It’s okay if you are confused with these two terms, this is all new to most consumers. It’s often thought that hemp seed oil and hemp CBD oil are the same thing – but they’re not. We’ll explain what separates the two and how one of these oils can be listed as two or three different names on product labels – and why.
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is oil derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. It is made in a way similar to olive oil – cold pressing. The cold pressing process applies pressure and cooler temperatures over time to allow the oil to seep out.
There are no cannabinoids in hemp seeds, but the seeds are nutritious as is the oil that comes from them.
How healthy are hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are packed full of nutrition. Of course, if you can’t find hemp seed oil in your local area, you can just purchase hemp seeds. They add texture, a slight nutty flavor and nutrition to your meals. These versatile seeds can also be ground into a powder to be added to shakes, smoothies and coatings.
Some of the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds include:
- Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
- Good source of protein
- Good source of fiber
- Rich in vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin C and folate
- Rich in minerals such as niacin, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and iron
- Rich in GLA
Those needing to improve their diets for supporting better heart health often lean toward hemp seeds. They’re a way to add protein plus healthy fats to your diet. For those practicing vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, hemp seeds are an ideal source of protein and fiber.
What is Hemp CBD Oil?
Hemp CBD oil or hemp oil, is extracted from the entire hemp plant. The extraction process allows the CBD, cannabinoids, terpenes and other parts of the hemp plant to be stripped from the actual plant. Hemp oil may contain a small amount of THC – 0.3% or less.
You may also see hemp CBD oil listed as hemp oil or just CBD oil. The reason for this is simple – some platforms (such as Amazon) restrict the use of CBD in descriptions, so CBD companies must use the term hemp oil instead. Some manufacturers also prefer to use hemp oil to let consumers know that the CBD oil comes from the hemp plant. Some even go further and make sure that consumers know it’s CBD from hemp by saying hemp CBD oil. Regardless of these different combinations of words, they’re all the same thing. There are also companies, like Living Matrix, that prefer to say hemp extract. This is also just another term for hemp oil. Since the oil is extracted from the plant it can also fall into the “extract” category.
The only different oil that you should pay attention to, especially if you’re looking for cannabinoid value, is hemp seed oil since it does not contain cannabinoids.
The CBD industry is growing rapidly. It’s a rather new industry for consumers, which is why consumers can easily be confused by all the different terminology used. We created this simple guide to help you distinguish the difference between hemp seed oil vs hemp CBD oil. Yes, they come from the same plant but are two different oils.