Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil – What’s the Difference?
With surging interest in CBD since the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, you may be curious about the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil.
Unheard of only a few years ago, both hemp and CBD oil are proliferating store shelves, but there are big differences between these two products. Luckily, NuLeaf Naturals put together a guide to help you learn about the similarities and differences between the two hemp derivatives, how to figure out what you need, and where to get the right product.
Question: What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp Oil or “hempseed oil” is just what it sounds like: oil that’s been extracted from the seeds of the industrial hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant. To extract the oil hemp seeds are pressed and bottled or further processed and refined before bottling. Hemp oil is rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein. There is not much research into its uses other than as a topical, nourishing oil.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD or cannabidiol oil is most commonly derived from the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant, but instead of using the seeds, CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks of matured hemp plants. CBD oil can be extracted through several methods including carbon dioxide, ethanol, and even olive oil. The extraction method can play a part in the quality of CBD oil.
Additionally, full spectrum CBD oil contains terpenes and nutrients that don’t appear in hemp oil alone.
Similarities Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
- Both are oils.
- Both can come from cannabis sativa plant.
- Both are non-intoxicating, unlike marijuana.
- Both have beneficial properties and healing capacities.
- Both can be applied topically or ingested.
Differences Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil
- Each is derived from a different part of the plant.
- Hemp oil can only be derived from the industrial hemp variety of cannabis sativa, CBD oil can be sourced through several different varieties of the cannabis plant.
- Reputable CBD oil will come with a certificate of analysis (COA) that details exactly what’s in the product. Hemp oil will not come with a COA.
- CBD oil can legally contain up to 0.3% THC based on federal law, the psychoactive cannabinoid. Hemp oil contains no THC. State and local laws may add other regulations to this.
- Some states have laws that apply to the distribution and manufacture of CBD; hemp oil containing no THC has no such restrictions.
- Hemp oil is just a nutrient-rich oil; it contains no cannabinoids and does not reap the benefits of the entourage effect.
- Hemp oil can be purchased on Amazon but CBD cannot.
- Hemp oil has been used in beauty products for several years, but CBD is relatively new to all industries
- Though they can both be used topically or ingested, you’re more likely to use hemp oil topically and ingest CBD oil.
Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil and the Entourage Effect
Hemp oil has many unique benefits but cannot give you the same as CBD oil thanks to the entourage effect. It is manufactured only from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant while full spectrum CBD oil uses the entire plant from stem to leaf for production.
When you harvest oil from the entire plant, you get every potential beneficial compound the plant has to offer including not just CBD, but dozens of other cannabinoids and scent compounds called terpenes.
Because hemp seeds don’t have the same cannabinoid profile, terpenes or other beneficial compounds, you’re only getting a fraction of the benefits that you would from CBD oil and not tapping into the entourage effect.
Why does it matter? The entourage effect is the belief that the different compounds of the cannabis plant work better when they’re used together compared to being used individually. The terpenes help the cannabinoids achieve their best effects; the cannabinoids help other cannabinoids – everything works together harmoniously.
With the entourage effect, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You get the benefits of the entourage effect with full spectrum CBD oil, but not with hemp oil.
Reading Hemp Oil and CBD Oil Labels
CBD oil is currently unregulated, marketers and shady manufacturers might use misleading labeling or claim unfound benefits on their products.
Always carefully read the ingredients list to be certain what you’re getting and ignore what the label says. Hemp oil should always use hemp seed oil as the active ingredient while CBD oil should list cannabidiol, full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, hemp (not hempseed) or phytocannabinoid-rich CBD as its primary ingredient.
The NuLeaf Naturals Difference
Full spectrum CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals is blended with pure, organic hemp oil, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. NuLeaf Naturals uses a two-part extraction process in creating CBD oil, which ensures the maximum benefit from the harvested plants. You can take CBD oil topically, or you can ingest it or take it under the tongue. When choosing a CBD oil, do not be swayed to select purely on cost, as this is one industry where “you get what you pay for.”
Choose CBD oil that is pure, organic, and full spectrum, and be sure to check out the company’s lab-verified test results. You can access NuLeaf Naturals’ most recent test results here.
Ready to see what CBD oil can do for you? Click here to use our interactive map to find a retailer near you, or buy CBD oil direct from NuLeaf Naturals.
What to Know About Cooking with CBD Oil
We want to make our customers and visitors aware of the efficacy issues that come with cooking with CBD oil. With our full spectrum CBD oil, at 180 degrees, the terpenes in the oil will disappear. At 220 degrees, the same thing happens with the cannabinoids. This makes cooking with CBD oil ineffective for getting the benefits of using it for any reason. It’s almost as if you didn’t add it to your recipes at all. Consider ways to add CBD to your recipes after cooking, when things have cooled off to get the most impact from using CBD oil.
By now you’ve likely heard about the wonders of CBD (cannabidiol) oil. But maybe you’ve been too shy to try it, or perhaps you’ve caught the CBD bug yourself, but are ready to explore more ways to incorporate it into your life. Welcome to cooking with CBD oil, a whole new realm to discover this remarkable extract.
CBD is a molecule extracted from the cannabis plant, but without the intoxicating “high” that accompanies marijuana, with its high levels of THC. Because CBD won’t get you stoned, people across the planet are experimenting with adding CBD to foods, beverages, and baked goods.
Cooking with CBD Oil: Why?
Until restaurants and cafes can legally serve CBD-infused food and beverages, your best bet is to cook up your own creations. Cooking with CBD is an easy and fun way to incorporate the wellness benefits of CBD into your daily routine, plus it’s fun to experiment with new flavor profiles. Try CBD in sweet and savory dishes, and watch what happens!
How to Start Cooking with CBD Oil
Go with What You Know
We recommend you begin with a familiar tried-and-true recipe. You can substitute CBD oil for some vegetable or olive oil. A general rule of thumb is to use 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of CBD oil per serving, in place of some of the regular oil in the recipe.
Start Out Small
If you’re winging it, or if the recipe you’re using doesn’t call for oil as an ingredient, start with a small amount of oil and stir or blend well to incorporate it. Like any ingredient, you can always add more, but you can’t take any out, so start low and increase from there.
Some Like It Fat
Why not add it into butter, ghee, olive oil, coconut milk, avocado, or chocolate? You can make an easy CBD butter by combining 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup water, and about 20 mg of CBD oil into a pot over very low heat. It may take more than an hour to melt (but you can speed this up a bit by using room temperature butter). Once melted, stir, remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before transferring into an airtight container for fridge storage. You can use CBD butter in place of regular butter in your favorite recipes.
Keep It Cool
Store baked goods prepared with CBD in a cool, dry place, in an airtight container. More importantly, don’t cook with CBD oil over direct heat. Cannabidiol has a boiling point of 320 to 356 Fahrenheit, and cooking over temperatures higher than this can cause the CBD to evaporate, cooking it right out of your food. Additionally, high temperatures can destroy beneficial terpenes and nutrients, and it draws out the bitterness in the flavor. If you’re nervous about the cooking temps, blend CBD oil into a dressing or a sauce. CBD’s rich green flavor blends well into herbaceous sauces like pesto, chimichurri, and herb-infused oils.
You can also blend CBD oil into avocado for a flavorful guacamole or avocado toast with eggs; blend it into smoothies or yogurt, and enjoy it with a salad dressing drizzled over roasted veggies or a grain bowl.
Ready to Buy CBD Oil?
If you’re willing to dive into the culinary adventure of CBD, you’ll want to start with the highest quality CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals. Our pure, full spectrum oil is organic and natural, created from hemp grown in Colorado, and lab-verified to be free from mold, toxins, and other contaminants. Click here now to buy CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals and serve up some wellness. As you try new flavor profiles, why not share your success and recipe with us? we’d love to hear how cooking with CBD oil has worked for you!
Ready for a CBD Bath Bomb?
It’s no secret that bath bombs have exploded (excuse the pun) over the last couple of years and now you can even find CBD bath bombs for sale. But your excitement may fizzle when you realize a single CBD bath bomb can cost you $12 to 15 or more, which can add up quickly if you enjoy these often. Plus, how do you know what’s really in a CBD bath bomb, and how much CBD you’re getting? Luckily, it’s inexpensive and easy to make your own CBD bath bombs to enjoy any time you like (or give as gifts), plus you get the added benefit of choosing to add the scents and colors that are most pleasing to you.
Why Use a CBD Bath Bomb?
Self-care has become the buzzword of the year, and nothing is as affordably indulgent as a long, hot, fizzy soak in your own bathtub. In our busy rush-and-bustle world, more and more people are taking time to slow their pace with a soothing and steamy bath. Steam can refresh your skin and you’re your sinuses, while the hot water benefits circulation and sore joints and fascia. Plus, bath bombs are just good fun! Who didn’t love splashing around in a bubble bath as a kid? These colorful, effervescent shapes delight the senses as they spin and froth and release all their wonderful scents and hidden treasures.
Why Put CBD in a Bath Bomb?
CBD oil is an ideal companion to a soothing bath. As far as how to enjoy a CBD bath bomb, nothing could be easier. Just run the tap to your desired temperature and depth, ease in and relax, and drop in a CBD bath bomb. Settle in and soak for at least a half-hour, for maximum absorption benefit.
What Kind of Materials Do You Need?
To make your own CBD bath bombs, you just need a few supplies and ingredients. Besides a couple of bowls, measuring tools, and a spoon or wooden spatula for mixing (or your hands), you’ll also need a set of bath bomb molds. These are readily available at craft stores and on Amazon, and while the sphere is the most common choice, there are many other shapes you can find. You can get a whole set of spherical molds for about $7 on Amazon.
Additionally, you’ll need your fizzing elements, such as baking soda and citric acid, and your bath bomb elements like corn starch, salt, and witch hazel (or water). Then, of course, you’ll want your therapeutic ingredients, such as NuLeaf Naturals pure, full spectrum CBD oil and whatever skin-friendly essential oils you prefer. It’s a good idea to also have carrier oil on hand (such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, hemp oil, sweet almond oil, or even olive oil), especially if you’re using a smaller amount of CBD oil.
How to Make a CBD Bath Bomb
You’ll find tons of bath bomb recipes online, and it’s easy to alter the recipe to include CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals. Here are two bath bomb recipes we like. In either recipe, you’ll simply substitute CBD oil for some of the oil in the recipe. How much CBD should you use? That depends on your personal preferences for dosing. Most bath bomb recipes call for about two tablespoons of oil, so you can use up to this much in your bath bomb recipe. Since the recipe makes several bath bombs (the exact number will depend on the size of the mold you’re using), this is a very affordable way to treat yourself to a CBD bath bomb any time you like. Click here to buy CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals now.
What to Look for When Buying CBD in a Store
What do gas stations, health food stores, and pet supply shops all have in common? They are just three of the many types of retail establishments where you can easily buy CBD oil. After the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, the CBD market positively exploded with growth, and retailers across the nation have been jumping on the CBD bandwagon ever since. But buying CBD in a store may not be as easy as you think. Here are some points to consider before you make your purchase.
3 Things to Look for When Buying CBD in a Store
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
What’s in your CBD oil? Perhaps just as important is the question, what’s assuredly not in your CBD? An undercover reporter in Miami purchased several bottles of CBD oil across the city and tested the bottles, revealing the fact that many actually contained no CBD whatsoever. An even greater number contained less than what was promised according to the bottle packaging. The federal legalization of industrial hemp is still new, and the FDA is working on creating uniform standards with regards to packaging and marketing processes, but that type of regulation is nowhere near complete. Which means maverick companies and fly-by-night CBD producers can be putting out some pretty shady product right now. It’s up to consumers to do their research and get educated about CBD in order to ensure they’re buying a quality product that’s free from contaminants and fillers.
Not All CBDs Are Created Equal
You’ll want to ensure you’re buying from a reputable, established manufacturer of CBD oil. Choose a full-spectrum oil, which contains a wider range of beneficial components, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils from the cannabis plant. Products that say “hemp oil” is made from hemp seeds and do not contain any cannabinoids that are found in abundance in pure CBD oil. Full spectrum CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant’s flowers, leaves, stems, stalks, and more, giving you a more robust oil with the benefits of the famed CBD “entourage effect.”
More reputable CBD manufacturers are providing consumers with easy access to their most current lab-verified results. Independent lab testing is not yet required of CBD manufacturers, which means the companies who are already doing this kind of rigorous testing are incurring great expense to ensure their product is of high quality, free from mold and other toxins, and is below the federally legal threshold of 0.3% THC. Here is an example of lab-verified results from NuLeaf Naturals. Companies who provide this information to the public usually do so with a QR code printed on the package itself, or on the company’s website.
Advantages to Buying CBD Online
It may seem easier to buy CBD in a store than online, but consider this:
You are limited to only choosing from the brands carried by that retail location
Some states have stricter regulations as compared to the federal regulations, which means you can often get better CBD shipped to you
It takes more time to research a CBD company on your phone while in the store
Some stores carry somewhat “gimmicky” products that contain very little CBD, such as lotions, salves, skin care products, shampoos, etc. It can be hard to tell if what you’re buying is quality or not.
Don’t be tempted to select based on price alone – you want to choose a quality product, not just pick up the cheapest one you can find, which may contain very little CBD or be of a poor quality.