Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil

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The cannabis world is a complex one. There is a lot of terminology that gets tossed around, and it can be confusing for those who aren’t engulfed in the industry. For this reason, we see a lot of questions regarding hemp oil and CBD oil and the confusion surrounding the differences between the two.

When people realize that there is a difference between CBD oil and hemp oil, they often wonder which is better. This is a complicated question that boils down to how and why you are taking one of these oils, and it is directly related to the differences between hemp oil and CBD.

However, the situation gets even more complicated when you consider that there are actually multiple types of cannabis-derived oils, and they have many differences, which we will discover in this article.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is a bit of a confusing term. Most people think that hemp oil is the same as hemp seed oil, and in fairness, it is often used as a synonym for hemp seed oil. However, full-spectrum hemp oil is what we use to create our CBD products, and it is not made from hemp seeds. Instead, full-spectrum hemp oil is more synonymous with CBD oil than hemp seed oil.

It is important to note, however, that there are different types of hemp oil. Below, we’ll dive into each one.

What Is Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Full-spectrum hemp oil is an extract made from hemp leaves and aerial parts, meaning the buds and flowers. These parts of the hemp plant are dried and crushed into a fine powder and the oil is gently extracted from the powder.

Due to the method of extraction, full-spectrum hemp oil contains whole phytocannabinoids, meaning this oil contains all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, including CBD and small amounts of THC (under 0.3%). Because full-spectrum hemp oil contains all of the plant compounds found in hemp, it offers the widest range of benefits.

What Is Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Broad-spectrum hemp oil contains terpenes, flavonoids, and phytocannabinoids, but it doesn’t contain any THC, which is what sets it apart from full-spectrum hemp oil. To make broad-spectrum hemp oil, the THC must be stripped from the oil, or all compounds except THC have to be added back into a CBD isolate. Broad-spectrum hemp oil is the middle ground between full-spectrum hemp oil and CBD isolate.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil, in contrast to hemp oil, is made using the seeds of the hemp plant. Made by cold pressing the seeds, hemp seed oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, providing nutritional benefits for those who take it.

However, hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any CBD or other cannabinoids, so it lacks the benefits that cannabinoids offer. Instead, hemp seed oil is used more like a dietary supplement than other hemp or CBD oil products, and many people add it to smoothies, protein shakes, and other foods.

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CBD Oil

CBD oil, or CBD isolate, is made from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, much like full- and broad-spectrum hemp oils. However, a CBD isolate will contain no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other plant compounds. It is just pure CBD, which is odorless and tasteless. Since CBD isolate doesn’t contain other cannabinoids, it doesn’t have as many benefits as full- or broad-spectrum hemp oil.

Which Oil Is Right for Me?

Choosing the right cannabis-derived oil starts with determining your needs. If you are looking for a nutritional supplement, then hemp seed oil is the best choice to meet those needs. However, if you are looking to benefit from CBD, we will always recommend full-spectrum hemp oil products because of a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.

The entourage effect comes from the idea that the different compounds of the cannabis plant work better in conjunction with one another than they do individually. The terpenes found in cannabis products help the cannabinoids reach their full potential, and one cannabinoid is said to help others work better. For this reason, full-spectrum hemp oil provides the most benefits because it utilizes all of the compounds within the hemp plant.

Based on the entourage effect, broad-spectrum hemp oil would be the next best option for those looking for CBD benefits, and CBD isolate would be the least beneficial CBD-focused option.

The Problem with Misunderstanding the Difference

The main problem with misunderstanding the difference between each of these products is that you won’t get the benefits that you are looking for from the incorrect product. For example, you won’t get any relief or sense of calm when you use hemp seed oil.

Unfortunately, some manufacturers market hemp seed oil and CBD as the same product, which leads to unsatisfied customers who are paying for specific benefits that they won’t receive. This can lead to feelings of distrust in the CBD industry and people abandoning CBD use altogether.

Choosing a Hemp or CBD Oil Product

No matter what kind of hemp-based oil product you decide to go with, you should do a little research into specific products you might want to take. CBD is a largely unregulated industry, and many companies take advantage of this. The best way to ensure that you get high-quality CBD oil products is to look for companies that put their products through third-party testing.

Third-party lab testing protocols check for accuracy in the claims made on the product’s packaging. This includes checking the amount of CBD in the products, as well as ensuring that products are safe. Veritas Farms products all come with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) that provides users with a detailed profile of the product. The information found on the COA includes:

  • Cannabinoid and terpene content
  • Heavy metal content
  • Pesticide content
  • Solvent content
  • Microbial contaminants

Each of our products is tested multiple times throughout the production process to ensure safety and accuracy of each and every product. We aim to delivery the highest standards in the industry for every single product we make.

Any CBD or hemp oil products that you choose to use should be third-party tested and come with a COA that you have access to either in the packaging or online.

At Veritas Farms, we are all about transparency and education. Should you have any more questions about CBD or full-spectrum hemp oil, our team is happy to answer them for you. Please contact us at 833-691-4367.

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