The Difference Between CBD Oil And Hemp Oil


If you haven’t lived under a rock, you probably know that, since the CBD-based drugs are already approved by the FDA, you can find them in consumer stores. However, many people are still confused in regard to whether CBD oil and hemp oil are one and the same thing. In this article, we are going to shed some light into this matter, from a medical cannabis clinic standpoint.


Even though they both come from the same plant, hemp oil and CBD oil are two different products. The confusion may come from the fact that what most people call “hemp oil” is actually help seed oil, as it is extracted from the seeds of the plant.

On the contrary, CBD oil uses the stalks, the leaves, and the flowers of the hemp plant in the extraction process. These parts of the plant contain high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which is a substance with lots of potential health benefits. Let’s see a few of the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, in order for you to gain a better understanding of their main uses and benefits.

A derivative of the Cannabis Sativa plant, hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omerga-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, B vitamins, vitamin D, and other known antioxidants. There’s no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the help seed oil, so you will not get high when using it. Also, hemp oil contains little to no CBD, so it won’t provide you with the health benefits of this compound.

Since it doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, hemp oil is useless when it comes to consuming it for recreational purposes. Some food supplements contain hemp oil because of its high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp oil can help people maintain good health by improving their cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Apparently, it can also help with relieving constipation, improving skin conditions, and fighting gastrointestinal conditions.

The uses and benefits of CBD oil are totally different than the ones mentioned above. People may use CBD oil and other CBD-based products to help alleviating pain and inflammation, inflammatory skin conditions, and neurodegenerative conditions. Even though there are studies that prove the efficacy of CBD in reducing pain and inflammation, scientists agree that larger scale studies are required to support this therapeutic indication.

Animal studies showed that CBD can influence mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Some researchers conducted a study that showed CBD could reduce anxiety caused by the fear of public speaking.

Also, CBD oil can have antiepileptic effects. In fact, this is the only therapeutic benefit of CBD oil that has been confirmed by research. According to research, CBD oil can help these patients during seizures.

Full spectrum CBD oil also contains a certain amount of THC. This makes some people use it for recreational purposes, even though the THC amount is too low to generate intoxicating effects.

As you can see, the two oils are totally different. They provide different health benefits and have different effects on the human body, as their content is also radically different.

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Blaise Bratter
Blaise Bratter is the Chief Contributor to CannabisIntel. Being involved in the Australian cannabis industry since legalisation in 2016, he is now Operations Manager for ASX listed company MGC Pharmaceuticals.

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