CBD oil and hemp oil: what's the difference?
CBD and hemp oil come from the same hemp plant; we can therefore legitimately wonder if it is the same product, with different names. It is not so ! There are indeed big differences between the two, which we present to you in this article.
Let's start with hemp oil.
What is hemp oil?
Like olive or walnut oil, hemp oil is a food oil, appreciated for its nutty taste.
Its production process is comparable to that of other oils of this type. The basic substance is hemp seed, the husk of which is particularly strong.
To produce the oil, the seeds are shelled by machines to be poured into a mill.
They are then cold pressed to obtain a greenish yellow oil ready to consume.
It is also possible to press hemp seeds at high temperatures. This method of production is however considered less sweet, with a risk of loss of aromas. The result is a dark green hemp oil with a very intense and rather unpleasant nutty taste.
Hemp oil is more than just an edible oil
Hemp oil can do much more than enhance dishes.
It contains vitamins E, B1, B2, minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium as well as trace elements such as zinc, iron, copper and manganese.
THE experts also consider it to be particularly healthy thanks to its high contribution of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help regulate blood pressure and reduce the incidence of chronic inflammatory diseases.
Hemp oil (hemp seed oil) therefore provides essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Beware, however, of the side effects in the event of overconsumption of fatty acids, for which a dosage balance is recommended.
Hemp oil for internal and external use
Hemp oil is a dry oil that does not clog pores and penetrates the skin quickly. The fatty acids it contains, such as linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid, are considered beneficial substances for the skin.
Of the studies suggest they can regulate hydration levels, relieve irritation and itching. It can also be assumed that vitamin E and the plant pigments chlorophyll and carotenoid also have an antioxidant effect.
What is CBD Oil?
The most important raw material for producing CBD oil are the flowers, or rather the trichomes (vegetable hairs) on the flowers of the female hemp plant. This is indeed where the largest amount of cannabidiol (CBD) is found.
To fully understand, you have to know that the hemp plant contains more than 100 different cannabinoids. The plant needs these chemical compounds to defend itself against predators and protect itself from bacteria or fungi, for example.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the best known cannabinoids.
Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties. Psychoactivity is characterized when a substance acts on the central nervous system and triggers changes in perception and consciousness.
Cannabidiol oil producers exclusively use hemp plants which contain only very low traces of THC as required by French law (0.2%).
CBD Oil Manufacturing Process
After harvest, the flowers should dry for up to seven days in a dark, well-ventilated room.
The L CBD is then present in the form of cannabidiolic acid, also called CBDA.
CBDA is a chemical precursor to cannabidiol. To transform the acid into Cannabidiol, it is necessary to heat the plant material. This process is called decarboxylation; as it heats, the acid separates and CBD remains.
To recover the CBD from the dried flowers, an extraction with CO2 or using a solvent such as alcohol is then applied.
Manufacturers then add a carrier oil (for example hemp seed, grapeseed or olive oil) to the extract thus obtained, in order to facilitate the use of the oil of CBD.
Benefits of CBD
Many feedbacks and consumer evaluations attest to the benefits of the molecule. Thus, they say that they use Cannabidiol for example against pain, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, inflammation or skin problems. Some women, for example, report that they use CBD during menopause.
Many consumers use CBD to improve their overall well-being.
Although it is still too early to be able to confirm all the benefits of Cannabidiol, most of the studies published so far are hopeful.
It appears that the hemp plant offers an exceptional range of benefits, of which CBD is perhaps the most promising.
You will have understood that these two oils, although coming from the same plant, have two different purposes, depending on whether they are produced from the seeds or, while CBD is made from the female flowers of the plant.
Although it is still too early to be able to scientifically confirm the effect of Cannabidiol on certain diseases and conditions, most of the studies published so far are hopeful.
Hemp seed oil offers high levels of key nutrients and is a popular culinary and cosmetic product.
The cannabinoid interacts with our endocannabinoid system as well as other receptors to produce physiological change.
You can therefore consume them separately, each having unique benefits.
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