Is CBD Oil and Hemp Oil The Same? One of the most popular questions in the CBD industry. The cannabis plant has many beneficial properties, and it has been used since ancient times. Unfortunately, it was misunderstood for quite a while. Nowadays, cannabis products are no longer demonized, and you can find a wide variety in the market.

If you are a newbie to the world of cannabis products, you may find it difficult to distinguish the differences between the types of ingredients. What are the most common misconceptions between hemp oil and CBD oil? What is one, and what is the other? Do they have differences or are they the same thing? The answer to this question is:

"NO". they are not the same.

Hemp oil is NOT CBD oil.

In fact, hemp oil contains very little to no CBD content. The confusion occured because many companies use the label “hemp oil” or “hemp extract” for both products in order to get approved to sell. But this lead to many companies offering hemp oil products that are just that, hemp oil. They would even go far as to use labels on their products that makes the customer assume it contains CBD, when it really doesn’t.

So, lets take a look at these two oils, as well as where they come from and how they are used most often.

A quick look at hemp oil and cbd oil

  • They both come from the cannabis plant
  • They are both legal (according to the Industrial Hemp Farm Act of 2018)

The key difference is found in the part of the plant from which each oil is made from, as well as in the way in which it’s used.

Hemp oil is derived from seeds of the plant is is used as a natural dietary supplement, but also as an ingredient in various products, such as lotions and soaps. CBD oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the plant. It is mainly used in cosmetics, alimentation, dermatological treatments, and can be directly applied to the skin. CBD has also recently gained much more popularity in it’s use orally and can be inhaled as well.

Now let's take a more detailed look at each type of product:

Hemp oil:

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, as we mentioned earlier, is extracted from the seeds of the plant. It comes from industrial cannabis crops, and it has almost indiscriminate levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which means that it doesn’t give it’s users the classic euphoric mood (in simple words, it won’t get you “high”). It’s completely non-psychoactive. This means that it has no adverse side effects for the body and is entirely safe to use.

Hemp oil is produced by extracting the oil by pressing (crushing) industrial hemp seeds. Industrial hemp seeds are among the most complex and nutritious seeds known to humans, they offer huge benefits when consumed.

Avoid buying refined industrial hemp seed oil, which is colorless and contains no anti-oxidants or vitamins. Cold-pressed industral hemp oil is usually green.

Uses of hemp oil:

Hemp oil is mainly used for food and has a wide variety of benefits, here’s some notes on it’s uses in foods:

    • It’s full of nutrients and antioxidants.
    • Unrefined cold-pressed industrial hemp oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
    • It can provide crispness and nutty flavor to food
    •  You can use it on cold dishes like salads (as a replacement to Olive Oil)
    • It’s not suitable for cooking or fying though, because it gets burnt easily

It’s also an ideal oil for vegetarians and vegans:

    • It is an excellent natural moisturizer as a cream, lotion, or even a soap
    • Hemp oil can be the basis for various forms of plastic, rather than oil
    • It can be used in the production of paints that are more environmentally friendly than other oil-based paints
    • It can be used as a biodiesel fuel, like other vegetable oils.

cannabidiol oil (cbd):


Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is one of the essential ingredients of the plant. It’s a substance that is entirely natural, herbal, safe to use, and legal. Essentially, CBD is a natural chemical, which is also non-psychoactive. This means that it is not a drug and won’t get you “high” either, but there are many other benefits when taking it.

the uses of cbd oil:

At many places, you’ll find CBD oil as an ingredient in:

    • Edible products (chocolates, pasta, coffee, tea, etc.)
    • Moisturizer creams (facial, hand, body, and even shower gels)
    • Dermatological creams (You can apply the oil directly to the skin)
    • Cosmetics (mascaras, lipsticks, lip glosses)
    • Pet Products
    • Vape Juice Liquids (The vaporizer in an e-cigs converts the oil to vapor by heating)
    • Juices and Shots (Water, Energy Shots, etc.)

So what's the main difference?

In conclusion, we can say that both hemp oil and CBD oil have many beneficial and essential properties, but differ mostly in their origin and what they’re used for. Where hemp oil is mainly used for cooking and as an alternative to other oils, CBD is taken more for it’s wellness benefits.

However, keep in mind that the quality, purity and the source of where your CBD comes from plays an essential role in the products’ merit. So choose approved brands, and read the labels.

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