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Can You Extract CBD From Hemp Seeds?

The popularity of CBD (Cannabidiol) has soared. It is a component extracted from the stems, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant.  Manufacturers have developed CBD oils, due to their beneficial properties for human health. But can you extract CBD from hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds have been used over thousands of years in China for their digestibility and high amounts of fiber, providing great nutritional value. As opposed to CBD, hemp seed oil uses an extract from the seeds of the plant. Any product made from hemp seed oil normally does not contain significant levels of CBD. When the cannabis plant, hemp plant, and hemp seeds are compared under laboratory perspective, it makes it easier for us to understand better what is what.

When it comes to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabis plant has an average of 17% in its composition, whereas hemp plants should contain less than 0.3% to be legally sold. In contrast, hemp seeds have 0 THC. In terms of CBD, hemp plants range between 12-18%, while cannabis plants have less than 0.2% and, in hemp seeds, no more than trace amounts, as mentioned before.

CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil: What Is the Difference Healthwise?

The seeds do not contain the same levels of components as the grown plant itself, but they are still rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, fatty acids, and helpful bioactive compounds. 

 CBD oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and effects, such as anxiety and pain relief. It is also anti-acne, so you can apply it directly on your face (your pores won’t clog!).

Hemp seed oil is a better option for skincare. The oil moisturizes dry skin, reduces itchiness caused by eczema, and decreases the need for skin medication. You can also use it in culinary as a salad dressing or even make homemade butter.

For any CBD oil type (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate) you need to ensure the product has a COA (Certificate of Analysis) made by a third-party laboratory, with public results.  

The same applies to hemp seed oil. Make sure you buy from a reliable manufacturer. Many companies may not have accurate labeling in their products, making it possible that the oil is mixed with other compounds, like plant matter, CBD, or even THC.

Further Info About Hemp Seeds

Whole hemp seeds are a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6, directly related to heart health and blood pressure.  It was also established by researchers high levels of arginine amino acid in hemp seeds. Arginine is responsible for the production of nitric oxide, a gas molecule in our bodies that helps dilate our blood vessels and lower blood pressure. This is important because it reduces the chances of heart disease.

They are also considered a complete protein source. Another example of complete plant-based food rich in protein source is the Quinoa, called “superfood”. However, hemp seeds contain very little fiber once shelled (when the shell is removed), so if you are seeking a source of fiber, it is recommended to eat the whole seed.

Hemp Seeds and CBD Oil Extraction

Hemp seed oil is extracted by a process called Cold Press. The oilseed press machine works at a minimal temperature to avoid any loss of the seeds’ nutrients.

For CBD, there are many extraction methods nowadays, but the most popular is by CO2 (carbon dioxide) and by solvent (most common is food-grade ethanol). Steam distillation is also popular, using vapor to separate the wanted compounds, cooled and then condensed. But this method requires more plant material per oil produced and shows inconsistencies with CBD percentage. It’s the least efficient method.

Bearing in Mind

If you are still wondering about the possibility of extracting CBD from hemp seeds, the answer is no.  But overall, hemp seeds are healthy and should be considered part of a healthy food intake. They make justice to their reputation as a superfood.