CBD Hemp Oil Benefits For You
If you are new to the CBD market and CBD hemp oil, you may be overwhelmed by the large number of different CBD products available to you. Especially when it comes to the extensive range of CBD hemp oils currently being offered to customers.
Many people seeking to take advantage of CBD’s beneficial and therapeutic properties may be wondering which oil is the right one for them. What are the similarities and differences between all of these different oils?
While many people use the terms ‘CBD oil’ and ‘hemp oil’ interchangeably, they actually refer to different types of cannabis-derived oils.
CBD oil refers to oil that has been infused with CBD.
CBD is usually extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers (buds) of the hemp plant since they have a higher CBD content than the rest of the plant. However, most high-quality CBD oils are actually derived from cannabis sativa plants high in CBD, not hemp plants.
‘Hemp oil’ is a term that can refer to either hemp seed oil, an oil pressed directly from the seeds of the hemp plant, or to full-spectrum oils, whole-plant extracts that contain more than just CBD.
Hemp seed oil contains a rich mixture of nutrients, fatty acids, and beneficial bioactive compounds. Because of this, it is commonly added to a variety of health products in order to improve their overall nutritional and therapeutic value.
While hemp seed extracts certainly provide beneficial effects, they pale in comparison to the therapeutic value offered by CBD.
Full-spectrum oils are whole-plant extracts that contain CBD as well as a range of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and other plant matter. For example, full-spectrum CBD can usually be expected to also contain cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC.
Full-spectrum oils take advantage of the entourage effect to work synergistically with other cannabis compounds in order to potentially produce more potent effects than isolated CBD. By comparison, CBD oils produced using CBD isolate should contain nothing but pure CBD and a carrier oil (MCT, hemp seed, etc.).
CBD vs Hemp Oil Benefits
Thanks to hemp CBD’s recent explosion in popularity, many people are now aware of its amazing therapeutic properties.
However, many are not aware that CBD hemp oil also has numerous health benefits. While many of their health properties are similar, there are also some differences worth noting.
Here are the benefits of Hemp CBD oil broken down individually.
The Health Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD oil has been shown to have numerous therapeutic benefits that may help in the treatment of several physical and psychological conditions. CBD is believed to help mitigate both physical and psychological pain.
CBD has been shown to be effective in the treatment of various types of anxiety, and may even be helpful in treating certain symptoms of depression. A recent 2019 review of clinical and animal studies found that CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects don’t just help during the daytime, but may also help to treat insomnia at night.
Moreover, research shows that CBD is effective in minimizing inflammatory and neuropathic pain. By interacting with protein cell receptors in the body, CBD alleviates inflammation at its source and prevents it from causing pain.
Similarly, CBD is able to regulate the release of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that causes neuropathic pain, dulling any pain it may cause in the process.
Due to the added benefits of the previously mentioned entourage effect, your CBD oil may be more effective for therapeutic purposes if it is of the broad-spectrum or full-spectrum variety.
Because they are loaded with more cannabis compounds (terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, etc.) than regular oils full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oils may be more effective in the treatment of certain symptoms or conditions.
How Hemp Oil Benefits Your Health
Generally speaking, hemp oil contains no CBD and has less therapeutic potential than CBD.
However, it does contain beneficial compounds like antioxidants, vitamins, and polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3’s and omega-6’s. Because of this, hemp oil may still be able to treat some of the same conditions as CBD including inflammation and skin conditions.
There are numerous hemp oil benefits for skin that has resulted in hemp oil being added to a variety of beauty and skin-care products.
A 2005 study found that dietary hemp oil containing omega-3’s and omega-6’s could help with the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema. According to the study, the application of hemp oil caused compelling changes in the fatty acid profile of the skin, improving the symptoms of dermatitis as a result.
Moreover, hemp oil moderates oil production on the skin and moisturizes without clogging pores. When combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, this may mean that hemp oil could help treat or even prevent acne.
Because of hemp oil’s effects on inflammation, there may also be hemp oil benefits for pain. A 2011 study proposes that adding omega-3’s (like those found in hemp oil) to your diet can reduce inflammation.
Even if hemp oil’s properties are not enough to cause a significant decrease in pain, a reduction in inflammation could decrease the likelihood of diseases such as heart disease or cancer.
Additionally, hemp seed oil is also believed to help alleviate some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). A 2011 study found that some of the emotional and physical symptoms associated with PMS may potentially be related to low levels of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1).
According to the study, women who consumed 1 gram of fatty acids like those contained in hemp seed oil experienced a notable decrease in PMS symptoms. Furthermore, according to another study from 2011, the GLA found in hemp oil may protect against some of the complications of menopause.
The Benefits of Sublingual Oils
Sublingual oils are an excellent way to consume CBD or other hemp extracts. That’s because they are super simple to use, work quickly, and are easy to carry around with you wherever you go.
Best of all, sublingual oils allow you to take advantage of marijuana’s many therapeutic properties without having to inhale any potentially dangerous smoke or vapor.
When applied sublingually, oils are absorbed through membranes in the mouth (usually under the tongue and inside the cheeks). These membranes provide a direct pathway for the oil’s contents to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Through this pathway, CBD enters the system in about 20-30 minutes, although oftentimes the beginning of the first effects can be felt within just a few minutes. As such, sublingual oils work pretty quickly when compared to other smoke and vapor-free options like CBD edibles, CBD capsules, or CBD drinks.
Best of all, consuming CBD in the form of an oil or tincture can keep you from having to inhale smoke or vapor.
Despite the fact that CBD vapor is generally considered to be cleaner than smoke, it still contains a number of toxins and carcinogens that could be potentially harmful to lung health.
If you are looking to take it easy on your lungs, or just want to prioritize your personal health, consider reaching for a tincture instead of a pipe or vaporizer.
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