You would be forgiven if you think hemp and CBD are interchangeable terms, since many companies have started to market such products as if there were no substantial difference between the two. In reality, CBD and hemp are different in many key features, and gummies made from each should appeal to different groups of end-users.
The main difference between CBD and hemp comes down to what part of the hemp plant is being extracted for either type of formulation. Hemp gummies will use hemp-seed oil, which contains zero cannabinoids such as THC or CBD. CBD gummies use oil that comes from the hemp plant’s mature flowers. This slight difference leads to wildly different goods in both purpose and result.
Of course, there is more to the CBD vs. hemp debate than just what is mentioned above. For a more in-depth answer, along with a couple of our favorite gummies, be sure to read on below.
So, what is the real difference between CBD and hemp products, and is one obviously superior to the other? Well, as stated above, the difference can be quite stark once you know what is really going on. In short, hemp gummies are usually sold in places where the sale of CBD itself is prohibited or illegal.
While in truth very different products, there are still a couple of aspects that both CBD gummies and hemp gummies will share. Below, we will look at what the two have in common.
Come from parts of the hemp plant: Both gummies use primary ingredients that are derived from cannabis plants. However, it should be noted that they are derived from different parts of the plant. Rather straightforwardly, hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds. This is as opposed to CBD, which comes from the flowers of mature hemp plants.
Have various health benefits: The therapeutic properties of CBD can include treatment for chronic conditions such as arthritis or even issues such as insomnia or anxiety. This differs from hempseed oil products which have been shown to have minimal curative effects other than as a treatment for acne which is largely due to the anti-inflammatory properties that are naturally found in hemp plants. However, recent research shows promise for hemp seed use in treating cardiovascular health.
There are many more differences to be found between hemp and CBD gummies than commonalities. This is because they are fundamentally different products—despite being derived from the same plant. They also are commonly extracted using different methods.
CBD Gummies: Only CBD gummies will contain cannabinoids such as CBD or even THC (as can be found in some full-spectrum formulations). Because of this, only CBD gummies will be able to provide the soothing effects that CBD products are known for. CBD is derived from hemp flowers by use of solvents (such as ethanol) or a method that uses CO2.
Hemp Gummies: Hemp gummies are commonly used as a nutritional supplement that can have some added palliative benefits such as reducing inflammation and pain relief. In addition, hemp gummies can be easier to digest for some and the increased levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that they contain can lead to healthier skin, hair, and nails. Hemp Seed oil is typically extracted using a cold-press method that is mechanical in nature, which is much different from the solvent or CO2 method used for CBD extraction.
Now that we know what separates and unites these two types of gummies, let’s take a look at both of them and which may be right for you.
As noted above, when it comes to choosing between hemp or CBD gummies, much will come down to an individual’s needs and preferences. For example, if CBD goods are illegal in your locality—which is rare these days—many may prefer a hemp-derived product out of necessity. For other users, it will be a CBD gummy product or nothing.
This is because hemp gummies provide almost none of the benefits that CBD is known for. Basically, you can think of hemp gummies as more of a nutritional supplement than anything else. If you are looking for a novel way to get extra nutrients and vitamins into your diet, go for hemp gummies. If you require the healthful and analgesic effects that CBD can provide, go for CBD gummies.
Now that we know a little more about the differences between hemp and CBD gummies, let’s take a look at a few of our favorite gummies available on the market now. Two of them will be CBD gummies and one will be hemp gummies.
These new cube shaped gummies from Joy Organics are a great choice for those that are just getting into a CBD routine and are looking for a high-quality product with wholesome, organic ingredients. Because after all, if you are taking gummies for health reasons, you will want as pure a product as possible.
What you’ll love about them: These gummies are perfectly dosed at 10mg of CBD per piece. This means you can have one gummy or several, based on your tolerance and what your specific needs are.
Something to consider: Joy Organic’s CBD gummies come in two distinct flavors—green apple and strawberry lemonade— both of which are vegan, gluten-free, and always contain zero THC.
Those wanting a true hemp experience should look no further than these gummies from Joy Organics. As with the CBD gummies above, this hemp variety comes in the same two flavors and is likewise free of artificial additives for flavor or color. The key difference being that these gummies contain no CBD and 10mg of hemp extract per piece.
What you’ll love about them: If you’re looking for a nutrient-rich, vitamin-like experience, try these gummies. They have a great taste and use only organic and vegan ingredients. And they also are corn syrup-free.
Something to consider: These hemp gummies use a phytocannabinoid-rich, broad-spectrum formula and each batch is tested for purity, so you can be sure that it is free from heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, and arsenic.
These gummy bears from CBDfx are a potent option for more experienced CBD users who may have developed a tolerance to lower doses of CBD. With 50mg of CBD per piece, you can have fewer and still achieve the desired effects.
What you’ll love about them: These broad-spectrum gummies are made with only non-GMO ingredients and are free of artificial ingredients such as sweeteners.
Something to consider: If these specific CBD gummy bears don’t seem right for your needs, CBDfx offers a variety of specialized options such as CBD with melatonin, turmeric and spirulina, or apple cider vinegar.
In conclusion, hemp and CBD products, while related, are not the same thing. CBD gummies can be used for relief from a variety of physical and mental ills, while hemp gummies won’t be able to provide the same type of relief, they often will have a wide range of vitamins and fatty acids, along with trace amounts of minerals found in hemp plants.
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