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

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In 1998 hemp became legal in Canada. This allowed Canadian farmers to 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 United States that same year. CBD is a new ingredient to many consumers but hemp seed oil has been around for decades in Canada. 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 CBD or any other cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are classified as compounds found in the flowers, leaves and stems of the hemp plant, such as CBD, CBG, CBN and more.

What are the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil is not only good inside of the body but also on the skin, which is why it is found in many supplements, skincare products, protein bars and other health and wellness products. Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, making it a great addition to your supplement and skincare routine. Hemp is also a great source of plant-based protein, as it's seeds contain a high amount of it.

What is Hemp-Derived CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is derived from the leaves, stalk and flowers of the hemp plant. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that contains low levels of THC (0.3% or less) and higher amounts of CBD - this is why hemp-derived CBD is more appealing for many and is does not produce any intoxicating effects (no high)

What are the benefits of CBD Oil?

CBD oil has numerous health benefits. Pre-clinical and some human trial studies on CBD have shown that it can be used to help calm anxiety, joint and muscular ease pain, reduce muscle spasms, inflammation and improve quality of sleep.

The terms 'Hemp Oil' and 'CBD Oil' are used interchangeably but they are very different and each have their own health benefits. Always read the product label to make sure you are purchasing the right product for you.

Hemp seed oil products will be labelled as:

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

Hemp Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

CBD products will be listed as:

Hemp-extracted CBD


CBD Isolate

Full-spectrum CBD Oil

Cannabinoid Rich Oil

Broad Spectrum CBD.

When purchasing a CBD product always make sure that the CBD content is listed.


a. 500mg CBD

b. 500mg Cannabidiol

c. Amount of CBD per ml (10mg CBD per ml)

d. 500mg cannabinoids

While companies aren’t required by law 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. Our advice is to always be mindful of the ingredients in a product to make sure you are choosing the right product suited for your needs.


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