Posted on January 27 2020
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil? Is full spectrum oil and broad spectrum oil the same? There are a long list of buzz words surrounding the hemp industry, and the list just keeps growing. But what do all of these terms mean? The purpose of this blog post is to try and explain the meaning of some of the most widely used terms.
Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate
1. Full Spectrum - Full Spectrum products are those that contain all phytochemicals that occur in the plant naturally. This means that the product should contain CBD, terpenes, essential oils, and all other 113 cannabinoids, including THC. Studies have shown that terpenes and cannabinoids work together to amplify the benefits of each individual cannabinoid.
The amount of THC found in hemp is less than .03%, but it is important to remember that even a trace amount of THC can show up on a drug screening. It is also important to note that, while hemp does contain trace amounts of THC, the amount of THC is not enough to cause psychoactive effects like those associated with consuming marijuana.
2. Broad Spectrum - Basically, broad spectrum products fall in between full spectrum and CBD isolate. Broad spectrum products contain all of the phytochemicals that would be found in full spectrum products, except for the THC. The THC is completely removed after the inital extraction of the oil. It is believed that an "entourage effect" is still achieved with broad spectrum products since all cannabinoids and terpens, minus the THC, remain intact.
3. CBD Isolate - When CBD is extracted from hemp oil and removed from all other ingredients, you are left with CBD isolate. Isolates are usually 99% pure. This means that in every gram of isolate, there is approximately 990mg of CBD.
While there isn't any entourage effect, there can be benefits experienced solely from the effects of cannabidiol.
Hemp Seed Oil vs. Hemp Oil
A few months ago I was in the check out line at a local well-known store. I happened to glance over and see a large bottle of "Hemp Oil" on the shelf. The label on it showed an incredibly high mg amoung of "hemp oil", and the price was unbelievably low. I picked up the bottle and turned it around to read the ingredients list. No where did it list cannabidiol as an ingredient, but it did list "hemp seed oil".
This is one of the problems that occurs in an industry that isn't regulated, and the result is that people end up getting taken advantatge of. Someone could injest an entire bottle of hemp seed oil and not experience anything other than stomach issues. Hemp seed oil does have potential benefits. It is high in essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals. Hemp seed oil has also been found to have positive effects on skin, specifically when used to reduce wrinkles and address acne.
However, someone who has arthritis, back pain etc, hemp seed oil isn't going to be very effective, and may not be effective at all. Hemp oil is the oil that is extracted from the entire hemp plant, from the roots to the top. Where as hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds only.
With the lack of regulation, how can you be sure that you get what you pay for?
1. Read the ingredients list on the back of the package.
2. Ask questions.
3. Buy your hemp products from CBD stores specifically, this will increase your chances in buying quality products.
4. Ask to see lab test results for products.
5. Do your own research. Make sure that the websites you get your information from seem reputable.
6. Remember, the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Hopefully this blog post will help you to be a more informed consumer, and navigate the hemp industry and it's products a little bit easier.