It’s important to know the difference between hemp and marijuana in order to understand hemp seed oil and how it can be used. Although hemp and marijuana are both types of cannabis plants, hemp is legal (but strictly regulated) in the UK as it does not contain THC. In the UK, CBD is derived from hemp.
The term hemp oil can be confusing, as it is widely used to refer to both full spectrum oils derived from marijuana or hemp seed oil, which comes from the seeds of a hemp plant. There are only trace amounts of CBD in hemp seeds, and hemp seed oil and CBD come from different parts of the hemp plant – meaning that hemp seed oil usually only contains trace amounts of CBD.
Be aware of what you’re buying
Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same, but hemp oil and CBD oil are interchangeable terms. Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but it contains no cannabinoids – including CBD, CBG and CBN. It’s been present in beauty and skincare for years in the UK, and it’s regarded as a superfood as it adds nutritional value to your diet.
The main thing to remember is to do your research – look for CBD products or hemp oil that come with certificates of analyses for your own peace of mind. Some companies market hemp seed oil and CBD oil as the same thing, and this is wrong and misleading. Choose a reliable company to purchase from. The benefits of CBD have been widely publicised and are far reaching – Canavape manufacture and sell high quality CBD products but do not sell hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil benefits
Hemp seed oil has many benefits, but these are different to the benefits of CBD oil. High in antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it’s perfect for brightening skin, as well as combatting dry or tired skin with conditions such as eczema. Omega-6 ensures that it is good for the brain and bones by keeping cell membranes working well. Omega-3 reduces the likelihood of blood clots.
Hemp seeds are also a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre, meaning that they will aid digestion.
Side effects of hemp seed oil
Because hemp seed oil has not been widely studied in labs, its known side effects are mostly anecdotal. Many people report few to no side effects from its use, although hemp oil and CBD oil has been known to cause drowsiness in large doses.