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What’s the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD?

Medical experts dispel the myths surrounding hemp seed oil and CBD.



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Hemp seed oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids – omega 6 and omega 3

Medical experts at Endoverse dispel the myths surrounding hemp seed oil and CBD.

According to an Alphagreen report, CBD usage is increasing and public interest in CBD is at an all time high.

But questions have been raised about proper intake, with the report finding 55 percent of people struggle to find high quality information to support their purchasing decisions.

The UK’s first organisation dedicated to the study of Endocannabinology, Endoverse is on a mission to simplify food supplement messaging and debunk myths surrounding hemp seed oil and CBD.

The team believes that consuming the correct ratio of fatty acids is key to maintaining good health – and with hemp seed oil packed full of omega 3 and 6 – they are frequently asked to explain the differences between the oil and CBD.

Dr Kristina Ranna, chief medical officer at Endoverse said: “If you search the internet, you will find a lot of ‘expert answers’ highlighting the importance of hemp seed oil as a good source of omega fatty acids, but in general they claim it’s not interacting with the ECS. This is completely wrong.

Dr Ranna, chief medical officer at Endoverse

“Endocannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG, as well as a broad family of other endocannabinoids, are produced from fatty acids. In recent times, fats have been viewed as a threat to health despite their key role in our bodies.

“The ECS system was only identified in the early 1990s and is key to maintaining homeostasis – metabolic balance. This balance is related to many external and internal factors. One of the key roles for ECS balance is interplay between fatty acid derived endocannabinoids.”

Although Endoverse experts are keen to stress CBD can be a useful supplement to achieve ECS balance, the real game-changing oils are actually those full of fatty acids.

Dr Ranna continues: “At Endoverse, we see the role of hemp seed oil, as well as some other plant derived cold-pressed oils, such as walnut, as superior and more important for the Endocannabinoid balance itself, than CBD oil.

“This doesn’t mean that we are not recommending CBD. CBD as a negative allosteric modulator of CB1 receptors has the capability to down-regulate their activity, and the combination of hemp seed oil and CBD is great.”

Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of Cannabis sativa plants and contains only traces of CBD and other cannabinoids.

It is made by cleaning and pressing the seeds and is green in colour with a nutty flavour. CBD oil is produced from the leaves, stalks and flowers of the plant.

Hemp seed oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids – omega 6 and omega 3 –  which are not produced by the body and must be obtained through diet.

ECS balance is achieved through lifestyle modifications including attaining an ideal ratio of omega 3, omega 6 and other fatty acids. Applying these modifications correctly – and with the assistance of an endocannabinologist – could be the key to improving many common health conditions, such as obesity.

Dr Ranna explains: “Despite the popularity of clinical endocannabinoid system deficiency syndrome, we know that the real problem of Western societies is an overactivated endocannabinoid system, which long-term induces Metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is characterised by increased Body Mass Index, increased blood sugar levels and blood pressure and a disturbed serum level of cholesterol and triglycerides.

“Consequences of metabolic syndrome are diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, stroke and a risk factor for cancer. There is also a clear link between metabolic syndrome and Covid-19 severity.”

To achieve benefits from hemp seed oil, it is important to use the correct amount – Dr Ranna recommends 10g to cover your daily recommended intake of omega 3 fatty acids, half of daily recommended omega 6 intake, and will provide you with 1g of omega 9.

Dr Ranna added: “Endoverse is at an exciting stage, we have completed our first Endocannabinologist training course and are working on a series of initiatives including webinars and retreats.

“Our next training course starts in June and we also want to work closely with CBD companies and those interested in the ECS to ensure proper education and public messages.”

Anyone who wants to learn more can contact Endoverse at


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