Hemp Oil Explained

Hemp Oil, what is it? That’s a simple yet complicated question to answer. The reason why it’s become so complicated to answer this question is because of the challenges the CBD industry has to face. Although the intentions of the FDA are to protect consumers from less than honest CBD brands and products, it’s made it very challenging for even top tier CBD brands to properly represent themselves.

So many brands that were marketing themselves and their products for what they truly are, CBD products derived from hemp, have had to change their approach. Now, many of the companies that consumers have come to know and love are calling their products hemp oil instead of CBD oil.

Hemp Oil – What is it?

Originally when someone searched for hemp oil the only thing that they would find is hemp seed oil. Hemp oil, which is often short for hemp seed oil, is a highly nutritious plant-based oil that can be added to salads, smoothies, baked goods, and more.

As the name suggests, hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. The small but mighty seeds of the hemp plant are one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet. Over the last few years, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have gained the exposure and accolades that they truly deserve.

If you’re a skeptic, just take a quick look at their nutritional profile:

  • They contain linoleic acid (omega-6), Alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) as well as gamma-linolenic acid
  • More than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein
  • They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber
  • They’re a great source of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur calcium, iron, and zinc!
  • They’re also rich in vitamin E

Hemp seeds may also be able to help reduce your risk of heart disease. The reason why is because they contain an amino acid known as L-arginine which produces a little something known as nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a type of gas molecule that helps your blood vessels dilate and relax which leads to lower blood pressure levels.

The high levels of healthy fats found in hemp seeds have also been shown to help lower levels of pain and inflammation when taken in large amounts on a regular basis. Having what is considered to be the perfect 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio these little powerhouses may also help to relieve symptoms associated with various skin disorders such as eczema.

Just 2-3 tablespoons of hemp seeds provides approximately 11 grams of protein. They also contain all the essential amino acids which are necessary for your body to function properly. Complete protein sources are very rare in the plant kingdom which is one of the reasons why these little seeds are so unique.

Hemp seed shells may contain traces of THC (0.3% and less) but luckily most companies will do the shelling process for you. Once the seeds have been shelled, they undergo a process that involves pressure, time, and in some cases heat. It is in this process that they go from being seeds into a highly concentrated oil.

In case you’re wondering, yes the oil still contains all of the amazing nutritional benefits that the seeds had in their whole form but only if they have been cold-pressed (which means they haven’t been exposed to heat). Exposing the seeds to heat may reduce some of the nutritional benefits that they contain in their raw form.

If you’re looking to benefit from a wide range of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and protein, then hemp seeds and or hemp oil is a great choice for you! If you’re looking to benefit from a wide range of cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBDA, and more, then hemp seeds aren’t what you’re looking for.

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil may contain trace amounts of cannabinoids, but the amounts are so low that in most cases it simply isn’t worth mentioning. If you’re looking for Hemp Oil that contains CBD in high amounts then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Hemp Oil – Is it CBD oil in disguise?

As we previously mentioned, hemp oil has come to have two very different meanings. The first is hemp seed oil and the second is CBD oil that’s derived from hemp. Now that we’ve looked at what hemp seed oil is, let’s take a look at what CBD oil is.

CBD hemp extracts are primarily made from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. They do not use the seeds of the plant at all. Hemp extracts do not contain the same nutritional profile that hemp seeds and hemp seed oil contain. Instead, they’re primarily known and used for the wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that they contain.

The health benefits of each of these properties are still being researched and discovered. What we know for sure though, is that CBD, and all other cannabinoids, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

All CBD oils that are made from hemp contain at least two ingredients: A hemp extract and a carrier oil. The most common carrier oils are:

  1. MCT oil
  2. Hemp Seed Oil
  3. Grapeseed oil

Although many brands choose to use hemp seed oil as their carrier oil of choice, there are many CBD oils that don’t contain any hemp seed oil at all. Even if a CBD oil contains hemp seed oil you won’t be getting nearly enough of it to experience the health benefits you would from having it pure. Using a hemp seed oil as a carrier oil however, is one of the healthiest options out there.

The only downside of using hemp seed oil as a carrier is that it has a very strong smell, a dark amber color, and an earthy taste. This combination can often deter those who are used to working with western medicine from CBD products altogether.  As an alternative option, many brands choose to use either MCT oil or grapeseed oil which are both colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

CBD oil that’s been made from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC which is a great choice for those who are looking to benefit from the effects of CBD without having to worry about getting high. For those who are looking to avoid THC completely broad-spectrum, as well as isolate extracts, are the safest option.

There are also more complex CBD oils which are known as CBD tinctures. Although many companies have inaccurately labeled their products, a tincture is traditionally defined by the additional ingredients it contains. If you see that a product contains more than just one or two carrier oils along with a hemp CBD extract, that product is what’s known as a tincture. CBD tinctures are not safe to put onto the skin whereas CBD oils are.

There’s been extensive research about the benefits of hemp seed oil and over the last few years, more and more research is becoming available about CBD oil too. The major issue that most CBD companies are facing right now is how to represent themselves in a way that’s honest but still follows the rules and regulations set by the FDA.

At the end of the day, the FDA is simply trying to keep consumers safe. That’s something that we can definitely appreciate. Because of the ever-increasing rules and restrictions that CBD companies face though, many are now having to call their products hemp oil instead of CBD oil.

Key Takeaways

So, there you have it! Now you know all that there is to know about hemp oil. Be sure to take the time to truly understand the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil that has been labeled as hemp oil. Each one will interact and affect your body in a completely different way.

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