The Difference Between CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

There are many similarities between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, but as a consumer, it is important to understand the key differences between the two. After all, it’s easy to get confused by the phrases “cannabis oil,” “marijuana oil” and “hemp oil,” considering many people (and even companies) use them incorrectly in an interchangeable manner.

Here is a quick overview of the properties of each:

What is hemp seed oil?Hemp_Crop

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant typically using a cold-press process. This type of oil can actually be extracted from all plants in the cannabis genus, but only industrial hemp is used in production. Industrial hemp is used primarily because they have been specifically bred for seed and stalk.

Common usages of hemp seed oil include:

  • Substitute for olive oil and other cooking oils in various recipes and in salad dressings
  • Natural moisturizer to use on your skin after a shower
  • Base for various forms of plastic as an alternative to petroleum
  • Bio-diesel fuel source (similar to other vegetable oils)
  • Production of eco-friendly paints
  • Lotions, soaps and other skin products

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil, on the other hand, is an oil rich in phytocannabinoids that has a high content of cannabidiol (CBD), a natural component of hemp and other cannabis plants. Rather than being made from the seeds of the plant, however, it is made from the flowers, stalks and leaves. It has become an extremely popular product in the health and nutritional products industries, as well as in the medical marijuana industry, as it can be helpful in treating certain conditions without having to worry about the psychoactive or intoxicating effects associated with using marijuana.

The types of conditions that can be treated with CBD oil are many and varied. For example, the product has been shown to help in the treatment of epilepsy, various inflammatory disorders, depression, cancer, neurological disorders, seizures and much more.

The main difference

So what is the main difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, aside from the fact that they are made from different parts of the hemp plant?

The primary difference is the amount of CBD that each contains. Hemp seed oil, although rich in omega acids, contains very low levels of CBD (typically less than 25 parts per million or none at all), while CBD oil can range anywhere from 2% to 99.9% CBD depending on product, purity and source.  This is an extremely important distinction.

Contact us at QC Infusion for more information about the differences between CBD oil and hemp seed oil.

21 thoughts on “The Difference Between CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

    • It technically only treats epilepsy because if you were to stop taking it, the symptoms would return. The oil can come from both the seed or the flower. If it comes from the seed it is considered hemp oil. If it is extracted from the flower it is considered CBD oil. As said above, extracting from hemp seeds gives you less of strictly CBD (but rather a full spectrum of cannabinoids but that’s a different topic) and extracting from flower allows you to get more strictly CBD from the cannabis plant.

  • Of course the higher the percentage of CBD in a product is beneficial. How is the percentage listed on a product?
    What is pricing like? I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and fibromyalgia. Can’t take opiodes for pain, hoping this can help with inflammation and pain. So much inflammation going on now my immune system attacked my head and caused my hair to fall out…I have to do something. Happy it was just hair…not a vital organ like heart, lungs, liver, brain…Big pharma can’t help me. Perhaps you can.

    • Most products will tell you the percentage of CBD contained in the product, labs will test potency (how much CBD is in the product) before selling. You can receive CBD in tinctures (droplets under your tongue), edibles and other forms depending on what you’re comfortable. You’ll see potency written in mg.

      A low potency is 25mg and a high potency is 1000mg. I always suggest to my customers to start off with low potency and see how much they really need. If you get a potency of 25mg but you have to take three droplets before you feel relief, that’s 75mg. Next time you go to buy CBD you know you want a tincture of 75mg so you only have to take one droplet.

      Prices range depending on forms of extraction, Brand legacy, location, and type of CBD products. I buy my CBD for 25$ for a potency of 50mg.

        • + Leslie Torres, I don’t think what you are saying is correct. If a bottle contains 25mg of CBD that is the strength of the whole bottle, not a droplet. You state “If you get a potency of 25mg but you have to take three droplets before you feel relief, that’s 75mg”. In reality , you would need 3 bottles to get 75mg , not 3 droplets. The mg dosage per droplet would 25mg divided by the number of droplets in the bottle.

  • Kebba, in the part where it says What is CBD oil? It explains the whole process but It says flowers, stalks, and leaves. And no. Nothing can “cure” epilepsy unfortunately, but I can tell you marijuana has helped me a great deal. I ha e epilepsy, neuropathy, And I actually went to new Orleans last year and ate just 1 medium sized CBD chocolate and was able to walk around bourbon street the whole day and night. Cbd also helped with my ptsd, bipolar, it really is amazing stuff.

  • We have a family member, a child, who has multiple seizures daily. Is it legal to get this oil in Oklahoma? If so, how do I obtain it?

  • Thanks! Your column is very informative.
    People b4 you ask questions read the page. It is very well written.

  • Hey wait a minute, back to the potency/mg versus mg/fl. oz. Where is there an exact definition or what protocol is the standard for the CBD potency in salves, tincture and lotions? Can someone please answer that with cred. to do so? Baseline please because it’s too easy to say just keep using what’s working and be uninformed but happy. I live in Denver and in the early stages of a great reopened acceptance, ignorance has proved to be extremely dangerous and WILL prove to be a financial detriment if I’m trying to help my osteoarthritic Mom be comfortable again and sleep even one night through if we don’t have a starting point. Can you say Pied Piper?

    • Your best bet is to start low and go slow. You can always increase your dosage if you need to. Everyone metabolizes cannabinoids differently, so there is no one size fits all. There is some self-experimentation to determine what is effective.

    • Hey Michael, CBD oil affects each person differently, but is known to have positive effects on anxiety, depression, and inflammation. I hope you give it a try and let us know how it helps you.

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