Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD? Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil

Hemp oil and CBD oil - both have been creating quite a buzz in recent years! As they both come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, but are fundamentally different products, it's essential to be informed and aware of what each of them is and how they work.

In short: while hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil) is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, stalks and, above all, the flowers. Hemp oil only contains negligible levels of cannabinoids like THC and CBD but is rich in healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it a popular ingredient in skincare and health products. CBD oil, on the other hand, contains significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound that has gained massive popularity in the wellness world for its potential benefits.

At Harmony we offer a variety of CBD products, from CBD oils to e-liquids and vapes, and even CBD-based cosmetics. We always use the purest CBD isolates, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD extracts in our products, labelling each of them with their exact concentration, which is certified by independent lab results. We also incorporate the finest hempseed oil in our skincare range to give you all the benefits this amazing plant has to offer. When shopping for hemp seed oil and CBD oil products, it's important to ensure you are well-informed, as it's crucial to understand their distinctions and applications. After all, knowing the differences will allow you to make better-informed choices about which product might be best suited for you.


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Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil

Hemp oil - also known as hemp seed oil - is made by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. This valuable oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals making it a popular ingredient in skincare and culinary products and a nutritional supplement known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However: hemp oil contains little to no CBD! And CBD is the compound responsible for many of the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis.

On the other hand, CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, which contain a higher concentration of CBD than the seeds. This compound has gained significant attention for its potential in relieving pain, reducing anxiety, improving sleep and promoting overall well-being [1]. It is often sold as CBD oil after dissolving the pure extract in vegetable oils, such as MCT coconut oil, olive oil or hemp seed oil. 

While both oils ultimately come from the hemp plant, their differences lie in the parts used for extraction and the resulting chemical compositions. Hemp oil will serve primarily to nourish your skin or provide essential nutrients, while CBD oil targets a range of potential therapeutic effects.

In the UK and EU (and beyond), it's furthermore crucial to be aware of the legal distinction between the two oils. CBD oil should contain no more than 0.2% THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis that gets you "high". This ensures that it won't produce any intoxicating effects - making it safe and legal for consumers [2].


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Uses and Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil and CBD

CBD Oil is known for its potential benefits in promoting relaxation [3], reducing inflammation [4] and potentially improving sleep quality [5]. Due to its immense versatility, you can use CBD oil in various ways - such as orally, topically or as an ingredient in food and beverages. Many people take CBD oil as they firmly believe it helps them to deal with conditions like anxiety, pain management, and sleep disorders [6]. Please note that while there is anecdotal evidence and ongoing research, firm medical claims cannot be made and standard dosages haven't been established. If you want to treat an underlying health condition, please speak to your doctor first.

Hemp seed oil is derived from carefully cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Although it does not contain any significant amounts of CBD, hemp seed oil has its very own health benefits. It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids - which are essential for maintaining a healthy heart and brain! People often use hemp seed oil as a cooking ingredient, dietary supplement or in skincare products due to its moisturising and nourishing properties.

Understanding CBD Content in Oils

Hemp oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant and contains little to no CBD. It is often used as a carrier oil and is rich in nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. On the other hand, CBD comes from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant and is mixed with carrier oils to make CBD oil.

There are generally three types of CBD oils: full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate oil. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains the entire range of cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant - including traces of THC! Although these trace amounts of THC are not enough to cause intoxicating effects and within a legal limit, it's essential to be aware that they are present in full-spectrum CBD products.

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is similar to full-spectrum - but all traces of THC are removed from the final product. This is making it a popular choice for those who want to avoid THC entirely.

CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD. As a result, the CBD oil made from it is completely free of any other hemp plant compounds. 

When looking for the best CBD oil and hemp oil products: consider the concentration of CBD in the product, as well as your preferences for carrier oil. Also look at the presence of other cannabinoids, aromas, and the overall quality of the product. At Harmony we will always provide you with reliable information about our products' CBD content, making it easier for you to choose the right one for your needs.


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The Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil: Conclusion

It is important to understand that hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same! Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds, while CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the cannabis plant. They have different properties and are used for different purposes.

It is essential to ensure that any CBD product you purchase meets the regional regulations and quality standards. Remember the keep your specific needs in mind, and avoid products making exaggerated or false claims about their effects.

While there is still much research to be done on the full potential of hemp and CBD oil, it is clear that they have distinct characteristics and applications. By understanding their differences, you can make an informed decision about which oil is right for you.


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