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6th October 2019

Is CBD Oil the Same as Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil and CBD oil can be confused with one another, and this is mainly due to the fact that they are both products of the hemp plant. In this blog, we take a look at whether CBD oil is at all the same as hemp oil and what the key differences are.

What is hemp oil?

The product known as hemp oil is pressed from hemp seeds. It’s also referred to as cannabis Sativa seed oil and is commonly used in skincare products. Refined hemp seed oil is colourless with little flavour, while unrefined hemp seed oil is darker and has a nutty taste.

What is hemp oil used for?

Hemp seed has been used in skincare and beauty products for many years now, and it’s a fairly common ingredient. It helps to moisturize the skin, is high in vitamin A, C and E and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

It can also be found in a number of shampoo products and its advocates believe that it has great benefits for strengthening and moisturising your hair.

Hemp oil is also viewed as a superfood by many, something which adds nutritional value to your diet through use as a supplement. This is because it’s high in antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 

Is CBD oil the Same as hemp oil?

The confusing part is that CBD oil is also frequently referred to as hemp oil. This is because it is an oil which can be extracted from the hemp plant. Some CBD brands may refer to their products as hemp oil to demonstrate to consumers that it has been extracted from a hemp plant rather than from a marijuana plant. 

Hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the cannabis Sativa plant family. CBD oil can be produced from both forms of plant but is more commonly produced from hemp plants because they have a lower level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid.

Related article: What is THC and How Is It Different to CBD?

Hemp seeds contain no THC and only very minuscule traces of CBD (if any at all) so it’s safe to assume that hemp seed oil does not contain any notable amounts of cannabinoids. 

Why is the distinction between CBD oil and hemp oil important?

It is important to know the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil which is derived from hemp plants. This is because CBD oil is a far newer and more expensive product with a range of potential health benefits while hemp seed oil doesn’t have the same reported physical and mental health benefits because it doesn’t contain cannabinoids.

Since consumers are willing to pay more for CBD oil, some brands could potentially benefit from mislabelling their products or allowing consumers to believe that a hemp seed oil contains CBD. The two are very different so it’s important to be able to make a distinction when you are purchasing.

How do I tell whether a product contains hemp seed oil or CBD oil?

The first step in identifying the difference is to look at the ingredients list. Hemp seed oil will be listed as cannabis Sativa seed oil whereas CBD will be listed as CBD, cannabidiol or PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) hemp extracts.

High-quality CBD products should also list the concentration of CBD. This is impossible for hemp seed oil products as they contain no CBD!

We hope this guide to hemp oil has been useful in helping you understand the difference between hemp seed oil (or cannabis Sativa seed oil) and CBD oil.

For more information on the differences between products related to CBD, you can take a look at the CBD Products section of our blog. You are also welcome to browse our CBD oils.

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