As CBD and hemp products become more widespread in New Zealand, it’s important to understand the terminology to confidently navigate the supermarket shelves!

To start with, both hemp oil and CBD oil products are derived from cannabis. This being the case, how is hemp oil and CBD oil different? It’s pretty simple: Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and CBD oil comes from other parts of the plant that are known to be high in cannabinoid content, mainly CBD. At the end of the day, this means that hemp oil has completely different properties and health benefits than CBD oil.

Let’s break it down further.

­­­­ What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is an extract from the seeds of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is the only plant used in crafting this type of hemp oil. Hemp seeds are cold pressed, peeled or unpeeled, to create a delicious nutty oil.

Does Hemp Oil Contain CBD?

There is no CBD (or THC) present in hemp oil as hemp seeds are not psychoactive. Hemp oil is legal in New Zealand and found in supermarkets, together with more common types of cold-pressed extract oil, such as olive or coconut.

Hemp oil is generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet. It is known for its nutty taste and high levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and unsaturated fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6.  It’s great in a smoothie and, like many natural oils, is wonderful for your skin. It is also used as a base for plastics (instead of petroleum) and in eco-friendly paints.

Because hemp oil contains zero CBD (cannabidiol) and none of the medicinal health benefits of CBD, the fear is that people will buy products with hemp oil and be disappointed because they were looking for the specific benefits of CBD oil.

Make sure you read product labels carefully and be aware that hemp oil might also show up on the product label as hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, virgin hemp oil, cannabis seed oil, and hemp oil.

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What is Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oils are extracts from cannabis plants. Unprocessed, they contain the same 100 or so active cannabinoids as the plants themselves, but the balance of compounds depends on the specific cannabis plants the oil comes from. The two main active substances in cannabis plants are CBD, and THC.

Oil extracted from hemp plants can contain a lot of CBD, while oil from marijuana plants will contain far more THC. THC produces the high that recreational cannabis users seek, while oils for medical use contain mostly CBD.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil is a type of cannabis oil that contains CBD, but does not contain THC.

CBD generally comes from the cannabis stalks, flowers, and leaves of hemp plants (and not the marijuana hybrids) that are extremely high in CBD and extremely low in the most well-know cannabinoid, THC. For this reason, CBD oil allows you to get all the health benefits of the hemp plant without also having the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD acts as 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 bites when used topically. When ingested, CBD can provide relief from anxiety and promotes a calm sense of well-being.

Which is Better For My Health? Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil

The take home from all of this is that both hemp oil and cbd oil are hugely beneficial for your health!

Hemp oil is a highly nutritious superfood, whilst CBD oil has medicinal properties and uses.

It is important to be a savvy consumer and to fully understand what you are buying. If you’re looking for CBD oil, make sure you’re buying a broad-spectrum hemp extract that contains beneficial cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and terpenes. If you’re looking for the nutritional superfood benefits of hemp oil, make sure that’s what you’re actually purchasing as well.