There has been a lot of confusion around cannabis/hemp, hemp oil, hempseed oil, and the chemicals CBD and THC. Let’s clarify these differences.
All of the above mentioned oils and compounds are manufactured from varieties of the Cannabis plant. Cannabis is an annual flowering plant indigenous to eastern Asia. Today it can be found all over the world due to widespread cultivation. It has been used for various reasons since ancient times including medicine, religious and spiritual activities, textile, industrial fiber, culinary oils, and skincare oils. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use.
The Cannabis plant contains more than 500 compounds, over a 100 of these compounds are called cannabinoids. Cannabinoid compounds affect the nervous system, each compound has its own specific effect. The main psychoactive compound is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Another cannabinoid compound in high concentration is called cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is not psychoactive like THC. However there is a lot of confusion around hemp oil and regulatory hurdles for CBD oils.
Let us clarify the difference. In our products we use exclusively cold pressed hemp oil from the cannabis sativa seeds. Cold pressed hemp seed oil is completely safe and does not contain any of the active ingredients above. It is widely used in skin care without regulatory hurdles. You can find hempseed oil in the supplement isle of supermarkets in the OTC section. It is know for its balanced omega fatty acid content, containing all essential fatty acids our bodies need, Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 7, Omega 9.
Cold pressed hemp oil is extracted from the seed of the cannabis sativa plant and contains no or minimal CBD. This is the type of hemp oil we use in our Mother’s Healing Balm and All Purpose Balms. It contains no CBD.