Yes, hemp oil can be good for pain. Hemp seed oil is applied topically or ingested by many people as a form of natural pain relief. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can be useful for people suffering from a variety of painful infections, autoimmune disorders or injuries.
No, CBD will not get you high because CBD is another one of the many compounds found in cannabis plants (so in both hemp and marijuana) which has no psychoactive properties.
There are different ways on how to use CBD oil. Most people take a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue, but it can be added to your smoothie, coffee (apparently it takes away the jitters) or applied topically to pain points.
Is hemp oil better than CBD oil?
The benefits of CBD oil is that it is used to treat a number of different conditions including anxiety, depression, pain and PMS, and is said to have beneficial effects on concentration, energy levels and sleep. It’s also sometimes used topically as an anti-inflammatory (but you might want to check the price before you start pouring it on your bad back – some CBD oils can cost around £140 for a small vial).
Hemp seed oil can be useful as a massage oil that can reduce pain when rubbed on sore joints.
Put simply, CBD restores homeostasis (the body’s natural balance). It works in the endocannabinoid system by activating two of its core receptors (known as CB1 and CB2), which regulate mood, temperature, cognitive function and muscle repair.
Interested? Good! We’ve actually dedicated a whole blog post for the benefits of CBD oil – check it out to learn more!
Research indicates that full-spectrum CBD, whether extracted from hemp or marijuana, may offer enhanced therapeutic benefits.
According to some wellness professionals and trustworthy health information sourced from a number of peer-reviewed studies, the entourage effect could help increase the clinical efficacy of CBD. One meta-analysis paper, published in September 2018, demonstrated that epileptic patients responded better to CBD-rich cannabis extracts that were complemented with various cannabinoids and phytonutrients.
Knowing where and how your CBD is sourced will provide major insight into potential contamination levels. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The entourage effect
For instance, in China there are few regulations enforced on the agricultural industry, leading to the production of hemp-based CBD products that tend to contain high levels of contaminants. Studies have shown that, due to the country’s mining activities, the water and soil in some regions of China are contaminated with heavy metals.
While hemp-based CBD oils are all about delivering CBD and other cannabinoids or terpenes, hemp seed oil is not. Rather than coming from the leaves and flowers of hemp, hemp seed oil comes from the hemp seeds only and contains no CBD. Because hemp seeds are high in essential fatty acids such as gamma-linolenic acid and other nutrients, hemp seed oil has its own health benefits, which are different from CBD-rich hemp oil.
CBD isolate products are those which contain only the CBD molecule, with no accompanying terpenes, THC, or other cannabinoids. For patients with certain medical conditions, or those wishing to avoid THC, CBD isolate may be preferred. The alternatives to CBD isolate would be whole-plant CBD oil, full-spectrum CBD oil, or broad-spectrum CBD oil.
Despite the identical molecular constitution of CBD sourced from hemp and CBD sourced from marijuana, there are certain factors that differentiate CBD sourced from the two plants.
The 2018 Farm Bill changed hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity, legalizing hemp federally, which made it easier for farmers to get production licenses, loans to grow hemp and federal crop insurance.
So where does CBD come in?
These days, hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, paper, insulation and biofuel. Plus, hemp seeds can be eaten raw or made into a liquid and used for baking or for beverages such as hemp milk. They can also be made into oil for shampoo, soap or body lotion.
CBD and hemp both come from cannabis sativa, the cannabis plant. Both come in many forms and have a variety of uses. Neither contains any significant amount of THC, so neither will get you high.
In short, CBD is derived from hemp.
Unlike cannabis, hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). In short, neither hemp nor CBD will get you high.
Hemp is a strain of the ‘cannabis sativa’ plant species.