There’s a lot of confusion in the CBD marketplace due to inaccurate or misleading labelling resulting in one product mistakenly purchased over the other. And people not understanding what they’re buying for their furry friends.
I want to shed some light on this topic, as it’s important to know.
Something that causes a lot of confusion is not knowing the difference between CBD and hemp oil or more accurately ‘hemp seed oil’.
CBD oil and hemp seed oil are two completely different products derived from separate parts of the Cannabis Sativa plant (aka hemp plant), each with unique properties.
In a nutshell, Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is a medicinal compound with numerous health benefits, whereas hemp seed oil is a nutritional superfood.
What are the differences between Hemp Seed oil & CBD oil
Hemp seed oil
This comes specifically from the seeds of the cannabis or hemp plant, while CBD oil comes from the fruiting flowers and, to a lesser extent, the leaves and stems.
Hemp oil is significantly cheaper than CBD oil. The process of cold pressing seeds is much easier and does not require the plant to grow. Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, is a perfectly good seed oil that’s high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but, and this is the very important part, contains no CBD.
So this means it has absolutely no cannabinoids in it—not CBD, THC, or CBN or any of the other 100 compounds found in full-spectrum CBD oil. It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet or skincare products, but it has none of the powerful medical benefits of full-spectrum CBD.
First things first: CBD is not the same thing that made you cough a lot and then eat a dozen burgers in high school. Most people use the words “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana” interchangeably, but cannabis is actually the name for the family (genus) of plants. All of the plants within the cannabis family contain compounds called “phytocannabinoids” (phyto meaning “plant”– as in, a compound that occurs naturally in a plant) and there are dozens of different ones. The most well-known are THC and CBD. THC is the only one that gets you “high.”
The leaves and flowers of marijuana plants are used to make joints and edibles because they typically contain 15-20% THC. CBD oils are made from the hemp plants, which contain, at most, 0.3% THC. That’s why full-spectrum CBD oils don’t get you high.
CBD oil is much more expensive. This is because the hemp plant must mature before CBD can be extracted and there’s a lengthy process to fully extract the cannabinoids from the hemp plant.
CBD is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which reduces pain and inflammation. It’s been used for centuries to successfully provide pain relief to muscle aches, arthritis, joint pain, neuropathic conditions, headaches, and to aid skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, even sunburn and bug (flea) bites when used topically. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it provides relief from anxiety and promotes a calm sense of well-being.
So why do the two confuse so many people?
Confusion arises first and foremost because the names are often used interchangeably by retailers, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Many CBD products are made from “hemp extract oil”—and the word “extract” in there is key, because there are also products called “hemp seed oil.” Despite sounding like exactly the same thing (confusing, much?), hemp seed oil is actually totally different.
Since both are essentially wellness products, your pet won’t exactly be harmed if you accidentally purchase or give them one instead of the other; however, if you’re trying to reap the maximum benefits of CBD oil for them, hemp seed oil won’t deliver… which is a problem considering that these oils don’t come cheap.
The main problem is when hemp seed oil is bought with the expectation of seeing the benefits of CBD and then deciding that CBD “doesn’t work” when nothing could be further from the truth!
To make sure you’re not falling into any marketing traps, it’s key to check the product label. If you’re looking for the unique benefits of CBD for your pet’s ailment or well-being, make sure you’re purchasing a product that clearly states it contains it. Read labels, ask questions and know what you’re buying.
Choosing A Good Full-spectrum CBD Hemp Oil For your Pet
Make sure the product is organic. If it isn’t organic, your CBD oil contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
Full-spectrum CBD is not cheap in nature. CBD products will specify the amount of CBD in milligrams (mg). The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. Don’t price shop … make sure your CBD oil is free of additives and has a good amount of CBD. If you see a very cheap product, chances are that it doesn't contain a lot of CBD, if any.
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