Hemp Seed Oil or CBD? What is the difference?

hemp seed oil“I am looking for hemp oil”— from anxiety to arthritis we hear this statement thrown around a lot. The term “hemp oil” can cross lines of confusion and leave the consumer susceptible to scams and genuine confusion as to what they are really searching for. It is extremely important to know the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Although they may arise from the same form of cannabis (hemp), they are not created from the same parts of the plant and are completely different in application.

Hemp seed oil, being quite literal, describes that which is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is particularly great for restoring the top layer of skin as it contains omega 3, omega 6, Vitamin E, and many other beneficial sources when looking to balance your outer beauty. We carry hemp seed oil soaps for those who are looking to benefit from hemp topically, often being used supplementary with our CBD oil.

Hemp seed oil can also be consumed and therefore incorporated into a variety of recipes. Keep in mind that you should not be literally “cooking” with it. If you were to apply significant heat to hemp seed oil it would rupture the nutrients and alter the taste profile. Some easy ways to safely incorporate hemp seed oil into recipes is through dressings, smoothies, hummus, gazpacho, and other cold dishes.

Although hemp seed oil has its rightful place within the industry, it is conspicuously different from CBD oil (cannabidiol). Whereas hemp seed oil is extracted from the seed of the hemp plant, CBD oil is extracted (ideally) from the bloom of the hemp plant.

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CBD is the most prominent cannabinoid found in hemp and does not produce any intoxicating effects much like the more commonly thought of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). It has been studied for the way it directly intermingles with our Endocannabinoid system, helping to bring our body back into physiological balance. CBD has shown to help regulate the body’s immune system, mood, appetite, sleep patterns and more. CBD oil is most commonly used sublingually and can come in varying concentrations, much like ours, that are available in a Regular Strength (10 mg CBD / ml) or an Extra Strength (25 mg CBD / ml.)

If you are looking to use hemp for its essential fatty acids both for consumption and topical applications, you are likely looking for hemp seed oil. If you are looking for something that may be able to help with anything from neurological issues to insomnia, CBD oil is likely what you are in search of. The hemp industry can be confusing and has recently been touted as a “hot topic,” but rest assured that we are in service to you and your family far beyond a fad. From our farm to your family, Bluegrass Hemp Oil is here to help. We are available six days a week and encourage you to stop in our store locations or give us a call if you have any questions.

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