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Hemp is perhaps the most versatile plant known to humankind—with more than 50,000 known uses, it’s easy to see why it’s Latin name, Cannabis Sativa, means “the useful plant.” But with such varying applications can come confusion about which parts do what.
1. Hemp Seed Oil vs. Hemp CBD Oil
One of the biggest confusions about the hemp plant’s anatomy is the difference between the oil that comes from the hemp seeds versus the flowering buds. Both secrete a resin, yet the resulting oil has vastly different properties and applications:
Hemp Seed Oil
- As the name suggests, this is the oil that gets extracted or pressed from hemp seeds.
- It’s extracted for its healthy fatty acid profile.
- Often used as a moisturizer for the skin—dramatically decreases skin dryness, plus it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process.
- NO cannabinoids (like CBD) are present in the hemp seed.
Hemp CBD Oil
- This is a product that has been extracted from the flowering buds (not from the seed) of the hemp plant for its rich cannabinoid content.
- Extractions from little trichomes in the hemp flower and buds contain rich, therapeutic CBD oils and terpenes.
- Some hemp/CBD oil contains extracts from the whole plant which would then also include the stalks, fibers, and seeds.
2. Isolate vs. Whole Plant Harvesting
Given the versatility of the hemp plant, it’s easy to see why using the whole hemp plant is so beneficial. “Whole plant” or “full spectrum” hemp describes a product which utilizes the entire hemp plant, keeping intact the full synergistic properties of its rich terpenes, secondary cannabinoids (like CBG, CBN, and CBC), and fatty acids.
Isolated hemp (“isolate”), on the other hand, describes a product that strips out any other cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids found in the trichomes of the plant except for the ‘crystals’ of CBD. The end product looks like a white powder (see image above) and does not contain any other naturally occurring parts of the plant from which it came.
We use the whole hemp plant during our CBD extraction process (rather than isolating CBD) because this means that the molecules from the entire plant remain intact and the associated health benefits get maximized.
We hope you’ve been able to take another important step along your personal journey of clarity about the hemp plant. After all, consumers are entitled to buy products that are best suited to what they’re looking for, not be confused by misinformation. There’s simply nothing quite like the confidence of knowing exactly what you’re buying, and what you’re not buying.
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