Hemp Extract Vs. CBD: What’s The Difference?

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In an unregulated market awash with Hemp and CBD products, how do you know what you are buying? We take a closer look at Hemp Extract Vs. CBD below. 


What is Hemp?

Hemp is a versatile plant that’s been farmed and cultivated for hundreds of years for both textiles and nutrition. It’s still farmed today for these same benefits. 

Hemp and marijuana originate from the same Cannabis Sativa plant. Marijuana classifies as Cannabis sativa containing more than 0.3%.THC. Hemp classifies as Cannabis sativa containing less than 0.3% THC. It has so little THC; it is legally classified as non-intoxicating.


Hemp Extract Vs. CBD: What’s the difference?

Hemp oil is extracted from hemp seeds. It’s used as salad dressing, or to cook with. It has excellent nutritional benefits and 40% less saturated fat than olive oil. It’s also used in beauty products as it’s moisturizing and kind to irritated skin.

Cannabidiol is also known as CBD. It is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stems of Hemp. Its oil is used to create many CBD products that are widely used for treating pain, helping relieve stress, and to manage anxiety. It’s also available in topical creams and balms as it has anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin.

Both hemp extract and CBD oils can be safely ingested. However, if you are taking medication, please check with your doctor before trying either


Hemp Extract Vs. CBD: Why does CBD Cost More?

Extracting oil from Hemp seeds is a straightforward process. It is a similar process to other plant oil extractions.  

CBD oil is complicated to extract from the main body of the plant. It requires expertise and specialized equipment. It has a multi-step process to extract the CBD oil and is batch tested to ensure the THC content is below 0.3%.


Hemp Extract Vs. CBD: Are They Legal?

Yes, both Hemp Extract and CBD are legal. In 2018 the US passed the Farm Bill. In this Bill, the legal distinction between hemp and marijuana was outlined. Hemp must have less than 0.3% THC. Anything above 0.3% pushes it into the category of marijuana in the eyes of the law. 

Hemp Extract, more commonly known as hemp oil, has been available to buy for decades. It is classified as an essential oil with 0% THC. It is also available as a dry hemp protein powder. Both are produced from the seed of the plant.


Will Hemp Extract or CBD Oil make me High?

Neither Hemp Extract nor CBD Oil will make you ‘high.’ Hemp seeds do not contain any THC, and CBD does not have enough THC to get people’ high’. You’ve probably heard anecdotal evidence that CBD caused someone to feel intoxicated or ‘high.’ This is usually caused by purchasing unknown products. 


Hemp Extract Vs. CBD: How do I know what I’m Buying?

Hemp Oil is available in the oil section of your grocery store, health food store, or your local pharmacy. 

If you go into any store, you will probably see rows of CBD products in small tincture bottles with a cannabis leaf displayed on the front. Before you think of buying, check out what’s on the back of the bottle. Is there information you can check online? What is the THC percentage? If it cannot provide you with this necessary information, you should not buy it. 

Consumer Studies have shown that unknown products had THC levels as low as 0% but, worryingly, as high as 10%. They often had little or no information on the packaging to tell you about the oil itself. Unsuspecting people take these ‘oils’ claiming to be CBD and suffer adverse side effects, both medical and legal. 

If you have more than 0.3% THC in your system when tested, you will fail a drug test. High levels of THC may also interact with certain medications. In an unregulated market, knowing your product source is essential. 

All products on our site are tested by a third-party laboratory, with test results uploaded to the unique packaging details of each product we ship. Testing is conducted on a per-batch basis to ensure quality and efficacy.


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