Basic CBD & hemp questions
What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol—a derivative of the hemp plant, extracted and pressed into an essential oil.
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, which means that it’s one of the active ingredients in cannabis. However, CBD differs from the other major active ingredient, THC, as it has zero effect on your perception and cognitive functioning. In other words, it doesn’t get you or your dog high!
CBD is now becoming recognized worldwide as a safe and side-effect-free natural remedy. Many studies on the consumption of CBD oil have found no ill-effects or addictive properties.
While dogs cannot overdose on CBD, some CBD products may contain THC. Make sure any dog-specific products contain less than 0.3% THC, like the ones in our 2023 best CBD oil for dogs.
What is Hemp Seed oil?
Like CBD, hemp seed oil is derived, not surprisingly, from the hemp plant. The difference with hemp seed oil being that it is not a cannabinoid, which means that it contains no active CBD or THC. Those properties are only found in the cannabis flower, and to some extent, the leaf.
As a pressed seed with a distinctive, nutty flavor, hemp seed oil has enjoyed a longer and wider reputation than CBD as a medicinal and cooking product. You can use hemp seed oil as a salad dressing, a skin supplement, or an antioxidant supplement. It might help to think of hemp seed oil as a more luxurious version of sunflower oil!
Note: things can get confusing when people refer to CBD and other cannabinoid oils as ‘hemp oil.’
Because all of these oils derive in some way or another from the hemp plant, calling them all hemp oil does seem reasonable. Because of this, however, ensure that you check carefully before purchasing any hemp oil product to ensure that it is indeed hemp seed oil, if that is in fact what you’re looking for.
Are we talking about marijuana here?
No—but kind of! Hemp plants are indeed a variety of the cannabis plant but are not bred to maximize yields of the marijuana flower. Instead, hemp is grown for all sorts of reasons, including clothing and paper, as well as health uses.
That said, with the rise of the legal cannabis industry, many growers who would have once solely focused on THC products, are now developing plant strains designed specifically for the creation of CBD oil and supplements.