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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a well known product that originates from cannabis. CBD is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits but no psychoactive effects, meaning that it does not make users ‘high’. The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, pain and of course nausea, to name just a few. While there is still some controversy surrounding cannabis and products like CBD oil, the awareness around the various health benefits that CBD has to offer is growing rapidly.

CBD can be found in a number of forms, including capsules, liquid oil, salves, creams, tinctures, sublingual supplements, sprays, oils, as a paste, and in edible forms, such as CBD Gummies or sweets. You also have the option to inhale CBD oil from vapor-releasing pens, similar to the technology for e-cigarettes. The variation in the number of methods used to consume CBD Oil, means that there is a lot of controlled flexibility concerning concentration. This makes CBD Oil useful for people of all ages, for whatever personal needs.

While CBD does not have any major side effects, it is important to note that there is the possibility of side effects such as dizziness, low blood pressure, or withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability. Therefore it is extremely important to consult with your primary physician before you decide to go down the CBD route.

Many people make the mistake of assuming that CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are the same thing. In actual fact that is far from the truth. Although CBD can also come from hemp and neither of the two have psychoactive effects, CBD and Hemp Oil are derived from different parts of the plant and have different purposes.

CBD is a compound found in hemp flowers and extractors try to pull as much of it from the plant matter as they can and then purify it. Typically, extractors will select strains of the plant that are known to have higher CBD levels with the purpose of maximizing the end product. The end result is an oil that is rich in CBD and low in THC, which makes it perfect for those seeking the benefits of marijuana with none of the psychoactive effects. CBD Oil has been known to help treat epilepsy and psychological problems, act as an anti-inflammatory and even aid in cancer treatment. Because production methods vary and some producers use cannabis instead of hemp to produce the oil, there are products out there that contain both CBD and THC. However, the amount of THC in these products is strictly limited and reflects doses and concentrations permitted by pharmaceutical standards.

Hemp Oil, on the other hand, is normally derived from the seeds of the plant. The seeds contain as much as 50 percent of their weight in oil and the oil is then made by pressing the seeds, to extract the fatty oils from within. The seeds contain very little CBD, not nearly enough to take advantage of its medicinal properties and only trace amounts of THC. Unlike CBD Oil, Hemp Oil has a strong nutritional value because it is high in polyunsaturated fats like Omega 3, Omega 6 and Vitamin E. For this reason and the fact that it is low in saturated fats compared to other oils, Hemp Oil has found a spot in many people’s kitchens. It often has a nutty to grassy flavour and high-quality brands can be used for salad dressing and cooking. Also, due to its high vitamin E content, Hemp Oil can also be found in numerous health products such as soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner.

It can be concluded that there is a very important underlying difference between these two oils. CBD Oil is used for medicinal purpose while Hemp Oil is used for its nutritional value.

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