cbd oil vs hemp oil for pain

Cbd oil vs hemp oil for pain

If you tend to follow a lot of wellness and health trends, then chances are you must have heard of hemp and CBD oil. And like most people who are unaware about these oils, you too must have confused these two with Marijuana or looked at them with a sceptic’s eye. Well, now we have crossed the confusion flyover and thus, are there to pass on the information.

There is a lot of confusion around the names of these compounds. Usually, we see people equating hemp oil with CBD oil or referring hemp seed oil with hemp oil. The point to be noted here is Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are very different products.

Manufacturers of CBD oil use the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant in its production, which contains a higher concentration of CBD. In contrast, hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, which doesn’t contain CBD but houses tons of nutrients, useful bioactive compounds, fatty acids.

The confusion doesn’t end just there; some of us equate CBD with Marijuana. Before proceeding with the article further, let’s first debunk this. Cannabis and hemp are two varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis Sativa. The Government of India has legalised medicinal cannabis or hemp products provided it comes from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Under Ayush Ministry license, companies can manufacture Cannabis-based modern and classical drug formulations, which carries a high percentage of THC provided they are licensed and authorised under their State government’s Ayush department. Having a better understanding of the difference between hemp oil, hemp seed oil and CBD oil will allow you to make an informed choice and choose the safest and most appropriate product for you.

The clear difference between Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp CBD oil

Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp seed oil derives from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa and contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid and other nutritional antioxidants. Having loads of nutritional content, most of the manufacturers of nutritional supplements use hemp seed oil in their composition. Since the oil comes from the seeds and not the leaves, flowers, or stem of the plant, it contains little to no CBD and doesn’t contain even a trace amount of THC, a psychoactive compound known to give a “high” effect. Due to this, it cannot be used for recreational purposes.

Hemp CBD oil: It comes from the flowers and leaves of Industrial hemp. Manufacturers can draw out an extract rich in CBD and other compounds with a specialised extraction process. CBD oil usually comes in three different variants: Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD isolate. Full-spectrum contains all compounds of the cannabis plant, including THC at a legal level; broad-spectrum CBD oil contains several compounds but doesn’t contain THC; CBD isolates only contain CBD compounds.

Health benefits of Hemp CBD Oil

From treating several conditions, including anxiety, pain, depression, and PMS, it is no wonder that CBD oil is currently being touted as a powerhouse when it comes to providing health benefits.

Pain relief: We all know how Chronic pain can reduce the quality of our life. So, if you are waking up feeling sore every morning, then give CBD a chance to work its magic. Some studies suggest that CBD oil may affect the brain receptors that manage pain.

Reduces anxiety: Nobody likes Anxiety as it can disrupt our mental health. As suggested by some studies, CBD oil changes the way the receptors in the brain respond to serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that affects mood, cognition, and learning.

Can be used as an anti-acne treatment: New research has come out that states the benefits of skin-related one can get from CBD. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the uninitiated and houses tons of different antioxidants. It can reportedly help in acne, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. However, the results can vary depending on the person. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your dermatologist before using CBD for skin treatments.

Alleviating cancer symptoms: Some studies suggest that CBD might have a role in preventing cancer cell growth changing the way cells reproduce which is useful in stopping the spread of tumours. At the same time, it could also help alleviate symptoms related to the side effects of chemotherapy.

Reduces blood pressure: We all know how high blood pressure can become a serious condition like a stroke or heart attack. As given above, CBD has an active role in calming down anxiety levels. Other studies suggest that CBD also has a role related to the heart and circulatory system, which helps reduce blood pressure.

So we are saying.

Both Hemp CBD oil and Hemp seed oil belong to the same cannabis family; hence they are often incorrectly marketed as the same thing. When it comes to hemp, CBD, Marijuana, THC, it is important to be educated about the nitty-gritty of this herb to ensure you do not fall into the trap of weed washing which is starting to emerge. Quite often, a brand can add hemp seed oil to a product and place marijuana leaves on the packaging to make consumers think they are buying a genuine CBD product when in reality, the product doesn’t contain CBD at all.

So if you are wondering, how will I know what I am purchasing?

It’s pretty simple, though; just check the ingredient list. Hemp Seed Oil will be either listed as plain Hemp Seed oil or Cannabis sativa seed oil, whereas CBD oil will be listed as Cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil.

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Label Alert: Your Hemp Oil Probably Doesn't Contain CBD

We don’t blame you if you haven’t made a habit of looking at the ingredients in every single one of your beauty products. But if you’ve ever used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar (RIP), True Botanicals’ Pure Radiance Oil ($110), or even just Dr. Bronner’s soap, you’ve already been using hemp oil. surprise! The truth is, hemp oil (which also goes by the names cannabis sativa seed oil or hempseed oil) has been used in beauty products right under your nose for a long time. But an increase in demand for beauty products made from cannabis sativa—like hemp-derived CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol—means some confusion has recently surfaced when it comes to knowing which ingredient is which.

So what’s the difference? Well, it boils down to the fact that hemp oil comes from the seeds of the plant, and CBD oil typically comes from the whole plant (leaves, stems, and all). But admittedly, this is made a little more complicated when you bring in the notions of full and broad-spectrum CBD (along with CBD isolate), so let's break it down.

Hempseed (Hemp) Oil

Hemp oil usually comes unrefined from cold-pressed hemp seeds, and is CBD and THC-free.   It has been a beloved skincare ingredient for so long for its rich omega fatty acids three, six, and nine. Not only do these fatty acids hydrate the skin, but they also serve as anti-inflammatories both topically and internally.  

Hemp Seed Oil

Also called cannabis sativa oil, it contains zero percent THC and is completely void of CBD (or contains only trace amounts).

The fatty acids present in the oil even help reduce signs of aging—NBD.   When ingested, hemp oil definitely has its benefits, but keep in mind that it doesn't have the same relaxing effect as CBD.

CBD Isolate

Isolate is just plain CBD (cannabidiol) without the bells and whistles. A lot of the time when you see “CBD” on a product label, it’s CBD isolate. Generally, isolated CBD is dissolved in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba, and that’s how it’s used; it's fully distinct from hemp oil unless the two are mixed after being created separately. With that being said, it has fairly similar properties to hemp oil.

CBD Isolate

CBD (cannabidiol) in its purest form, isolated from other elements found in the plant it was derived from.

CBD oil has also been shown to be anti-aging—but unlike hemp oil, the crux of CBD is its antioxidant effects. CBD’s incredibly strong anti-inflammatory properties are higher than that of hemp oil—which, along with the refinement process, is why it's more expensive. Early studies also suggest that CBD is extremely effective at regulating the skin’s sebum production, which shows that it has big potential for controlling acne, too.  

Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD

These are the other ingredients that can be marketed as CBD besides CBD isolate. If you read “-spectrum” at the end of any descriptor of hemp or CBD, it usually means that it comes with other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant—sometimes including THC (broad-spectrum CBD usually contains THC, while full-spectrum does not). Because those cannabinoids are included, you theoretically get what’s called “the entourage effect," meaning, the other cannabinoids and terpenes work together with CBD to provide a more potent effect. Each has their own individual effect on the body, so think of it as a whole orchestra as opposed to a single violinist.

However, support for the entourage effect has been mixed.   Scientists disagree when it comes to determining whether or not the other cannabinoids matter. Continuing the musical metaphor, it could be an orchestra of people who don’t know how to play—there just isn't enough evidence for a sweeping declaration. Regardless, broad and full-spectrum CBD formulae are usually the ones most often used in products like tinctures, CBD vapes, and soothing creams—anywhere users want the "whole-plant" effect.

So What Do I Buy?

If you’re looking for something with a robust calming effect and can swing a higher price tag ($50+), a full-spectrum CBD product is likely the best fit for you. If you want a product that’s on the more inexpensive side (<$50), plus basic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits, hemp seed oil is your best bet. And if you’re looking to reduce acne and inflammation with no other effects, you should lean towards an item with isolated CBD.

Broad-Spectrum CBD: Robust calming effect at a higher price point, derived from the "whole plant"

CBD Isolate: Treats acne and inflammation, separation from all other components of the cannabis plant makes it more pure

Hemp Seed Oil: Basic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits at a lower price tag, derived from the seed

Of course, this is all presuming that each of these CBD forms would affect you in the same way they typically affect others—but the human body is a complicated system. Always read the ingredients list before you use a product and do your due diligence when you’re trying a new brand. As always, your doctor or dermatologist is the best person to consult when it comes to finding the right form of CBD for you.