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What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil

If you are one of the people who see the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil as something intangible and blurry but you do wanna know how these two differ – once and for all, – then you should read this article below.

We are going to consider what one and what another is, what are their content and discrepancies, as well as we are going to consider the uses, benefits, and sourcing of each of those oils.


Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? Difference between hemp oil and CBD oil

Let’s put it straight: no, CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same substances.







  • It is produced from stems and flowers of a hemp plant using the CO2 chemical substance to make extraction of CBD from it under high pressure and very low temperature.

  • CBD can contain some tangible amount of THC (the substance that can make you ‘stoned’), up to 0.3% of the dry mass (which also can be found during the drug test).

  • CBD is used in a number of products, which are sold as dietary supplements or separate additives and they cause the effect of relaxation.

  • CBD is not used for regular hot-temperature cooking.



  • It is produced usually from hulled seeds of hemp plant under a room temperature making a ‘cold’ squeezing under the press.

  • Does hemp oil have CBD? No, it does not contain THC or CBD in the content and will not affect your self-feeling in any way – there will be no stoning, no relaxation, no sleepiness.

  • It is widely used in cooking to make salads or to add into the cold food (due to the low point of smoking, it is not suitable for frying and cooking in an oven). 

  • Hemp oil can be added to a number of products from light industry – in the manufacturing of plastic masses, for instance.

  • It is not used to treat the above-mentioned health conditions as CBD does.

  • It is also widely used by brands in cosmetology (beauty industry) because of its content that is rich with fatty acids and natural products: 

    • 52-62% of linoleic acid

    • 15-27% of linolenic-type acids

    • 8-13% of oleic acid

    • 5-7% of palmitic acid

    • 1-2% of stearic acid

    • up to 1% of other fatty acids

    • 160 mg/L of myrcene 

    • 740 mg/L of Caryophyllene

    • 100-150 mg/L of Sitosterol

    • 468 mg/L of Tocopherol, and others.

Such content makes hemp oil favorable for the condition of skin and tissues of the body: soft, connective, bones, brain, vision & hearing, growth, and shine of hair. So the main benefits of CBD hemp oil are saturating tissues of consumers with fatty acids.


CBD oil and hemp oil: benefits

CBD substances treat such health issues as: 

  • pain and symptoms (including headache and pain by rheumatism, as well as muscular and soft tissues pain – basically, all types of pain in the human body),

  • arthritis, 

  • depression, 

  • anxiety, 

  • mood swings, 

  • bad or disturbed sleep, and some other mental and physical states. 

The biggest use of CBD is acknowledged in the treatment of the so-called Dravet Syndrome – which causes severe seizures in children. Although the FDA of the US did not approve the use of CBD for any legal treatment, it has approved CBD to treat this syndrome with a prescription drug now known as Epidiolex® – one of three forms of CBD that are currently approved by the FDA as of the mid of 2019. 

It may be added to foods and to cosmetology products by manufacturers, as well as it can be added to ones by users themselves – if they do such products at home, for own use.

Through cannabidiol receptors, CBD does regulate the functioning of endocannabinoid system of the human body, which is generally responsible for the balance of functioning of several systems of human – sleep, mood, and others.

Similarly to the said, it also works for pets, though much more investigation and pieces of research are still necessary to prove or discharge different effects of CBD as the substance. Also, there is a lack of studies of long-term action of CBD on the human, animal, and pet bodies.

CBD is known to have mostly adverse action on children – and FDA directly does not recommend giving CBD to minors under 18 years old. It can be dangerous to their health and well-being. Despite the fact that it is given to pets, the FDA also does not recommend giving it to them, as it may be hard to know the dosage right for the volume of little body of a pet (compared to human one) and also because there are no optimal or believed to be optimal dosages of CBD for humans themselves (they have not been estimated yet). If you are giving CBD to your pet or start taking it on your own, you should go the path of trials and errors to find out the right dosage. 

It is possible to overdose with CBD, which is not the case with hemp extract oil. Also, CBD has a number of adverse effects:

  • Vomiting

  • Nausea

  • Dry mouth

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Changes in mood & in appetite

  • CBD hemp oil for anxiety.

The same ones are applicable for pets and animals and also include heavy breathing, severe drooling, and muscle spasms (convulsions). If you see those effects in you or your pet, you should go to a doctor (or veterinarian).


CBD vs hemp oil: uses

Unlike CBD, Cannabis Sativa seed oil (hempseed oil) is a rich source of vitamins and fatty acids, which are normally digested by people’s and pets’ bodies (the most content of hemp oil is taken by Omegas like Omega-3, 6, 9). They are perfectly digested, are considered safe in any reasonable amount (surely, don’t drink liters of it at a time because you may receive banal food poisoning because of such big consumption), and there are no health adverse effects. Hemp oil, if not to consider it as a frying substance due to low-temp smoke point, is a healthy and fabulous replacement to your daily one, whichever you use for your cooking (sunflower, olive, palm, pumpkin, or grapeseed).

Despite the fact that it is also possible to use cannabis CBD oil for cooking, it cannot be used for frying as well and it will not be a replacement for regular ones for your salad because of following reasons:

  1. It will make you relaxed and/or sleepy. Why would you want to eat food that makes you like that? Especially in the midst of the working day. Right?

  2. The pure CBD oil (that would contain 100% of CBD oil) is not on sale. What the marketing products offer are mostly dissolved CBD with some other support oil – because of high physical activity of CBD on the human body. That is, even if you find 20%-content CBD product, you’re in incredible luck!

  3. Food oils, not CBD-containing, are easily found non-dissolved, having up to 100% content of the original oil that you’re intending to use: sunflower, olive, palm, pumpkin, or grapeseed, and others. Marijuana hemp oil is not exclusion. Actually, hemp oil pretty often serves as the dissolving component for CBD (that is, any marketed ‘CBD’ is actually like 1% of CBD oil and 99% of hemp oil. The content may change dramatically, reaching 20% and 80%, as well as anything in between).

But as you do can use CBD for cooking, here’s what you can consider:

  1. Add to smoothies – made of fruits or vegetables

  2. Make low-temp cookies and chocolate

  3. Add to honey and sauces

  4. Add this ingredient to your daily drinks – milk, coffee, tea, beverages with and without gas

  5. Add to already cooked dishes – fish, meat, potato, porridges, cheese, bread, sandwiches, and even on top of fried eggs (but not before you take them out of the frying pan)

  6. Add to salads and morning meals with cereals

  7. Use as a part of your after-training nutritious shakes (which will relax you).


Hemp oil vs CBD oil: sourcing

So let’s sum up the hemp oil vs CBD. Now you know that CBD is extracted from the different part of the hemp plant that hemp oil. CBD is derived from flowers and stems and it uses a combination of chemical, temperature, and pressure conditions during the extraction, while hemp oil derives from seeds, and it only uses pressure extraction.

Low-quality (and very low-cost) CBD substances may use chemical extraction process, which leaves a lot of residual chemicals in the oil itself. It deteriorates the quality of such a product, as well as its other useful properties, endangering the health of users. That’s why the most part of modern companies use CO2 extraction, which is completely safe for health and does not bring deterioration to the hemp oil CBD. 

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