How is Hemp-derived CBD isolate different from hemp oil?
The term “Hemp oil” has come to be used ambiguously, in many cases referring to hemp-derived CBD oil, but most often referring to hemp seed oil, which is derived from hemp seeds and stalks and typically serves as a nutritional or protein supplement.
Hemp seed oil has very low cannabidiol (CBD) content and does not have the same healing properties associated with concentrated hemp-derived CBD oil.
Another term often used is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, which refers to the pure oil extracted from hemp, containing all of the various cannabinoids and natural compounds found in the original hemp plant. In addition, the term Phytocannabinoid Rich Extract refers to the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant.
This differs from hemp-derived CBD oil, as CBD is just one of the phytocannabinoids. The unclear terminology surrounding hemp and the resulting confusion among customers have worked to the advantage of some manufacturers and retailers, and to the disadvantage of the customer. This opacity allows these companies to exploit the knowledge gap and deliver an inferior product lacking the medicinal properties of hemp-derived CBD Oil.
By way of example, a quick search on Amazon yields 345 results for "Full Spectrum Hemp Oil", which includes both “hemp extract” products (in many cases, hemp-derived CBD products posing as full spectrum hemp oil to avoid legal scrutiny) and hemp seed oil, often marketed by companies producing much cheaper hemp seed oil and claiming to have properties attributed to CBD, thus fetching a higher price.
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