What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp Uses, Benefits and FAQ

Hemp oil is relatively new and has a ton of great benefits. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of confusion about hemp oil, marijuana and CBD oil.

Read on to learn more about what hemp oil is, how hemp oil can help you, and if its safe.

The Hemp Plant

Hemp refers to the industrial, non-drug variant that is cultivated for its fiber, hurd, and seeds. Hemp includes all varieties of Cannabis that contain negligible amounts of THC. THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for the “high” feeling typically associated with marijuana. The Cannabis family has several different breeds, yet it is most infamously known for marijuana, aka weed or pot. This is one of the main reasons people confuse the term hemp with marijuana.

Uses of Hemp

We mentioned that the industrial version of hemp is cultivated for several of its components. While there are many uses for the hurd and fiber, we’ll be focusing more on the seeds, as this is where hemp oil comes from.

Hemp Seeds – Hemp Oil and More

Hemp seed oil is commercially made by pressing hemp seeds to extract their oil. It can also be harvested from the stalks and flowers of the cannabis plant. Hemp seeds offer a ton of great health benefits. Hemp seed oil is an easy way to incorporate hemp into your diet. 

Hemp seeds are ideal for oil production because they contain a tremendous amount of healthy polyunsaturated fats, including an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids that protect your cardiovascular system.

Hemp oil can vary depending on which part of the plant it’s made from. One of the most important differences between hemp oils are the levels of CBD (Cannabidiol) content. Read on to learn more.

Common Benefits and Uses of Hemp

  • Prevents heart attacks
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Aids in digestion
  • Complete protein
  • Reduces the symptoms of PMS and Menopause
  • Helps memory and anxiety
  • Helps maintain healthy teeth and bones
  • Helps with pain
  • Reduces the effects of epilepsy

 

More About Hemp Oil

Hemp vs CBD vs Weed

Distinguishing between THC, hemp and CBD can be confusing. There are many variations of Cannabis, all of which have different amounts of THC and CBD. Over the past few decades, THC levels have become higher and higher through the breeding process. However, within the past decade, researchers have become increasingly interested in the medical benefits of another compound found in Cannabis plants, known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, but is being used more and more for an array of benefits.

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Hemp Oil

Hemp oil made from the stalk of the plant typically contains higher levels of CBD. Hemp seed oil is made from compressed seeds and typically contains negligent levels of CBD. Neither of these products contain THC levels above .3%.

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CBD Oil

In states where cannabis is legal, CBD oil can be made from Cannabis sativa or hemp and is made from the whole plant, including the flowering portion. This means that there will be higher levels of THC. In states where cannabis is illegal, CBD oil must be made from hemp, which means the stalks of the hemp plant.

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Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil can contain both CBD and THC. The clear drawback of cannabis oil is that it cannot be purchased outside of a state that has not legalized the sale of cannabis. Cannabis oil can also contain higher amounts of THC, which could be problematic for those not looking for the psychoactive effects of cannabis oil.

Hemp Oil Safety – What You Need To Know

Because it takes a significantly larger amount of hemp stalks to produce hemp oil, there is an increased risk of contamination of toxins contained within the plant. This is because hemp tends to pull higher levels of toxins from the soil it grows in. Many hemp oils are also known to lack the full spectrum of terpenes and other cannabinoids that are believed to act synergistically with the CBD, meaning that consumers receive less of a benefit. With that said, there are some brands that test rigorously to make sure that the CBD content, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, are up to par.

When shopping for Hemp Oil and CBD Oil, see if the manufacturer offers an analysis of the product. If so, this is often a good sign that they’re doing everything they can to provide the highest quality product.

Hemp Oil Side Effects

Though very rare, some people report side effects when using hemp oil. These side effects include low blood pressure, dry mouth, slowed thoughts, lightheadedness, and sedation. Animal studies have not found any toxicity issues with using CBD. In fact, a study in 2006 found that “the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range.” As always, because there aren’t long-term safety studies, you should always check with your health care provider before starting hemp oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

What You Need To Know

Is Hemp Oil Safe?

Because it takes a significantly larger amount of hemp stalks to produce hemp oil, there is an increased risk of contamination of toxins contained within the plant. This is because hemp tends to pull higher levels of toxins from the soil it grows in. Many hemp oils are also known to lack the full spectrum of terpenes and other cannabinoids that are believed to act synergistically with the CBD, meaning that consumers receive less of a benefit. With that said, there are some brands that test rigorously to make sure that the CBD content, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, are up to par.

When shopping for Hemp Oil and CBD Oil, see if the manufacturer offers an analysis of the product. If so, this is often a good sign that they're doing everything they can to provide the highest quality product. 

Is Hemp Oil The Same Cannabis?

No. Both are made from the same plant, but hemp oil is normally pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant or extracted from the stalks. The flowers of the plant are not used in the hemp oil process. Cannabis oil uses the flowers of the Cannabis plant, thus resulting in higher levels of THC. 

 

Is Hemp Oil Legal?

Hemp oil is completely legal for sale, so there's no need to get a medical marijuana card or move to a state where marijuana is legal. Hemp is grown completely differently, and sale of its oil is legal in all 50 states.

 

 

What are the side effects of Hemp Oil?

Though very rare, some people report side effects when using hemp oil. These side effects include low blood pressure, dry mouth, slowed thoughts, lightheadedness, and sedation. Animal studies have not found any toxicity issues with using CBD. In fact, a study in 2006 found that "the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range." As always, because there aren't long-term safety studies, you should always check with your health care provider before starting hemp oil.

Will I Get High?

No. Hemp products are tested for THC. All properly tested hemp and CBD products, including hemp oil and CBD oil, have less than .3% THC, which cannot make your high. 

Is Hemp Oil Weed?

No. While they are both part of the Cannabis family, Hemp and Marijuana are very different. Learn more here.