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Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract Superior to CBD Oil? Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract Superior to CBD Oil?
Hemp Oil versus CBD Oil The murky legality of hemp products has led to a great deal of confusion among consumers. It is widely... Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract Superior to CBD Oil?

Hemp Oil versus CBD Oil

The murky legality of hemp products has led to a great deal of confusion among consumers. It is widely believed that the 2018 Omnibus Farm Bill will clarify the legal issues surrounding industrial hemp cultivation and manufacturing. This is tremendous news for consumers and marketers.

What should you look for when purchasing a hemp oil or cannabidiol (CBD) oil product? One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is what differentiates hemp oil from CBD oil and a great deal of misinformation surrounds this subject. These terms are used interchangeably and some effort has been made by manufacturers specializing IN CBD oils to discredit the health boosting properties of whole food hemp extracts. This view overlooks the crucial role played by specialized components and whole food extracts particularly beta-caryophyllene.


Beta-caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene that is found in the essential oils of a wide variety of plants. A highly potent CB2 receptor activator, it has shown great potential as a primary CBD agent. In fact, beta caryophyllene is more potent than the more commonly known CBD cannabidiol. CB1 receptor is responsible for the psychoactive properties of the cannabis sativa plant and CB2, and when specifically activated by beta-caryophyllene, shows the greatest therapeutic potential.

It is important to remember that CBD oil does not have a monopoly on beta-caryophyllene. It is found in hops, cinnamon, wild oregano, whole food hemp oil, wild rosemary and even black pepper.

A 2008 study by the National Academy of Sciences described the CB2 receptor as being a potential target for the treatment of atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. It also showed anti-inflammatory properties and the potential to address colitis. Other studies have shown that this crucial hemp oil compound aids in the regeneration of nerve cells. It is one of the few compounds known to do so.

In 2007, the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology described the anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and anesthetic activities of beta-caryophyllene. It is likely that researchers are only scratching the surface and that the full potential of this plant essential will be further revealed as restrictions on hemp production are relaxed in the United States.

Full-Spectrum vs. Isolate

One of the fundamental failings of modern medicine is the focus on isolated chemicals and failure to consider the synergistic interactions within the plant. Beta-caryophyllene certainly shows great potential as a CB2 reactor, but in nature, it works in conjunction with a wide range of terpenes, esters, and other naturally occurring ingredients.

A full-spectrum hemp oil is precisely how nature intended it, as it contains all the active compounds found in the native hemp plant. This includes the full range of cannabinoids, plant fibers, fiber, chlorophyll and many other essential components.

This is known as the Entourage Effect and was described by the European Journal of Pharmacology (1998). At the physiological level esters present in hemp oil work to potentiate and increase the efficacy and biological activity of the “active” ingredients, even though they do not bind directly to the CB2 receptors.

The Right Way to Make a Hemp Oil

High quality hemp and CBD oil products rely on CO2 extraction. This type of extraction is environmentally friendly and preferable to the industrial scale use of solvents, such as hexane, propane, isopropyl alcohol and butane. Not only does this method reduce the environmental footprint of production but it results in a product that is cleaner, more consistent and palatable.

The use of industrial solvents, a practice originated by the fragrance industry, has been adapted by the purposes of the cannabis industry. In some cases, high heat and pressure are also applied. This would indicate that whole food, unheated, hemp oil extract, which is C02 extracted are the preferred choice over CBD supplements. It would include the beta-caryophyllene and the other terpenes that would be otherwise destroyed by heat, pressure and chemical extraction.

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Cass Ingram

Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 20 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100's of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America's leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way

  • Debra Merriman

    September 18, 2018 #1 Author

    I would like to know the differences between the oil extracted from industrial hemp and the hemp known as marijuana. Would their be an increased benefit using the CBD marijuana oil ?


    • Ross

      March 16, 2019 #2 Author

      My mom suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and the after damage of Shingles (left chest to her back). What do u recommend?


      • Cass Ingram

        March 23, 2019 #3 Author

        I like the Canacurmin as a full spectrum approach to inflammation support, also the SuperStrength oil of oregano, topical and internal, and plenty of juice of oregano.


  • Melanie

    September 18, 2018 #4 Author

    CBD Oil has been life changing for me and my family!


  • Michelle Kelly

    October 2, 2018 #5 Author

    Thank you for your article. Do you have a certain one or brand that you could recommend?


  • Gin

    November 14, 2018 #7 Author

    Does hemo oil show up on a drug screen! I have nerve damage and a lot of inflammation but I can’t use anything that would show up on a drug screen cause of my job!


    • jdurham

      December 20, 2018 #8 Author

      Hello Gin,

      Dr. Ingram recommends the North American Herb and Spice brand called Hempanol.
      This product is 100% whole food and contains 0% THC.
      This will never give a false positive when getting drug screened.

      Best of health to you!


  • Marie

    January 1, 2019 #9 Author

    Dr. Ingram,
    I watched you on Ward Bond’s TV show. There is a lot of information given regarding the use of CBD oil vs hemp oil??? for the condition of Autism. There is a web site saying that it would improve cognitive support and repetitive behaviors. Do you have such a product that would help with this condition. A brain is something that should never be lost. Thank you.


    • Cass Ingram

      January 14, 2019 #10 Author

      I would definitely look at the brain detox for children/teens in 8 OZ and the CF oil.


  • marilyn genuardi

    February 19, 2019 #11 Author

    I did see you on Dr Bard’s TV show, speaking on oregano oil, etc. Please tell me again, how to take the oil, the juice, and the get caps. Is there a special system to taking these?


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