The confusion is causing a commotion in the industry. Many people are mistaking hemp oil for CBD oil. It’s not completely their fault though. Sometimes these products are terribly mis-marketed.
Right now, I’m staring at a bottle of oil that only has 1mg of CBD (cannabidiol) per serving. A serving is two squirts under the tongue. It would take you all day to get enough cannabidiol to even feel the slightest effects. Maybe 30-40 pumps later you’d feel something but I’m not too sure you’d ever get what you’re looking for with such a product.
Comparing and Contrasting
These two oils are vastly different even though they come from the same plant. The biggest difference between the two oils is the cannabinoid content.
Hemp seed oil doesn’t have much when it comes to the major cannabinoids. It is sought after for other nutrients such as omega 3 & 6, protein, fatty acids, and fiber. On the other hand, CBD oil is even named after its most prevalent phytocannabinoid.
It doesn’t just contain CBD though, it also contains lower levels of many other cannabinoids. People sometimes get it confused with THC oil, but they’re not the same thing. CBD oil only contains trace amounts of THC, but not nearly enough to produce a psychoactive effect. Both of these oils have been classified as a dietary supplement. Neither of them are medicine and are not meant to replace your medications or cure any illnesses.
Benefits of Hemp
People use hemp oil for totally different reasons than they use cannabidiol oil. One of the main suggested benefits is healthier skin. Thousands of people use it in their beauty regimen because it’s been shown to help regenerate the outer layer of your skin. Also, the fatty acids are great for moisturizing and softening your skin.
Another benefit of hemp oil is lower cholesterol. Because of the ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, it can help speed up your metabolism. As you metabolism speeds up, you burn through fats much quicker, preventing them from having a chance to clog your arteries.
Lastly, it’s been touted as an immune system booster. It’s immune enhancing effects are due largely in part to it’s balanced fatty acid ratio. When fatty acids are consumed in the right proportions, they can help your body run like a well-oiled machine.
Benefits of CBD
This dietary supplement differs greatly in its uses than its cold pressed counterpart. While hemp oil is used mainly for skin beauty and promoting a healthier immune system, CBD has shown serious promise in helping with a huge problem in the world, pain relief.
At the end of the day, us humans are simple creatures. We just want to feel good. How we accomplish that may vary, but that’s all we want. Some people may watch sporting events to alter the way they feel while other people may turn to hardcore drugs. Both people have the same goal, to feel better.
Cannabidiol has been shown to help people accomplish that but without the psychoactive effects of THC. It has been proven to be effective for treating neuropathic and inflammatory pain specifically (1). It works by seeking out your CB1 and CB2 receptors, which play a major role in how the body perceives pain. Since cannabidiol is a natural substance, it can assimilate with the body without being as harsh and abrupt as man made chemicals.
Another major benefit is the anxiolytic effect that researchers have discovered. It has been proven to be especially helpful with social anxiety, among other forms. Many people are successfully using this oil to help with a problem that plagues over 40 million American adults. This could be huge once people get over their fear of anything cannabis related.
Can I Use Both?
Sure, but always consult with your physician before adding a dietary supplement to your regimen. These two oils would make a good addition to your routine as long as you don’t have any conditions that would require you to be extra cautious with what you add to your diet. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know every condition in the book to look out for. That’s why you should consult with your physician. Personally, I’m not aware of any negative side effects of CBD. I’ve seen some companies say to avoid it if you’re pregnant or lactating.
I’m a guy, so I really don’t know much about either of those situations but I mentioned it so you can research it if it applies to you. Whatever you decide, make sure you exercise your best judgment and utilize common since. Cannabidiol is not a miracle supplement, it’s nature. There is nothing miraculous about a supplement with a bunch of benefits that’s been here for thousands of years. It only seems miraculous when coming from the modern viewpoint of “incurable” illnesses and pharmaceutical based medicine. But when we live more in harmony with nature, it comes as no surprise that CBD has tons of research-backed benefits.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates