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The Difference Between Hemp And CBD Oil

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

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The Difference Between Hemp And CBD Oil, Inside and outside the cannabis world there has recently been a huge increase in hemp and CBD products, mostly in the form of oil. However, you dont think that both products are the same – because they aren’t.  Whether your medicinal oil has been extracted from hemp (seed) or from cannabis makes a real difference.
The Difference Between Hemp And CBD Oil
The Difference Between Hemp And CBD Oil
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What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

The range of products that are hemp-based, is still increasing. Versatility is the key word here because every product provides a different need. Hemp seed oil, cannabis oil, CBD oil: there are a lot of choices and that can be confusing for the average consumer. In this article we look at the differences between hemp oil – also called hemp seed oil – and CBD oil.

Hemp seed oil. 

hemp oil benefits
hemp oil benefits

Hemp seed oil [foto: kostrez/Shutterstock]

Hemp seed oil is, as the name suggests, extracted by pressing hemp seed. Hemp seed is not psychoactive (4 mg THC / kg) when it is consumed. Hemp oil is legal in most countries and is sold in food stores along with other types of oil.

CBD oil.

CBD oil is extracted from cannabis flowers, preferably of a species that contains an extremely large amount of CBD ( cannabidiol). The oil does not have hallucinogenic properties. There is also CBD oil that is extracted from hemp. Due to the very low content of CBD in hemp, however, this oil has very few medicinal properties. This oil is therefore mainly used as a dietary supplement. CBD oil is only for sale in places where it has been declared specifically legal.

Medicinal properties

CBD oil and hemp seed oil have in common that neither of them is psychoactive, something that plays an important role in their popularity. Especially in countries where cannabis is not legal, these drugs are a safer alternative to consuming cannabis. Also, therefore, use for medical reasons is permitted by minors.

Hemp seed oil

Refined hemp seed oil is generally considered a foodstuff. As a result, it is legal in most countries. It has numerous health benefits and is for that reason a very popular ‘superfood’.

  • Protein rich
  • Full of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 6 and omega 3
  • Vitamin E antioxidants
  • Linoleic acid (has a positive influence on aging/skin conditions)

Hemp seed oil contains – it must be said – a little CBD. However, such a small amount only has a positive effect on patients suffering from non-severe to mild conditions.

CBD oil in the form of capsules
CBD oil is made from cannabis flowers

CBD oil

CBD oil is made from cannabis flowers, from which resin and CBD are extracted through a number of different methods. It is advisable to inform you about the method used and the overall quality of the product before buying CBD oil. To this day it remains difficult to mention all medicinal properties of CBD because new scientific and anecdotal evidence is constantly being found.


The external differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil often have to do with the quality of both products. Refined hemp seed oil and CBD oil can both have a lighter or darker shade depending on their quality, age, storage method etc. The two types of oil are extracted from the same polymorphic plant species, which explains why they usually look identical.
Both have a full, golden-green color that resembles that of olive oil.


Hemp oil is known under different names: hemp seed oil, hemp oil, culinary hemp oil and, sometimes, cannabis oil. Hemp seed oil is not only the clearest but also the most correct name. In order to determine whether a product called ‘hemp oil’ or one of the other names mentioned above is actually hemp seed oil, you should view the list of ingredients. While the use of an incorrect or vague name may be motivated by marketing and/or packaging reasons, the list of ingredients should provide clarity.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is not to be confused with any other product in terms of naming. In most cases, the term CBD oil is also used in the description of the product or on the packaging. Very rarely do you find the word cannabis oil. However, it would be counterproductive not to use the term CBD because it is ultimately one of the main products of the medicinal cannabis industry. It is therefore likely that the term appears on the packaging at least once.


Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis: Thank you for being the “Gateway drug” to perpetual inspiration, compassion, benevolence, and medicinal miracles: Cannabis grower, photographer with a long experience in cannabis cultivation. His articles are journalistic reports of places where cannabis is already legally cultivated and owned. They are intended to give an impression of the wide range of cannabis cultivation. These reports are intended to help identify the truth about cannabis and reduce prejudice.

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