Eh? Yep, us too. No sooner have we read up and self educated about the differences between CBD and marijuana (the former won’t get you high..sigh), are we now being fed further information about ever more esoteric terminology. But carrier oils are an important piece of the puzzle, as they can be used to complement CBD or other more active ingredients. The choice of a carrier oil can be crucial because good ones help preserve CBD and make it easier for the body to absorb. Every oil is different and affects one’s experience with CBD oil differently, and with that in mind, here are 4 IDEAL reasons to choose hemp seed oil as your CBD carrier.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES

Hemp seed oil is the best carrier oil because of the hemp plant’s huge number of anti-inflammatory properties and omega 3 fatty acids. The optimal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil stimulates the growth of good gut flora, helping to keep cholesterol and glucose levels low. 

OLEIC & LINOLEIC ACIDS

Hemp seed carrier oil does not contain any intoxicating properties; whether that’s a positive or negative lies in the eyes of the beholder. What hemp seed oil does contain, though, is a number of healthful chemical components, including oleic acid and linoleic acid, palmitic acid, a-linolenic acid, and stearic acid. In combination, these molecules are believed to stimulate hair growth, serve as an anti-inflammatory agent, and make skin moisturiser and softener.

A UNIQUE, AGREEABLE FLAVOUR

Hemp seed oil has a slightly grassy, nutty flavour. Its exact taste depends on the taste of CBD itself, which can vary according to the manner of consumption and the flavonoids it contains. In general, it has a pleasant, slightly earthy taste which comes from the aromatic terpenes in it. Depending on how the oil was extracted, the taste can be more bitter and earthier. The taste of golden oil, for example, which is completely pure, will mask much of that of the carrier oil.

As a rule of thumb, the more processed a CBD oil is, the more neutral its taste is going to be. It follows that the taste of hemp seed oil will dominate that of highly processed CBD oil, and that’s no bad thing. This resource has more information about the extraction process, if you care to learn further.

COLOUR CODING

Unrefined, cold-pressed hemp seed oil can range from dark to clear green; the darker the colour, the grassier the flavour. This is because of the seed colour; particularly useful as you can tell if there are any additives present if this grassy flavour isn’t present and green hue muddied. It’s important to note that hemp seed oil should not be sold in place of CBD oil, but only to complement it. While CBD is extracted from hemp, they are not the same thing. We always recommend checking labels and lab tests to see if someone is trying to sell you oil with low CBD content or hemp oil for CBD oil.

 

 

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.