CBD in olive oil or CBD in hemp seed oil?
Neither olive nor hemp seed oil alters the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol. Instead, attributes such as acid content, stability, taste and allergens are the factors that must be taken into account when deciding which product to buy.
Before determining which type of CBD oil is best suited for your needs, let’s take a look at what they have in common. Both contain CBD from the same quality, organically grown European hemp. They also use the extraction of the whole plant, and preserve essential fatty acids and components.
The balance of these acids is essential to decide which oil is the most appropriate. The effects of omega-6 (saturated fatty acids) and omega-3 (polyunsaturated fatty acids) fatty acids in the Western diet have already received extensive coverage in previous articles. However, if we look at the proportions of olive oil and hemp seed oil, we can begin to make an objective decision.
Based on the table above, we see the total saturated fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acid) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (palmitic and stearic). We quickly realize how the different oils compare. The two exist at both ends of the spectrum.
Ratio between omega-6 and omega-3
An imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids favors the appearance of several chronic diseases. Disorders such as cardiovascular conditions, cancer and inflammatory diseases are caused by an excessive intake of saturated fatty acids (omega-6). By introducing omega-3, we help the body to process omega-6 fatty acids and restore a healthy, natural balance.
The popularity of convenience foods and fast food has caused a large increase in the amount of omega-6 fatty acids consumed. In some cases, the ratio can be as high as 15:1 to 16.7:1 (omega-6 to omega-3). The ideal would be a ratio of around 3:1. Approaching this ideal ratio offers many biological benefits.
Fortunately, this is where hemp seed oil becomes the product of choice. The average ratio for hemp is 3:1, while that for olive oil is 15:1. Does this mean that CBD olive oil is an unhealthy product? Not if you already follow a diet with a proper balance of fatty acids. In this case, the repercussion of olive oil would be minimal. If, on the other hand, you need help to restore the ideal ratio, hemp seed oil is probably the most suitable.
Total unsaturated fatty acids
Looking at the fatty acid composition of both oils in isolation, the best product will once again depend on your lifestyle choices. Going back to the table detailing the unsaturated fatty acid content, hemp oil is the clear “winner”. However, since many people choose to take omega-3 supplements daily, the additional unsaturated fatty acids may not be necessary. So olive oil becomes the preferred carrier.
Saturated fat content
Using the same concept, the above scenario can be reversed. If you eat a diet that is very high in omega-3s, hemp seed oil will provide less benefit. Instead, olive oil will help you reach the ideal proportion that we have already talked about. If, on the other hand, daily obligations or work prevent you from eating in a balanced way, you should choose a CBD product with hemp seed oil as a carrier.
Saturated fats are much more stable than unsaturated fats. This means they are less susceptible to temperature changes and damage from light exposure. If you prefer to leave your CBD products where you can see them, olive oil is the best option, as it will maintain its integrity for longer; And by having your CBD product readily available, you’re less likely to forget to take it. If storing your health supplements properly is no problem for you, choose hemp seed oil.
Taste is an obvious factor to consider. Hemp seed oil is stronger, and has a nutty flavor. Olive oil is much milder and, for some people, easier to consume. Both products use the same premium-quality CBD, so choose the one that works best for you.
The last factor to consider is if you have any allergies. Since nut/seed allergies are quite common, you should avoid hemp seed oil. Olive oil, however, comes from the olive, so you can consume it safely if you are allergic to any nuts. Once again, select the oil that best suits your needs.
In general, choosing one oil or another does not affect the quality or the properties of the CBD it contains. The decision will depend on personal taste, allergy restrictions and your own food choices. We hope that the information provided clears up any doubts you may have about the difference between olive oil and hemp seed oil, as both are fantastic options.