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Cannabis Column | June 21, 2022

How are CBD and hemp alike? Which is better to use?

You’ve probably heard about CBD and hemp oil, but do you know how they’re alike and which is better to use?

CBD and hemp are both derived from the cannabis plant, but they have different uses and benefits.

In this article, we will break down the similarities and differences between CBD and hemp. We will also answer the questions "Is hemp extract CBD?", "What is hemp extract?", and "Does all hemp oil contain CBD?"

If you are ready to discover how CBD and hemp are alike, keep reading!

Are hemp and CBD the same?

The cannabis plant has historically been classified as either hemp or cannabis depending on the psychoactive effects of the plant: hemp being non-intoxicating and cannabis being intoxicating. (If you’re curious: is cannabis one or multiple species?)

Hemp and cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, are both derived from legal cannabis plants that contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), less than 0.3 percent. We will refer to this type of plant as hemp from here on.

Is hemp extract CBD?

Hemp extract is a concentrated combination of “all components of the hemp plant's leaves, flowers, and stems.” Hemp extract is CBD when derived from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of a mature hemp plant.

Liquid hemp extract contains cannabinoids, terpenes, plant sterols, fatty acids, and flavonoids. Certain beneficial elements may be removed with purification, so many people prefer full spectrum hemp extracts.

When hemp extract is made from whole-plant hemp (minus the seeds) it does contain CBD. So, hemp extract is CBD.

What is the difference between CBD and hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD and is a different product from hemp extract.

The stems, flowers, and leaves of the hemp plant are used to create hemp extract and CBD.

Does hemp extract contain THC?

Hemp extract is derived from hemp plants that contain almost no THC, 0.3 percent or less. The amount of THC in hemp extract is so minimal that hemp extract will not get you high and is legal in the US (with some individual state law limitations).

Hemp extract’s low THC allows it to be sold for a variety of purposes online, in grocery stores, and even in gas stations.

How does hemp extract help?

Benefits of consuming hemp extract with CBD may include:

Side effects of CBD include:

  • Changes to appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive issues 
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness

Does all hemp oil contain CBD?

If you were to ask a retail associate at your local wellness store, “does all hemp oil contain CBD?”, chances are they would say, “yes.” But this is incorrect.

All hemp oil does not contain CBD. Hemp oil derived from raw hemp seeds has no CBD. Additionally, hemp seed oil contains nutrients such as Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, Gamma Linolenic Acid, Arginine, Magnesium, and B vitamins, which are not found in whole-plant hemp oil or hemp extract.

Other benefits of hemp seed oil may include:

  • Anemia/iron deficiency prevention
  • Better skin

Is hemp oil CBD oil?

If a product labeled as hemp oil is made from hemp seeds, then it is not CBD oil. If a product labeled hemp oil is made from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of a cannabis sativa plant it is CBD oil.

To ensure you’re buying the right products, check the product’s labeling and ingredients. Look for information on how it is processed and what part of the plant it is made from.

Does hemp oil contain cannabinoids?

Hemp oil does contain cannabinoids, specifically CBD, if made from the stalks, stems, flowers, and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. “Hemp oil” will not contain cannabinoids if it is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, in which case it is really hemp seed oil.

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