What’s the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?
Is there a difference between hemp oil and CBD oil? While both products are usually marketed using the instantly recognizable hemp leaf symbol, the way they are made and the ways in which both products are used differ greatly. At Point3 Farma, we often respond to basic questions, such as, “What is hemp?”, and “What is hemp oil?”, so we felt it best to write a short blog that focuses on some of the marketplace’s most relevant terminology and practices.
As research continues to prove the medicinal benefits of taking CBD on a daily basis, it’s important for businesses, brands, and manufacturers to understand the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil so as to invest in the exact type of product that will most benefit and best appeal to the target consumer.
The Modern Hemp Industry
Hemp is an agricultural product that has long since been cultivated for use across a range of industries and to craft an impressive variety of products, including textiles, paper, and biodegradable plastics. It has even proved itself effective as an element for nanomaterials that may one day be used in batteries and electronics. But, what is hemp actually being used for in 2019?
When the 2018 Farm Bill finally established clear distinctions between cannabis and hemp, the latter was legalized across all 50 U.S. states, which meant legalization for its derivatives and oils at the same time. Since its legalization, the commercial value of the hemp plant has continued to grow, particularly because of its natural ability to produce high levels of CBD and other cannabinoids.
Hemp-derived CBD has the ability to interact with our physiological and cognitive functions via the body’s endocannabinoid system. This discovery, together with the recent change in agricultural law, has resulted in an explosive demand for oils and supplements containing CBD. At Point3 Farma, our expertise in hemp seed genetics allows us to grow superior hemp strains that are both fully compliant and specifically cultivated to contain deliberately high levels of CBD.
The Market for Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is most commonly extracted from the plant by pressing the seeds, which is why it’s often referred to as hemp seed oil, but unlike a mature hemp plant, hemp seeds contain minimal amounts of cannabinoids, and this is one of the major differences for businesses, brands, and manufacturers to note between hemp oil and CBD oil.
So, if it doesn’t contain high levels of cannabinoids, what is hemp oil good for? Similar to olive and coconut oil, hemp oil is valued as a superfood, containing antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It is normally used as a nutritional supplement to help boost the immune system and to promote a healthy heart, but it can also be used to treat dry skin conditions, such as eczema, and has been adopted by the beauty industry for its natural healing properties, effective in the treatment and rejuvenation of hair, skin, and nails.
Another standard question we hear floating around the hemp market is, “Does hemp oil contain THC?” It’s a typical question, reflective of the confusion that plagues most developing markets, and the answer is no. Hemp oil, which is the term used to describe oil that has been pressed directly from the hemp seed, does not contain THC, CBD, THCv, or indeed significant amounts of any other cannabinoid.
Anyone looking to invest in a hemp-derived oil that’s high in CBD needs to narrow the search to CBD oil, as this is the oil that’s extracted - usually using ethanol or CO2 - from the harvested biomass of a mature hemp plant; this is the oil that’s beginning to dominate the newly-regulated, post 2018 Farm Bill, hemp market. Remember, flower and leaves produce CBD, not seeds.
The Market for CBD Oil
So, with all that in mind, what are the benefits of getting involved in the CBD oil market? What makes CBD oil such a prominent product for big business? Scientists, scholars, and health organizations around the world continue to support the claims that CBD helps to relieve symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, and stress, without generating the worrying side-effects associated with pharmaceuticals.
Studies reveal that CBD oil dramatically reduces the number of seizures in epilepsy sufferers and reduces the constant suffering caused by conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's. Many CBD consumers report an elevated feeling of overall well-being when taking CBD on a regular basis, making the target customer base for CBD products vast and diverse. In short, the potential scalability for business, brands, and manufacturers is what makes the investment in CBD oil an attractive one.
Strict Compliance and Superior Quality
Our offer begins with a carefully-curated, feminized seed genetics program, because it means we can guarantee the quality of the hemp we cultivate and we can cultivate strains that are deliberately high in CBD. Our team is committed to producing a range of quality CBD oils, including a full spectrum CBD hemp oil, and a distillate CBD oil, in response to the market’s growing demand for CBD products, free from psychoactive side-effects of THC.
As a vertically integrated company, we have total control over our supply chain. We grow our superior strains of hemp in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and extract our oils onsite, which means our biomass is never at risk from a possible contamination issue in transit from one place to the next. We also bring a lifetime of corporate business experience to a developing market that is predicted to grow exponentially over the next couple of years. It’s this experience that helps us to serve our clients appropriately and meet the increasing demands of an industry on the rise.
Developing Your Business with Hemp CBD
Understanding the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil is vital if you’re intending to develop your business in the emerging CBD market. A superior CBD oil product will be extracted from the flower and leaves of well-bred, feminized hemp plants, that guarantee high levels of CBD and little, or no, THC.
It’s important to source your CBD oil from a reputable company that provides 100% traceability and that is willing to share all information, when necessary, about where the oil comes from and how it was processed. At Point3 Farma, we have the infrastructure to help you meet the growing demands for top quality CBD products that can be traced all the way back to the seed.