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Hemp Oil Vs. CBD Oil- 5 Major Differences

Hemp oil, CBD oil, THC oil, Cannabis oil, There are so many terms used, overused, and misused when talking about cannabinoids that somewhere in between they have lost their meaning. More than that, the users are so baffled by the rotating names of the products that misunderstanding is seeping into their minds which makes them judge the brands and in turn, affects the popularity and image of the product.

So what is CBD oil? Is it different from the hemp oil we can avail from grocery stores? If yes, how are the two different?

Each of these questions will be answered by lining up 5 comparative parameters of hemp oil and CBD oil:

Hemp Vs. CBD Oil: Descent Of The Species Enter heading here...

This is primarily the reason for all the confusion between hemp oil and CBD oil, they come from the same species of cannabis. The genus from which the strains of cannabis descend is the same- Cannabis Genus. This genus encapsulates three species- Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis.

Everything related to cannabis that's available at the online stores or your general stores is made either individually or by amalgamating cannabis sativa and cannabis indica strains. Cannabis Ruderalis, on the other hand, is a wild species of cannabis with low THC content and is not used for domesticated purposes.
  • Hemp Oil:

Coming back to the origin of hemp oil and CBD oil, both these oils are made from the same species of the plant, Cannabis Sativa. However, the difference lies in the strains used to make these oils. Hemp oil is made from naturally grown hemp plant which is low in all the cannabinoids.

  • CBD Oil:

Whereas CBD oil is made from industrially grown hemp plant which is bred in a way that the cannabinoid content is drastically different than the hemp strain. In industrially bred hemp plants, CBD is prominently higher in its content and have traces of THC which is mostly less than 0.3%.

  Hemp vs CBD oil. Parts used in Formulation

  • Hemp Oil:

Along with the difference in the origin of the plant, there is a huge difference in the use of the parts for production of oils as well. Hemp oil, which you can easily avail from any grocery store is extracted only from the seeds of the plant. This oil should be termed as hemp seed oil for a better reference.

Because it has only the content of the seeds just like almond oil, the properties of cannabis are almost dimmed to null. Of course, there are nutritional benefits of consuming hemp seed oil but the magnitude remains much smaller than what people anticipate when they go for CBD hemp oil.

  • CBD Oil:

CBD oils are extracted differently. The entire plant is used to make CBD oil which rich in cannabinoids. Stalks, leaves, seeds, and flowers in some brands (For eg. Green Roads CBD Oil don't use flowers), are used to produce CBD oil which you and I want to rely on for the plethora of benefits it has to offer.

CBD oil made this way is not only rich in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD but also has important elements including other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, etc., flavonoids and terpenes. These organic compounds have been reported to increase the entourage effect of the oil by intensifying the efficacy of the cannabinoids.

Hemp vs CBD Oil: Extraction MethodEnter heading here...

  • Hemp Oil:

As we said, hemp oil is made using only the seeds of the plant. The hemp seeds are cold pressed to extract the oil, similar to how almond oil, sesame oil, and peanut oil are produced. There is no exceptional medicinal value to these oils except for the nutrition ratios.

  • CBD Oil:

The formulation of CBD oil uses oil extracted from all the parts of the plants and not just the seeds, unlike hemp oil. So the prime requirement for CBD oil is to extract and use all the contents of the plant in a way that the impurities and pollutants are sieved.

There are two methods of extraction as well: 

  • Using Solvents
  • CO2 CBD Extraction Method

When CBD and other organic compounds are extracted using solvents such as alcohol, there is a fair chance of pollutant remnants in the extracted content. This is a comparatively cheaper method used by the brands whose prices you seem to label as economic. Whenever you find a brand selling CBD oil at drastically economic rates, always check their extraction method.

The ideal way to extract cannabinoids from the plant is CO2 extraction technique. This extraction process uses CO2 as a solvent which removes all the possible pollutants including the metallic ones. This is an exceptionally expensive method which is why very few brands use this process.

Hemp Vs. CBD Oil: Ratio Of The Cannabinoid Content

  • Hemp Oil:

Our eyes are always fixed on two cannabinoids- THC and CBD. Hemp is low on both the cannabinoids and because hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the plants, there is a chance that there won't be any traces of CBD in the oil. So basically, hemp oil has almost nil ratio of cannabinoid.

  • CBD Oil:

The cannabis strain used for the production of CBD oil is low on THC. But unlike hemp oil, CBD oil is rich in CBD, almost 20% of the total content of the plant is CBD.

Hemp vs CBD Oil : Application

  • Hemp Oil:

Hemp oil is a supplementary food product and the content of this oil can fairly be treated as a nutritional aid. Hemp oil is rich in Vitamin E, polyunsaturated fats, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B2. This oil is used industrially on a large scale for making plastics, paint, beauty products, dairy products, etc. Hemp oil is a rich source of amino acids and omega-3 and 6 which are considered great for skin and hair.

  • CBD Oil:

CBD has been hailed by the researchers as an innocent healer. It has almost replaced the pharma because of its efficacious reduction in symptoms of the following diseases:

  • Cancer Cell Growth
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Seizures
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Neural degeneration
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Psoriasis
  • Infection


In all, hemp oil and CBD oil have drastic differences in their being from its origin to its uses. So make sure you pick the right one according to your requirements.Enter your text here ...

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