Hemp-based ingredients thrive in the world of skincare and cosmetics, but the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil can sometimes be unclear. It is important to understand these hemp ingredients so you can better determine a formulation that meets your needs.
CBD oil and hemp seed oil are both derived from the hemp plant, but don't get them confused! Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil hold their own unique benefits for cosmetic products, but they are not interchangeable.
First let's review the hemp plant itself. Hemp is a form of cannabis with less than .3% THC and can be grown and processed legally in the United States. The hemp plant contains hundreds of valuable ingredients, including cannabinoids, terpenes, fiber, and seeds. Though all sourced from the same plant, there are various ways to grow hemp in order to increase the yield of a particular component.
Hemp plants grown for CBD vary greatly from the hemp plants grown for seed. High-CBD hemp plants grow like small bushes and are carefully monitored to ensure proper cannabinoid content is developed, which is very important when creating premium distillates, isolates, and bulk terpenes.
Hemp plants grown for hemp seeds are typically grown closer together and are planted at different times of the year. These plants grow tall and strong like bamboo, and are left to seed in large fields, then harvested and processed. The seeds can be ground, toasted, hulled, or pressed for hemp seed oil.
CBD Oil in Cosmetics
CBD oil has become increasingly popular in many products throughout the last few years, and for good reason. The term CBD oil typically refers to a full or broad spectrum distillate in a carrier oil. CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant itself, not the seeds, and boasts powerful soothing benefits for the skin when applied topically. The CBD molecule has been shown to reduce inflammation in the skin by working with our Endocannabinoid System.
CBD oil may increase the efficiency of your skincare or cosmetic product because inflammation can be the underlying cause of many common skin concerns. Products targeting blemishes, excess oil, dryness, fine lines, loss of elasticity, or even hyperpigmentation can get a helpful boost when formulated with CBD oil.
Hemp Seed Oil in Cosmetics
Hemp seed oil is well known for being non-comedogenic, which means that it does not clog pores. This makes it an ideal skincare ingredient or carrier oil. Unlike other oils, hemp seed oil is lightweight enough to be used on both the face and body and can provide optimal moisture without feeling heavy on the skin. Hemp seed oil is also rich in omega fatty acids, which have been shown to calm inflammation and repair the skin's lipid barrier, which is vital for optimal skin health.
When used together, hemp seed oil and CBD oil can increase the calming and soothing properties of a product while protecting the skin from environmental damage.