What is the difference between CBD Hemp Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil?

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What is CBD hemp oil? What is hemp oil? What is cannabidiol oil? What is cannabis oil? What is full spectrum hemp oil? What is CBD?

Since CBD Oil has grown in popularity and the helpful benefits of CBD oil for pain relief and anxiety have become public knowledge, there has been an influx of CBD oil products on the market. ‘Hemp oil’ products have also increased and term ‘CBD’ seems to be everywhere.

We have put together this clear guide to dispel any confusion between Hemp oil and Cannabidiol Oil. Understanding these vital differences between CBD oil or Hemp Oil is important because their different benefits and uses vary greatly.

Let’s start by defining full spectrum cannabidiol oil and generic hemp oil (‘hemp seed’ oil).

Non-drug varieties of Cannabis sativa plants, known as industrial hemp, have been used as a source of food, fibre and vegetable oil for thousands of years.

The two main oil products from industrial hemp are derived from different parts of the plant and used for different purposes:

  • Hemp seed (or hemp) oil
  • Cannabidiol (or CBD) oil

What is Cannabidiol Oil / CBD Hemp Oil?

When looking into industrial hemp you will come across CBD. But what is CBD where does it come from? Cannabidiol otherwise referred to as CBD, is just one of many different cannabinoids and is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the non-drug strains of legal industrial hemp.

These strains of cannabis sativa have been genetically bred to produce naturally high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and very low levels of THC.

As an oil-soluble, cannabidiol can be combined with different oils. At Hawaiian choice, we combine our cannabidiol with MCT Oil which is easily absorbed into the body and has many health benefits in itself.

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Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t produce a ‘high’ however, it does produce beneficial effects both mentally and physically.

Cannabidiol oil (CBD hemp oil), is used as a food supplement to improve general well being and can also be made to aid pain relief, increase your focus, help you to unwind and relax and help you to be more active.

What is Hemp Seed Oil / Hemp Oil?

The confusion between CBD Oil and Hemp oil starts with their origins as both oils are taken from non-drug strains of hemp plants (industrial hemp).

However, whereas Cannabidiol Oil is taken from the flowers and leaves, Hemp Seed Oil is acquired by cold-pressing the seeds of hemp plants. The oil produced is deep green and taken from strains of hemp with a naturally low cannabinoid (CBD) content. This is the first major difference between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil: Hemp seed oil will not produce the same CBD benefits such as pain relief and mental health relief that CBD Oil will

Nonetheless, Hemp seed oil does have it’s own health benefits and is widely used as a food supplement with a certified organic and non-GMO status. Hemp seed oil is considered an all-around healthy oil with a balanced, high nutritional value:

  • High level of monounsaturated fats
  • Essential fatty acids (linoleic 55%, alpha-linolenic 16%)
  • Low-level saturated fat (9%)
  • Optimum omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio
  • Ritch in cholesterol-lowering plant sterols (beta-sitosterol +campesterol)
  • Vitamin E

Hemp seed oil is popular in capsule form and provides essential acidic fats for the body. It is also used widely in cooking for it’s rich, nutty and earthy flavour and added to pesto, salad dressing and dips. Further uses include hemp seed oil having its place in shampoo, soaps, skincare and even bio-fuels.

Both hemp seed oil and cannabidiol oil are legal to take and are rapidly growing in popularity. Knowing the key differences between Hemp Oil and Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and their distinct benefits will help identify which oil you want to include in your health regime.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that hemp and cannabis are NOT two different things – they both come from the same exact species of plant, which is the Cannabis sativa L. plant, but have different levels of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.

The following table summarises the main differences between hemp seed oil and cannabidiol oil.