Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil - What's the difference?

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

In 1998 hemp became legal in Canada. This means that Canadian farmers can now grow and sell certified low- THC strains of cannabis (hemp), with a permit issued by the Ministry of Health.

There has been a “green rush” of cannabis-inspired products flooding the market since Canada legalized cannabis in 2018 and since the federal legalization of hemp in the US. While CBD is a new ingredient to many consumers, hemp seed oil has been around for decades. It’s sold at health food stores and is used in both cooking and skincare.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil is extracted from cold pressed hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil does NOT contain any CBD but it does have health benefits when taken orally or applied to the skin. Along with essential fatty acids (omega 3 & omega 6) hemp oil contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, making it a great addition to your diet and skincare routine.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is derived from the leaves, stalk and flowers of the hemp & cannabis plant. CBD oil has numerous health benefits and has been scientifically proven to help manage anxiety, pain, inflammation and improve sleep.

It’s easy for any brand to add hemp seed oil to a product, decorate it with cannabis leaves, and highlight the word cannabis to make consumers think they’re purchasing a CBD product when it contains no actual CBD at all.

So how can you tell what you’re purchasing? It’s pretty simple, actually. Check the ingredient list...

Hemp seed oil products will be listed as:

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil

CBD products will be listed as:

Hem-derived CBD, CBD Oil, CBD Isolate, Full-spectrum CBD Oil, Cannabinoid Rich Oil or Broad Spectrum CBD. There are some companies labeling their CBD products "Hemp Oil", as opposed to "CBD Oil" but in either instance the CBD content should be listed.


a. 500mg CBD

b. 500mg Cannabidiol

c. milligrams per milliliter (1ml =10mg CBD)

While companies aren’t required to list the milligrams of CBD per bottle, it’s become a common practice to do so. If it's not listed, you should wonder what’s in that bottle you’re paying for.

Hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD oil come from the same plant but they are extracted differently and do not provide the same benefits.

At CBD Emporium, we strive to provide the best hemp derived CBD products on the market to help improve your quality of life. We have curated a selection of CBD products from various brands, selectively choosing those that meet our high standards.

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