You might be looking into getting yourself some Hemp Oil or who knows, you may already be making it yourself, especially if you own one of our Rosin Presses! Which is great, however, there is probably one big question that you want answered… Does Hemp Oil contain CBD? Well, we are here to tell you if it does and what else it contains, as well as much more about Hemp Oil! Is it good for you? What benefits does it contain? All the questions you may have about Hemp Oil will be answered for you in this article so keep on reading.
What is Hemp Oil?
Before we start to investigate what benefits you can get from Hemp Oil, let’s first understand what exactly it is. Hemp Oil, which is also known as Hemp Seed Oil, is an oil that is widely used to help with health issues, especially common skin issues. Hemp Oil is packed full of essential fatty acids, some being Omega 3 and 6, both of which help soothe the skin when it is applied topically. It also contains gamma-linolenic acid, is high in vitamins B and D, and other nutritional antioxidants.
This Oil is largely made in the same way as other seed oils, by putting the seeds through a press. So, in this case, pressing the seeds of hemp plants – the oil derives from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. People will not get high when using hemp seed oil as it contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, which is otherwise known as THC.
What is CBD?
If we are trying to find out if this oil contains CBD, it is best that we understand what CBD is too. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as cannabis or hemp. Included within the plant are over 80 chemicals, known as cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most famous ingredient in cannabis, which won’t be found in the same specific plant as CBD.
CBD is obtained from hemp, a form of the Cannabis sativa plant that only contains small amounts of THC, which eliminates the ability to get high. CBD will have slight effects on some chemicals in the brain, but these are very different than the effects of THC.
Due to these slight effects, CBD is known to help with a variation of health issues. A prescription form of CBD is used for seizure disorder (epilepsy) in certain parts of the world. CBD is also used for anxiety, pain, a muscle disorder called dystonia, Parkinson disease, Crohn disease, and lots of other conditions.
What are the Benefits of CBD?
So, now that we know CBD is a really cool compound that helps with a bunch of issues, it would be great to know what the benefits of this substance are so that we can look out for it in products…
CBD is known to have a positive effect on certain health issues but there is also more to this amazing compound, below are a list of benefits experienced from CBD that have also been scientifically proved:
Offset Anxiety and Depression – during a 2017 study in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 57 men’s anxiety levels were tested in a simulated public speaking test. Some received a placebo while others received either 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. Those who received CBD were much more relaxed during their speech however those who did not experience higher levels of stress. Also, in another study in mice revealed CBD had effects similar to the antidepressant imipramine.
Treats select Epilepsy Syndromes – In some instances, CBD can be used to treat epileptic seizures. In 2018, the FDA approved the use of CBD under the brand name Epidiolex to treat seizures resulting from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome; two rare forms of epilepsy, in patients at least 2 years old. To back this up, a study was conducted where 516 patients with these conditions were given Epidiolex or a placebo, those who received the CBD drug decreased the frequency of participants’ seizures dramatically compared to those with the placebo.
Reduce PTSD Symptoms – many tests and studies have been conducted to prove this, however one of the studies was in 2018 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11 people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received CBD along with routine psychiatric care for eight weeks in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. Ten of the 11 experienced a decrease in their PTSD symptoms. CBD was generally well tolerated.
Treat Opiod Addiction – Some studies suggest CBD could be used to help treat people who are dependent on opioids. In one such study, researchers administered CBD to people with heroin use disorder. Over the course of a week, CBD significantly reduced heroin users’ cue-induced cravings, withdrawal anxiety, resting heart rate and salivary cortisol levels. No serious adverse effects were found.
Alleviate ALS Symptoms – Research suggests people with ALS can benefit from the entourage effect created by the combination of THC and CBD, like people with PTSD. In a 2019 study, patients received a combination of THC and CBD in varying doses depending on their needs and preferences. Those with mild, moderate or severe spasticity (muscle tightness and stiffness) due to ALS reported high levels of satisfaction with the treatment, and those with moderate to severe spasticity reported higher satisfaction rates than those with mild spasticity.
Relieve Unmanageable Pain – In 2005, Canada approved the use of Sativex, a spray that is used in the lining of the mouth, with equal proportions of THC and CBD, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis-related central neuropathic pain. In 2007, Canada approved the medicine’s use again for cancer pain that proved unresponsive to other medications. Meanwhile, continued studies in the U.S. indicate CBD is effective in treating chronic, non-cancer pain.
Ease Diabetic Complications – tests on human cells found that CBD helps reduce the effects of high glucose levels on other cells in the body, which typically precedes the development of diabetes and various complications. Researchers concluded that with further studies, CBD could have significant benefits when used in patients with diabetes, diabetic complications and plaque buildup in artery walls.
Protect Against Neurological Disease – Preclinical and clinical studies show that CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Several preclinical studies suggest CBD can produce beneficial effects against Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Huntington’s disease and cerebral ischemia were also tested.
Inhibit Arthritis Symptoms – Arthritis involves the deterioration of the tissues in and around your joints. Arthritis treatment usually targets pain relief and improved joint function. A 2006 study found that Sativex – a CBD-based botanical drug approved in the United Kingdom in 2010 – promoted statistically significant improvements in quality of sleep, pain during movement and pain at rest in patients with rheumatoid arthritis when compared to a placebo. It was the first controlled trial of Sativex as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, involving 58 patients. CBD was found to have a pain-relieving effect, as well as an ability to suppress disease activity.
Some other great benefits of CBD are…
Help Improve Cancer-Related Symptoms
Could Relieve Pain
Can Benefit Healthy Skin
Help Treat Lupus
Helps Maintain Brain Health
May Work as an Antioxidant
Can Act as a Mood Enhancement
Could Benefit Heart Health
Can act as an Immunomodulator
Help Improve Blood Pressure
Reduce the Risk of Obesity
Helps Protect Against Bone Disease and Broken Bones
So, we now know that there are a huge bunch of benefits that come along with CBD, so let’s find out if it’s contained in Hemp Oil! Also, if you would like to read more about CBD oil then click here.
Does Hemp Oil Contain CBD?
To answer this question, we need to go back to how Hemp Seed Oil is made, which we went over earlier – Hemp Seeds are pressed to get the oil, the SEEDS, not the actual Hemp Plant. Due to the fact that it is only seeds we are pressing it means that it contains next to no cannabinoids such as CBD or THC.
Instead, hemp seed oil is very much what it says on the tin: an oily residue extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. This extraction is much simpler than the process for CBD oil, and just involves cold-pressing the seeds, before filtering the sediment from the resultant liquid. The filtered oil is a deep green in colour, whereas CBD oil is a golden brown.
Hemp Oil Benefits
Hemp oil is super-rich in omegas (otherwise known as good fat) and has 25 times more omegas than olive oil. It has absolutely no trans fats (and 40% less saturated fats than olive oil). Just because Hemp Oil doesn’t contain CBD, it still has a whole bunch of benefits to it such as…
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Healthier & Improved Skin
Lower Blood Pressure
Promotes Heart Health
Supports a Healthy Pregnancy
So, to conclude this article we have learned that despite Hemp Seed Oil being made from the seeds of the same plant that produces CBD, the actual Hemp Oil contains such a small amount of CBD in it that it barely counts. Despite this, there’s a whole list of reasons why Hemp Oil is still very good for you and the benefits that you will receive from taking it.
If you are looking for an oil that will provide you with the benefits that CBD gives, then we would suggest you go for a CBD Oil rather than a Hemp Oil. This is because CBD Oil is made by pressing the leaves and stalks of the actual cannabis sativa plant, which is very high in CBD and very low in THC. Preventing you from getting ‘high’ while still allowing you to experience all the wonderful benefits this beautiful plant has to offer.
If you’re interested in making your own CBD or Hemp Oil then check out our range of Nectar Rosin Presses here.
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