What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?
Since the approval of the first cannabidiol (CBD)-based drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers have become increasingly interested in the benefits of hemp seed and CBD oils.
First, it is important to note that there is a lot of confusion around the names of these products. “Hemp oil” is another way that people can refer to CBD oil. However, some people may also refer to hemp seed oil as hemp oil.
Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are very different products.
CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant in its production. These contain a higher concentration of CBD, which is a compound with numerous potential health benefits.
Meanwhile, hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds do not contain CBD, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds that can also have health benefits.
Having a better understanding of hemp seed oil and CBD oil may allow both clinicians and consumers to choose the safest and most appropriate product.
Keep reading to learn more about the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil.
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Hemp seed oil derives from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. It contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, and other nutritional antioxidants. It is also high in B vitamins and vitamin D.
People will not get high when using hemp seed oil, as it contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and little to no CBD.
People do not use hemp seed oil for recreational purposes. This is because the levels of THC and CBD, which cause the psychoactive effects, are either limited or absent.
Some nutritional supplements contain hemp seed oil because of its high omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and nutritious antioxidant content.
Other uses of hemp seed oil include manufacturing clothing and fibers.
How it works
Some people suggest that hemp seed oils can help people maintain good cardiovascular health by improving:
- total cholesterol
- high-density lipoprotein cholesterol
- low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
However, the evidence for its efficacy for these purposes is not clear .
Effects and benefits
When manufacturers add hemp seed oil to nutritional products — such as snack bars, breads, cookies, and yogurt — it provides an excellent source of nutrients. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and essential amino acids.
Hemp seed oil also has several possible benefits, including:
- relieving constipation
- providing cardiovascular health benefits
- modifying the immune system
- improving skin conditions
- improving gastrointestinal conditions
Some other possible benefits of hemp seed oil include:
- anticancer effects
- antioxidant effects
- anti-aging effects
Hemp seed oil also contains other components that may provide benefits to consumers.
How is it made?
Manufacturers extract hemp seed oil from the seeds of the hemp plant.
Since the oil comes from the seeds and not the leaves, flowers, or stem of the cannabis plant, hemp seed oil does not contain THC.
Risks and side effects
Consuming hemp seed oil is safe.
However, it may not provide any benefit for cardiovascular health, as some people believe. Some consumers also report digestive issues, but these effects may not occur in everyone.
Less than 0.3% of the dry weight of hemp seed oil contains THC, so people are unlikely to experience a high when consuming it.
People can generally find three different types of CBD oil on the market:
- full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains all compounds of the cannabis plant, including THC (but at a very low level)
- broad-spectrum CBD oil, which contains several compounds but not THC
- CBD oil made using CBD isolate, which contains only CBD
It is important to note that because these terms are not regulated, some manufacturers may use them interchangeably.
People should always check the Certificate of Analysis (COA) of CBD products. Usually, a third party will conduct this testing. Checking the COA is the only way to fully understand what exactly a CBD oil product contains.
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Some people use CBD oils for their alleged medicinal benefits.
For example, people may use CBD-derived products for:
- pain and inflammation
- anxiety and depression
- addiction management
- inflammatory skin conditions
- neurodegenerative conditions
Aside from the antiepileptic effects of CBD, researchers still need to confirm the other potential therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Since full-spectrum CBD oil contains THC, some people may use it for recreational purposes because it has psychoactive effects. Other effects of THC may include preventing nausea and vomiting.
These oils may also contain smaller amounts of other phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, which may have other effects that require further investigation.
How it works
Researchers are still attempting to determine how CBD affects the body, but they suggest that it works in several ways, including by:
- inhibiting endocannabinoid reuptake
- activating the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1, which plays a role in regulating pain, and g-coupled receptor 55
- increasing the activity of serotonin receptors
The THC in full-spectrum CBD oil binds to the CB1 receptor in the endocannabinoid system, and this is responsible for its psychoactive effects.
Full- and broad-spectrum CBD oils may also contain beta-caryophyllene, which can bind to the CB2 receptors. Researchers are still investigating the function of the CB2 receptors.
Effects and benefits
Several components of the different CBD oils have specific effects.
The following table summarizes some of the components in CBD oils and their potential effects:
Researchers are still studying the effects of the components in CBD-derived products.
How is it made?
CBD oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the plant. With specialized extraction processes such as carbon dioxide extraction , manufacturers can draw out an extract rich in CBD and other components.
Although manufacturers need to keep all components intact for full-spectrum CBD oil products, they only need to extract CBD for CBD isolate.
Risks and side effects
Research suggests that CBD-derived products are safe and have limited side effects. Although information about the safety of different CBD oils is lacking, researchers have studied the side effects of individual ingredients in CBD-derived products.
For example, there were no reported side effects when participants took 300 milligrams (mg) of CBD per day for up to 6 months. A study also demonstrated no side effects when people took up to 1,500 mg per day for a month.
Larger studies into the effects of Epidiolex, a CBD drug for people with epilepsy, reported some side effects. These included:
- decreased appetite
- elevated liver function tests
Experts advise people who want to use CBD-derived products to ensure that they can trust their source. Improper labeling and faulty manufacturing processes can expose people to contaminants or THC in CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD oil.
Today, regulations on product labeling in the United States are unclear. To select an appropriate and safe product, experts suggest ensuring that:
- the manufacturers did not use solvents during extraction
- the U.S. Department of Agriculture have certified it as organic
- the product underwent pesticide and herbicide testing
- the label clearly lists the potency
People who want to use CBD oils or other CBD-derived products should speak with a doctor or qualified cannabis clinician first, as CBD can interfere with certain other medications.
Both hemp seed oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil have numerous potential health benefits. Learn more about the differences between them here.
Do Hemp Seeds Have CBD?
In a still new market, the cannabis niche already seems a bit…overcrowded. After all, there are hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, broad spectrum hemp oil — it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! Well, swivel your dome back the way you found it. We’re here to set your head right!
Don’t let hemp products overwhelm you. They are all beneficial (and delicious). However, each type of hemp product does react with the body in its own unique way. Therefore, some products like hemp seeds and hemp seed oil may not have all the nutrients you are looking for. Let’s take a look at the differences between the major hemp products and get to the bottom of the question, “Do hemp seeds have CBD?”
Getting to Know the Hemp Plant
Before getting into the nuances of hemp products, let’s get to know the plant in the first place. Hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa genus and comes with a hoard of unique properties. One of those is that it doesn’t contain the psychoactive molecules that its cousin, marijuana, does.
Hemp plants are chock full of terpenes. These are the aromatic chemical compounds that give Cannabis sativa plants their distinct smell. All plants scents’ have evolved from genetic structures known as terpenes. Terpenes are not only responsible for the scent of a plant, but they include wellness-promoting benefits as well.
What sets Cannabis sativa apart from other plants is that this genus contains at least 120 unique phytocannabinoids. Of all of these distinct phytochemicals, there are two that are most prominent in cannabis plants. Those chemical compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is most common in marijuana. It’s the psychoactive element of the plant and is the number one reason why cannabis was outlawed. However, hemp contains only small traces of THC. The hemp version of Cannabis sativa is often cultivated to produce an abundance of CBD instead. This is the component that has sparked the healing cannabis movement.
To be legally sold in the United States, hemp products must contain less than 0.3% THC. With such low amounts of THC, it is safe to presume that hemp can’t get you high.
Where Does Hemp Come From?
Hemp comes from central Asia, which still remains one of the main cultivation places. It quickly spread across the world, starting with Europe and then moving to the Americas and Australia. It’s a plant that grows very fast and has many different uses and purposes, which makes it easy to produce and very versatile.
When people ask about the products they buy, they often ask about where the hemp comes from and we are proud to say that Joy Organics uses American hemp.
Where Does CBD Grow?
The way CBD comes to fruition is through the miracle of life. When a seed gets planted, it soaks up all the water and nutrition from the soil. From there, light beams down onto the ground. During the germination period, the light excites microorganisms in the soil, including the seed. As moisture is pulled up to the sky through evaporation, it creates pressure on the seed. Thus, the hemp plant begins to blossom.
While the plant grows toward the light, it’s drawing up as much moisture and nutrients as it can through its roots. This creates a push-and-pull effect on the plant itself. A tug-of-war is created because the plant’s roots are firmly entrenched in its grow medium.
Rays from the light above cause evaporation. Light draws water from the stems and leaves up into the atmosphere. Being anchored by roots while being tugged by light causes stress on the hemp plant. Think of any time we stretch ourselves at the gym. What happens? We sweat.
While our sweat is nothing to write home about, the resin excreting from the tiny hairs on the hemp leaves contain phytocannabinoids. So, to extract CBD oil, you must apply pressure on the leaves and stems of the hemp plant. When this happens, trichomes burst open, exposing oil rich with rare phytochemicals.
Do Hemp Seeds Have CBD?
We can confirm that CBD lives in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Unfortunately, there isn’t any CBD in seeds.
If you purchase hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, you will not get any benefits of CBD. To get the full benefits, you want to get CBD products that tout they are “broad or full spectrum hemp oil.”
This means most of the plant is used in the process. Seeing as each part of the plant brings a different set of phytochemicals to the table, Joy Organics figured we’d have it all! The only thing we opt out of is THC.
As some hemp may have traces of THC, we remove it from the final formula so that you have all the benefits of unique phytocannabinoids without the worry of THC. In fact, third-party labs have found 0.0% levels of THC in our products.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Seeds are the unsung hero in nutrition. Chia seeds are a great energy booster and make a killer pudding. Sunflower seeds are full of protein and awesome to enjoy at ball games. Then there are hemp seeds.
Much like the plant itself, hemp seeds contain a litany of unique phytochemicals that makes this a heart-healthy food choice. For one, over 25% of the calories in a tiny hemp seed comes from high-quality protein sources. In fact, just 30 grams of seeds contains 9.47 grams of protein!
What makes this such a heart-healthy food is the fact that get you so much protein, and it comes with dietary fiber. Main protein sources, such as animal fats, contain a ton of LDL cholesterol and little fiber to flush it out. Not to mention, these animal fats are filling. Therefore, we aren’t getting an adequate amount of greens to help push some of these toxins out of the system.
Consuming high-caloric fats makes it harder for your body to digest foods. As a result, they build up in your system, causing a backlog of blood flow. Naturally, your heart gets fewer supplies of oxygenated red blood cells, which may lead to a myriad of heart conditions.
By eating a protein-rich, fiber-dense product like hemp seeds, you are helping clear out the clogged up system. Not to mention, they’re easier for your body to break down and as a result, disperse the nutrients into the bloodstream.
Another leg-up hemp seeds have as a source of protein are their abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. Rule of thumb, we should have a ratio of 3:1 when comparing omega-3s to omega-6s. Unfortunately, evolution has seen a 1:1 ratio become the norm. Alarmingly enough, studies say today, many hover at “20:1 or higher.”
These statistics correlate with the fact that one-third of the population is considered overweight. It all makes sense. Not eating your phytochemicals because you’re full from animals fats will cause your system to clog up. Hemp seeds are a great way to find that balance and help fight off some excess weight gain.
How to Use Hemp Seeds
Seeds are a diverse tool in the kitchen. You can use them in a number of ways. Hemp seeds are no different. The most common way to consume hemp seeds is like any other nut — you can consume them raw by the handful. Personally, we think their nutty flavor can accentuate any salad in need of some crunch!
Otherwise, you can roast hemp seed to sprinkle over a delicious butternut squash soup. Toast them on the stovetop and sprinkle them in with some breadcrumbs to bake over chicken. Or mill the seeds and toss them into a batter for a healthier baked good. To get more creative, you can even soak hemp seeds in water to formulate hemp seed milk.
For those looking to use hemp seed oil, this liquid contains many of the same nutritious benefits as the seeds. Seeing as hemp seed oil is extracted from CBD-free seeds, these oils don’t contain any cannabinoids. Don’t let this deter you from using the delicious health accessory in your next dish.
Like the seed itself, hemp seed oil has a nutty flavor that works wonderfully in bulletproof coffees. It’s like having a hazelnut syrup without all the additives! Being a complete protein, you can actually swap MCT oil for the cheaper alternative in hemp seed oil!
While we wouldn’t suggest cooking with hemp seed oil, it does work wonderfully as a dressing. Mix up this earthy flavor with some citrusy nodes like a white orange balsamic vinegar. It will have your taste buds dancing and your micronutrient intake booming!
Storing Hemp Products
Whether you opt for hemp seed, hemp seed oil, or broad or full spectrum hemp oil, store them all the same! You want to keep hemp and CBD products in a cool, dry and dark place. In fact, many hemp seed oils recommend you keep them in the refrigerator.
By keeping the products away from light, it allows their chemical compounds to maintain integrity. Otherwise, rays within the light will excite the phytochemicals and cause them to oxidize. Sounds familiar? It’s the circle of life, indeed.
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Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.
Hemp seeds have many benefits. They are the unsung hero in nutrition. Heart-healthy, high in protein and dietary fiber …. but, do hemp seeds have CBD?