CBD oil is bought by many in daily life because it contains the substance cannabidiol. And not without good reason. CBD is the substance which you need. But the CBD user should also realise that CBD oil doesn’t just consist of CBD. More emphatically: the majority of the bottle’s contents consist of a different oil. We call this the base oil. This means that the base oil is definitely a factor you should take into account. For the production of CBD oil two different base oils are used: olive oil and organic or non-organic hemp seed oil.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a commonly used base oil for CBD oil. It is a vegetable oil derived from pressing olives. Olive oil is regarded in society as a healthy foodstuff because it is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. In particular, the large amount of unsaturated fats is what makes olive oil very healthy. This is why olive oil is also included as one of your five a day, a scientifically based information model for the essentials of healthy eating. In daily life olive oil is mainly used as an addition to food. Over a pizza or salad, for example.

There are two types of olive oil which can be differentiated: refined and unrefined olive oil. 

Refined Olive Oil

Let’s first introduce you to refined olive oil. Refined olive oil is first purified before use. This results in the olive oil losing its taste and colour. After the purification process the antioxidants are all gone as well. The olive oils below are regarded as refined olive oils.

  • Olive oil
  • Pure olive oil
  • Light olive oil

Olive oil and pure olive oil are a mix of refined and unrefined olive oils. We regard these as refined olive oils because they are processed with heat and chemicals during pressing. Light olive oil is lighter in taste than olive oil or pure olive oil. This is the only difference as regards these two oils.

Unrefined Olive Oil

Unrefined olive oil is pure olive oil that has not been purified. This means it retains all the important flavours, odours, fats and antioxidants. The olive oils below belong to the unrefined olive oils.

  • Virgin olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Virgin olive oil and extra virgin olive oil are pressed in the same way. The difference between these two oils is that the pressing process for virgin olive oil is not as strictly regulated as for extra virgin olive oil. In addition, virgin olive oil may have an acidity level of 3% while extra virgin olive oil can have an acidity level of 1% at most. Finally, the taste of virgin olive oil is less full than that of extra virgin olive oil. 

Quality of Olive Oil

The colour of olive oil can differ in some cases. However, this doesn’t tell you anything about the oil’s quality. Olive oil’s quality is determined by the amount of oleic acid. Mono-unsaturated fatty acids can replace the less healthy fats in the human body and the amount of oleic acid determines to what extent the fats are broken down into fatty acids.

By nature, CBD is thick (paste) and cannot be used directly. For this reason it is diluted with a base oil like olive oil. The result is CBD oil. CBD oil is not only diluted with olive oil on account of the healthy substances it contains. It also makes it better for dosing and olive oil improves the taste of CBD oil. 

Hemp seed oil

An alternative, much used option for diluting CBD is hemp seed oil. In this case, hemp seed oil forms the base for CBD oil. Just like olive oil, hemp seed oil has been used in society for thousands of years. It is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any THC and so is not psychoactive. You do not get stoned or high from hemp seed oil. This also applies incidentally to CBD oil. Hemp seed oil can be simply added to food. It is nice in salads, dressings, smoothies or on bread, for example.

Hemp seed oil is renowned for the many healthy constituents it contains. It’s rich in minerals and vitamins (iron, calcium, zinc, leucine, vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6), proteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9, and linoleic acid. The fatty acids in hemp seed oil are all in the right proportions so that they are properly assimilated by the body. This unique 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids makes hemp seed oil very special and extremely suitable as a food supplement.

Organic hemp seed oil

A commonly used base oil for CBD oil is organic hemp seed oil. Organically cultivated hemp seeds are cold-pressed carefully so as to retain 100% of all the healthy ingredients. A healthy base oil which combines with CBD to make an excellent product.

What's the difference between olive oil and hemp seed oil?

Although both oils form an excellent base for CBD oil, there are naturally some differences. Apart from the fact that hemp seed oil is made from hemp seeds and olive oil from olives, the colour is also different. In many cases hemp seed oil has a fresh green colour, while olive oil is usually somewhat darker in colour. Hemp seed oil also has a more neutral taste than olive oil. Logically, the constituents in the oils are also not completely the same. Olive oil contains mono-unsaturated fatty acids while hemp seed oil has polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, both oils contain plenty of healthy nutrients. Also, both of them can be added to food and are suitable as a food supplement.

So which base oil is the best choice?

The answer to this is very simple. It comes down to a matter of personal choice. As indicated in the previous paragraph, there are several differences which can lead to choosing one of the two base oils over the other. In addition, many people would probably be inclined to look first at other aspects when purchasing CBD oil. The CBD percentage, the amount in the bottle, brand and price - obviously these are all important factors.

To find out which base oil suits you best you ought to try a few CBD oils with different base oils. It’s a shame to spend a lot of money buying several bottles but naturally you can always try a drop from another bottle when the chance presents itself. In this way you can immediately test the taste and see whether the particular base oil is suitable for you.

Not a fan of CBD oil but still want to try CBD? There are plenty of other ways in which to take CBD. For example, there are CBD capsules, CBD salve or CBD pasta. Choose the CBD variant that suits you and experience the pleasure of Cannabidiol.