CBD. Hemp Oil. THC. What Does It All Mean?

There are a lot of new terms being thrown at consumers these days. What is CBD? Hemp Oil and CBD – are they the same? What is hemp oil and does it also mean hemp extract? For that matter, what are Cannabidiol and THC? And while it all sounds positive for health and wellness seekers, understanding these terms and what they mean to you can be frustrating. The good news? We’re here with the super-simple explanations and a few pointers to get you on your way.

First, why is there an alphabet soup of ‘CBD terms’ in the news all of a sudden?

For two reasons:

  1. Marijuana legalization. Marijuana, a plant in the Cannabis family, has been legalized for medical and/or recreational use in many states in recent years. In addition to having THC (which produces a euphoria effect or ‘high’), Marijuana contains a compound called Cannabidiol (CBD) that is reported to have major health benefits. So much so that in 2018, the FDA even approved a new drug with CBD for the treatment of some types of epileptic seizures. The FDA decision, combined with the growing acceptance of cannabis as an adjunct treatment for medical patients, has changed the dialogue about this family of plants from evil scourge to, well, downright great.
  2. Hemp legalization. In 2018, hemp, another plant in the Cannabis family, was legalized in all U.S. states as part of Mitch McConnell’s Farm Bill. Hemp has even more of the same, great CBD compound (20% vs. 10%), but has only tiny levels of THC and therefore does not produce euphoria. Since hemp doesn’t get you ‘high’, but is believed to offer health benefits, it is rapidly being introduced to consumers in the form of skin lotions, consumables and even pet products. High-quality hemp-derived CBD products are what we sell here at Healthy Market.

Second, let’s sort out the terms.

What is CBD Hemp oil? What is hemp oil? Are CBD, hemp oil and hemp seed oil different?

Yes. In a nutshell, CBD, hemp extract, and Cannabidiol all refer to the good stuff – CBD - the nutrient-packed extract from the whole hemp plant. On the flip side, hemp seed oil (sometimes called hemp oil) refers to a lower quality extract from hemp seeds that has almost no CBD (and therefore is cheaply-priced). Here are some definitions:

Cannabidiol, also called CBD oil – CBD oil is produced from hemp plant stalks, flowers and leaves. If you’re seeking potential health and wellness benefits, CBD oil products are for you. CBD oil and the products made from it can legally be purchased across the U.S.

Hemp extract, or full-spectrum hemp extract – this is essentially a different name for Cannabidiol (CBD oil). Hemp is loaded with phytocannabinoids such as CBD but also contains phytonutrients such as terpenes, vitamins, and fatty acids. Full spectrum hemp products are considered the most effective CBD products because these cannabinoids and nutrients work collectively to increase absorption of CBD.

Hemp seed oil – hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, but has only trace amounts of CBD. It’s been used in skin care products for years because it contains omega fatty acids, linoleic acid and oleic acids, compounds thought to improve skin health and prevent aging. Hemp seed oil is substantially different from the CBD you are hearing about these days. If you’re looking for CBD, make sure the products you are buying are not hemp seed oil!

Third, what’s in it for you?

CBD is currently being researched for its efficacy at treating chronic pain and reducing inflammation. It is also being studied for its potential impact in reducing anxiety and depression, and for brain health overall.

While there is still a lot still to learn about CBD, public opinion appears to be very positive.

Ok, so CBD, hemp oil, how do I choose?

Now that you know what CBD oil is and what hemp oil is, you’ll be better able to choose. CBD oil, especially full-spectrum hemp extract, is your best bet for a wide range of potential health and wellness uses. CBD oil has many ‘delivery’ options including tinctures, creams, drops, chews/candy, and more. These all come in a variety of potencies, flavors and sizes. Click here to learn more about specific products and find one that works for you.