Hemp is a very versatile plant, giving us almost everything we need to survive. Some of the most common hemp-derived products however, are hemp seed oil and hemp oil. Two popular substances with some similarities, and great differences too. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and discover the difference between and various uses of hemp seed oil and hemp oil:
Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is an ancient plant which has supported mankind for thousands of years. Providing strong fiber our ancestors used for clothing, ropes and sails for ships, for example. Fiber we have recently rediscovered and are starting to use more and more. For instance, to replace cotton for the production of sustainable clothing and durable Hemp Apparel. But it’s also used in the production of car interiors and houses now.
And while the oldest traces of hemp fiber were found in Asia and are believed to be over two thousand years old; the plant was and is not only used for its strong and versatile fiber. In fact, there is a lot of evidence showing hemp was widely used as a food centuries ago. While we’re now slowly getting back to basic with hemp seed (oil) as a popular superfood; and hemp-derived substances like CBD as food- and health-supplements. Our ancestors were already mixing great amounts of hemp in their diet for ages.
What is hemp seed oil?
The most common form of food made from hemp, is hemp seed oil. This is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp flower. Hemp seeds, and thus their oil, are literally loaded with healthy fatty acids, like Omega-3 and Omega-6. However, the oil from hemp seeds also contains minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium; and a healthy dose of vitamin E. As it contains everything the plant needs to grow in its first days, the small hemp seed is loaded with ‘fuel for life’, so to speak. Making it - and its oil - a popular superfood nowadays.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw and are often pealed and crushed, to mix in with yoghurts and such. Though there are hundreds of healthy snacks and other products the raw seeds are used in. The same goes for hemp seed oil. Which can be used to cook with or for dressing salads; or to infuse whatever it is you want to infuse with the healthy fats and minerals found in the hemp seed.
Though don’t expect miracle cures or heavy medicinal effects from hemp seed oil. Because although it contains healthy substances, superfood hemp seed oil is not the same as hemp oil; the health supplement taking the world by storm. Even though hemp oil might contain some hemp seed oil, both are made using different parts of the hemp plant.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, as the name suggests. Though hemp oil on the other hand comes from the whole flowers and leafs of hemp. Accordingly, hemp extracts from hemp flowers do not naturally contain the same healthy fatty acids as hemp seed oil made from seeds does. Though it does contain a variety of other healthy substances, like waxes, leaf greens, cannabinoids and terpenes.
These raw hemp extracts however, are often thick of structure. Making them difficult to work with and harder to dose. That’s why hemp extracts are often diluted using a carrier oil, like hemp seed oil, to make hemp oil. An easier-to-use and healthy food supplement, containing every healthy substance naturally present in hemp in our case. Considering we keep our CBD-rich hemp oil as close to the plant as possible, for the very best effects on your health and well-being.
After all, cannabinoids like Cannabidiol (CBD) are what makes hemp oil such a popular food supplement. As it is shown that CBD in hemp oil is able to interact with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS); to help support and balance out a variety of essential processes for our survival. Possibly providing a variety of effects which could impact your health in a positive way. Therefor it is believed that hemp oil - also known as CBD oil - might also be used to improve your overall well-being.