Hemp plants are a variety of Cannabis sativa pant with trace amounts of THC, not above 0.3 percent.3 The cannabidiol content in CBD oil comes only from the flower or “bud” of the female hemp plant. Just like how the marijuana plant produces THC in its flowers, hemp plants produce high CBD levels near 10 percent or higher, and THC concentration levels below 0.3 percent.
Quality full spectrum CBD oil contains just hemp plant extract blended with a carrier oil. The phytocannabinoid rich compounds are extracted from the raw material using methods like sugarcane ethanol, carbon dioxide (CO2), or even cold infusion with coconut oil. Because of its rich cannabinoid content, CBD oil has become popular for the body as well as the mind.
Using hemp extract containing the full spectrum of plant compounds could help your body find balance. It does this by interacting with your body’s ECS. THC-free products like CBD isolate and broad spectrum CBD oils appear to be less effective than full spectrum CBD oil.
On the other hand, hemp seeds can be a very nutritious dietary additive,4 but they do not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega 9, omega 6, and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin E.5 Hemp seeds and hempseed oil, sometimes labeled as “cannabis sativa seed oil,” are commonly found in the grocery aisles at health food stores and as an ingredient in beauty products.
Hempseed oil is used as a drying oil because it can harden into a polymer. Because of its essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil is popular in varnishes, putties, paints, and plasters.6 But this hempseed oil, as great as it is, is not the same as CBD oil.
Since it is high in omega-3 fatty acids,9 hempseed oil is more similar to fish oil or olive oil than to CBD hemp oil. Hempseed oil does have some potential health benefits, and also some risks, due to its high fatty acid content. The benefits of hempseed oil may include:
- Supporting skin conditions
- Promoting a healthy heart
- Boosting the immune system
- Balancing digestive health