Hemp Oil and CBD: Differences in the Same Family Tree

CBD Hemp

First things first: CBD and hempseed oil are not the same.

Claiming that CBD (cannabidiol) and hempseed oil are the same, as so many misguided sellers do, is like claiming that humans descended directly from apes (as in, your great x1000 grandfather was a full-on monkey). The truth in both scenarios involves a simple degree of separation. The two are cousins because they both descend from a common ancestor.

So, how exactly are these two herbs related in this family tree? Why are cannabidiol and hempseed oil different, and why should you care? To best answer this, let’s take a look at where each product comes from.

Where Does Hempseed Oil Come From?

Hempseed oil is a product of the hemp plant–no earth-shattering revelations there. The hemp plant has been engineered to contain negligible amounts of THC so that it can be legally produced and sold on a large scale. It is important to note that the portion of the plant (i.e, seeds versus glands) from which farmers extract the oil can heavily influence the amounts of THC and CBD within it. As mentioned, the usual intention is to yield a low-THC oil. This requires pressing the seeds. Oil extracted from other parts of the plant, however, may contain significantly higher amounts of THC.

Where Does CBD Oil Come From?

A quick disclaimer to minimize confusion: CBD oil can be extracted from industrial hemp as well as cannabis plants. Even when it is extracted from hemp plants, however, it is still not interchangeable with hempseed oil. This is because it contains higher amounts of cannabidiol, whether by virtue of the plant part from which it was extracted or intentional engineering.

So there you have it: hempseed oil comes exclusively from hemp plants, and contains low CBD and THC. CBD oil, also very low in THC, comes from hemp or other cannabis species.

That’s quite enough plant biology for today. Let’s take a look at the health-related differences between these two products, shall we?

Differences and Similarities in Health Benefits

Think of CBD oil as a nearly side-effect-free pharmaceutical product and hemp as a supercharged supplement. Where CBD oil has more pharmacological effects, like sleep, appetite and pain regulation, hempseed oil is more effective at improving skin quality, cholesterol, metabolism and digestion.

Of course, there is plenty of overlap when it comes to the health benefits of each supplement. They have both been hailed as helpful fighters of inflammation. Both hemp and cannabidiol oils help to regulate the body’s important functions. Finally, each of these products boasts the lofty benefit of neural protection – they can slow the progression and/or alleviate the symptoms of serious degenerative diseases of the nervous system, like Alzheimer’s.

So, Which One’s Better?

To best answer this question, ask another one: “What do I need help with?”

If the answer is something specific that you would otherwise take a medication for, like pain, seizures, nausea, etc., then cannabidiol oil may be of greater benefit to you. If you want to “overhaul” your nutritional intake with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, hempseed oil is the perfect supplement. Thankfully, both products play fairly well with other medications and each other. You can try one, feel it out, and try the other without worrying about harmful interactions or side effects.