Hemp and marijuana are two different species of the same plant, cannabis. Although they have a similar makeup, crucially, hemp contains little to no THC and is mainly grown for industrial and medicinal use, whereas cannabis has varying amounts of THC and is grown for recreational and medicinal use.a
Cannabidiol naturally occurs in hemp, and hemp derived cannabidiol with 0.2% THC properties are now legal in the UK. Hemp oil and products made using hemp oil have been widely available in the UK for years.
In order to remove cross-contamination from hemp seeds, they should be 100% clean with no leaf matter. Hemp oil is made by firstly extruding hemp seeds into long chunks, and then separating the oil from these chunks by compressing them using a corkscrew press.
Unrefined hemp oil is light green in colour and has a nutty taste. It is filtered to remove inconsistencies and is then, through an oxygen free process, added to bottles and made ready for sale.
Understanding the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil will help users to decide which one is best for them. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and is also known as hemp seed oil.
It has many uses and is widely regarded as a superfood. Its health benefits relate specifically to the amount of omega-6, omega-3, and vitamin E in the seeds – as well as its antioxidant properties. Hemp oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil and is a natural moisturiser. Interestingly, it can also be used for bio-diesel fuel and as the basis for some plastic compounds.
CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the stalks, buds and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s a completely natural substance that is now legal in the UK. However, it also is the basis of some medical cannabis compounds that are legal on prescription.
CBD is one of 85 cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant but it’s impossible to get high from taking CBD as it is a separate compound that does not contain THC. CBD is extracted in oil form, but is available in tablets, supplements, e-liquids and isolates.
Hemp oil is not usually tested for levels of CBD as it is a different compound completely, but most likely it would show trace amounts of CBD – potentially as low as one part in every 25 million.
Depending on how you take it, your CBD product could also have hemp oil in it, as some people use hemp oil to create CBD tinctures by dissolving CBD isolate in the oil.
Last updated: Tuesday 05th March 2019