If you have an interest in hemp-based products, you’re more than likely to have come across both hemp oil and CBD oil. The issue is they are generally marketed similarly. It can be confusing, especially when you’re starting, and potentially a waste of your time and money.
Their perceived similarity isn’t helped by vague descriptions, and in the case of some nefarious online vendors, outright fakeries. This isn’t to say that both oils don’t have their benefits, but making sure you buy the correct one requires a little homework. We’re going to take a look at both oils and answer the question- what is the difference between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a mixture of cannabidiol (CBD) and a carrier agent, such as coconut oil. CBD is made from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant, which all contain cannabidiol. Some CBD oils come with no additives, others contain natural and artificial flavoring.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is made from hemp seed. Hemp seed contains no cannabinoids, meaning there is no CBD present in hemp oil. Depending on where you are purchasing it, hemp oil can also be marketed as hemp seed oil.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
CBD has become increasingly popular in the states, with customers and reviewers alike touting the potential benefits of CBD products. The good news is, studies into CBD are coming to the same conclusions. People use CBD for a variety of reasons, and there is no one size fits all approach.
What are the benefits of hemp oil?
Hemp seed and hemp oil have their benefits, and products derived from hemp seed have been used for thousands of years for general health and wellbeing. Hemp seeds are packed full of nutrients, and hemp seed oil can get at least a small part of that goodness into you as well.
Hemp seeds are a great source of essential and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They have a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which is considered in the optimal range and may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema.
How to spot the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil
Now that we have a reasonable understanding of the difference between these two oils, it’s clear that you wouldn’t want to pick the wrong one accidentally. Not for any significant life-threatening reason, it’s just a pain to have to re-order.
Any CBD oil manufacturer that is worth your time and money should already be prepared, providing a 3rd party, independent lab report to confirm what is in their products. Every Cascadia Blooms CBD flower comes with a report as standard, and many CBD manufacturers also do the same. The problem is, this is not currently a legal requirement. This means that when it comes to buying oil online, you can have your work cut out for you.
If you’re looking to purchase CBD oil without an accompanying lab report, you’ve made your first mistake. For the sake of argument, however, let’s imagine you’re going ahead with it anyway. The more unscrupulous vendors will market their wares with vague wording, walking the tightrope between omission and deliberate misinformation.
If you’re buying hemp oil, make sure the ingredient list is clear. It should contain ingredient names such as “hemp oil” or “hemp seed oil,” or “cannabis seed oil”. There should be no CBD based claims, and ideally from a reputable source. CBD oil on the other hand should contain none of these ingredients- you’re looking for CBDa, CBD, and cannabidiol as your keywords.
Why is it important to know the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?
The CBD industry has exploded in the past few years, leading to serious investment and a market worth billions. Unfortunately, this has led to a growing trend of hemp-based products being confused with CBD products, both accidentally and on purpose. From copy-cat brands to outright fakeries, the practice of making a quick buck off of the strength of the original is by no means, well, original. Sadly CBD is no different, and since it’s meteoric rise over the past few years, a lot of poor quality oils and miscategorized ‘hemp-based’ products have flooded the market. Hemp oil and CBD both have their benefits, but just be sure what you’re buying what you want! When in doubt, run through this quick checklist:
- Always use a reputable company. With the amount of information available to us in the modern world, it’s worth checking out the company you’ve chosen. Reviews can be illuminating.
- Speaking of reviews, does the product you’re looking at have any? What are they saying? Any merchant worth their salt has a reviews section and pushes for transparency when it comes to interacting with their customer base.
- Lab reports. If it doesn’t have one, keep browsing. 3rd party lab reports have become the norm when it comes to hemp products, and there is no excuse for a manufacturer to not share the results. If the product is that good, they’ll be posting those results any chance they get!
- Ask questions. The prominent hemp brands all have customer service centers and are usually extremely responsive. If you have any questions or queries, take advantage of this! Call, DM, or live chat with a representative to make sure you’re happy with what you’re buying. It’s your money, make sure you’re fully informed before you part ways with it.
Your health is your responsibility, and part of that is ensuring you’re informed about what you’re putting in your body. A little extra research is always a good thing, and there is a wealth of knowledge available. Check out our blog for more information on hemp and CBD, and see how CBD flower can become part of your daily routine.
Be sure to stop by the store as well, and put your new skepticism to good use. You’ll find our products are all independently tested, with clear transparent reviews to boot. We hope you found this guide useful, and look forward to showing you what else CBD and hemp can do for you!