If you’re part of the hemp community (and we hope you are) chances are you’ve heard of CBD (and chances are you’re a bit confused). What you need to know is that CBD is a chemical compound extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalk of the hemp and marijuana plant, used to treat everything from depression and anxiety to epilepsy and insomnia. Here at Good Hemp we make a range of hemp products (from our hemp drink and hemp seeds to hemp protein powder, and of course, our original hemp oil) from the hemp seed. But you’ve probably got more questions than that: “Could your products have CBD in them?; “What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?; “Does that mean hemp gets you high?” So we thought we’d answer all of those in one place and delve into the differences of CBD oil vs hemp oil.
CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil: What’s The Difference?
What’s the difference between Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana?
When considering CBD vs hemp oil and their differences, it’s good to look at the broader picture. Both marijuana and hemp are varieties of the cannabis plant (hemp is Cannabis Sativa, while marijuana is Cannabis Indica). The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that while marijuana contains up to 30% of the psychoactive compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp contains virtually none (typically below 0.3%). So essentially, marijuana will get you high and hemp won’t.
So what is CBD and will it get you high?
CBD is another one of the many compounds found in cannabis plants (so in both hemp and marijuana) which has no psychoactive properties, so it won’t get you high.
Is CBD made from marijuana or hemp?
CBD can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp. However, as marijuana is illegal in most places, much of the CBD you’ll find on the market is made from hemp.
So what’s the difference with CBD oil vs Good Hemp Oil?
CBD oil is made from extracting the compound CBD from the leaves, plants and stalks of a hemp plant. Good Hemp oil is made by cold-pressing the hemp seeds into an omega-rich culinary oil.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
CBD is used to treat a number of different conditions including anxiety, depression, pain-relief and PMS, and is said to have beneficial effects on concentration, energy levels and sleep. It’s also sometimes used topically as an anti-inflammatory (but you might want to check the price before you start pouring it on your bad back – some CBD oils can cost around £140 for a small vial)
How does it work?
Put simply, CBD restore homeostasis (the body’s natural balance ). It works in the endocannabinoid system by activating two of its core receptors (known as CB1 and CB2) which regulate mood, temperature, cognitive function and muscle repair. Now let’s take a look at the other half of this CBD oil vs hemp oil challenge.
What are the benefits of Good Hemp Oil?
Good Hemp Oil is super-rich in omegas (otherwise known as good fat) and has 25x more omegas than olive oil. It has absolutely no trans fats (and 40% less saturated fats than olive oil).
What’s so great about omegas?
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which many experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation and the immune system. Gamma Linolenic Acid (or GLA) is part of the omega-6 family and is known for its role in easing the symptoms of PMS and supporting the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails. Meanwhile omega-9 plays a role in promoting heart health by supporting balanced cholesterol levels and improving immune function.
How do I use CBD oil?
Most people take a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue, but it can be added to your smoothie, coffee (apparently it takes away the jitters) or applied topically to pain points.