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

When looking for hemp-derived products, two products that are often mistaken for one another are CBD oil and Hemp seed oil. Benefits of choosing the right product for you are more pronounced than you might think.

24 February 2023

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Understanding Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is a natural oil made by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. This is often how most get confused by the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil, as the latter is derived from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp oil only contains trace amounts of cannabinoids, including CBD – if any at all. However, the benefits of hemp seed oil include being rich in nutrients, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals.

The oil has a mild, nutty flavour and can be used in cooking as a healthy alternative to traditional cooking oils, as well as a dietary supplement due to its nutritional properties. It can also be used topically in cosmetics and personal care products as it is high in fatty acids.

Understanding CBD Oil

CBD oil is a type of cannabis oil that is made by extracting CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychotropic compound found in the cannabis plant. Like hemp oil, CBD oil is perfectly legal in the UK.

CBD oil drops are commonly created by blending a CBD distillate or isolate with a carrier oil such as MCT oil.

CBD oil is one of the most popular and effective ways to consume CBD, as CBD oils are available in a vast range of strengths and flavours.

Be vary of hemp oil products imitating CBD oil products

As a consumer, it is extremely important to be aware of various hemp products being sold as CBD products.

Here are some easy ways to identify an authentic CBD retailer:

  • One of the most important signs of a good CBD retailer is the availability of lab reports and third-party testing. These reports should be easily accessible on the company’s website and provide information on the product’s CBD content, other cannabinoids present, and any contaminants or impurities. Companies that do not provide lab reports or make it difficult to find them may be hiding something and should be avoided.
  • Clear communication with the company is also an important factor to consider when purchasing CBD products. A reputable company will be transparent about their product’s ingredients, sourcing, and manufacturing process. They should be able to answer any questions you have about their products and provide you with clear instructions on how to use them.
  • In addition, a good CBD product should be labelled clearly with the CBD content, so you know exactly what you’re getting.