CBD or Cannabidiol has grown more popular in recent years along with a slew of other hemp oil and cannabis related products and treatments. However, for CBD to be distributed in all 50 states legally, it must be derived from legally produced hemp plants as opposed to the cannabis plant used to produce marijuana. No matter what plant the CBD is derived from the active compound is identical and is being used to provide relief for many chronic conditions such as pain and inflammation.*
With the growing number CBD products being sold, it has become increasingly more difficult to tell the differences between CBD and Hemp Oils. This is especially the case on marketplaces like Amazon that restrict the sale of hemp derived CBD in favor of Hemp Oil Extract, which may or may not be the same thing. However, it appears that most of the hemp oil extract on Amazon is hemp seed oil and does not contain any active CBD.
Both the hemp plant and marijuana plant contain CBD at fairly high amounts, however, the marijuana plant has much higher quantities of THC, the psychoactive compound responsible for the high. Hemp on the other hand has very low levels of THC and for hemp to be legal in the united states it must contain no more than 0.3% THC.
What makes things even more confusing is that much of the marketplace is filled with hemp seed oil, or hemp seed oil extract, and many believe this too contains the therapeutically active CBD compound. However, hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD at all (if it is not contaminated during the crushing and refining process). Regardless of CBD’s derivation, the hemp plant or the marijuana plant, the CBD must be extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers. Hence, hemp seed oil, derived from the seed of the hemp plant does not contain any CBD.
However, just because hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, it does not mean that hemp seeds and/or hemp seed oil is not without its merits. Hemp seed oil is delicious and nutritious and contains a very healthy fatty acid profile of Omega Fatty Acids and an ideal ratio of 3:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3. Hemp seed oil is also very rich in anti-oxidant properties. Hemp seed oil most closely resembles other carrier oils such as jojoba or sunflower seed oil. Hemp seed oil is a great moisturizer and is viewed by many as a superfood, but without CBD or THC, it does not react with body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for CBD’s claimed health benefits and therapeutic properties.*
Hemp derived CBD oil does contain CBD and may provide relief for pain and anxiety among other ailments. Research reviewing thousands of clinica and pharmacological studies believe there is sufficient evidence to support the use of CBD to help manage chronic pain, as well as improve short term sleep outcomes. CBD in some cases has also been shown to be helpful in combating anxiety and depression.* And, unlike other drugs and treatment methods, CBD poses no risk of addiction. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and hemp derivatives became federally legal, and can now be grown in all fifty states with varying restrictions; and must in all cases contain less than 0.3% THC.
To summarize, CBD derived from legally farmed hemp plants, and containing no more than 0.3% THC is legal in all fifty states. CBD does not interact with the CB receptor that has the psychoactive effect and produces the sensation of being high. CBD interacts with CB receptors in the body that may help to reduce pain and inflammation, anxiety, short term sleep loss, stress, among others.* Hemp seed oil extracts, although nutritious and delicious, lacks the critical CBD molecule and does not provide the same health benefits.
When purchasing CBD, be extremely careful when evaluating Hemp Oils with no mention of CBD. You will find these products all over Amazon. Look instead for high quality CBD that is properly labeled and contains the actual ingredient you wish to purchase. And, be sure to purchase directly from a reputable distributor or manufacturer so you can feel confident you are purchasing legally farmed and produced CBD.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.