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The Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

Hemp oil is coming into focus as a natural plant extract with a wide range of therapeutic benefits. From soothing and preventing acne breakouts when applied topically to providing relief from stress, hemp oil is emerging as a leading botanical ingredient to help address a diverse range of concerns.

One question many people still don’t understand, however, is what the difference is between hemp oil and CBD oil. To make matters more confusing, hemp oil is a term used by different people in different ways. Sometimes, it’s used as a synonym for CBD oil, but in other cases, it’s used to mean hemp seed oil (this is the context in which we use it).

CBD oil (short for Cannibidiol Oil) is just one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant.  Like hemp oil, CBD is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments, however there are important differences between the two ingredients.

Hemp Oil Should Never Contain THC

The main difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil has little to no THC content. Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, while CBD can come from either the hemp plant OR from the marijuana plant (Cannabis indica). 

This means that while hemp – and the oil pressed from it – contains typically below 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD may contain a higher percentage. Not always – in most cases it is similarly low – but in certain formulations, it does.  THC is the chemical that gets people “high”, and for this reason, in most countries hemp oil and CBD are subject to different laws and regulations.

Hemp Oil and CBD Oil Are Made Differently

Hemp Oil is made by cold-pressing the hemp seeds into an omega-rich oil which can be used for skincare, culinary and a wealth of other purposes. It’s produced in the same way as many other oils pressed from plant seeds, producing a thick, green, viscous and rich oil.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the compound CBD from the leaves, flowers and stalks of a cannabis plant (hemp or marijuana). Different processes are employed such as ethanol or CO2 extraction to create a product which contains more plant compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes, than hemp oil contains. This results in two products with some similarities, but many differences in application and potency.

The Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil in Skincare

There are several reasons why we at Cannabella use hemp seed oil instead of CBD in our award-winning skincare range, but one of the most important is its efficacy. Hemp oil is a popular remedy for a variety of skin complaints from inflammation to skin disorders like acne or eczema.  It’s well known for not clogging your pores (i.e. it’s non-comedogenic) plus it boasts anti-bacterial properties which help to keep skin clean.

One of the other benefits of hemp seed oil is that the natural fatty acids it contains mimic that of our skin, making it the most compatible oil to use. Artificially moisturising ingredients cannot duplicate the rejuvenating and deeply therapeutic benefits of hemp.

Additionally, hemp oil tends to be a more affordable ingredient than CBD oil, which allows us to source the absolute best, cold-pressed organic hemp seed oil to formulate our products, and still bring them to you at an affordable price.

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  • J dickson
    Posted March 30, 2022 8:30 pm 0Likes

    I love your products 🤤

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