. The cosmetic industry can’t stop raving about the anti-ageing properties of this natural nutrient common to cannabis and hemp. Furthermore, it’s pretty common for people to create their own CBD tinctures with hemp seed oil. But hemp seed oil alone does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.
How is hemp oil used?
Hemp oil gets used in diverse ways, perhaps the best known of which is in cooking as a replacement for olive oil. Hemp oil has a nutty flavour and is a source of protein.
Hemp oil is also used in lotions, as it is known to help hydrate the skin. Because it is a natural moisturiser, it also is used in the making of some types of soap. Some also believe it can treat atopic dermatitis and has anti-aging properties for the skin.
What is CBD oil?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) oil is extracted mostly from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It is a naturally occurring chemical in hemp that is non-psychoactive and offers much more wellness and cosmetics benefits than hemp seeds. In order to achieve the highest yields and purity, most hemp CBD oil manufacturers utilise advanced supercritical CO₂ extraction processes, followed by a winterisation and a distillation. This process has the advantage of being natural (no chemical is used and CO₂ is food-safe) and the final CBD reaches a 99.9% purity.
CBD oils often use hemp seed oil as a carrier: as a consequence, when using such CBD + hemp seed oils, you benefit from both CBD and hemp seed properties!
What are CBD oil benefits?
The uses of CBD usually revolve around medical, wellness and cosmetics applications.
Athletes often use CBD products for pain management and to lessen inflammation. A CBD-based medicine also has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for treatment of certain types of epilepsy.
The uses of CBD are expanding as new discoveries are made. For example, CBD oils have been used by some to treat depression and ease stress. Still others have used CBD products on their pets, also to lower stress. Cancer patients also have used marijuana and CBD to lessen nausea and increase appetite when undergoing chemotherapy.
In Cosmetics CBD is the only natural ingredient know and approved by the European Commission for wonderful antagonist properties that every skin care manufacturer could not even dream of:
On the one hand, it protects against oxidation and reduces sebum due to its anti-inflammatory properties. On the other hand, it nourishes and hydrates deeply the skin, thanks to its strong emollient properties (i.e. it captures the moisture from the surrounding environment) as well as a high concentration in vitamins A, D and E, and a perfect balance between essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9 in the same proportions). Scientists all around the world are finding more evidence that CBD treat skin disorders like dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, which is why the ingredient is popping up in so many face creams, serums, and body lotions.
How is CBD oil used?
CBD oil can be used as a food supplement, by taking 1-3 drops and holding it under the tongue twice a day.
CBD can also be added to other natural ingredients such as Shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil in CBD balms and creams.
CBD is also a popular addition to e-liquid in the form of CBD boosters, as vaping it is offers a high delivery and a high availability throughout the body.
Why is hemp oil much cheaper than CBD oil?
Hemp oil is simply obtained by a basic cold pressing extraction. CBD oil has to go through a complex and expensive extraction method (known as supercritical CO2 extraction). That’s the reason why CBD oils and CBD balms and creams are more expensive than hemp oil right now.
We are aware of that, and at Fyllde, as we grow, we commit to reinvesting all our productivity gains into lowering the price of CBD products, to make it truly affordable and available to everyone.