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 The Difference Between CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

The Difference Between CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

13th Dec 2017

CBD oil

There  are many similarities between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, but as a consumer, it is important to understand the key differences between the two. After all, it’s easy to get confused by the phrases “cannabis oil,” “marijuana oil” and “hemp oil,” considering many people (and even companies) use them incorrectly in an interchangeable manner.

Here is a quick overview of the properties of each:

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant typically using a cold-press process. This type of oil can actually be extracted from all plants in the cannabis genus, but only industrial hemp is used in production. Industrial hemp is used primarily because they have been specifically bred for seed and stalk.

Common usages of hemp seed oil include:

  • Substitute for olive oil and other cooking oils in various recipes and in salad dressings
  • Natural moisturizer to use on your skin after a shower
  • Base for various forms of plastic as an alternative to petroleum
  • Bio-diesel fuel source (similar to other vegetable oils)
  • Production of eco-friendly paints
  • Lotions, soaps and other skin product

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil, on the other hand, is an oil rich in phyto-cannabinoids that has a high content of cannabidiol (CBD), a natural component of hemp and other cannabis plants. Rather than being made from the seeds of the plant, however, it is made from the flowers, stalks and leaves. It has become an extremely popular product in the health and nutritional products industries, as well as in the medical marijuana industry, as it can be helpful in treating certain conditions without having to worry about the psychoactive or intoxicating effects associated with using marijuana.

The types of conditions that can be treated with CBD oil are many and varied. For example, the product has been shown to help in the treatment of epilepsy, various inflammatory disorders, depression, cancer, neurological disorders, seizures and much more.

The main difference

So what is the main difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, aside from the fact that they are made from different parts of the hemp plant?

The primary difference is the amount of CBD that each contains. Hemp seed oil, although rich in omega acids, contains very low levels of CBD (typically less than 25 parts per million or none at all), while CBD oil can range anywhere from 2% to 99.9% CBD depending on product, purity and source. This is an extremely important distinction.