If you are like most people, then you have probably found the term ‘Hemp Oil' a bit confusing…

The cannabis plant is actually the source of two kinds of oil – both of which come with many health benefits…

One is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant and the other from the flower, leaves and stalks of the cannabis plant.

NOTE: ‘Hemp‘ is a term used to classify varieties of the Cannabis plant that contain 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight).

Hemp and marijuana are simply broad classifications of Cannabis that were adopted into our culture – they are not ‘species' or ‘strains' of Cannabis.

So, how are Hemp Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil different and why?

Here are 14 answers to your most common questions, that will help to clear this up once and for all…

Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil – 14 Facts About Cannabis-Derived Oils

Q1. What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and can be added to salads and smoothies or applied on the skin.

It has a mild and nutty oil flavour and is packed with healthy Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and has 9 essential amino acids.

The most important characteristic of the hemp seed oil is that it contains no cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – the psychoactive component of cannabis).

So hemp seed oil is not psychoactive, meaning that it will not get you “high”.

You can differentiate hemp seed oil and CBD oil based on the size of the bottle and price. Hemp seed oil generally comes in a much larger bottle and is cheaper than CBD Oil. You will also find it at your local health food store.

The best quality hemp seed oil is produced by cold-pressing premium quality and non-GMO hemp seeds.

Q2. What is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil or ‘extract' can be made from either the hemp or marijuana (both cannabis plants), however, at the federal level, only CBD derived from hemp is legal (if it contains less than 0.3% THC).

As opposed to Hemp seed oil which is in the food category and made from the seeds of the hemp plant – CBD oil is a dietary supplement made from the flower, leaves and stalks of the hemp or marijuana plant.

CBD Oil that is derived from marijuana, typically contains more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

However, you can buy CBD Oil products made from hemp with 0% THC and it is only legal in the USA to sell a CBD Oil made from hemp that has less than 0.3% THC.

Sometimes CBD Oil is referred to as ‘Hemp Oil' or ‘Whole Plant Hemp Oil'

Even ‘CBD Extract‘ and ‘Hemp Extract‘ are interchangeable and this can add in an even greater level of confusion.

So just remember:

CBD Oil = Whole Plant Hemp Oil and is medicinal and made from the FLOWERS, LEAVES and STALKS of the hemp plant.

It contains various cannabinoids, terpenes and other synergistic plant materials that create the ‘Entourage Effect‘.

Hemp Seed Oil is a food category and is made from the SEEDS of the hemp plant.

Q3. What is Hemp Oil?

If the oil is called Hemp Oil, rather than Hemp Seed Oil, and it is in a small bottle, then it is likely to be the same thing as CBD Oil.

If you are still confused – then a quick read of the label will tell you whether it is meant for your salad or for therapeutic use.

Q4. What are the Similarities between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil?

They both come from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa, although from the different strains of the plant.

While hemp seed oil is derived from a strain that has a very low cannabinoid count, CBD Oil, on the other hand, is derived from the strain with higher cannabinoid count.

However, both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are low in THC when compared to other marijuana products.

According to a study recently published in the Permanente Journal, producers are now experimenting with growing different strains of Cannabis sativa to get plants which contain varying amounts of THC and CBD. [1]

Q5. What's the Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil?

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are produced from different parts of the Cannabis plant.

While hemp seed oil is produced from the seeds of the hemp plant, CBD Oil is produced from the flower, leaves and stalks of the Cannabis plant.

The main difference between these two oils is that hemp seed oil does not contain CBD or THC (the psychoactive component). CBD oil may have zero THC or less than 0.3% THC.

Another main difference is that hemp seed oil comes under the food category, whilst CBD Oil is a dietary supplement.

Q6. Is Hemp Seed Oil Suitable for Therapeutic Use?

No, because it does not contain cannabidiol (CBD).

Hemp Seed Oil comes under the food category and can be used on food and on salads as well as topically on the skin etc.

Q7. Is CBD Oil suitable for Therapeutic Use?

Yes, because it has a high cannabidiol (CBD) concentration (~20%).

CBD Oil (sometimes referred to as Hemp Oil or Whole Plant Hemp Oil) is a dietary supplement with many medicinal benefits.

Q8. Is There A Difference Between Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil?

CBD Oil – can sometimes be referred to as ‘Hemp Oil‘ or ‘Whole Plant Hemp Oil‘ – it is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the Cannabis plant and is a dietary supplement.

Hemp Seed Oil – is obtained by pressing hemp seeds and comes under the food category. It contains no CBD or THC.

Q9. What are the Main Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil comes from hemp seeds which contain about 30% oil by weight and is obtained by cold pressing.

Hemp seed oil is unrefined, green-colored oil and because it was derived by cold pressing, has all of its nutrients preserved.

what's the difference between cbd and hemp oil

Besides, it is the only edible oil that contains more than 80% polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. On its own, it does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.

Here a a few of the health benefits of hemp seed oil:

  • It is rich in omega-3, 6 and 9 polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • It contains high levels of Vitamin E which is prized for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties
  • It provides nutrition for your brain
  • It boosts your immune system
  • It helps to prevent degenerative processes in your heart and other organs
  • It lowers blood fat levels
  • It's great for your skin

Hemp seed oil is is also used in cosmetics for the production of soaps, shampoo, balm, lotions, etc.

You are also likely to find hemp seed oil used as the base for some CBD Oil products.

Q10. What are the Side-Effects of Hemp seed oil?

The potential side-effects of hemp seed oil are very much like those of other oils:

  • Contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Produces harmful peroxides under high heat
  • Can cause digestive issues
  • Can affect your blood’s ability to clot

Q11. What are the Main Benefits of CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a therapeutic medicinal oil and is used to assist with bone growth, cancer, artery blockage, psoriasis, nervous system degeneration, high blood sugar, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasm, anxiety, depression, nausea, low appetite, inflammation, chronic pain, etc.

To read more about How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety and Depression – take a look at our article HERE

To read more about the Therapeutic Effects of Terpenes in CBD Oil – take a look at our article HERE

Q12. Is Hemp Seed Oil or CBD Oil Better for Anxiety?

CBD Oil (rather than Hemp Seed Oil) has successfully been used to assist with a number of anxiety-related disorders, such as panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

To read more about How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety and Depression – take a look at our article HERE

Q13. Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD Oil for Dogs

Pets react to CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil the same way people do.

So, you can use CBD Oil to help your dog with seizures, nausea, anxiety, arthritis and pain etc., while you can use hemp seed oil to treat your pet's skin conditions.

High amounts of THC can actually be toxic for your dog – so read our article HERE about What is the Best CBD Oil for Dogs? first.

Q14. What is the Best CBD Oil?

There are many brands available on the market…but only high quality organic and full spectrum CBD Oil should be used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes.

If you want to know why – take a look at our article HERE


So, when it comes to Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil – we hope the confusion is finally over…

You can use ‘Hemp Seed Oil‘ (made from the seeds of the hemp plant) as a nutritious food that is rich in omega-3, 6 and 9 polyunsaturated fatty acids. You will also benefit from the anti-aging properties of the high levels of Vitamin E in this oil.

If you're looking for a powerful natural therapy to assist with anxiety, tumours, seizures or neurodegenerative diseases, then ‘CBD Oil‘ or ‘Whole Plant Hemp Oil‘ should be your first choice.

To find our what our current Top 5 Organic CBD Oil brands are – take a look at our article HERE

And if you have any remaining questions about the difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil – let us know in the comments below…


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Organic CBD Oil Review or its staff. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.

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