What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

Hemp oil? CBD Oil? Is there a difference? This is one of the most common questions we get and a huge source of confusion among consumers. Some unscrupulous marketers are even taking advantage of this and misleading shoppers. So let’s try to clear up the confusion…. CBD or “cannabidiol” is one of some 113 phyto-cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). It is important to know that CBD is mainly concentrated in the hemp flower. After extraction from hemp flowers, CBD is added to a carrier oil, which aids in dosing and may enhance it’s bioavailability. Some of the common carrier oils used include coconut, avocado, grape seed and olive oil. Hemp seed oil or hemp oil is also used, but interestingly, it does not enhance CBD bioavailability. Additionally, hemp oil is derived from hemp seeds which contain little to no CBD. So do not assume you are getting CBD if you are using hemp oil, unless it has been specifically blended in. To add to this confusion, “hemp oil extract” which is derived from the whole hemp plant, does contain CBD. A reputable CBD product will indicate how much CBD is contained in each dose. With all this being said, hemp oil on it’s own is highly nutritious and a great source of fatty acids which are excellent for overall health. But if you want CBD, check the label!

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