Both CBD oils and essential oils are seen to have many different benefits for people’s health and wellbeing. However, is there a difference between the two and is CBD oil considered an essential oil?
Essential oils are found within plants such as fruits, herbs and vegetables and are used as a holistic healing treatment. The oils are made up of several chemical compounds found within the genetic make-up of plants and they are responsible for giving plants their distinct smell. Harvesting the essential oils from the plants is done by steam distillation or cold-pressing and the chemicals can then be combined with a carrier oil to be ready for use. Essential oils are not made to be swallowed, but instead are usually inhaled for maximum benefit and sometimes absorbed by applying to the skin. When inhaled, the scent from the oil interacts with the limbic system in the brain which contributes to human behaviour, memory and emotions.
CBD oil, on the other hand, can be consumed unlike essential oils. CBD is one of the many chemicals found in a hemp plant and is extracted to form CBD oil to help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, muscular pain and many other health conditions. The oil can be consumed in a variety of ways including in capsule form, oil tinctures or edible products. Once the CBD oil has entered the body it helps to regulate many of the body’s functions through the body’s receptors resulting in improving the overall health of the body.
The main difference between CBD oils and essential oils is that CBD oils are used to benefit the body’s overall health as they can be consumed, whereas essential oils are used to mainly benefit the function of the brain as they are usually inhaled. If CBD oil is put into an infuser, it will only offer the aromatic scent of the hemp plant and is unlikely to lead to any health benefits.
Another difference between CBD oils and essential oils is that essential oils are a lot more concentrated. This means that they cannot be consumed like CBD oils and can only be absorbed on the body by combining them with a carrier oil to decrease the intensity of the concentration. Using highly concentrated essential oils on the skin without combining them with a carrier oil can cause burns and allergic reactions and research has shown that this way of using essential oils doesn’t have much of an affect on the body. CBD oil however is usually always combined with a carrier oil, meaning it is safe to consume and benefits the overall health of the body.
Although CBD oil is not considered to be an essential oil, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be used together as part of a wellness routine. Why not try diffusing an essential oil while applying a CBD cream or consuming a CBD gelcap for the ultimate relaxation?