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Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product for medicinal use. Called Epidolex, it is used to treat a rare form of epilepsy that primarily affects children. However, that doesn’t mean there ample studies pointing towards its efficacy in support the body in other ways. A study in the European Journal of Pain, based on animal subjects, showed CBD reduced pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. And a survey of 5,000 people conducted by the Bright field Group found more than 60% of CBD users had taken it to relieve anxiety.

However, because marijuana and THC are not legal in many places, most CBD products on the market are extracted from hemp. Sometimes, companies use the term hemp oil to refer to their CBD oil product because of advertising restrictions.

The difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil is somewhat similar to the difference between hemp and marijuana, which are also commonly confused. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most well-known and powerful cannabinoids found in cannabis. But they occur in different concentrations in different varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp is Cannabis Sativa, while marijuana is from Cannabis Indica. Hemp contains almost no THC (the compound in marijuana that gets you “high”), usually less than 0.3%. Marijuana, on the other hand, can contain up to 30% THC. Both Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica contain CBD.


In addition to providing several vital nutrients in one convenient package, hemp seeds, and the oil derived from them, may provide benefits such as encouraging a healthy blood pressure and taming certain skin conditions, such as eczema. In part, this is because of the positive effect of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids, in which hemp seeds are rich. These “healthy fats” are crucial for a range of bodily functions, including cardiovascular and neurological wellness and healthy skin and hair.

Hempseed oil is derived solely from the seeds of the hemp plant. It is created by cold-pressing seeds to extract the oil. It may contain trace amounts of CBD or THC, but the amount, if any, is so minute it does not have any effect.

Hemp seeds, technically a nut, are similar to flax seeds or chia seeds and pack a powerful nutritional punch. Specifically, hemp seeds contain fiber; protein; vitamin E; minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc; and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well asgamma-linolenic acid. These seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, making their oil ideal for use as a salad dressing or mixed into cereal or a smoothie. They have been a part of Chinese medicine and cooking for 3,000 years or more.

This is because different parts of the plant contain different concentrations of CBD. The leaves and flowers have a high concentration of CBD, while the seeds have virtually none.

Like fatty acids, CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which may help relieve the tension that many people carry from stress and promote recovery from exercise.

The comprehensive nutrient profile of hemp seed oil means that it may also be good for the heart. However, much of the information that is currently available comes from older studies or research that uses animal models.

There is very little risk of intoxication from hemp oil as all forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of hemp. The authors of a study in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research note that food-grain strains of hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that causes the so-called “high” of marijuana.

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Share on Pinterest Hemp oil contains fatty acids that can benefit skin health.

Although these initial results look promising, scientists need to carry out studies in humans to confirm the benefits of this oil.

Many people use hemp or CBD oil as a form of natural pain relief, especially if the pain is a result of inflammation.

A 2014 study looking at the lipid profile of hemp seed oil found that it is rich in healthful oils and fatty acids.