What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

November 15, 2018

The terms hemp oil and CBD oil are often used interchangeably, so you’d be forgiven for thinking they mean exactly the same thing, but you’d also be mistaken. Misleading labels and a lack of uniformity when it comes to terminology only add to the confusion.

In this post, we’ll break down the differences between hemp oil, hemp seed oil and CBD oil.

Hemp Oil

Many products claim to contain hemp oil, which is a broad term and can mean almost anything. Some “hemp oil” products contain CBD and others do not.

Hemp Seed Oil

The easiest way to tell the difference between hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD, and CBD oil is the cost. Hemp seed oil is great for cooking (it’s basically the olive oil of the hemp world), but is considerably cheaper than CBD oil. A 24-ounce bottle of hemp seed oil can be purchased for around $20.



While the seeds of the cannabis plant do not contain any CBD, the flower parts, stalks and stems do. CBD oil must be extracted from one of those parts of the plant. It can be difficult to tell on labels – partially due to FDA regulations and credit card processing agreements – but, similar to hemp seed oil, the price can be a giveaway. Unlike hemp seed oil, a 24-ounce bottle of which can go for $20, it’s hard to find a 1-ounce bottle of CBD oil for under $20.



It can be difficult to tell which companies are selling hemp seed oil and which are selling legitimate CBD oil. The first sign you should look for is the price. Hemp seed oil is relatively cheap. CBD oil is relatively expensive. The other thing you should look for is the word “seed” on the label. If it says “seed,” the product probably does not contain any CBD.

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