Hemp CBD 101: What is Hemp CBD?

Hemp CBD 101: What is Hemp CBD?

June 12, 2019

Hemp CBD 101: What is Hemp CBD?

There's a lot of buzz these days about hemp CBD and the benefits it can bring. But, what is hemp CBD exactly? Read on to find out.

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Do you live in a state that allows no legal access to marijuana or any product derived from it?

Or perhaps you're seeking relief for pain, but have a negative reaction to marijuana. You're not alone.

Whether the law or your own body prevents you from access to marijuana, you do have another option: hemp CBD.

You might be wondering, "What is hemp CBD? And will it work for me?" We'll tackle one question at a time.

What Is Hemp CBD?

First, let's take a look at what CBD is.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. It occurs naturally in cannabis sativa plants. 

When many people hear the term cannabis sativa plant, they immediately think of marijuana. And they'd be right in doing so. 

But hemp is also a cannabis sativa plant. It is, therefore, in the same family as marijuana.

The big difference is that unlike marijuana, hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol. More commonly known as THC, it is also a cannabinoid. But it is a psychoactive cannabinoid.

CBD, on the other hand, does not cause a high. 

But it has powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This has made it very interesting to researchers, doctors, and patients who are looking for relief without the potential side effects that come with THC.

Still, it can be confusing trying to figure out how all of these hemp and marijuana products are the same and how they're different.

Are Hemp Oil and CBD Hemp Oil the Same?

Even though CBD oil is derived from hemp, it is different from hemp oil. Here's how:

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, also knowns as hemp seed oil, is very much like other carrier oils such as sunflower seed or jojoba. It is simply a cold-pressed extract from seeds.

That's why it's sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil. 

When it comes to hemp seed oil, the CBD content is generally not measured because it's non-existent. Since the extraction process is restricted to the seed rather than the whole plant, there is no CBD to be extracted.

Hemp oil does have benefits though. It's high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, so it's a great skin moisturizer. It's good in a smoothie too. 

But in terms of CBD, it doesn't deliver.

CBD Hemp Oil

Meanwhile, with CBD hemp oil, it's more complicated.

There are many ways to extract CBD from hemp. Regardless of the method, once the process is complete, what's left is primarily CBD oil.

But in order for this CBD oil to be absorbed by the body, it must be further mixed with a carrier oil - such as coconut or olive. Or hemp seed!

Because it is so concentrated, CBD oil yields benefits that are quite specific to the way in which the human body's cannabidiol receptors receive it. 

CBD has become particularly popular for its anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties. Especially when compared with cannabis oil.

Which brings us to the next question:

What Is Cannabis Oil?

You've probably figured it out already.

But cannabis oil is most commonly extracted from the leaves of marijuana plants with a high THC content.

Because cannabis oil has more THC than CBD oil from hemp, it can give the user a high. As such, it's sometimes advertised as THC oil and would be available only in states where marijuana is legalized.

So for many people, THC is either illegal or just doesn't do the trick.

Ways That CBD Could Help

Many people swear by hemp CBD's medicinal uses and benefits.

Because of current federal regulations, we cannot make claims about whether CBD hemp oil can help with specific ailments. But thus far, it has helped those who struggle with pain, anxiety, discomfort and even seizures.

But for the people CBD has helped, it's a low-risk, high-reward medicine that has virtually no side effects. It has similar benefits to THC in that it allows the body to relax and release tension. 

But there are no psychoactive effects so it's safe for children, pregnant and nursing women, and even pets to use.

And its full potential hasn't been uncovered yet.

How Do I Take or Consume CBD?

There are many ways to start enjoying the benefits of hemp CBD. 

Oil

CBD oil is by far the most common way people administer CBD.

That's because it has a few different applications.

For fastest absorption, taking a sublingual does under the tongue for 30-60 seconds is recommended.

But you can also apply the oil directly to the skin or mix it in some other moisturizing oil or lotion. 

Mixing oil into a smoothie, apple sauce or honey is another way to take CBD. And these are popular ways because the oil by itself can be rather strong or bitter. 

After all, it's a natural supplement that comes from a plant. 

Capsules

Capsules are another great option for ingesting hemp extract without having to experience that taste that some people find disagreeable.

They're easy to swallow with a glass of juice or water, and they have no flavor. Who says medicine has to taste bad to work? 

Topical

As we mentioned above, you can make your own topical by mixing hemp CBD into your favorite moisturizer or oil.

But you can also find a wide array of hemp CBD salves, creams, lotions, and balms in the dosage you need.   

Gummy Bears

Who doesn't like gummy bears? They're delicious. And they're not just for kids.

Gummy bears are a great way to get CBD and have a little fun too.

Are You Ready to Try Hemp CBD?

We hope that we helped answer the question of what is hemp CBD. 

If you feel that hemp CBD might help with what ails you, then why not give it a try? You've got nothing to lose. 

And no matter where you live, it's legal!

Browse our product collections today to start getting a better idea of what might work for you. 

And then get ready to take advantage of all the benefits of this "miracle medicine."