The Difference Between Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil

If you’ve researched any type of hemp oil or CBD-related product, you may have seen references to both hemp oil and hemp seed oil. At a glance, these two seem like they must be similar; in fact, some websites refer to hemp seed oil as ‘hemp oil’, and proper hemp oil only as ‘CBD oil’. However, that changing terminology only confuses matters—the two products are not identical.

Hemp Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil

In fact, their similarities don’t go far beyond their sources. As their names imply, hemp oil and hemp seed oil are made from the hemp plant. Hemp plants are a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that produces marijuana; in fact, they’re the exact same species. Plants designated as hemp, however, must be comprised of less than 0.3 percent THC. Even here there we find differences between the products—hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of these plants, while hemp oil with CBD can come from either hemp or Cannabis sativaplants.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is a bit easier to understand and explain. Simply put, it is an oil extracted from hemp seeds, with little or no THC or CBD. CBD oil is quickly becoming known for its medical uses, but hemp seed oil is gaining in popularity for a very different set of potential health benefits. (Please note that while all the following claims are based in quantifiable research, more research must be done to solidify these findings.)

In short, hemp seed oil has numerous healthy properties, but they revolve around fatty acids and other compounds found in hemp seeds as opposed to the unique properties we associate with cannabis and hemp. Their benefits similar to other products on the market, such as fish oil.

Hemp (CBD) Oil

Hemp oil, on the other hand, is used for its CBD content. This complicates matters a bit when searching out hemp oil, because what’s available depends on your location, especially in the United States.

First, though, let’s talk about what it does.

In addition, since CBD oil is used to alleviate more serious medical issues than hemp seed oil, if you’re buying CBD oil there is a reasonable chance you’re already taking some type of medication. Speak with your doctor about potential negative interactions between your current medications and CBD oil before using the oil.

The production of hemp oil is also more complicated than that of hemp seed oil, mainly due to the aforementioned legality issues. CBD oil can be created to have more than 0.3% THC, but by U.S. federal law it then becomes a Schedule 1 drug, the same as marijuana. This CBD oil can be made using the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant, which lets manufacturers create the oil using fewer plants and in less time, but only in states where cannabis is legal.

CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC is broadly legal and can be manufactured anywhere. When buying hemp oil online, this is almost certainly the type of oil you’ll be able to purchase. It’s as effective at providing medical benefits as oil with higher THC, plus you avoid any psychoactive effects.

One thing to note about this type of CBD oil is, in order to remain below 0.3% THC, it must be extracted from the stalks of the hemp plant. Relatively large quantities of industrial hemp are required to extract the CBD oil you find for sale online.

In and of itself, this is fine; however, depending on where the hemp was grown, the oil extracted from it may be less healthy—hemp is a bio-accumulator that draws toxins from the soil. If the soil is contaminated (with pesticides, for example), the CBD oil made from hemp grown there has a higher chance of causing negative side effects. Therefore, while hemp seed oil is basically the same no matter where you get it, it’s important to buy CBD oil from a trusted source that only sells safe products. Make sure the oil you buy is listed as pesticide-free and made from non-GMO hemp oil.


As we can see, there are substantial differences between hemp (CBD) oil and hemp seed oil. Although hemp seed oil can help you be broadly healthier, CBD oil is positioned to offer unique benefits to users. If you need CBD oil, make sure you have a trusted source at the ready. Visit the CB Distillery to see the safe, effective CBD oils we have available, and contact us if you have any questions.

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