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Hemp extract, cannabidiol oil (CBD oil), marijuana plants, cannabis plants, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)... all these terms are buzz-worthy words that companies will use to market their products to a culture that has become increasingly interested in treating their bodies in a more natural, holistic manner. But, just because a product has the label, doesn’t mean it’s worth using or that it works, and it especially doesn’t mean that you, the consumer, actually has any idea of what the product is, what it does, or how it differs from any other product. We understand. It gets confusing. Which is why we’re here to help.

KULCBD is not only your one-stop-shop for the best and most innovative full spectrum CBD oil products, but we also strive to educate our consumers on all things CBD-related. We're your go-to source for factual CBD content, and we'll help you separate the truthful information about these different products from rumor and hearsay. As such, we want to help you, our customers, better understand CBD, its uses and benefits for your well-being, and the long list of vocabulary words that surround it.

KULCBD is not only your one-stop-shop for the best and most innovative full spectrum CBD oil products, but we also strive to educate our consumers on all things CBD-related. We're your go-to source for factual CBD content, and we'll help you separate the truthful information about these different products from rumor and hearsay. As such, we want to help you, our customers, better understand CBD, its uses and benefits for your well-being, and the long list of vocabulary words that surround it.

The main difference stems from how these oils are derived, and from which plants they come from.

Let’s first take a look at what each product is, and what it does.

What is CBD Oil?


CBD, i.e. cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant is one of two species of the cannabis sativa plant. For the purposes of this article, we'll refer to the species from which CBD is mainly derived as the “hemp” plant and the species by which THC is mainly derived as the “marijuana” plant.

CBD doesn't produce psychoactive effects like its cannabinoid cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient responsible for the "high" experienced by marijuana users. THC is most commonly derived directly from the marijuana plant due to high levels of THC naturally occurring in that plant. The marijuana plant contains very little CBD compared to the hemp plant, which is why CBD is traditionally extracted from the hemp plant.

CBD can be extracted in three different ways. Depending on the type of CBD oil extraction, your CBD oil may be more or less effective.

CBD isolate. This refers to CBD oil which is extracted by itself with no other terpenes, cannabinoids, fibers, compounds, or nutrients from the hemp plant included in the oil. It is purely CBD.

Broad Spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD refers to CBD oil which has been extracted with components of the whole plant (like the fibers, nutrients, and terpenes mentioned above) except THC.

Full Spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum CBD refers to CBD oil which has been extracted with components of the whole plant (like the fibers, nutrients, and terpenes mentioned above) except THC.

CBD oil in any form can have many health benefits as it interacts with our endocannabinoid system. CBD can be used both topically in lotions and balms, as well as internally to support overall health and wellness. CBD is generally safe and effective and is also generally well-tolerated with minimal to no side effects for most users. Even CBD skincare and beauty products users who have combination skin enjoy the benefits of CBD skincare, making it a go-to for people who deal with both oily and dry skin patches.

Here are some of the most popular health benefits of CBD oil.

Can promote pain relief. CBD has been used for centuries for pain relief due to its ability to support the immune system and have a calming effect on the body.

May help with feelings of anxiousness and sadness. More and more patients who suffer from sad and anxious feelings are opting for natural, holistic ways to help them relax and soothe their tensions. CBD for promoting calmness and soothing emotional distress has shown promise in lab studies. It should be noted that these results are typically experienced after using a CBD product consistently and regularly for at least one week. Although some users may experience immediate effects, it can take up to a week for the effects to be felt fully.

Can support skin health: oiliness. More recently, CBD has been added to skincare and beauty products to help support skin health, especially in conjunction with other skin-promoting ingredients like vitamin E. Because CBD is an oil, you may think it's counterproductive to use it to reduce oiliness and pore-clogging grime, but CBD is a great way to promote skin health naturally, and it all revolves around oil cleansing. Oil cleansing is based on the principle that oil dissolves oil. As such, when applied to oily areas of the skin, CBD oil can effectively dissolve excess oil and can help regulate over-producing sebaceous glands, thus reducing the amount of excess oil produced by the skin.

Can support skin health: bumps and clogged pores. With promise for good results in its ability to support skin health, studies are ongoing to develop more CBD-based skincare products. CBD’s calming properties also assist in diminishing the appearance of acne bumps that have already formed. Because CBD products can calm the skin, acne bumps that have already erupted on the face appear soothed, with redness and overall irritation often being relieved.

Can support skin health: anti-aging. CBD oil is full of vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, and proteins, which promote your skin’s overall health. CBD oil may help plump out fine lines and wrinkles, and provide hydration for your skin so that imperfections appear less visible over time. Users of CBD beauty products also report that they notice the CBD “glow,” which is known as a visual radiance restored to the skin through regular usage of the product.

What is Hemp Oil?


Hemp oil is kind of a slang term in the world of hemp and cannabis products. Hemp oil can refer to CBD oil in any extracted form as mentioned above, and it can also refer to oil that contains no CBD at all. Confused yet? Let’s straighten it out. Here are two oils that the term “hemp oil” can refer to.

CBD Oil. Hemp oil can refer to CBD oil as we've discussed above. If you aren’t sure if a product labeled “hemp oil” contains CBD, you can check the label, but that will sometimes bring even more confusion. Some companies label their CBD oil ingredient as “hemp-derived oil,” as the term “CBD” can cause issues with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Additionally, if the product does contain CBD oil, it can be difficult to determine how the oil was extracted, and how much CBD the product actually contains. At KULCBD, we think that’s pretty shady marketing, so you can always find the exact amount of full spectrum CBD our products contain right on the label.

Hempseed oil. Hemp oil can also refer to hempseed oil. Hempseed oil is essentially to hemp as olive oil is to olives, and as coconut oil is to coconuts. Hempseed oil contains zero CBD and is simply the oil produced from the cold pressing of the hemp seeds. While hempseed oil is a great cooking oil, makes a tasty condiment, and has some properties that make it desirable for certain skin and hair care products, there is never CBD in pure hempseed oil. Labeling hempseed oil as “hemp oil” is a marketing ploy that can mislead consumers into thinking they are purchasing a CBD product when the product contains nothing more than a nice cooking oil.

If you feel slightly bamboozled, it’s understandable. While there are currently no restrictions on whether or not a product that contains CBD can be labeled “hemp oil,” there are definitely some tell-tale signs you can look to help you determine whether the product you are considering actually contains CBD or not.

Price. The price of a product is a huge sign of whether or not it contains CBD. Hempseed oil is very inexpensive and usually sold in very large bottles. If you’re paying $10 for a 32 oz. bottle of “hemp oil,” chances are you’re getting an oil that does not contain CBD.

Product description. Marketing specialists use any language they can to try to dupe an unsuspecting buyer into buying an oil that does not contain CBD. As such, you can look for terms like “cold-pressed” and “unrefined.” These terms describe the extraction process for hempseed oil, not CBD oil.

The main differences between hemp oil and CBD oil are highly verbal. Both oils are derived from the hemp plant. While we are actually speaking of two different types of oil, "hempseed" and "CBD oil" have been used so interchangeably that it can now be difficult to determine if a product that is labeled “hemp oil” contains any CBD at all. There are cues that can help you determine if a hemp oil product contains CBD, and you should make yourself familiar with those terms and clues before shopping for CBD oil products. CBD oil can be beneficial to many areas and aspects of health, and the best quality CBD product will contain full spectrum CBD oil. Continual and consistent use of CBD oil and CBD oil products help provide the most benefit possible for most users.

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/what-you-need-to-know-and-what-were-working-find-out-about-products-containing-cannabis-or-cannabis

https://www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22509273/

https://hellomd.com/blogs/articles/oh-my-aging-skin-how-cbd-can-help

https://www.health.com/condition/psoriasis/cbd-for-psoriasis

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/health/hemp-vs-cbd-oil