CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil

CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil – What’s the difference?

CBD Oil, Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil are related products which can be produced from the Hemp plan, Cannabis Sativa. Consumers and health professionals often get confused by the differences between the different products hemp oil products.

Hempseed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil is the food or industrial product extracted from seeds of the hemp plant. The oil is extracted, typically mechanically to produce a clear golden oil with a nutty flavor and highly regarded fatty acid profile.

Hemp seeds contain negligible amounts of cannabinoids. Hempseed oil is thus a low/no cannabinoid product, and is widely available and legal as an international commodity.

Hempseed oil does contain some THC and CBD that has been accidently introduced during processing but the amount is negligible from a user perspective.

Hempseed oil does offer significant health benefits without cannabinoids through it’s excellent essential fatty acid profile – comparable to that of fish oil, krill oil or linseed/flax oil.

Hempseed oil definitely won’t get you high or offer the benefits of Cannabis Oil, Hemp Oil or CBD Oil

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is the oil expressed or extracted from the hemp plant itself – typically from the flowering heads but also from left over seeds, stems, stalk etc.

Hemp oil is rich in cannabinoids such as CBD CBG, terpenes and other medicinal compounds.

Hemp oil is a type of cannabis oil derived from hemp compliant cannabis.

Many people mistakenly call hempseed oil “hemp oil” but this is incorrect – hemp oil is the medicinal oil from hemp often called CBD oil.

CBD Oil – Concentrated Cannabidiol

CBD oil is hemp oil rich in CBD. Most hemp has low levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, often less than 5% along with many other impurities. The best varieties of high CBD hemp may contain 10% to 15% CBD, with rich terpene profiles. These are the best choice for hemp oil extraction and will produce an oil with 50% to 80% CBD after refinement.

The oil may be further refined by distillation to produce a high CBD distillate containing 75% to 95% Cannabidiol.

While most CBD oil in North America is derived from high CBD medicinal cannabis, in Europe most CBD oil is produced from industrial hemp with low CBD levels as a byproduct of medical cannabis production.

Types of CBD Oil

When processing hemp to extract

CBD Oil Products – ready to use CBD Oil

Concentrated CBD Oil is strongly medicinal but it’s potency and strong flavor makes it difficult to use in it’s pure state.

To produce a medicinal product, CBD Oil must be formulated in a ready-to-dose format – such as CBD Oil drops (tincture) or CBD Oil Softgels.

These CBD Oil products make it easy for patients to take a known dose of CBD – typically from around 10mg to 100mg depending on the indication.

For this reason CBD Oil products typically contain only 10mg/ml to 100mg/ml (as a tincture) or 10mg to 100mg per dose (as tablets, softgels, gummies etc).

CBD Oil Product Potency Chart

CBD Oil goes through a series of processing steps to take CBD rich hemp flowers from a herbal product to a herbal extract to a finished CBD Oil Product

CBD Product (CBD Potency)

Industrial Hemp Biomass ((1-5% CBD)

CBD Hemp Biomass (5% to 10% CBD)

CBD Hemp Flower (10% to 20% CBD)

CBD Hemp Crude Oil (30% to 60% CBD)

CBD Hemp Refined Oil (50% to 70% CBD)

CBD Oil Distillate (80% to 90% CBD)

CBD Isolate (95% to 99%+ CBD)

CBD Oil Products (1% to 10% CBD)


Hempseed Oil (0% CBD)