As our body’s largest organ, our skin, deserves plenty of TLC. There are thousands of products on the market claiming to improve the condition of the skin on your face, your hands, your feet, or even your full body, and it can be difficult to choose the perfect product to meet your needs. Because of the increasing popularity of hemp-derived CBD products, many consumers are eager to try hemp oil on their skin, hoping to experience the many benefits of CBD as an added bonus to their skin care routine. But is it actually that easy? You may be wondering, “Can I really receive benefits of CBD using hemp oil on my skin?”
Before we get to the answer, let’s first clarify some key terms. Because many frequently used words can sometimes be confusing, an unassuming customer may not realize the difference between hemp oil and hemp seed oil – and not knowing the difference can result in consumers not receiving the benefits they are seeking.
What Is the Difference between Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil?
These two terms are easily interchangeable as they sound nearly the same, but they are two drastically different products! The key difference to look for on labels is the word “seed.” Here are the key characteristics of each to help make the distinction a bit more clear:
Hemp Oil (sometimes labeled as CBD Oil or Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Extract)
- Made from extract taken from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant
- Primarily extracted using supercritical CO₂ or solvent extraction methods
- Contains CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and .3% THC or less
- Used in health products to promote overall wellness and vitality
- Provides relief from skin or muscle/joint discomforts when administered topically
- Aids in relaxation and other emotional fatigues when consumed
Hemp Seed Oil
- Made from the seed of the hemp plant
- Extracted using a cold-press method
- Contains no CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids
- Used in food and skincare products
- A carrier oil similar to other seed oils, high in omega-3 and fatty acids
Despite how similar they sound, the difference is distinct. While both products have their individual benefits, they do not offer consumers the same experience. Because they are extracted from completely different parts of the hemp plant and contain entirely different basic ingredient compounds, both products can have a positive impact on your skin. However, only one contains the addition of cannabinoids like CBD, which can be absorbed into your skin to provide numerous additional benefits: hemp oil.
CBD: The Benefits
As the V.I.P. of the health and wellness industry for the past two years, CBD’s rise in popularity can be attributed to the rave reviews it continues to receive from loyal customers all over the nation. Used to help everyday individuals wind-down, achieve a more restful night’s sleep, have increased muscle and joint recovery, and as part of a healthy skin care routine, CBD has become the catch-all wellness product, satisfying thousands each day.
As an all-natural, non-addictive compound offering numerous benefits without psychoactive side-effects, CBD products are hitting the shelves in stores and online rapidly, and the demand for more innovative CBD products continues to rise. Since The Farm Bill of 2018 was passed, making all hemp-derived CBD products containing .3% THC or less completely legal across the United States, shoppers have been eager to see what the hype was about. It didn’t take long for word to spread that CBD was a game-changer in the health and wellness market, and it’s here to stay.
Hemp Oil: A Treat for Your Skin
Because of its elevated status in the wellness community, many reputable CBD companies have begun creating CBD products to treat your entire body – head to toe – including topically applied products containing CBD-rich hemp oil for your skin. When you read the ingredient list on a skincare product you plan to use, you want to make sure it contains either hemp oil, hemp oil extract, CBD oil, or Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Extract, which are terms sometimes used interchangeably to indicate that the beneficial cannabinoids, including CBD, are actually in the product. You now know that hemp seed oil contains zero CBD, so when you use those products, you won’t experience any of the additional benefits CBD can offer, as there are no potent cannabinoids for your skin to absorb.
There are many benefits to using hemp oil on your skin, and as research in the field continues to expand, there are bound to be more benefits to be uncovered in the near future. As with many other products containing CBD, products applied topically can absorb into your skin and enter your bloodstream, delivering the many benefits CBD has to offer to your entire body. One of the numerous benefits of topical application is the ability to address specific spots of concern directly, such as an uncomfortable muscle or a fatigued joint. Consumers report prompt results when they rub a product containing hemp oil – such as a nourishing CBD Body Balm – onto a fatigued area of their skin. New CBD products for the skin continue to emerge as well, such as facial products like CBD Hydrating Face Pearls, which provide a moisture-rich facial experience unlike any other, as the addition of CBD takes skin-care to the next level.
Further, most high-quality topical CBD products contain an additional oil like MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) to act as a carrier oil, ensuring that the potent CBD-rich hemp oil can be properly absorbed into your skin. Many brands also utilize moisturizing organic beeswax and organic essential oils to ensure that your skin is being nourished in every way, and all of your senses are treated to a pleasant experience.
Pharmstrong™ – Where Quality Matters
It’s almost unbelievable how easily you can find products claiming to contain CBD or hemp oil, but you may be even more surprised to learn that the quality of your CBD and hemp oil can vary drastically from brand to brand. Some companies don’t even inform customers where their hemp comes from or how they extract the beneficial ingredients from the hemp plant, so you are left with many unanswered questions about your wellness product. What’s worse, some companies do not offer customers any proof that their products are free of unwanted ingredients like pesticides, metals, and solvents.
At Pharmstrong™, we prioritize quality at every single step of the process – from seed to bottle – and we share that process with customers on our website so they can shop with confidence. As a family-owned, Colorado-based company, we are committed to treating every customer as if they were part of our own family. This means taking every meticulous step to ensure that all of our fast-acting CBD products not only meet, but exceed industry standard for safety and excellence. Every one of our carefully-crafted, Pure + Potent Pharmstrong™ CBD products is made with great attention to detail, never cutting corners to save time or money. Our cutting-edge, Verified Pure Premium Grade™ CBD products are also third-party lab tested for quality assurance, and customers can view those results simply by entering the batch number on the bottom of their bottle here.
If you’re ready to treat your skin to a dynamic wellness experience, or if you have an interest in any of our other premium CBD products, you can shop online for individual products or our professionally-paired CBD Kits anytime! Or, if you prefer, you can place your CBD order over the phone!
If you’re passing through Breckenridge, Colorado, you don’t want to miss our one-of-a-kind sample bar, where you can give multiple products a try to find the best fit for your lifestyle. You can also call or email our friendly customer service team if you have questions or simply need some guidance on your CBD journey. We are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have, so we look forward to hearing from you!