It is important for consumers to understand the different hemp products available for sale, in order to find the best and most effective product for their desired outcome.
We have talked a bit about the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana. Now, let's talk about the difference in "plain" hemp oil versus the more refined CBD oil, that is made from hemp.
Hemp oil, used in the form that extracts the 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.
CBD, standing for Cannabidiol (one of several cannabinoid compounds found in hemp) is extracted from the hemp flowers, leaves, and stalks. It is from those components of the hemp plant, that one finds extremely high levels of CBD - higher levels than in any other plant known at this point in time. The oil produced, often referred to as "CBD oil" is a super-refined product, that is most often taken orally - as a tincture of some nature.
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 the CBD oil that is garnered from hemp).
We encourage you to KNOW YOUR FARMER AND PRODUCER, know where your hemp is coming from, know how your CBD oil is being extracted (make sure they are not using dangerous solvents), and find people, companies, and organizations that you can trust.