It can be confusing because hemp and CBD come from the same plant, and also because CBD oil is sometimes referred to as “industrial hemp”. However, understanding the difference between CBD vs. hemp oil is essential for personalizing your wellness routine. Both products have unique benefits, but they are not the same product.
What Is CBD?
CBD is an oil extract made from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the industrial hemp plant. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is the active compound in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the medicinal benefits of marijuana. While both marijuana and the industrial hemp plant contain CBD, the hemp plant contains .3% or less of the intoxicating compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This is not enough to get you high. CBD has been legal in all 50 states since the Farm Bill of 2018.
CBD is then infused in olive oil creating a CBD oil tincture. This oil tincture can be added to:
What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is a completely different product. It is created by cold pressing the seeds of the cannabis plant to create a cooking oil. While the seeds are rich in Omega fatty acids, and have a variety of benefits, they contain zero to trace amounts of CBD. This is not enough to calculate measurable milligrams per serving, so it will not deliver the same wellness benefits of CBD. But it does have other benefits.
Is CBD Or Hemp Oil Better?
When deciding between CBD vs. hemp oil, it all depends on your individual needs. You may even choose to mix both products into your daily routine. Where the confusion typically lies, is that many hemp seed oil brands are engaging in fine-line false advertising. Just type “CBD” into Amazon or eBay and countless products will populate. While these products claim to have the same benefits as CBD, they are not CBD.
Currently, Amazon and eBay prohibit the sale of CBD, so any products you find for sale on the sites are hemp seed oil. This is a top reason why many believe they have tried CBD and that it has not worked for them. If you’ve tried a product and it hasn’t worked for you, check the label to ensure it clearly identifies the milligrams of CBD per serving.
What Is Hemp Oil Good For?
While it doesn’t deliver the benefits of CBD, hemp oil is still a powerful oil. It can be used to cook instead of olive oil, you can take it in softgel form, apply it topically, and you can add it to your skincare and beauty products.
Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic, alpha-linolenic, and gamma linoleic acids. Most of its benefits are aligned with the benefits of adding more of these healthy acids to your diet. For example, Omegas are a natural anti-inflammatory and are excellent for heart health.
While you can apply hemp seed oil topically or mix it into skincare and beauty products, if you are taking it for dermatological reasons—oral consumption is most effective. Studies show it is effective in relieving the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, acne, and cradle cap. It may also make your skin stronger and better able to resist infection.
Natural oils are increasingly popular for skincare and beauty, so feel free to use hemp seed oil as you would any other natural oil:
- Use it to tame flyaways
- Use it to oil cleanse your face
- Use it as a deep conditioning hot hair oil
- Mix it into your body lotion or moisturizer
- And more!
How To Use CBD Oil?
Now that you understand CBD vs. hemp oil better, let’s discuss how to use CBD oil tincture. You can purchase Holmes Organics products in softgels, gummies, a topical cream, or as an oil tincture. An oil tincture is your most versatile option, but identify what works for you in both application and dose.
Here are a few ways to use CBD oil:
- Take a dropper under your tongue each evening before bed to calm your racing mind.
- Apply it topically to soothe inflamed muscles and joints.
- Take a dropper full each morning to promote focus, clarity, and overall wellness.
- Mix it into your morning coffee or blend it into your workout recovery smoothie.
- Cook or bake with CBD, just for yourself or to serve guests.
- Add a drop or two to skincare and beauty products.
- Make DIY skincare and beauty products.
- Use as advised by your vet for your precious pooch or furry feline.
- And more!
What Are The Benefits Of CBD Oil?
Please Note—CBD companies cannot provide medical advice and we cannot guarantee that CBD will effectively soothe your mind or body. The data we provide is for informational purposes. Consult with your physician for guidance on all dietary supplements.
We can’t discuss CBD vs. hemp oil without touching on the process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is a naturally occurring cellular process. It’s a method of self-regulation that keeps our bodies internally balanced by activating both the central and peripheral nervous systems. To turn the process of homeostasis “on” our body creates cannabidiol. There are over 100 types of cannabidiol, but CBD is the only one that connects both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Homeostasis is responsible for regulating:
- Pain control
- Internal pH
- Quality of sleep
- And more!
How Much CBD Do I Put In A Drink?
One dropper full is considered one serving, but first you must identify how many milligrams per serving work for you. Also, keep in mind that cooking, baking, or mixing CBD into food or beverages always takes the milligrams per serving down a notch or two. So, if you typically take one dropper full each morning, you may not have exactly the same results if you add your CBD oil tincture to your coffee. Also, when adding to beverages, be sure to stir, whisk, shake, or blend CBD in for even distribution.
Where To Buy CBD Oil?
You may be able to find CBD in your local health food and wellness stores, in local alternative practitioners, and maybe even in more casual locations—such as convenience stores. However, most shop online directly from CBD brands for the largest selection of products. Shopping online empowers you to:
- Ensure your product is USDA-Certified Organic
- Ensure your product is pure with no synthetic additives
- Research the brand and read consumer reviews
- Select a brand that sends all batches for third-party lab testing
- Find the right product and milligrams per serving for your needs
As we mentioned above, you cannot purchase CBD from Amazon or eBay so if you find it on either site it is hemp seed oil.
We Invite You To Shop Holmes Organics CBD
Now that you understand the difference between CBD vs. hemp oil, you may decide you want to try both. You can find hemp oil on Amazon or most other online health and wellness websites—or in your local health and wellness stores. However, you’ll find the largest selection by purchasing directly from online CBD brands.
If you are looking for a Premium CBD Brand, we invite you to browse the product line from Holmes Organics CBD. In addition to selling directly to consumers, we offer Wholesale Pricing and an Affiliate Program. Browse our collection now!