Is Hemp Extract the same as Hemp Seed Oil?
The answer is no! Unfortunately, today's consumer needs more education, so here goes.
Hemp Seed Oil comes only from the dehulled seed of the industrial hemp plant. The dehulled hemp seeds are pressed to produce hemp seed oil. There is no CBD or other cannabinoids in Hemp Seed Oil. Many consumers are unaware of this and they may go to Amazon and purchase Hemp Seed Oil. After taking the oil, they do not sense an impact to their wellness and become disappointed / skeptical. Education is key for finding, purchasing and consuming the right products.
Hemp Seed Oil does contain many beneficial elements - just no CBD. There are large amounts of fatty acids and omegas (Omega 3 and 6) along with Vitamin E. The human body does not naturally create these elements, so ingesting them via foods helps improve wellness through their inherit benefits. Additionally, Hemp Seed Oil is a great ingredient used in many skincare / beauty products. It's used in anti-aging products, hair care products and carrier oils for dietary supplements.
Hemp Seed Oil is not Hemp Extract.
Hemp Extract is specifically elicited from those parts of the hemp plant known to have high levels of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids. Hemp Extract typically comes from the aerial parts of the plant - those parts which are above the ground. These parts include the stalk, steam, leaves and flower. The flower is where the largest concentarations of terpenes and cannabinoids exist.
Many times, Hemp Extract is used interchangably with full spectrum CBD oil. On the label of many CBD products, the brand will call out how much Hemp Extract exists per serving. This is not always the same amount of CBD per serving. Confused? Here's why.
Hemp Extract includes CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavanoids, omegas, fatty acids, etc. So, 30mg of Hemp Extract per serving, may equate to only 20mg of CBD per serving. The more full spectrum the oil, the bigger the difference between Hemp Extract and CBD mgs per serving size.
Hemp Extract is used in tinctures, sprays, capsules, gummies, etc.
For more information on CBD Carrier Oils, please take a look at this BE WELL Blog post: