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Label Alert: Your Hemp Oil Probably Doesn’t Contain CBD

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We don’t blame you if you haven’t made a habit of looking at the ingredients in every single one of your beauty products. But if you’ve ever used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar (RIP), True Botanicals’ Pure Radiance Oil ($110), or even just Dr. Bronner’s soap, you’ve already been using hemp oil. surprise! The truth is, hemp oil (which also goes by the names cannabis sativa seed oil or hempseed oil) has been used in beauty products right under your nose for a long time. But an increase in demand for beauty products made from cannabis sativa—like hemp-derived CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol—means some confusion has recently surfaced when it comes to knowing which ingredient is which.

So what’s the difference? Well, it boils down to the fact that hemp oil comes from the seeds of the plant, and CBD oil typically comes from the whole plant (leaves, stems, and all). But admittedly, this is made a little more complicated when you bring in the notions of full and broad-spectrum CBD (along with CBD isolate), so let’s break it down.

Hempseed (Hemp) Oil

Hemp oil usually comes unrefined from cold-pressed hemp seeds, and is CBD and THC-free.   It has been a beloved skincare ingredient for so long for its rich omega fatty acids three, six, and nine. Not only do these fatty acids hydrate the skin, but they also serve as anti-inflammatories both topically and internally.  

Hemp Seed Oil

Also called cannabis sativa oil, it contains zero percent THC and is completely void of CBD (or contains only trace amounts).

The fatty acids present in the oil even help reduce signs of aging—NBD.   When ingested, hemp oil definitely has its benefits, but keep in mind that it doesn’t have the same relaxing effect as CBD.

CBD Isolate

Isolate is just plain CBD (cannabidiol) without the bells and whistles. A lot of the time when you see “CBD” on a product label, it’s CBD isolate. Generally, isolated CBD is dissolved in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba, and that’s how it’s used; it’s fully distinct from hemp oil unless the two are mixed after being created separately. With that being said, it has fairly similar properties to hemp oil.

CBD Isolate

CBD (cannabidiol) in its purest form, isolated from other elements found in the plant it was derived from.

CBD oil has also been shown to be anti-aging—but unlike hemp oil, the crux of CBD is its antioxidant effects. CBD’s incredibly strong anti-inflammatory properties are higher than that of hemp oil—which, along with the refinement process, is why it’s more expensive. Early studies also suggest that CBD is extremely effective at regulating the skin’s sebum production, which shows that it has big potential for controlling acne, too.  

Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD

These are the other ingredients that can be marketed as CBD besides CBD isolate. If you read “-spectrum” at the end of any descriptor of hemp or CBD, it usually means that it comes with other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant—sometimes including THC (broad-spectrum CBD usually contains THC, while full-spectrum does not). Because those cannabinoids are included, you theoretically get what’s called “the entourage effect,” meaning, the other cannabinoids and terpenes work together with CBD to provide a more potent effect. Each has their own individual effect on the body, so think of it as a whole orchestra as opposed to a single violinist.

However, support for the entourage effect has been mixed.   Scientists disagree when it comes to determining whether or not the other cannabinoids matter. Continuing the musical metaphor, it could be an orchestra of people who don’t know how to play—there just isn’t enough evidence for a sweeping declaration. Regardless, broad and full-spectrum CBD formulae are usually the ones most often used in products like tinctures, CBD vapes, and soothing creams—anywhere users want the “whole-plant” effect.

So What Do I Buy?

If you’re looking for something with a robust calming effect and can swing a higher price tag ($50+), a full-spectrum CBD product is likely the best fit for you. If you want a product that’s on the more inexpensive side (<$50), plus basic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits, hemp seed oil is your best bet. And if you’re looking to reduce acne and inflammation with no other effects, you should lean towards an item with isolated CBD.

Broad-Spectrum CBD: Robust calming effect at a higher price point, derived from the “whole plant”

CBD Isolate: Treats acne and inflammation, separation from all other components of the cannabis plant makes it more pure

Hemp Seed Oil: Basic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits at a lower price tag, derived from the seed

Of course, this is all presuming that each of these CBD forms would affect you in the same way they typically affect others—but the human body is a complicated system. Always read the ingredients list before you use a product and do your due diligence when you’re trying a new brand. As always, your doctor or dermatologist is the best person to consult when it comes to finding the right form of CBD for you.

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What is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil? | Botanics

The Cannabis Sativa plant is a unique herb that has been used for centuries in everything from textiles to food to skincare. Cannabis Sativa contains around 80 cannabinoids which are active compounds, generally concentrated in the plant’s leaves. Hemp and marijuana are from the Cannabis Sativa species but due to each plant’s biological structure, they have several very distinctive and crucial differences.

What is the difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana?

Understanding the differences between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana can be confusing because marijuana and hemp come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa. The distinction is the variety of the plant. In the case of cannabis, the varieties differ in the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that they contain. THC is the psychoactive constituent responsible for the high that cannabis gives. Hemp generally contains very little THC, so it has absolutely no psychoactive effects.

What is hemp?

Hemp is a multi-purpose, multi-beneficial ingredient made from the pressed flowers, leaves, stalks and seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Often cultivated for use in everything from agriculture, to food and beauty; hemp is most commonly known for its fibrous qualities and is frequently used in the production of clothing, textiles, and paper. Hemp oil and seeds also find their way into many foods as they are a rich source of omega fatty acids and essential nutrients.

What is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil?

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is an herbaceous oil cold pressed from hemp seeds and has long been recognised for its use as a food and beauty ingredient. The use of Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil in skincare products has grown in popularity over the last few years as a result of an increasing consumer interest in using the power of plants in skincare formulations. This naturally green oil is composed of up to 90% omega fatty acids. Unlike CBD oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is mainly found in skincare products thanks to its powerful hydrating properties and abundant antioxidants.

What are the benefits of Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil?

Stress is often an inevitable part of everyday life and can affect the skin in many different ways, from accelerated the visible signs of ageing, to dehydration, to irritation, to dullness and uneven skin tone and texture. Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil tackles the signs of stressed skin, calming, soothing and reducing the appearance of redness . Like every other organ in the body, the skin has its essential needs for optimal health and beauty. The most important two ingredients that a skincare product can contain are essential fatty acids and vitamin E. In nature Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains a balanced concentration of omega 3 and omega 6.

What does Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil do for the skin?

Its highly nutritional composition means that Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil acts as a super moisturiser that intensively nourishes and regenerates sensitive and tired skin and helps to support the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It also contains properties that soothe and calm the skin, and unlike other oils, it will not clog pores, and is suitable for most skin types.

Naturally moisturises, heals and soothes

Alongside a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids, one of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which simultaneously encourages skin growth and cell renewal. This can help to calm irritation on the skin, while keeping the skin intensively nourished, plumped and moisturised.

A natural antioxidant

As a rich source of vitamin E, a powerful natural preservative and antioxidant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil helps strengthen the skin’s natural barrier so that valuable moisture remains locked-in and skin is protected against environmental stress factors.

Naturally moderates oil production

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is perfect for most skin types, intensively moisturising without clogging pores, due to its non-acnegenic structure. It can even help to balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production. Dryness can also cause the overproduction of oil in the skin, which in turn, can stimulate and aggravate skin, leaving it feeling unbalanced.

Suitable for all skin types

Calming and soothing while providing just the right amount of moisture, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is suitable for every skin type, even the most sensitive, oily or blemish prone skin.

Is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Legal?

Since Hemp is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains is completely non-psychoactive and legal.

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