What is the Difference Between CBD Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Cannabis Oil?

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What is the Difference Between CBD Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Cannabis Oil?

With the different kind of cannabis oils on the market, it can be difficult to differentiate products. It takes time to learn the specific terminology used in the industry. As a new consumer, this can be confusing when deciding which product to purchase.

We are going to clarify the difference between three common oils:

  • CBD oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Cannabis oil

These oils share similarities and, for that reason, are often confused for one another. We’ll break down the differences between the oils and discuss the benefits of each.

First, however, it is important to explain the difference between hemp and marijuana. These oils are derived from hemp or marijuana (or both). Understanding the difference between these two plants will give us a better idea of the differences between the oils that derive from them.

Hemp Versus Marijuana

Oftentimes, the words “hemp” and “marijuana” are used interchangeably when, in fact, they are different plants. While they are both cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana differ in cultivation and application. Marijuana is used for recreational and medicinal use; hemp has over 50,000 applications including industrial use.

Appearances aside, the most significant difference between these plants is the level of THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC while hemp contains low levels of THC.

The amount of THC determines the legality of the plant. Marijuana is legal only in states that have passed recreational or medical marijuana laws. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp derivatives are legal if they contain less than 0.3% THC.

The Difference Between CBD Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Cannabis Oil

Now that we have a clearer idea of the difference between hemp and marijuana, we can better discuss the difference between CBD oil, hemp seed oil, and cannabis oil.


CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound well-known for its therapeutic properties. CBD oil contains high levels of the CBD compound and is consumed as a wellness supplement. CBD oil can be taken as is in a form known as a concentrate or can be infused into a variety of products such as tinctures and edibles.

CBD oil is derived from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. Hemp-derived CBD oil is non-intoxicating and legal to purchase in the United States without a medical card.

Why Take CBD Oil?

CBD is an active compound that supports the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The interaction between CBD and the ECS has been shown to have several benefits, as outlined in a number of studies. We encourage you to research the benefits of CBD; the information available is plentiful.

A Note About CBD Oil

CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana, so it is important to confirm which plant the CBD oil is derived from. If derived from marijuana, the oil likely contains the intoxicating THC compound. Hemp-derived CBD can only legally contain less than 0.3% THC, which is a negligible amount that will not get you high. A reputable manufacturer will clearly state which plant the CBD is derived from.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is another oil derived from hemp. As the name states, hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. This oil can be found in the aisles of the grocery store and is an ingredient in a number of nutritional and cosmetic products.

While both derived from the hemp plant, CBD oil and hemp seed oil are not the same. As mentioned previously, hemp oil is a CBD-rich nutritional supplement. Unlike CBD oil, hemp seed oil does not contain the beneficial CBD compound.

Confusion often arises because both CBD oil and hemp seed oil are referred to as hemp oil. If a product is labeled as hemp oil, you can determine which oil it is by checking the label. If the product contains CBD, then it is CBD oil. Otherwise, it is hemp seed oil.

Why Take Hemp Seed Oil?

While hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, it is still a very nutritious supplement. It is a rich oil that contains essential omega fatty acids and proteins. Hemp seed oil can be added to your diet or skincare routine.

A Note About Hemp Seed Oil

Be wary of hemp seed oil products that claim to have CBD. This compound cannot be derived from the seeds and, while nutritious, will not provide the benefits you are looking for.

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil is also known as marijuana oil or THC oil. Oils by these names are derived from marijuana and contain the intoxicating THC compound.

Why Take Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil is suited for those who seek the benefits of CBD and THC. According to what is known as the entourage effect, CBD and THC work together to produce an effect greater than the compounds alone. 

Now that we have a better understanding of these oils, we can make more informed purchases. Do you have any additional questions regarding CBD oil, hemp seed oil, or cannabis oil? Leave a comment below!

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