CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil- What’s the Difference?

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by Dan Larkin

CBD oil and hemp oil (or hempseed oil) are not the same things. So, what’s the difference? Well, that’s a very good, and also a very important question. Allow me to explain.

CBD is everywhere. Or is it?

I just came back from getting my hair cut at a “salon/spa” in my neighborhood. Now, before you give me a hard time about not going to a barbershop, or not cutting it myself with a bowl on my head, remember to look at our CannabisIRL videos with me in them and notice how great my hair looks! Don’t be a hater. Now, where was I?

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This is not me at a salon/spa.

Oh yeah, so, I was at this salon/spa and while I was waiting to get my haircut, I noticed, among all the other hair and skin care products, a line of CBD products. Naturally, I had to check it out. It’s an occupational hazard. Plus, in the state where I live, the whole CBD craze is just ramping up. So, seeing it showing up at this salon/spa was was new but not surprising.

As I examined the flyer that was next to the products I read about this product. It went on about how CBD is so beneficial for you. How it is great for your skin, can relieve pain, and reduce stress and anxiety.

Then I moved on to the list of ingredients on the side of the CBD cream. (Which retailed for $64.) I was scanning for how far up on the label the CBD (cannabidiol) was listed. As you know, the FDA requires ingredients to be listed from the most to least as a percentage of the total product. Well, the 4th ingredient was “hempseed oil”.

Alright, I said to myself. The actual CBD (or cannabidiol) must be lower on the ingredients list. Nope. No CBD listed. No cannabidiol listed, and no hemp or hemp flower listed. Just the hempseed oil.

So what’s the big deal?

So?? you might be asking. Well, this is a pet peeve of mine and should be of yours when your shopping for CBD. You see, hemp oil (or hempseed oil) is not the same thing as CBD. In fact, for all intents and purposes, hemp oil contains no CBD. So the whole CBD oil vs. hemp oil issue is important.

Hemp oil is made by cold pressing the seeds from a hemp plant. The seeds of a hemp plant don’t contain CBD. They do contain some great stuff like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which are good for you. They also make a great oil that is used in skin care products. But hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same things. Never will be.

Hemp oil is made from cold pressed hemp seeds.

Hemp oil has been available for purchase at health food stores and grocery stores for decades. Hempseed is sold there too. It’s a delicious, nutty, nutritious addition to salads, soups, or whatever you can imagine. But hemp seeds and hemp oil are not CBD.

Why is this important?

Why is this distinction important? Well, if you rely on CBD for pain relief, to control anxiety, keep your depression in check, or any number of other reasons, then you need CBD, not hemp oil.

By either ignorance or malice, any company that’s selling products containing only hemp oil, hempseed oil, or cannabis sativa oil and claiming it’s a CBD product, is hurting the CBD industry. It’s ripping off the consumer and profiting from people’s pain without giving them relief. This has to stop.


So, in conclusion, I just want to say that it really is important to read labels. CBD Oil vs, hemp oil is an important distinction. Make sure the CBD product you’re buying really contains CBD. Look for the word “cannabidiol” in the ingredients. Ask questions. It may be awhile before CBD products are regulated and accurately labeled so be careful.

There are different types of actual CBD products. There’s CBD isolate, Broad spectrum CBD, and Full spectrum CBD. But, we’ll get into that in another article on another day. Now, I guess I need to go back to the spa/salon and ask to talk to the owner about their products. I hope they take it well. I’d hate to have to cut my own hair with a bowl on my head!

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