Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil

Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil

Ever since the Farm Bill passed in late 2018, the interest in CBD related products has been rising steadily. Curious to get in on the action, some people have taken to Amazon to try to pass off Hemp oil products as CBD tinctures. You may be wondering if there is even a difference? And if so, what might that difference be?

What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil, usually hemp seed oil, is exactly what is sounds like. It is oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds. Hemp oil is very rich in vitamin E as well as omega fatty acids, therefore there are numerous advantages for your skins health to incorporate hemp seed oil into your regiment. On the other hand, hemp seeds contain no more than very small trace amounts of CBD that are almost undetectable.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the several cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa. When extracting CBD from the hemp plant, instead of using seeds; aerial flowers, leaves, and stems of matured hemp plants are used for the extraction. Furthermore, during this process, beneficial terpenes are also extracted that are not found in hemp seed oils.

Marketing tactics to avoid.

Since the rush of hemp derived CBD hit the markets in late 2018, there has been more and more marketing schemes aimed to confuse consumers and get them to spend more money on hemp seed oil that is disguised as CBD oil. Remember, hemp seed oil is nothing more than a nutrient rich oil and has been around for for decades. It is very cheap to make and contains no precious cannabinoids.

Typical hemp seed oils disguised as CBD oil will try to emphasis the words “Hemp Oil” and have an outrageous milligram claim with a much lower price than real CBD oil. They also will not have any COA’s or lab reports to show what is in the product.

Example: I found an Amazon listing for “144,000mg Hemp Oil for Anxiety and Pain” and it is listed for less than $10.


What to look for in a real CBD product.

Companies are not required to list the milligrams of CBD in their products they sell; however, it has become common practice by reputable companies to openly list on the front of the bottle the total milligrams of CBD and other ingredients. Furthermore, the bottle you purchase should have a QR code that brings you directly to the 3rd part lab test, or something similar. If you struggle to find a lab test, contact the seller before purchasing. If the seller cannot provide you with a 3rd part lab analysis, than do not purchase that product.

Reputable Companies Show CBD MG and Have a QR Code to Link Lab Report


Real CBD oil products will openly state the milligrams of CBD on the front of the bottle. They will not hide behind words like “Hemp Oil.” They will also state the CBD is from aerial parts of the hemp plant, not the seeds. If you think the price is too good to be true, and you can not find a 3rd part lab test, contact the seller or find another product.

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