Navigating the world of cannabis and hemp is not easy! Be patient with yourself, as a lot of words get thrown around that have different meanings to different people. It's important for you to know the different hemp products that are available - that way you can decide what is best for you!
We have talked a bit about the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana. Now, let’s talk about the difference in 'plain' hemp-seed oil (what you will find refrigerated at the health food or grocery store) versus CBD-rich hemp oil. At That's Natural, our CBD-rich hemp oil is made from the leaves and stems of the hemp plant - making it very high in phytocannabinoids (also called cannabinoids). Cannabidiol, or CBD, is just one of over 85 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Hemp seed oil, the extracted oil from the seeds of hemp, has long been used for the production of lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other topical products. When hemp seeds are crushed, the oil is gathered and used for these types of products. You can find hemp lotions and other hemp-based beauty products at many stores, all across the country. Hemp seed oil is very high in omega-fatty-acids - which have different health benefits than phytocannabinoids.
Much of hemp production is still done outside of the United States. However, thanks to smart agricultural policy, there are now 19 States in the United States (including Colorado) that can produce hemp, and as always, people in all 50 States of the Union can buy and sell hemp-based products (which includes CBD oil that is produced from hemp).
Be sure and consider these four important questions when seeking out a high-quality CBD-rich hemp oil product.