Just because a product has a hemp leaf on it or is marketed as hemp oil, doesn’t make it a CBD product. There are products out there “infused with hemp oil”, but how much CBD is in it?
There is still a lot of confusion going around about what the differences are between hemp oil and CBD oil. Firstly, they are actually completely different things. Hemp oil is used primarily in cooking and the manufacturing of beauty products, whereas CBD oil is an oral tincture that is said to provide its own range of benefits. Both are made from hemp, but the similarities largely end there.
The quickest way to tell the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil is by looking at the labels and ingredients. They both come from hemp, which is a specific type of cannabis plant that’s rich in cannabidiol and extremely low in THC. (Usually around 0.3%)
“Hemp oil” is more accurately known as hemp seed oil. As the name suggests, it’s extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil has been commonly used for cooking and as an ingredient in various beauty products for many years. Some popular brands, like Nutiva for example, market their product as “hemp oil”. But when you look at the ingredients, it says “raw, organic unrefined hemp seed oil”.
CBD oil, on the other hand, is derived from hemp, or any cannabidiol-rich cannabis strain. It’s made using the entirety of the hemp plant, not just the seeds. The active ingredient will likely be listed as a “whole plant extract”, most commonly CBD isolate or distillate. CBD oil tinctures usually contain some type of carrier oil, like MCT oil or olive oil for example. Other common labels associated with CBD oil are full spectrum, broad spectrum, PCR, or phytocannabinoid-rich.
CBD oil is a term that is sometimes inaccurately associated with CBD vapes. These products are similar to CBD oil tinctures in that they contain hemp-based extracts, but they are specifically formulated for vaping. CBD vapes typically contain the same ingredients used in e-liquid like vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol and flavorings. Instead of nicotine, they generally contain either CBD isolate, a water-soluble form of CBD, or distillate—a highly refined cannabis extract that is generally infused with a wider range of additional naturally-occurring phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
The method of production is another major difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is generally produced through cold-press extraction using hemp seeds. CBD oil is produced using the entire hemp plant and more high-tech extraction techniques. The most commonly used methods for CBD oil extraction are supercritical fluid extraction (also known as CO2 extraction), or the more traditional solvent-based extraction. Hemp oil tends to be green and dark, while CBD oil is usually more of a light golden to dark brown color.
This is a very important one. Products that contain CBD usually have a label displaying the amount of milligrams of CBD per unit or per serving. Hemp is naturally rich in CBD so, since CBD oil is produced using the whole plant, it naturally contains very high levels of CBD. It may also contain other naturally occurring organic compounds, known as phytocannabinoids and terpenes. The more premium CBD oil brands also publish third party test results with a detailed breakdown of its cannabinoid and terpene profile, along with various other metrics for quality.
The bad news is that hemp seed oil is actually a very poor source of CBD! If a product doesn’t have a label listing the amount of CBD in milligrams, chances are it’s not even a valid CBD product. Interestingly enough, hemp seed oil can actually still contain trace amounts of THC, but not anywhere near the amount it would take for you to get high or fail a drug test.
CBD oil is a lot more expensive to produce than hemp seed oil. For that reason alone, it is going to cost you more. If a product claims to be made with premium CBD oil, it’s probably not going to be cheap. And if it is, you might want to double check it for legitimacy.
Unfortunately there may be some products made with hemp seed oil that are marketed as hemp-based products. Technically, they still are, even if they don’t contain CBD. Just because a product has a hemp leaf on the package or logo, doesn’t necessarily mean it is a CBD product. Although price can sometimes be a decent indication, never judge a book by its cover.
Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil can be found at your local pharmacy, grocery store, and health food stores. However, most of the time you will find that they are generally sold in different locations. The more reputable CBD oil brands can be purchased online directly from their website. A lot of pharmacies, and even corner stores these days, have started carrying some of the more legitimate CBD oil brands. A few years ago, this was not the case.
Hemp seed oil can always be found at your local grocery store, beauty store and online shops like Amazon. They are sometimes marketed as hemp oil, but the ingredients will have to list “hemp seed oil”. If you’re looking to take CBD oil for medicinal purposes, hemp seed oil will not provide those same benefits—although it does happen to be a very good source of protein and essential fatty acids (omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9).
Since hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same thing, their applications differ greatly. Hemp seed oil is generally found in beauty products for hair and skincare, or used for cooking and salads. CBD oil, on the other hand, usually refers to an oral tincture containing CBD, which is taken sublingually by putting drops under the tongue. CBD oil is also the main component in many CBD-rich products like edibles, topicals and other products infused with cannabidiol.
For the record, when people say they’re “vaping CBD oil”, they are (or should be) vaping e-juice containing some type of CBD concentrate or extract. Most of the time it’s going to be made from CBD isolate, a highly concentrated crystalized form of CBD that happens to be water soluble. Other vapes may contain either some form of CBD distillate, shatter or concentrate. CBD oil tinctures, on the other hand, use an oil-based carrier, which makes them unsuitable for vaping.
In order to fully understand the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, we must also understand what they have in common. Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are products derived from hemp. Both of them might even have a hemp leaf on the packaging. They can both be organic, kosher, non-GMO, vegan, etc. Sometimes you can even find them at the same location. But be careful, do your research and always read labels. It’s too easy to mix the two up, and it’s unfortunate that some businesses have resorted to misrepresenting their products in an attempt to increase profits.
To sum it all up, hemp oil, or better known as hemp seed oil, is not the same thing as CBD oil. It comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and does not contain significant levels of CBD!
So tell me. Is hemp or cbd good for my mom who is not only in pain, but she has stage 4 cancer that’s eating away on her bones she is advised to have radiation five day a week. She is at the moment having radiation done for her eyes which supposedly had reached to that point. My question is which is better for pain. CBD or Hemp?
Hey Pablo! Hemp is a specific type of cannabis that is generally low in THC and high in CBD. To answer your question, it depends how your mother would like to administer it. High-CBD hemp strains can be vaped using a weed vaporizer. There are also CBD vape pens which are a bit more convenient and discreet. Then you have a variety of CBD products, the most common ones being CBD oil tinctures, capsules and edibles. All of these methods of delivery are suitable for administering CBD, it comes down to which one your mom prefers. (Hemp oil, better known… Read more »
My horse has heaves, I tried hemp oil with coconut oil, some relief but I read of people giving CBC oil with peppermint straight to the horse with great results. What is your opinion? How do I get just cbd oil I can trust?
Hey Becky, so unfortunately you might have heard by now that hemp oil isn’t a good source of CBD, in fact it’s a pretty bad one. We have put together a list of the best CBD oil for dogs and pets from the companies that we trust. They have all gone through extensive lab testing and are produced in a clean environment. I hope that helps, best of luck to you!
Which one is the BEST for arthritis and joint pain relief.
Hey Bill, in my opinion the best CBD products for arthritis and joint pain relief is going to be a high-strength full spectrum CBD oil. I would also suggest looking in to transdermal CBD patches for more localized pain relief. I think that the combination of those two is probably going to be the ideal option, but if you had to choose one, I would go with the full spectrum oil. I hope that helps, best of luck to you!
Hi there, my Dad has chronic arthritis and is in a lot of pain. He is 88 yrs old. Have tried pretty much everything for him. Steroid injections aren’t helping him. I have a question about the high-strength full spectrum CBD oil…does he apply the oil to the area of pain on the skin or does he take it by mouth to help with the arthritis pain? Thank you for your time!!!
Hi Deanna, according to my research chronic arthritis and pain require high doses of CBD. So while technically you can apply CBD oil tinctures to the skin, they are much more effective when taken under the tongue. There are products made specifically for dermal use, which are a great supplement to tinctures, but they just can’t deliver the high doses that you can get with tinctures. So if I had to choose one over the other it would be a sublingual tincture over CBD topicals. But with that said, I think CBD topicals still have their place in treating more… Read more »
I have severe back pain This is first time I will be trying it.& don’t know what will be best for back & anxiety, stress. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Hi Dawn, I would suggest starting with a high potency CBD oil tincture, preferably one that is full spectrum, or broad spectrum if you’re concerned about it containing trace amounts of THC. If you vape, then CBD vape pens are easily the best delivery system available right now. You also might want to check out this article on finding the right CBD dosage. Hope that helps, best of luck!
Can I use 30,000 unrefined hemp oil in my vape? Please
Hi Higgo, to answer your question, no. Hemp oil is not meant for vaping, in fact any oil-based substance is not suitable for vaping and can pose serious health risks, so don’t attempt it. You’re going to need a bottle of CBD vape juice meant specifically for vaporization, or pre-filled CBD cartridges that connect to a standard vape pen battery. Hope that helps, best of luck!