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CBD Oil and Hemp Oil. What’s the Difference?

September 17, 2020

One of the biggest misrepresentations in the market today is the widespread usage of the words CBD oil and hemp oil interchangeably. Intentionally or otherwise, people often conflate the two terms together when they’re nothing like each other. 

The only relation between CBD oil and Hemp oil is the fact that they are both derived from the same hemp plant. However, the similarities end there.

Hemp oil is often used for cooking and as an ingredient in cosmetic items. CBD oil, on the other hand, is highly regulated and sold for the numerous health benefits it offers. 

So let’s take a closer look at these two products, and examine the key differences between them. 

Why the confusion? (Hint: the ingredients

Being extracted from the same hemp plant, often the Cannabis Sativa strain is the precursor to the whole misconception. However, the two oils are derived from two different parts of the plant. 

In fact, the accurate term for hemp oil should be ‘hemp seed oil’ given the fact that it’s manufactured from the seeds of the plant. CBD though is made from the whole hemp plant, with the objective of ensuring it retains the whole range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.         


Hemp oil has absolutely no CBD in it, and an insignificant amount of THC. It does have a range of vitamins, omega fatty acids, and other essential minerals, which is the reason the product has become so popular in the first place. However, you will not get any benefits commonly associated with CBD. 

CBD oil though has a high content of cannabidiol, which varies depending on the type of spectrum type you prefer. In addition, it also has a number of terpenes, flavonoids, phytocannabinoids, which are usually tested for by a third-party lab. Most reputable companies publish compound profiles on their website. 

Note: CBD is used in vapes; however, it’s not the same as CBD oil. CBD only replaces nicotine as an ingredient in vapes while other ingredients like vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, and flavorings stay the same. 


Hemp oil is made using a cold-press extraction method, and only the seeds of the hemp plant are used. 

CBD oil uses a hi-tech extraction process like supercritical CO2 or alcohol extraction. The whole plant extract is used for the production of CBD. CBD oil usually is mixed with MCT oil or coconut oil as a carrier for faster absorption and greater effects. They are often delineated as full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolates. 

Hemp oil has a green color with a nutty flavor, while CBD oil is brown or golden with a bitter taste.

Price and availability

Hemp oil is quite cheap and could be purchased from supermarkets and grocery stores since it’s just a cooking item. 

CBD oil is far more expensive and can cost hundreds of dollars depending on the type of CBD you prefer. It is also highly regulated, and only licensed companies and dispensaries can sell them. 


As stated before, hemp oil is commonly found in the kitchen cabinet. It’s a healthy cooking oil with several health benefits. It can also be used as a beauty product and applied directly to your skin, hair, etc. 

CBD oil has been researched for decades for its effectiveness in treating health ailments. It’s been shown to be a great pain reliever, a one-stop solution for stress and anxiety, and even hindering the growth of cancer cells in our bodies. 

It can either be taken sublingually (by placing it under the tongue for faster absorption),  consumed normally using a dropper, or by adding it to your food/drinks. 

False Advertising

Often a product might have the hemp leaf on its packaging or even claim to have been infused with hemp oil. However, only on closer inspection of the ingredients would you find out that it has no CBD and is primarily made from hemp seeds. 

Companies try to use jargon like raw, organic, non-GMO, vegan, among others, but if it states unrefined hemp seed oil or something of the ilk, you can be assured it does not have any CBD. 

Reputable companies usually sell CBD oil on their websites and specific retail dispensaries. All products would be accurately labeled with their CBD content ratio, presence/absence of THC, production method, and independent lab results. If you are unable to find even one of these details, we’d highly advise you to steer clear. 


Both CBD and hemp oil offers a range of health benefits, just in different ways. 

Hemp oil is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids, and a healthy alternative to traditional cooking oil. CBD oil has unrivaled medicinal benefits and could significantly improve your quality of life. 

So choose wisely and don’t be misled by inaccurate gibberish.

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