In recent years, hemp has been rediscovered as a super plant with multiple applications. Fiber can be used for building materials, seeds have many health benefits, and cannabinoids are the must-have new wellness ingredients. But with all of these hemp-derived products on the market, sometimes it’s hard to tell which component of the plant was actually used to get the benefits. And to make matters worse, some companies seem to be intentionally misleading customers just to profit from the trend.
So we are going to look together at the differences between hemp oil (seeds), CBD oil and CBD e-liquid so you will be able to better navigate the landscape of hemp and CBD products in the future. .
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp seed oil is the product derived from the seeds of industrial hemp varieties. There are different types, depending on the production method, such as cold pressed or refined, as well as the treatment of seeds, shelled or not, roasted, etc.
Although the taste is influenced by the production method, most hemp seed oils you will find a characteristic nutty aroma, a color spectrum ranging from golden to green and these oils are all rich in essential fatty acids. This makes it a wonderful supplement for a healthy and balanced diet. Hemp seed oil is best used cold on salads or other foods after cooking, the absence of high temperature heating helps preserve all the beneficial properties of your oil.
Hemp seed oil is also a wonderful ingredient in skin care and other cosmetic products with multiple benefits including moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-aging properties. In the ingredient list, you will find it under the name “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil”.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that while hemp seed oil is definitely healthy and beneficial, it does not contain cannabinoids, so no CBD or THC so 100% legal!
What we call CBD oil is mostly a mixture of hemp extract and carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. The extract can be full spectrum or broad spectrum, so it mainly contains CBD but also other residual cannabinoids and terpenes, or a pure CBD isolate.
As hemp extracts are either solid or very thick and pasty, they must be diluted to make a real oil that is easy to dose and apply. Most of the time, vegetable oils such as hemp seed oil, MCT coconut oil, or olive oil are used. Some pet products also use fish oil to make the products more attractive to cats and dogs.
The aroma of CBD oil is highly dependent on the carrier oils used and the additional ingredients that are added, if any. The flavors available range from very neutral natural hemp varieties to fruity varieties like lemon and orange and even very sweet options like mint chocolate or strawberry candy. Pet products often have meaty flavors like chicken, beef, or fish.
Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD oils are high in cannabinoids, with levels typically ranging from less than 1% to 10% and above. While the nutritional values of these products depend on the carrier oils used, the wellness effects come from the cannabinoid content.
E-liquids are products optimized for use in electronic cigarettes, which means that they are fully vaporizable and leave no residue that could clog or burn the coil of your device. This is why they are made with a blend of PG, VG, flavor suitable for e-liquids and CBD isolate.
These e-liquids are not interchangeable with CBD oil, last but not least because the vegetable oils used as carriers should not be inhaled. In the worst case scenario, a CBD oil could contain other additives, such as vitamin E, which could be downright dangerous if they get into your lungs.
The main compositional difference between CBD E-liquid and CBD oil, although both contain cannabinoids, is that there is absolutely no vegetable or other oil present in the e-liquid and it should not be ingested.
As you navigate the landscape of hemp and CBD products, it’s important to keep in mind the differences between hemp seed oil, CBD oil, and CBD e-liquids. You should always check labels carefully before purchasing to make sure that what you are purchasing will give you the effect you want and meet your expectations.
Buy only from trusted sources and shops, as there are companies that will try to sell you hemp seed oil at the price of CBD oil.
Finally, use the products according to the directions on the label and if you are unsure of anything, don’t hesitate to contact customer service.