Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

The mention of cannabis sativa products immediately evokes some critical discussions, as it is normally considered a drug. Among the most popular cannabis-related discussions, are the one revolving around Hemp oil and CBD. Many people always wonder what the difference between the two is. Hemp is a type of cannabis sativa plant, that is believed to have medicinal properties. It is also widely used as a recreational stimulant. Many cannabis products do not provide enough information, for a normal user to decipher the difference between the tow. Many are always left in limbo; about which product contains CBD and which one does not.

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This article aims at unearthing the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil. Often, people use the word Hemp to refer to marijuana, which is wrong. To make it easy to understand the differences, we will look at the following aspects of hemp and CBD oils.

  1. Cannabinoids content
  2. Plants from which the oils are extracted
  3. Parts of the plants where the oils are extracted
  4. Hemp Seed Oil
  5. CBD oil

Cannabinoids Content

In order to make sense of the term “Cannabinoids content,” it is important to understand what CBD is. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is part of a larger group of chemical compounds known as Cannabinoids, normally present in the cannabis sativa plant. These cannabinoids combine with particular receptors in your brain to cause specific reactions.

The hemp plant is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that has very low concentrations of Cannabinoids. The most popular cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). There are over 100 cannabinoids, each with different psychoactive and medicinal properties. A strain of cannabis sativa is cultivated with techniques optimized towards maximizing a particular cannabinoid in it. Among the various types of cannabinoids include;



  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabichromenate (CBCA)
  • Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)
  • Tetrahydrocannabidiolic Acid (THCA)
  • Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA) and many others




Extraction Plants

The reason as to why most people assume hemp oil and CBD oil to be the same thing, is the two are extracted from the same plant. They are extracted from cannabis sativa plant. However, they are extracted from different strains of the plants. Strains refer to the plants obtained after a particular plant has been grown under different conditions.

The cultivators stimulate the differences by growing the plants at different locations and using different breeding techniques on each location. The resulting plants are different in aroma, flavor, color, and cannabinoids count. That makes it a bit clearer now. Right? Hemp oil is made from the plants with extremely low cannabinoids count, while CBD oil is extracted from strains with high cannabidiol content.

Parts from Which the Oils are Extracted

The oil is also extracted from different parts of their respective strain of the plant. Just like, we have oils extracted from olives and almonds, hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. On the other hand, CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the strain with high cannabinoids content.

The difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is rather clear at this point. However, since manufacturers do not disclose much information about the composition of their cannabis-related products, many find it hard to tell which ones contain CBD and which ones do not.  There are FDA regulations that accompany the production of CBD containing products. To reduce the risk that comes with being subject to these regulations, cannabis products manufacturing companies such as Charlotte’s Web, will not disclose on the labels that they contain CBD. How then can you be sure?

Hemp Seed Oil

We have already established that hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the low cannabinoids content cannabis sativa plant. It is extracted from the seed because they have been established to have an even lower cannabinoids content, that the leaves. Hemp oil therefore has negligible to none cannabinoids content. The oil can be used as a substitute for olive oil or coconut oil. It is particularly great for salad dressing. The oil has no psychoactive or medicinal properties, which are synonymous with CBD oil.

Hemp oils are labeled “Hemp oil.” Most of the composition descriptions that accompany the products are vague. How do I really know whether it’s just hemp oil? You might ask. Well, we can never be guaranteed about that since we are not there during processing, but there are a few pointers we give about the same.

First, CBD is considered medicinal. It is therefore costly. Hemp oils are always cheap. They also come in large bottles. A 24-ounce bottle of the oil costs around 20 bucks on Amazon. CBD oil is normally in 1-ounce bottles and costs, way above 20 bucks.


At this juncture, it quite apparent that CBD oils are held in higher regard than hemp oils. They are normally pricey and come in small amounts. CBD products are also closely monitored by FDA. Many products with CBD will have an ingredient named “Hemp Extract.” As mentioned earlier, the manufacturers try to avoid the risks associated with being under FDA regulations. Another common indicator of CBD content in the oil is ingredients such as olive and coconut oil. These are normally used as carrier oils to dilute CBD oil. The oil in its concentrated form tastes nasty.

Take Away

The differences between hemp oil and CBD oil should be very clear by now. Hopefully, you are now able to understand the various terms used when referring to the oils. These discussed aspects surrounding the processing and vending of the oils are crucial too if you are to get the oil you are looking. When not sure about the content of CBD in oil, you could call the manufacturer and enquire. It is always prudent to also consult third-party opinions. The two are closely related, but are not the same thing. Hemp oil and CBD oil does not have to such a complicated topic anymore.