With the recent boom of the “green” economy (and we mean cannabis here) there have been a lot of questions about cannabis popping up.
Along with the confusing legal status of cannabis products in the U.S., consumers are wary of what exactly they are getting out of their cannabis products. And unfortunately it’s a little more difficult to tell than it should be.
But it’s good you’re doing your research! In this article we will take you through one of the trickiest issues with navigating the cannabis market today. You probably have heard about the many benefits of cannabis, whether it be CBD oil or hemp products, and you want to see what’s right for you.
Now here’s the problem…
The marketing misconstrual of Hemp and CBD oil
If you do a quick google search on the difference between Hemp and CBD oil you will find a lot of different answers, and frustratingly, a lot of different names for the two oils.
And to make it even worse, knowing the difference is absolutely crucial to your decision making!
So how did it come to this? Why is the difference between CBD and Hemp so hard to figure out?
It’s because of the precarious legal status of Cannabis (when we say cannabis we are referring to the Cannabis sativa plant, a plant which produces THC, CBD, and many other cannabinoids) it has become quite difficult for companies to accurately market their products. While CBD products are illegal in some states, “hemp” products are legal federally and in all states.
Yet, since “hemp” and “CBD” can technically refer to the same thing, products are usually falsely advertised. Producers know that if they sell a product that uses the label “cannabis sativa” they can trick consumers into thinking that it is CBD oil. Therefore inflating the price point.
Not only is this bad for people’s pockets, it’s also bad for their health. You should know what you are getting when you buy a product. Especially when it is acting as a pain reliever or an alternative to medication, which genuine CBD products help with.
The e-commerce giant Amazon recently had some difficulties with this exact problem. The company decided to ban sales of CBD, but some products were still being “tagged” with the search term “CBD”. That means when you search on Amazon for CBD oil, a ton of results pop up, despite it being banned.
This is bad news for two reasons. Some people will purchase products labeled “hemp oil” thinking that it is CBD oil. And some people will purchase “hemp oil” with significant amounts of CBD!
Either way, this situation has brought up an important consumer distinctinction between the properties and marketing of Hemp and CBD oil.
So let’s get into it.
Hemp oil vs. CBD oil
Cannabis sativa refers to a genus of plants. There are three main species within: Cannabis sativa (yes, very confusing), Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.
Within these species there are many different strains, which are basically types, that have been procured for different uses.
Hemp traditionally refers to strains which have little to no trace of THC, which is a cannabinoid. It’s what causes psychoactive effects often referred to as “weed” or marajuana. Hemp strains were procured for industrial use, like making rope or cloth, and is now further categorized as Industrial hemp.
Contrary to popular belief, industrial hemp, hemp without significant traces of THC, produces both hemp and CBD products. But that doesn’t mean they are the same thing.
How do you get CBD oil?
The difference begins with the processing of the industrial hemp plant. What is usually referred to as hemp oil or hemp beauty products, foods, etc. comes from the industrial hemp seed. The hemp seed contains 0% THC and trace amounts of CBD. That means that “hemp oil” has virtually no THC or CBD.
On the other hand, CBD products also come from the industrial hemp plant. Although, the whole plant, rather than just the seed, is processed in a very different way. Horticulture specialists Charles Wortmann and Ismail Dweikat explain the process:
“The highest concentration of CBD is in the bracts of female flowers but CBD oil may be extracted from the whole plant…The ground-up plant material is soaked in grain alcohol or ethanol to extract the CBD oil. After soaking, the mix is pressed to extract the liquid. The alcohol is then evaporated off leaving the CBD oil.”
So there you have it – Hemp oil and CBD oil come from the same plant, but are processed differently and contain different levels of THC and CBD. And just so you know, medical marajuana can also come from Cannabis sativa, but comes from a strain which is stronger and distinguishable from the industrial hemp plant.
And as always, when shopping, make sure to check the label. Usually a CBD product will be listed as “full spectrum hemp oil”, PCR, or cannabidiol. A non-CBD Hemp oil should be labeled as “cannabis sativa seed oil”.
Now that you know the difference between CBD oil and Hemp oil, you might be wondering what the benefits and uses of both are.
What does hemp oil and CBD oil do to you?
There is a lot of buzz about hemp and Cannabis sativa products nowadays. And for good reason! There has been a lot of research on the properties of Cannabis sativa and a lot of it is positive.
Here at Organicha, we’ve written a lot about the benefits of CBD oil, so if this sparks your interest you should check out our other articles.
Is hemp oil at all like CBD oil?
CBD and hemp oil do share a lot of the same qualities. For example, they both have shown positive effects on skin health according to this study. The study, conducted by dermatologists and researchers, found that the oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities which are optimal for skin health and acne treatment. The oil also contains omega-3’s which is great for your body function and overall health.
CBD oil provides the benefits of hemp oil and much, much more. That’s why it’s been such a big thing recently! As you already know, hemp oil doesn’t contain CBD, and CBD is the chemical which produces the therapeutic benefits associated with cannabis.
CBD oil has been shown to help with mental health, moods, chronic pain, and even epilepsy. While we cannot say that CBD is guaranteed to help with these issues, there has been a lot of research suggesting they might. A recent and reviewed study conducted in Japan found that CBD oil lowers anxiety levels for teenagers with social anxiety disorders. Not only does CBD oil offer benefits for everyday life, it also shows promising assistance for those with severe mental health illnesses.
The benefits of both hemp and CBD oil are pretty astounding, but there is a striking difference between them.
As the market of cannabis products continues to open, make sure that you stay aware of what you are consuming. New products are often times unregulated, so make sure you only buy lab tested and organic CBD and hemp products.
We hope that you’ve learned something new, and that you can decide if CBD is right for you.