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Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil: Here are the 7 key differences

October 05, 2019 5 min read

Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil: Here are the 7 key differences

The positivity behind CBD oil has brought quite a lot of attention to its latter cousins: hemp oil and hemp seed oil.

The truth is, while hemp oil and CBD oil are often used synonymously, they are entirely different in the scope of their effect.

This inaccurate co-mingling isn’t a coincidence or mistake either. Rather, it’s the result of companies wanting to exploit the public’s perception of CBD oil and profit off less expensive hemp variations.

So how exactly does hemp oil and CBD oil differ?

The most pronounced difference between hemp oil and CBD is that only products labeled CBD are guaranteed to contain a legitimate quantity of CBD. The majority of hemp oils contain only trace CBD and hemp seed oil products do not contain any CBD.

That means that CBD oil and hemp oil do not have the same cannabinoid profile. What that means for you, we will cover below in relation to CBD oil, hemp oil, and hemp seed oil.

7 Key Differences Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

Here are the 7 main differences between CBD and hemp oil, and why KANIBI chooses to only manufacture verified, double-tested CBD products.

#1 Hemp Seed Oil contains basically zero CBD.

While hemp seed oil is often advertised as a jack of all trades, containing all of the benefits associated with the cannabis plant – it is not going to be your great-deal diamond in the rough for taking in CBD.

If you are looking for a quality source of CBD, then you want products sourced from the resin-producing flowing segments of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds provide zilch usable CBD.

Even your hemp seed bottle label is flashy, don’t let it fool you. Unless CBD is

Bottom line: Hemp seed products do not contain CBD oil in them, despite how they may be advertised.

#2 Hemp oil often doesn’t disclose CBD content, because it's near-zero or inconsistent.

CBD oil is most commonly purified from hemp oil, that is, the resin-rich flower portions of the hemp plant. For that reason, hemp and CBD are often one in the same.

The problem is: hemp companies will often sell their hemp oil as containing CBD and then not list the dosage. In these scenarios the CBD amount is often negligible as higher-concentration oils demand a higher dollar in the CBD market.

Bottom line: If the amount of CBD isn’t disclosed in your hemp oil, it likely is near zero.

#3 Products labeled hemp oil often contain hemp seed oil. One again, no CBD.

Here we have the third and final ploy in hemp oil advertising: hemp seed oil labeled as hemp oil.

Yes, this is a thing. It isn’t uncommon for a product to be labeled hemp oil on the front, disclose claims on the benefits of CBD, and then list hemp seed oil as the back-label ingredient.

This further solidifies the buyer’s advice that if you want CBD, make sure that you get verification on the dosage of CBD contained within your product.

Bottom line: Hemp seed oil products are often falsely labeled as hemp oil products, check the back label to know what you are getting.

#4 CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system while hemp seed oil is more super-food.

CBD (cannabidiol) oil is a phyto-cannabinoid which basically means a cannabinoid from plants. While CBD is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant, CBD appears to have the most impressive non-psychoactive effect on our body's endocannabinoid system (self-made cannabinoids)[1].

That is why CBD supplements do what they do, period.

Hemp seed oil on the other hand is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids [2]. Hemp seed oil could be thought of as a superfood, like flax seed oil, while CBD oil is more about modulating the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Bottom line: Hemp seed oil is akin to super-foods like flaxseed oil; while hemp-derived CBD oil acts as a neurotransmitter upon the endocannabinoid system.

#5 Hemp oil is a natural moisturizer while CBD oil may do more.

The same healthy fats and minerals that make hemp oil super-food like also make it a great addition to your skincare routine. Specifically, the omega fats combined with a comedogenic score of zero makes hemp oil the ideal moisturizer for those with sensitive skin [3].

CBD denoted products often contain the same fatty acid profile while also delivering CBD to interact with the cannabinoid system.

Bottom line: Well made hemp seed oil is a great moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. CBD, on the other hand, delivers cannabinol in addition to its moisturizer effects.

#6 CBD oil may stimulate the endocanaboid system to help regulate sleep, mental clarity and exercise performance.

A lot of people settle on buying hemp oil hoping that it will ‘work at least a little bit’ or ‘I can just take more’. But that’s not how it works.

The benefits that you’ve read about that have drawn you to CBD oil is linked to the presence of CBD exclusively. Hemp void of CBD will not stimulate the endocannabinoid system.

Bottom line: While most CBD oils will bring forward the nutrient properties of hemp oil, hemp oil will not bring forward the CBD contents of designated CBD products.

#7 Hemp oil has been legal for quite some time while CBD oil is a recent event.

For many, this is the ‘aha’ moment where you realize exactly why the hemp / hemp seed oil confusion has become such a big deal. Up until recently, hemp seed oil was all that cannabis aficionados could legally get their hands on to supplement their diets.

With the Farm Bill of 2018, the flood gates to CBD opened, and it was so easy to get ‘lost in the commotion’ that hemp companies simply went with the flow instead of making product differences distinct.

Bottom line: CBD products recently hit markets in 2018, while hemp oil has been commercially available for ages leading to recent confusion surrounding what contains CBD.

Final Verdict: we’ll stick with CBD

New customers always find the differences between standard hemp seed oil and CBD oil fascinating, and we’re always happy to dive into it. However, when it’s time to choose, we pick CBD oil every time.

KANIBI CBD is sourced from organically grown hemp plants and contains full-spectrum cannabinoids. That means all of the other cannabinoids in addition to CBD are included which is favored for the entourage effect.

The entourage effect is how CBD interacts with its other cannabinoids to have a greater positive influence on the body's endocannabinoid system [4]. Simply put, full-spectrum CBD oils are more effective.

So, which will you ultimately choose: Hemp oil or CBD? If you choose CBD, we’re happy to provide you with our best.