Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil – What’s the Difference?

February 20, 2020

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

What’s the difference between hemp oil & CBD oil?


  • CBD Oil— CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and may contain secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients. We experience the benefits associated with CBD because of a system of cannabinoid receptors within the body called the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS).
  • Hemp Oil— Hemp oil is a nutritious oil derived from hemp seeds. This superfood extract is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. However, because it contains no CBD, it does not offer the same benefits.



Welcome to Hemplucid Corporate Headquarters. I’m Kyle, Wholesale Account Strategist here at Hemplucid, and today we’re going to be talking about hemp oil and CBD oil.

So, what’s the difference? 

There’s been a bit of confusion in the distinction between these two, and sadly, that might be what some companies are aiming for. 

The Difference Between Hemp Oil & CBD Oil

In most cases, a product labeled “hemp oil” will refer to hemp seed oil, which is not the same as CBD oil

Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is generally made from cold-pressed hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients—but don’t contain CBD or other cannabinoids

CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from extracts derived from the hemp plant, rather than its seeds. This is because cannabinoids are formed in mature hemp plants through a process called biosynthesis. 

The term “CBD oil” is used to refer to any cannabinoid extract derived from hemp because CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid in the hemp plant. 

And why is the distinction between hemp oil and CBD oil so critical? 

Well, some companies out there would have you believe there’s no difference so they can sell a cheap bottle of hemp seed oil at CBD prices. Often advertised with similar benefits. 

And as you’ve probably noticed, hemp-derived products are popping up everywhere from gas stations to popular e-commerce platforms. However, labeling can be fairly unclear. 

Research Before You Buy

Before buying any hemp-derived products, do your research. We can’t stress this enough.

When shopping for CBD oil, start by checking product ingredients. Research the company that makes the product and ensure you can find third-party test results for cannabinoid profiles, safety, and purity. 

If you can’t find reasonable evidence that the product contains CBD, chances are, it doesn’t. 

In summary, hemp oil or hemp seed oil is derived from hemp seeds and contains no CBD. While CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and can contain cannabinoid profiles in various forms. 

But we’ll talk more about the different types of CBD oil in another video.

Both hemp oil and CBD oil are made from hemp, a versatile member of the cannabis plant family.

But despite their similarities, they’re not one and the same.

Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.

Hemp Oil at a Glance

Hemp oil is a term that can technically describe any oil derived from the hemp plant, whether from the plant as a whole, seeds, or the stalk. Different portions of the plant yield different oils.

Even if a product is labeled hemp oil, it may not offer the same benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil.

You may have seen hemp oil at great prices sold online or in grocery stores. This oil is usually made from hemp seeds.

Hemp seed oil promotes health and well-being by supplying a wide range of nutritional benefits. This oil (as the name suggests) is made from hemp seeds rather than being extracted from the plant itself.

Hemp seeds are cold pressed and can be processed into a refined or unrefined oil.

Refined hemp seed oil is colorless and and has little flavor. This oil is used in hair treatments, moisturizing creams, lubricants, plastics, and more. It lacks the natural vitamins and antioxidants that unrefined hemp oil contains.

Unrefined hemp seed oil is green in color and has a natural, nutty flavor. This oil is loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, and antioxidants.

Your body cannot produce omega-3s on its own. Therefore, these fats must be obtained through diet. Along with salmon, tuna, walnuts, almonds, and other whole foods, hemp oil makes it easier to increase your daily healthy fat intake.

Some people use hemp oil for the benefits of healthy skin and a balanced complexion. Others mix it into smoothies and homemade meals.

These nutrients can support a healthy diet and promote overall well-being. However, hemp seed oil contains no cannabinoids, and won’t provide the same benefits associated with Whole-Plant CBD oil.

You may also come across hemp essential oils sold in stores. This oil is made by steam distilling the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, and is generally used for aromatherapy. Hemp essential oil contains no CBD or THC.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

The U.S. hemp industry is booming. From CBD oil tinctures, gummies, and even CBD for pets, there are thousands of products available on the market.

Cannabidiol oil is unique from hemp seed oil because it’s an extraction of all aerial parts of the hemp plant, instead of just the seeds. 

CBD oil contains a variety of compounds with beneficial properties. These chemicals occur naturally in the cannabis plant and boast various health benefits.

Cannabinoids, in particular, interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) inside all of us. THC and CBD are the most widely researched cannabinoids found in hemp.

The ECS is a group of internal cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. This system is involved in regulating several processes in the human body.

Whole-plant CBD oil products contain both compounds (alongside other phytocannabinoids and nutrients) to promote a synergy in the body called the “entourage effect.”

Hemp CBD oil contains only trace levels of THC (less than 0.3%), providing therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating effects associated with THC. 

Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil: Which One Is Right for You?

Both CBD oil and hemp oil come from the same plant, hemp. These oils are created using different methods for different purposes. CBD oil and hemp seed oil both display beneficial properties and can be safely used by most people.

In summary:

High quality CBD oil offers the potential benefits of cannabidiol alongside secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential fatty acids to create a synergistic effect that promotes overall wellness.

Not all CBD oils are created equal, and it’s important to understand Whole-Plant vs Isolate CBD.

Hemp seed oil is made using cold pressed hemp seeds and contains no CBD. It’s packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Why choose just one?

Hemplucid offers an ultra-nutritious blend of CBD in hemp seed oil.

Rich in cannabinoids, it supports an array of body functions, the immune system, and benefits the skin.

CBD oil with hemp seed oil as a carrier makes an excellent addition to your meals and can increase your nutrient intake.

Check out these handy tips for first-time CBD buyers. We’ll show you how CBD works, what to expect, and what makes it so great!

Written By: Morgan Donaldson

Morgan is a content writer at Hemplucid, enjoys books more than breathing, and has been published in Utah Cannabis Magazine. He’s a firm believer in the potential of hemp as a sustainable resource and its role in promoting a balanced lifestyle.

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