CBD Oil vs. Hempseed Oil: What’s the Difference?

Juliet D'cruz

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Plant Parts Matter

CBD oil is harvested from the flowers, stalk, and leaves of a hemp plant. Hempseed oil is harvested from the seeds of industrial hemp, which contains no CBD. No matter where you buy your cannabis products from, you will want to buy from a producer that uses third-party testing.

Third-party testing is an independent testing process, paid for by the producer. This testing confirms that

  • the product in the bottle matches what’s on the label
  • the product in the bottle contains only a legal amount of CBD
  • the product also contains no more THC than is allowed by law

Do not ingest any hempseed oil or CBD that does not come with verification of third party testing. Your health is too important.

What Benefits Are You Seeking?

CBD oil is ingestible and can be added to beverages, but it generally is not considered a cooking ingredient. Hemp seed oil can be used in

  • salad dressings
  • marinades
  • in low temperature frying
  • in dips

Because hemp seed oil has a very low flash or smoking point, you do not want to use it on anything you’re going to bread or deep fry. However, if you are planning to slow cook or sauté, this product offers a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that can really add to the quality of your foods. You can also bake with hemp seed oil as long as you keep the temperature in the quick-bread range, about 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Adding hemp seed oil to some foods in your daily food intake is a great way to

  • reduce gut inflammation
  • relieve sluggish digestion and constipation
  • boost your immune system
  • lower your cholesterol

It is possible to get too much CBD or hempseed oil. Because research on hemp oils for adults is in the early stages, get yourself a notebook and track

  • your dosage
  • your reactions over 24 hours
  • your reactions over the week

The improvements in your gut will take time. If you are concerned about an unpleasant reaction, start on a day off so you can track your reaction and be ready for surprises.

Mood Boosting Benefits of CBD

Both hempseed oil and CBD oil can reduce inflammation and muscle soreness after a workout, though those dealing with nerve pain on a regular basis would be well to stick with CBD. According to HempFusion, if you’re planning on working out on CBD to reduce inflammation, hemp seed oil can also help. If you’re looking for a change in your frame of mind, stick with CBD.

The science of products that can be harvested from plants in the cannabis family is very limited, though it is growing. If you are interested in using either CBD oil or hemp seed oil, carefully track your dosage and your reaction. If you start to struggle with diarrhea, back off your dosage.

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