It seems like anything can be turned into oil these days. Just go into the right aisle at the grocery store and see for yourself. Have you ever heard of hemp oil? The experts at Infinite CBD will help you learn more about hemp oil and its origins, uses, and benefits.
Hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, is extracted from the hemp seed. When pressure is applied to the seeds, a beautiful, evergreen colored oil is created. Unfiltered and unrefined hemp seed oil can range in color and often has a nutty flavor.
When refined, hemp seed oil is colorless and has a more faint smell and flavor. You’ll see “refined hemp seed oil” as an ingredient in many soaps, skincare products, and even detergents.
Hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any Cannabidiol (CBD).
This is confusing, because CBD oil is sometimes referred to as “CBD Hemp Oil”
Ancient archeological sites show that hemp was one of the earliest cultivated plants. Dating back to the Neolithic age (10,000 BC – 4,500 BC), hemp has been used to help cultures sustain and progress in numerous ways.
As a whole, hemp was used to make clothes, essential textiles, and even paper.
Shen-Nung, an emperor known as the “Father of Chinese Medicine,” was a champion of hemp thousands of years ago. A written text, known as the Pen Ts’ao Ching, shows that hemp oils were used to alleviate many ailments. These records show that Shen-Nung used hemp oils as topicals for skin conditions and in applications for all-around wellness.
It is no surprise that today, thousands of years later, we are revisiting a natural plant as our society seeks out more holistic remedies.
Additionally, our society is continually finding new and innovative uses for the hemp plant. From creating sustainable clothing, to even CO2 absorbing hemp building materials, the potential for hemp seems endless.
To understand hemp plant better, it’s important to know the different parts of the plant itself. There are 6 “parts” to the hemp plant. We’ll move from the bottom, up.
The roots of the hemp plant prefer mildly wet conditions, however, they are drought tolerant. Roots of the hemp plant prefer nutrient-dense soil for optimal growth.
This is the main stalk of the hemp plant. The shivs is a woody portion of the hemp stalk. This is the part of the plant used to make animal bedding and construction materials.
Fibre is on the outside of the shivs. Fibres run the length of the plant and are very durable. This part of the hemp plant is used to make textiles.
The leaves of the hemp plant do what all leaves do – help collect energy from the sun. Additionally, hemp leaves can be used to make teas and herbal infusions.
Grow between the fibre and leaves. Hemp flowers look similar to what is known as “bud” in the cannabis community.
Hemp seeds are within the flowers. These seeds have nutritional value, as they contain significant amounts of protein, potassium, magnesium, and essential vitamins.
“Hemp oil” can be perceived as a relatively broad term, especially if you’re talking to the cannabis community.
Due to a variety of factors, like history and confusing labeling, hemp seed oil can often be confused with CBD oil. While both types of oils are derived from the hemp plant, their uses and applications are very different.
To prevent confusion, it’s crucial to understand how these two popular oils are similar and different.
Both hemp oil and CBD hemp oil come from the industrial hemp plant. As defined by the United States federal government, hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC. This is in contrast to the cannabis plant, which can contain up to 30%+ levels of THC.
While both oils are derived from the hemp plant, hemp oil is made exclusively from hemp seeds.
An oil press machine is used to make hemp seed oil. As long as the hemp seeds have been carefully stored, and not exposed to too much moisture, the seeds have the potential to make an excellent nutrient-dense hemp oil.
Using a strainer and screw, the hemp seeds are crushed. Then, the oil and seed remnants run through a pipe, where they’re separated.
Many factors go into making hemp seed oil. Temperature is perhaps one of the most important; a cold-pressed oil will be more subtle, whereas a high-temperature pressed hemp oil will be more phosphorus and “grassy” tasting.
Making CBD Oil is a very different process.
First and foremost, all of the hemp plant parts, minus the seeds, stems and stalks are extracted in our state-of-the-art extraction facility using cryogenically chilled corn ethanol. Extracting at such cold temperatures allows for the fats and lipids pulled from the plant. This results in a more pure winterized crude hemp oil containing most cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBN, and CBG.
At Infinite CBD, we take this crude oil and fractionally distill out all of the chlorophyll, terpenes, impurities, THC and any other undesirables leaving us with a final pure product of either CBD Isolate or Broad-Spectrum THC-Free Distillate used in the manufacturing of Infinite’s award-winning product line.
In the past, less scientific ways were used to extract CBD from the hemp plant. One of the most ancient ways used olive oil and a dried and heated hemp plant.
Our technological advances have allowed us to create a more pure and transparent CBD hemp oil product. At the same time, we recognize and honor the deep history of CBD oil extraction.
Hemp oil is a multipurpose oil. Consumers use hemp oil for a variety of reasons, which displays the potential this oil and origin plant could have on major industries.
Hemp has many overall nutritional benefits. One study explores hemp’s bioactive compounds, finding that hemp has a dense lipid profile that may have pharmacological applications.
Another study highlights the fact that hemp contains a “heart healthy” nutritional profile, but states that more research is necessary.
Research suggests that hemp oil has a variety of topical applications. More specifically, one research review documents potential instances of hemp oil helping with rashes, pigment irregularities, and viral infections.
Hemp oil is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in cooking. Hemp seed oil is often added to salad dressings, smoothies, and a variety of sauces. This type of oil does better at mild temperatures as opposed to high-heat cooking.
At Infinite CBD, we are proud to support local hemp farmers in our home state of Colorado. Using all organic hemp and natural ingredients, we create our CBD oils, which consumers in the United States and beyond benefit from.
We constantly find ourselves at the forefront of innovation when it comes to hemp, hemp oil, and CBD oil products. Alongside our loyal and loved community, we are proud to champion hemp’s cause.