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6 minute read - Mar. 1st, 2019

Differences in Hemp oil & CBD Oil

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The CBD industry has grown with significant interest in natural wellness products. As a trending topic, people are frequently talking about buying CBD oil, Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil. This article will clarify the difference to help you choose the product best suited for your needs.

Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil

CBD oil and hemp oil are often confused. Some people think both terms provide the same benefits. It is true they are both widely used for their unique nutritional and wellness properties. But, people who believe that both terms mean the same thing and provide the same benefits are wrong!

We can categorize the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil into four main differences:

  1. What is in the product (cannabinoid content)
  2. How the products are used
  3. How hemp oil and CBD are processed
  4. Where the product’s ingredients come from
The top of a single growing hemp plant stalk with leaves

Differences in what is in the product – cannabinoid content

Hemp plants contain 80+ different chemicals called cannabinoids. One of the most popular cannabinoids is CBD, which has been shown to have many health and wellness benefits. CBD oil is primarily focused on these cannabinoids, especially cannabidiol (CBD). On the other hand, hemp oil contains minimal traces of cannabinoids.

  • CBD oil has a high concentration of CBD, making it a useful therapeutic product for health and wellness.
  • Hemp oil, often called Hemp Seed Oil, contains almost zero cannabinoids, so its benefits are restricted to its nutritional value.


Differences in how the product is used

MCT oil used for CBD productsYou will find hemp oil next to other cooking oils in a grocery store. On the other hand, you will find CBD oil products at a wellness store or online (such as Daddy Burt’s online store). CBD oil products are available in different sizes and preparations. Hemp oil products have little to no variation, they are typically sold as standard cooking oil.


Uses of hemp oil

Uses of CBD oil

Note: many producers of CBD oil will use hemp oil or MCT (coconut/palm oil) as the carrier oil for their CBD products.


Differences in how the product is made

Hemp oil is produced by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant, similar to the processing of other cooking oils. Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil has unique nutritional values, high in polyunsaturated fats (omegas), fatty acids and vitamins. This explains why Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil has found a spot in many kitchens for cooking and salad dressings.

CBD is extracted through a more complex process. This process involves multiple steps and is focused on separating the cannabinoid chemicals through CO2 or a solvent extraction process. CBD comes out of this process as a powder.  CBD oil can then be added to a carrier oil base for easier measuring and delivery.  Many producers of CBD oil will use Hemp Seed Oil or MCT (coconut/palm oil) as the carrier oil for their CBD products.


Differences in which plant parts are used to make the product

Hemp seeds in a bowl with hemp leavesHemp has less than 0.3% THC. THC is the chemical that is responsible for the intoxicating and high feeling.

CBD oil can come from either the hemp plant or other high THC plants, whereas hemp oil is exclusive to hemp. Although CBD can be derived from either plant, it is more common for CBD to be extracted from hemp, due to the significantly higher CBD concentrations in hemp and its legal status.

Hemp oil is obtained from the seeds of the hemp plant. On the other hand, CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. There is a negligible amount of CBD in the hemp seeds.


Final thoughts on CBD oil vs. Hemp oil

In conclusion, it is quite easy to see why people mix up Hemp Oil, Hemp Seed Oil or CBD oil because of the similarities. Nevertheless, Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil products have significant differences and use compared to CBD Oil. Hemp Seed Oil is good for nutrition. CBD oil is good for health and wellness.

Written by:

Alex Zorniger

Alex is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He studied nutrition, the environment, and entrepreneurship at Tufts University before joining the Daddy Burt team. Alex has a passion for helping people learn about the constantly evolving Hemp industry.

Reviewed by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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  • I wanted to thank you for helping me learn more about hemp oil. You mentioned that the oil is made by pressing seeds of the hemp plant. I’m interested to learn if other products are made this way or if each one would have it’s own process.

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