Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil—the difference.

While we appreciate how everyone has been talking about the many benefits of using hemp and CBD oils, there is one mistake being made. A lot of us have been using the terms hemp oil and CBD oil interchangeably. Those of us less informed on the matter might not think it to be a big deal but there is a big difference between the two.

What’s the difference?

CBD is a cannabinoid constituent in the hemp plant. H.emp oil and CBD oil differ w.r.t. the part of the hemp plant they are derived from. Hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.

What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp Oil is typically extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds can contain as much as 50% of their weight in the oil. It can be derived from the seeds of any plant in the cannabis family but more often than not, it is derived from industrial hemp. The idea is to obtain the oil from those varieties of the cannabis plant that contain less amounts of THC (the psychoactive component of the plant).

Uses of Hemp Oil

The best-known use of hemp oil is in cooking as a replacement of conventional oils. Hemp oil contains as much as 76% of the essential fatty acids required by the human body. That is to say, it is used heavily as a source of protein. Because of its low amounts of saturated fats (about 5-7%), it finds a special spot in most kitchens. Primarily, it is used as a dietary supplement and food oil.

Hemp oil is also utilised as a significant ingredient in cosmetics such as shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions. This is owing to the rich amounts of Vitamin E present in the oil. That allows it to replenish the body and protect it against free radicals.

Ideally, hemp oil may also be used as the base, instead of petroleum, for different forms of plastic.

What is CBD Oil?

From what we already know, CBD is one of the different cannabinoids present in the hemp plant. CBD oil is extracted through the stalks, leaves, buds, and flowers of the hemp plant. CBD oil is derived from a hemp source that is naturally rich in CBD to increase the yield and quality.

Uses of CBD Oil

CBD oil has been primarily used for medicinal purposes. More and more research is being done to study the effects of CBD on various ailments in both humans and animals. Athletes often use CBD-based products for lessening inflammation and managing pain.

With increasing science-backed research, CBD is being used for easing medical conditions such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and stress. Recent studies show CBD oil to be effective in treating the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea in cancer patients.

So what’s the difference?


The prime distinction between Hemp oil and CBD oil is the variety of plant they are derived from. However, their varied uses also highlight their differences.

Typically, and legally, hemp oil should contain low levels (less than 25 ppm) of CBD whereas CBD oil can have up to 15% of the component.

While both the oils have imperative applications in our daily life, their roles are different.

Hemp oil is good to pump your body with nutrients while CBD oil is your medical go-to.

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