Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil for Healthy Skin
What is hemp seed oil, is it same as marijuana, how is it different from CBD oil, and why is it showing up in my skin care products?
The Merrimu Webster dictionary defines hemp as:
"a tall widely cultivated Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that is cultivated for its tough bast fiber and edible seeds and oil and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species. Note: Cultivated hemp is often distinguished from cannabis by possessing very low levels of the psychoactive substance THC."
So, since hemp seed oil contains less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive drug) it is not the same as marijuana and will not get you high.
Hemp seed oil (derived from pressed hemp seeds) - is found inside a woody fibrous herb which is part of the Cannabis sativa family. The oil pressed from hemp seeds is a rich source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which makes an ideal moisturizer and a good carrier oil when blended with other anti-aging skin care ingredients.
Basically, hemp seed oil is known for it’s moisturizing properties. Research shows it can hydrate the skin without clogging pores, aggravating acne, or causing breakouts. This also makes it a good moisturizer for those with oily skin.
However, hemp oil alone derived from seeds is not a full spectrum hemp extract. This means it contains very little CBDs, terpenes, nutrients, and trace compounds...which offer some amazing benefits for healthy skin. 1
But, this does explain the confusion, mislabeling, and incorrect claims of some skin products that contain hemp seed oil.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) – is a naturally occurring compound also found in the hemp plant. But, unlike hemp seed oil, CBD oil is derived from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant.
The CBD oil we're talking about here is a full-spectrum extract that contains over 400 trace compounds that work synergistically for optimum benefits.
Research suggests that this type of CBD oil is a richer source of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, nutrients, antioxidants, and other important bioactive compounds – when compared to oil from hemp seeds. 1,2
CBD oil’s role in skin care goes beyond just a superior moisturizer. It also has potential for managing skin conditions like:
CBD oil is more abundant in nutrients and especially antioxidants, which help to counteract free-radical damage that leads to skin aging. Antioxidants can help protect the skin against aging and environmental stressors – that contribute to lines, wrinkles, and poor skin tone. 3, 4, 5, 6
While more research is still being done on the benefits of CBD oil for skin health and aging, it’s clear from the current studies that full-spectrum CBD oil provides anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and hydrating benefits for normal, aging, sensitive, troubled and damaged skin.
From hemp lip balms, hand creams and hemp lotions - hemp-based skin care products have been around for a while now.
But since the farm bill was passed in 2018, industrial hemp and all of its derivatives including seeds, extracts, and cannabinoids (CBD) are legal, as long as the THC concentration is not over 0.3 percent.
So now you’ll see more products with confusing or misleading labels – interchanging CBD oil with hemp seed oil – because CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant.
Well, from the newly found studies, it appears that full-spectrum CBD oil packs a more powerful punch than hemp oil in terms of nutrients and anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
And since CBD oil costs more, you want to make sure you know what you're buying and paying for. So it’s essential to read the label!
A product containing CBD should list cannabidiol on the label. A product containing hemp seed oil should list cannabis sativa seed oil. 7
Before you buy CBD oil or CBD face creams, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Check out the following information:
3 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4151231/
4 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601556
6 - https://www.ebiomedicine.com/article/S2352-3964(17)30003-8/abstract
7 - https://www.healthline.com/health/hemp-vs-cbd-oil#4
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