Introduction: Although CBD is in full swing, there are still many puzzles. So what is CBD oil? Is it the same as sesame oil?
No, they are actually quite different things - one is mainly used in the production of cooking and beauty products, the other is an oral tincture, which is said to be good for the body. Both are made of marijuana, so it's sometimes hard to tell the difference.
Unfortunately, just because the product has marijuana leaves or is sold as hemp oil, it doesn't prove to be a CBD product. There are "sesame oil soaked" products on the market, but how much CBD does it contain?
Today, I'm going to teach you how to distinguish them.
1. Component differentiation
The quickest way to distinguish CBD oil from hemp oil is to look at the label and ingredients.
They all come from a special breed of hemp, which is rich in CBD (cannabinoids), very low in THC (usually about 0.3%), and "hemp oil" is more accurately called hemp seed oil. As the name suggests, it is extracted from the seeds of cannabis plants. For many years, hemp seed oil has been widely used in cooking and as an ingredient of various beauty products. Some popular brands, such as nutriva, call their products "sesame oil". But its ingredients say "raw, organic, unrefined hemp seed oil.".
CBD oil can be extracted from hemp or any Hemp Variety rich in CBD. It's extracted from the whole cannabis plant, not just the seeds. This active ingredient may be listed as "whole plant extract," most commonly isolated CBD or CBD distillate. CBD oil tinctures usually contain some carrier oil, such as MCT oil or olive oil. Other common labels associated with CBD oil are full spectrum, broad-spectrum, PCR or phytocannabinoid rich.
CBD oil is a term sometimes associated with CBD atomization. These products are similar to CBD oil tinctures because they contain cannabis extract, but they are specially formulated for atomization. The atomization of CBD usually contains the same composition as electronic cigarette oil. They usually do not contain nicotine, but they may contain CBD isolates (water-soluble forms of CBD) or CBD distillates (an extract containing more naturally occurring plant cannabinoids and terpenes)
2. Production method
Another major difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil is the production method.
Hemp seed oil is usually extracted by cold pressing. CBD oil is produced with the whole cannabis plant and more advanced extraction technology. The most common method of CBD oil recovery is supercritical fluid extraction (also known as CO2 extraction), or more traditional solvent extraction. Hemp oil is green and dark, while CBD oil is usually light gold to dark brown.
• hemp seed oil: made from hemp seed extracted by cold pressing. The color ranges from typical dark green to bright green and has a nutty flavor.
CBD oil: the whole cannabis plant is extracted with carbon dioxide or solvent. It is usually clear to dark gold and has a neutral or earthy plant flavor.
3. CBD content
This is a very important point. Products containing CBD usually have milligrams per unit or per serving of CBD on the label. Hemp is naturally rich in CBD, because CBD oil is produced from the whole plant, so the CBD content is naturally high. In addition, it contains other natural organic compounds (plant cannabinoids and terpenes). More advanced CBD oil brands will also publish third-party test results, including detailed analysis of cannabinoids and terpenes, as well as other quality indicators.
If you want to use CBD, hemp seed oil is definitely not a wise choice.
If the milligram content of CBD is not listed on the label of a product, it is likely that it is not even a real CBD product.
Interestingly, cannabis seed oil still contains traces of tetrahydrocannabinol, although it is far less than what is needed for marijuana use or drug testing.
The production cost of CBD oil is much higher than that of hemp seed oil. Therefore, the price of CBD oil also increases correspondingly. If a product claims to be made of high-quality CBD oil, it is unlikely to be cheap. If you encounter a cheap one, you may need to check its ingredient list again to confirm its authenticity.
However, there will be some products made from cannabis seed oil sold as cannabis products. Technically, even if they don't contain CBD, they are still marijuana products.
There is cannabis leaf on the package or trademark of the product, which does not prove that it is a CBD product. Although price can sometimes be used as an indicator of distinction, never judge people by their appearance.
5. Purchase channel
Hemp seed oil and CBD oil can be found in local pharmacies, grocery stores and health food stores. Most of the time, however, you will find that they are usually sold in different locations.
More reputable CBD oil brands can be purchased online directly from their websites. Now many drugstores, even corner stores, are selling CBD oil.
A few years ago, that was not the case. Cannabis seed oil is always found in local grocery stores, beauty shops and online stores like Amazon. They are sometimes sold as sesame oil, but the ingredients must be listed as "sesame oil.". If you want to use cannabis seed oil for medical purposes, it will not have the effect of CBD oil - although it is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids (omega-3, omega-6 and Omega-9).
6. How to use
Because hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same thing, they are used in different ways.
Hemp seed oil is usually stored in beauty products for hair and skin care, or in cooking and salads.
CBD oil usually refers to the oral tincture containing CBD, which is taken by dropping it under the tongue. CBD oil is also the main component of many products rich in CBD, such as internal, external and other products containing CBD.
When people say they are "smoking CBD oil", they are mostly using electronic cigarettes that isolate CBD (last popular science link) or extract. This kind of electronic smoke contains highly concentrated crystal form of CBD, and is water-soluble. There are also types of electronic cigarettes that may contain some form of CBD distillate, fragment, or concentrate. On the other hand, if CBD oil uses oil base as carrier, it will not be suitable for electronic smoke.
7. Confusion from manufacturers
In order to fully understand the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, we must also understand their common ground. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are hemp products. They may even have a hemp leaf on the package. They can be organic, clean, non GMO, vegan, etc. Sometimes you can even find them in the same place. But please distinguish carefully, because the two are easy to confuse. Some enterprises make up their products to increase profits.