What’s the difference between CBD oil and hempseed oil? There is often confusion between the two since they both come from the Cannabis sativa plant. With the amount of phony products out there posing as CBD rich oils, it’s really important to know your stuff. In this post, we’ll break down the differences between these two related but very different oils.
How They’re Different
CBD Content: This is an obvious difference, but CBD oil is rich in the famous phytocannabinoid and several others. Hemp seed oil contains no CBD or any cannabinoids whatsoever.
How They’re Made: CBD oil uses CO2 (or solvent) extraction on the flowers of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of theplant either through cold or expeller press extraction. Since CBD is only found in the flowers and not the seeds, this is why their contents vary.
Usage: CBD oil is widely used orally or topically for its therapeutic properties. Hemp seed oil, due to its high content of vitamins and fatty acids, is a highly sought after ingredient for hair, nail, and skin care formulations in the cosmetic industry. It also has many uses in cooking, including as a salad dressing.
Scent and Flavor: CBD oil possesses a distinct earthy smell and taste that is characteristic of hemp (cannabis) flowers, due to its resins and terpenes. Since hemp seed oil is a pressing of hemp seeds, its scent is much more mild and nutty.
Price Point: CBD oil is significantly more expensive per ounce in comparison to its relative, hemp seed oil. This is due to the incredible costs needed to produce CBD oil from seed to sale.
The Amazon Effect on CBD oil
Depending on your needs, it’s important to know the basic differences between CBD oil and hemp seed oil to ensure you are looking for and purchasing the correct product. We have customers ask questions about Amazon listings all the time: “How come I can get 10,000mg on Amazon for $18?”
The reason is simple. As of this writing, Amazon still prohibits the sale of CBD products. That doesn’t stop dishonest vendors from selling pure hempseed oil by hinting at the fact that it contains CBD. Don’t be fooled by this tactic. Always request certificates of analysis to prove the authenticity of your oil. Fast Amazon shipping may be attractive, but it’s no substitute for quality oils you can trust. To see a selection of the CBD oils we offer, visit our shop.