The Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?


But there’s more to the answer. People don’t always use the terms correctly. Or a better way to put it — they don’t use the terms responsibly. This is evidenced by the rampant problem of mislabeling in the hemp CBD industry. Some people use the terms CBD oil, hemp oil, and hemp seed oil interchangeably to get you to buy a product that doesn’t contain any CBD. And, therefore, doesn’t contain the therapeutic benefits you seek.

Some use them interchangeably to avoid FDA issues with their products.

Other times, it’s simply a misuse of the term.

That’s why you were smart to ask, and why it’s important to know the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil.

And that hemp oil is a term used for both, but should only be used synonymously with CBD oil. We’ll tell you why, but first, let’s talk about obvious differences.


Where Is the Oil Extracted From?

The first thing you need to know is that oil that is extracted from the hemp plant — from flowers and leaves and stalks — is CBD oil. And oil extracted from hemp seeds only is hemp seed oil.

After this, things get confusing because people do not use terms the same way. At The Hemp Haus, hemp oil is CBD oil. When we mean the completely different product that comes from hemp seeds, we say “hemp seed oil”.

Also, CBD oil can be isolate, distillate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum. If the oil comes from the hemp plant (not just the hemp seed) it is going to have some degree of hemp actives — that is, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.

So, hemp oil should not be thought of differently than a full spectrum CBD oil. And at The Hemp Haus, we ONLY recommend broad or full spectrum CBD. The benefits of CBD are always enhanced when accompanied by whole plant nutrients.

In this article, we are going to discuss the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, and help you understand what is meant by “hemp oil”.


Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD Oil

Many articles on the subject will say “hemp oil vs CBD oil” or “hemp vs. CBD” — which is confusing since CBD comes from hemp.

Legal CBD is hemp-derived. Hemp CBD oil is extracted from cannabis that contains .3% THC or less, which is how a hemp plant is defined. The reason is because this level of THC is non-intoxicating and is the amount legislators were comfortable with legalizing.


Cannabis — What Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil Share

CBD oil and hemp seed oil are derived from different parts of the cannabis plant.

CBD oil is extracted from hemp flowers —sometimes from the leaves and stalks as well, which is known as hemp fibre biomass. But quality CBD oil is extracted from the flowers.

Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, comes from hemp seeds only.

Hemp is a cannabis plant, which we’ve defined above by its low amount of THC. It is high in cannabidiol (CBD), which is most abundant in the flowers, followed by the leaves and stalks.

However, only trace amounts of CBD shows up in hemp seeds. Therefore, the uses for and the potency of CBD oil and hemp seed oil are quite different.

CBD is not psychoactive. Neither CBD oil nor hemp seed oil will get you “high.”


The Benefits Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is known for its nutritional power. It’s packed with healthy fats and minerals. Studies show promising results regarding its effect on skin disorders and PMS symptoms.



Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids like linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Additionally, they provide protein, vitamin E and offer other health-enhancing minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Quite impressive those teeny, tiny seeds.


Skin Disorders

Studies show that hemp seed oil may improve symptoms of eczema, including dryness and itching. Researchers believe these effects stem from hemp seed oil’s balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.


PMS and Menopause

Hemp is a good source of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), which is known to decrease the inflammation that can occur with menopause. Hemp Seed oil is also used to relieve symptoms of PMS, which reduces the effect of the hormone prolactin in the body.


The Benefits of CBD Oil

When it comes to CBD oil vs. hemp seed oil, CBD is considerably more potent and has a substantially farther-reaching range of therapeutic benefits. Because CBD oil needs an oil carrier, hemp seed oil is often used as the carrier. So, with CBD oil, you often get hemp seed oil as well. This can be whether it’s CBD isolate (pure CBD) or full spectrum.

To understand more about how CBD oil is formulated, feel free to check out our article on what makes CBD potent.

A discussion about all the potential health benefits of CBD would turn this blog post into a graduate thesis, so we’ll do our best by giving you the basics.

According to many anecdotal reports and a growing pool of research, CBD has a wide range of therapeutic and preventative effects.

But as for CBD effects, people use it to manage anxiety, mood disorders such as PTSD and depression, pain, inflammation, insomnia, and more.

Therefore, CBD is used to treat a range of conditions and diseases, such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, arthritis, and much more.


CBD for Preventative Health Benefits

Because CBD is an antioxidant and has neuroprotective qualities, some people take it to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases.

A 2018 review of clinical and preclinical studies in Frontiers of Pharmacology determined that CBD plays a protective role in treating and preventing such diseases as Parkinson’s and MS.

In addition to its antioxidant effects, people use CBD for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects in a preventative skincare regimen and to maintain their immune health.

You may have heard someone you know say CBD didn’t work for them. Not all CBD is created equal. To learn more, read our article on what makes CBD oil effective.


CBD for Anxiety

According to a report in Neurotherapeutics, CBD oil shows promise in the treatment of various anxiety disorders.

In 2018, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research published the finding of a survey that showed 62 percent of CBD users used it for medical purposes. At the top of the list? Pain, anxiety, and depression.

To keep anxiety in check, we recommend Puffin Hemp Liposomal CBD or Ananda Hemp CBD softgels and tinctures.

Learn more about what CBD to take for anxiety here.


CBD for Pain and Inflammation

CBD has an inhibitory effect on the COX enzyme that plays a key role in mediating inflammation and pain. COX- 2 particularly encourages inflammation in the body. It is the target for many anti-inflammatory drugs including NSAIDs. When the receptor for COX is occupied, the inflammatory cascade is blocked and inflammation does not take place.

In one 2016 study, CBD reduced pain and inflammation behavior in rats with arthritis. Another report has found that short-term use of CBD improves spasticity in MS patients. This 2008 review takes a look at several scientific studies, which together reveal that CBD shows “great promise” in the management of pain.

For pain and inflammation, we recommend Ananda Hemp CBD and Puffin Hemp Liposomal CBD.

Learn more about what CBD to take for pain and inflammation here.


CBD for Insomnia

In a very recent published case study from 2019, a majority of patients with anxiety-related insomnia experienced improved sleep with CBD. Out of 72 patients, anxiety scores decreased in 57 patients within the first month, and sleep scores improved in 48 patients in the first month.

Another case report outlines how CBD successfully treated the pediatric anxiety and insomnia of a severely abused ten-year-old girl with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pharmaceuticals meds had provided some relief, but they were not lasting and came with major side effects.

CBD was able to provide sustained relief to the 10-year-old, for both sleep and anxiety, and proved, with clinical data, to be a safe form of treatment.

Learn more about what CBD to take for insomnia here.

Buy the best, high-quality CBD for insomnia here.

If you would like to know more about how CBD will make you feel, read our article on Nature’s Breakthrough.


What Is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

So we’ve established the difference between CBD oil and hempseed oil with pretty cut and dry criteria.

But what about hemp oil? What do people mean by “hemp oil”, and is it the same as CBD oil?

Undoubtedly, some people use the term “hemp oil” when they mean “hempseed oil”. Other times, people use it to mean CBD oil. At The Hemp Haus, we follow the latter. If someone or something says “hemp oil”, we expect it to mean “CBD oil”. Why? Because any oil extracted from the hemp plant itself is likely to have some recognizable degree of CBD in it with other hemp actives as well like terpenes and flavonoids.

The reason we feel this is the correct way is also the way you can tell if a product is using hemp seed oil or CBD oil. By the ingredient list.

Hemp seed oil will be listed as cannabis sativa seed oil in the ingredients. CBD will usually be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) or PCR hemp extracts.

As you can see, in the industry, there’s pretty much just one way to talk about hemp seed oil. But there are several for CBD oil. This, no doubt, can be attributed to the fact that you can buy different types of CBD oil, which include isolate (pure CBD), distillate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum.


Is Hemp Oil as Good as CBD?

We often get this question, and really, it depends on what you mean. If you mean, is a hemp CBD extract that includes the full range of whole plant nutrients better than pure CBD … our answer is a resounding yes.

This kind of hemp extract vs CBD isolate, is called full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD. It is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), all other present cannabinoids (CBG, CBC, and legal amounts of THC for full spectrum, etc.), terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and more.

If CBD is the all-star in this equation, then CBD with all the other phytonutrients is the all-star along with the power and support of its team. This describes the entourage effect — whole cannabis plant compounds working together to combine and enhance their therapeutic effects.

So yes, of course, hemp oil has CBD plus much more. Most people in the industry use the term CBD oil over hemp oil — even to describe full spectrum CBD.

And just to reiterate one last time: hemp seed oil is the oil that is extracted from hemp seeds, and is vastly different from CBD or hemp oil.

Beware when purchasing a product. Because people are willing to pay much more for CBD products, you could be tricked into paying CBD oil prices for hemp seed oil effects. Just remember, the ingredient list will (should) tell the whole story.


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