Are CBD and Hemp Oil the Same?

by Nathan Mackowiak on February 15, 2021

Are CBD and Hemp Oil the Same?

If you’re new to or interested in CBD oil, you’ve probably heard the term hemp oil as well. You might have wondered, is hemp oil the same thing as CBD oil? That is a good question, and the answer really depends on what context the term is used in.

People use the term hemp oil interchangeably with CBD oil, but people also use the term hemp oil to refer to hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is very different from CBD oil. These oils are made from different parts of the hemp plant, and they are used in different ways. 

So yes, hemp oil and CBD oil often refer to the same thing, but they don’t always. If you are unsure what hemp oil is referring to check out the label of the product you are looking at, or ask for help in determining whether the product you are looking at is hemp seed oil or CBD oil. All products should be clearly labeled so that there is no confusion for consumers. 

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. However, hemp seed oils contain no THC and very little if any CBD. What hemp seed oil mostly contains is fatty acids, and vitamins B and D. 

Hemp seed oil has been used by manufacturers for a while now in their energy bars, yogurts, cookies, and other snacks. Due to the rich amount of unsaturated fatty acids in hemp seed oil it has been suggested that hemp seed oil can help maintain good cardiovascular health, but there is not a lot of clear medical evidence yet to fully support these claims. 

There are many health claims made about the benefits of hemp seed oil, and as you can see hemp seed oil is commonly used in a number of different food items that are widely available in almost every grocery store. 

How does hemp seed oil differ from CBD oil?

The main difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil is the part of the plant it is made from. Hemp seed oil is made from seeds obviously, while CBD oil is made from a variety of different parts of the hemp plant including the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the plant.

These parts of the hemp plant contain a higher concentration of CBD. CBD oil does not contain the large amount of fatty acids and amino acids like hemp seed oil. Rather CBD oil is rich in cannabinoids and terpenoids. 

These different compounds have been reported to have a number of different benefits for the human body, but we are not going into that information in this blog post. You can find more information about CBD oil benefits in our other blog posts

Understand What You are Taking

Hemp oil and CBD oil are terms that are often used interchangeably. It is important that you take the time to understand what you are taking. You likely won’t find hemp seed oil packaged in the same way as CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is used in a lot of health food products, and CBD is sold in tinctures and candies, etc. If you are unsure what you have or what you are about to take, ask questions and read the label. 



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