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CBD oil vs Hemp Oil, the differences

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With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, everyone is turning their attention to the hemp plant. Hemp is in everything from beauty and wellness products to clothes and pillows. With so many companies flooding the market with products, the terminology can get confusing especially with no real guidelines for how to market products. One of the biggest differences you will find is that some products will be made from hemp seed oil and some will be made with cbd oil. What does this difference actually mean?

Hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil is relative to many other carrier oil, sort of like sunflower seed oil and olive oil in that it’s a cold-pressed extract from seeds. Hemp seed oil is a perfectly good seed oil that’s high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD. Hemp seed oil has been available in health food stores for decades and is an ingredient of many health products. Hemp seed oil has no cannabinoids in it. It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet, but will not come with the potential benefits that CBD may offer.


CBD oil is a product that is rich in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has become popular in recent years, with consumers using it with a variety of wellness goals. CBD oil is derived from the aerial parts (buds) of the hemp plant instead of hemp seeds. Products should be clearly labeled as containing hemp-derived CBD, and list how many milligrams the product contains openly on the label. Also, the company selling the product should openly display 3rd party lab results for their products to show the product contains CBD. CBD oil will come in three major variants:

Full spectrum: This means the product contains CBD plus all the minor cannabinoids found in the hemp plant including CBC, CBG, CBN, etc. plus THC. THC levels in CBD products should always be <0.3% to comply with federal regulation and ensure they do not make the user feel “high”.

Broad spectrum: This means the product will contain CBD plus all the minor cannabinoids except for THC. Products made from broad spectrum oil are typically used by consumers looking to avoid THC but are still looking for benefits minor cannabinoids may offer.

Isolate: This means the product is derived from CBD isolate and will only contain CBD, with no minor cannabinoids. Isolate products are fairly common on the market as they are inexpensive to manufacture, and isolate can be incorporated into a wide array of recipes.

The importance of the differences

Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil have their potential health benefits, so taking one when you actually want the other wont necessarily hurt. The most important factor of choosing between the two comes from the cost. Both hemp seed oil and CBD oil products come with a decent price tag on them, so you want to make sure you are getting exactly what you pay for. While both products come from the same plant, the affects you feel can be vastly different. When in doubt, make sure to check out the lab results for the product!

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