What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?

A common question asked when looking to buy CBD oil products is, “What’s the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?”

Hemp Oil

Hemp Oil is a full-spectrum oil from the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp seed oil, (oil from the seeds of the hemp plant).

Hemp Oil (Full Spectrum) is when the pure oil extracted from hemp contains all the same phytocannibinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant.

The most abundant phytocannabinoid found in hemp oil is cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound. CBD makes up over 90% of the phytocannabinoid content in full-spectrum Hemp oil.

Health benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil – Phytocannabinoids and other natural constituents found in full-spectrum hemp oil work together as the “entourage effect,” to magnify their therapeutic properties. The complex mix of phytocannabinoids, essential nutrients, protein, and healthy fats work synergistically to encourage homeostasis and balance in our health.

Hemp seed oil is the hemp equivalent to olive oil, coconut oil and grape seed oil. It’s good for cooking and salad dressing with no CBD. It’s not medicinal. The seeds of the cannabis plant do not produce any CBD.

How do you know if a product labelled hemp oil is just hemp seed oil? The product label will say “unrefined cold-pressed hemp seed oil”.


CBD oil is extracted from the aerial flower parts, stalk and/or stems of the hemp plant.

It can be used to describe either a CBD isolate or a full spectrum hemp oil

CBD isolate: CBD is the sole active ingredient, all the other naturally occurring components have been removed.

Full spectrum hemp extract: CBD, other Phytocannabinoids and terpenes

*If broad-spectrum hemp extract is listed as an ingredient, it will indicate a full spectrum hemp oil formula*

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