What’s the Difference Between CBD and Hemp Seed Oil

We have briefly discussed this topic in previous blog posts. However, this is something that still confuses a lot of people. Therefore, we will discuss this with a bit more depth this time.

People often talk about hemp oil (or hempseed oil) and CBD oil interchangeably, with the assumption that they are the same. Even some product labels use the terms inconsistently, which means the product manufacturers are also unclear on their differences. Some producers intentionally exploit this confusion, but we will discuss that later.

With that said, how is hemp oil different from CBD? Since both oils are extracted from the same plant, how different can these oils be? Actually, the differences are quite significant. Hempseed oil comes from only the seeds of the hemp or cannabis plant. CBD oil is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound, that comes from the same plant, but from the plant material. Let us examine this a little closer so we can understand how they differ.

What is Hempseed Oil?

Hempseed oil is extracted by a process called “cold pressing” in which the hempseeds are crushed. This oil is used in cooking, as a supplement, and as a topical for the skin. It is also used as a carrier oil for CBD oil products. A carrier oil is blended with CBD to make CBD more bioavailable. It “carries” the CBD through the skin for better absorption.

The major difference is that hempseed oil contains no CBD. It does not have the effect that CBD has on the body. By itself, it has other useful benefits, but it is highly desirable as an effective carrier oil for many CBD products.

Hempseed oil has a high level of essential fatty acids. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It supports heart health, and some people report that it can provide pain relief. Even though it does not contain CBD, it enhances the benefits of CBD when it is added to CBD oil

What is CBD Oil?

The extraction method for CBD is quite different. The plant goes through a number of chemical extraction processes in order to remove undesirable compounds from the hemp or cannabis plant. An example of an undesirable compound is THC, which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that makes you feel “high.”

After extraction, the result is a powder that has a high concentration of CBD. The powdered form is not very marketable for commercial use. This is why it is added to a tincture at certain levels of concentration. The end product is CBD oil that can contain other ingredients including hemp seed oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, scents, and so forth. The important factor of the CBD oil is how concentrated it is.

Identifying the Differences Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

If you do not have a lot of knowledge about the CBD market, seeing all the products on the market can be quite intimidating as you are trying to select the right product for yourself. Product labels often add to the confusion, too.

In fact, this is exactly what some brands do. They realize that they can take advantage of this new market because consumers probably don’t know the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil. They produce hemp oil, but they present their products as CBD oils promising great results, and they price them below the market price of authentic CBD oils. Hemp oil is a lot less expensive than real CBD oil, but consumers often would just look at the price and not the product itself. It is human nature to want the best deal. If they see an oil tincture with a volume of one ounce, at very low price, they think that they are getting one ounce of CBD oil whereas in reality, they are getting one ounce of hemp seed oil.

The good news is that consumers are getting more savvy and can see through the labeling tricks. However, there are still brands out there that are spreading misinformation to try to make money off of those who are unaware. If you are ever in doubt, look closely at the label and find a statement that clearly states the concentration of CBD in milligrams. If you do not see such a statement on the label, chances are it is a hemp oil. All products should contain a list of ingredients. If a product does not even provide an ingredients list, move on to another product.

Hemp oil and CBD oil have their respective user communities and applications. When you are shopping for these, be a smart consumer and stay apprised of the market. Reputable products always include a clear list of ingredients. Sometimes product inserts even include full lab results. Because there are still plenty of questionable businesses trying to exploit the misinformation, our job is to educate consumers so you can shop for the best products with confidence.