Hemp seed oil and hemp extract are processed differently.
Recently the market has seen more goods like “hemp seed oil” and other hemp products that don’t contain CBD. What specifically are the benefits of these products and how are they used?
Joy Beckerman, from HempAce International said these hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD products are completely different and have little to do with each other. “What we have here is hemp seed oil and hemp extract, which people often mistakenly call ‘hemp oil,’” she says.
Hemp seed oil and hemp extract are processed differently. Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant similar to canola, sunflower, or olive oil. Meanwhile, hemp extract, which contains CBD, is extracted from the flowering buds, resin and leaves of the hemp plant, via C02, ethanol, or industrial solvents.
Due to this confusion in which “hemp seed oil” is often mistakenly called “hemp oil,” consumers should check the label to ensure they are purchasing the correct product for their needs. If you’re looking for CBD, hemp seed oil isn’t what you want; and if you’re looking for hemp-based products for their nutritional content, then you may be disappointed in a hemp oil CBD product. Hemp extract also tends to be more expensive than hemp seed oil, so unknowing consumers may fall prey to higher price tags attached to products they’re confusing with what they actually need.
Becca Recker – for Frogsong Farm, points to the differences in growing and processing hemp-derived CBD and hemp seed oil. “You can’t get much CBD from hemp grown for seeds,” she says. “High quality CBD is extracted from the flowers of female-only plants, which have been protected from male plants to avoid pollination. This unpollinated state means the plant puts its energy into producing big, juicy, resinous flowers and in effect produces high levels of the CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes we seek in the full-spectrum CBD industry.”
Full-spectrum CBD means that in addition to CBD, the product contains all the other cannabinoids present in hemp, including CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol, and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin).
Even though hemp seed oil does not interact with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system like hemp extract does, hemp seed oil can be a beneficial addition to a healthy diet. In fact, hemp seeds contain about 80 percent polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
With its light nutty taste, hemp seed oil can also be used in lieu of vegetable oil in marinades, sauces, and dressings. Dried hemp seeds are viewed as a superfood similar to flax and chia seeds, which are a great addition to cereals, yogurts, smoothies.
Hemp seed oil can be used in household cleaning products, as well, such as laundry detergent, and as a cosmetic ingredient in personal products such as shampoo and soap. It can also be used in the manufacturing and production of plastics, paints, lubricants, and construction materials, and as a source of biodiesel fuel.
There are numerous benefits to hemp beyond hemp seed oil. In parts of Europe, for instance, industrial hemp is being used to make biodegradable plastics for car parts and packaging. The fiber could be used for paper and fabric. “Hemp grows faster and in more diverse growing conditions than most industrial crops like cotton, paper trees, and so on,” says Reckler, “making it a very promising renewable resource.”
Source – Civilized