Hemp Seed Oil v CBD Oil | Differences and Benefits

August 18, 2020

Many inaccurately believe hemp products will get you high. Many more don't understand the difference between the two distinct hemp oil by-products. CBD hemp oil, for instance, is 'extracted' from the flower and leaves, while hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the grain. The seeds, unlike the flower and foliage, do not contain large concentrations of CBD yet they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), gamma-linolenic acid, and other nutritional antioxidants. Hemp seed are also high in B vitamins and vitamin D.

Hemp seeds are technically an achene, or nut, and have been used as a food and medicine in China for at least 3,000 years. The therapeutic effects of cannabis were known too among the ancients. In 2700 BC, Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung used a cannabis-infused tea to aid with a variety of ailments including memory, malaria, rheumatism, and gout. More recently, Queen Victoria is believed to have used CBD to alleviate menstrual cramps. The science of cannabis was illuminated further when in 1942 an American chemist, Roger Adams, isolated the first cannabinoid: Cannabidiol (CBD). Adams' research is also responsible for the discovery of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).


Although hemp seed oil and CBD oil both became legal when the 2018 Farm Bill passed, any hemp farmer can tell you that growing hemp for grain and flower is as differently as growing corn and tomatoes. Growing hemp for seeds is much like growing corn -- densely in vast fields. At harvest time a dual-headed harvester will top off the heads of the 6 to 10 foot tall plants which are loaded with bb-sized hemp seeds.


In comparison, cannabis plants grown for CBD extraction are grown more like tomatoes. Each plant is spaced permitting it to grow like a bush in order to increase its yield. Every percentage point of CBD, in ratio to the harvest's biomass, maximizes the farmer's earnings; but if regulators detect THC levels above .3%, by law, that crop is considered to be marijuana and the state is obligated to destroy it. Many activist in the hemp industry are trying to increase the allowable THC limit to a 1% threshold, which would greatly reduce the farmer's liability.

Furthermore, additional hemp seed oil benefits include possessing all of the essential amino acids. Hemp seed oil has surprisingly high levels of the amino acid arginine, a metabolic precursor for the production of nitric oxide (NO), a molecule now recognized as a pivotal signaling messenger in the cardiovascular system that participates in the control of hemostasis, fibrinolysis, platelet and leukocyte interactions with the arterial wall, regulation of vascular tone, proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, and homeostasis of blood pressure. In other words, hemp seed oil is the best lubricant for a healthy heart.

Even though the high level of PUFA in hemp seed oil is great for health, it's a considerable drawback for deep frying, not only because there is an increased risk of peroxide and trans fat formation, but also because hemp seed oil has a relatively low flash point and will burn well once it is ignited. Also, the shelf life of hemp seed oil tends to be rather short, because this high level of unsaturation allows for rapid oxidation with atmospheric oxygen. Ideally, as a food, hemp seed oil is cold pressed from fresh, clean, good-quality seed and then stored in a cool, dark place before, during, and after processing.

Whereas hemp seed oil impacts your health with similar benefits that walnuts and fish have, CBD oil, on the other hand , act as ligands, meaning they dock onto the binding site of a protein and have the ability to modulate a receptor’s behavior. This network of receptors throughout the body is called the endocannabinoid system; and its' nourishment is essential to your well being. Dr Axe notes that “CBD1 receptors are widely distributed, but are particularly abundant in areas of the brain, including those concerned with movement, coordination, pain and sensory perception, emotion, memory, cognition, autonomic and endocrine functions, while CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and they seem to reduce inflammation and certain kinds of pain.”

We've made it easy for our customers to enjoy the benefits of hemp seed oil everyday. We add domestic hulled hemp seeds and oil to both our farm to table sauces: Hemp Hottie Sauce and Hemp Honey BBQ Sauce. In addition to our delicious sauces, we offer three portion-sized hemp seed cups: hulled, oil and toasted. These cups are ideal for topping salads, adding to smoothies or dumping into stir-frys. Please visit our store to place an order today!

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Hemp Seed Effects and Benefits

When manufacturers add hemp seed oil to nutritional products — such as snack bars, breads, cookies, yogurt and sauces — it provides an excellent source of nutrients. Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).

Hemp seed oil also has several possible benefits, including:

  • relieving constipation
  • providing cardiovascular health benefits
  • modifying the immune system
  • improving skin conditions
  • improving gastrointestinal conditions

Some other possible benefits of hemp seed oil include:

  • anticancer effects
  • antioxidant effects
  • anti-aging effects

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  5. https://medium.com/cbd-origin/the-history-of-cbd-a-brief-overview-68545c05ccc9#:~:text=The%20Early%20Discovery%20of%20Cannabinoids&text=Cahn%20reported%20the%20partial%20structure,cannabinoid%2C%20Cannabidiol%20(CBD).
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