Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?


This past December, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, For the first time, hemp — the form of cannabis that is nonpsychoactive and does not get you high — became federally legal. This charged up the CBD oil market that was already becoming hot because CBD, is also found in hemp. In other words, CBD oil, as long as you derive it from hemp, is legal everywhere.

But is it really legal? Does this mean a huge explosion of new CBD products?

                         And what’s hemp oil? Here’s the breakdown.

                                           Hemp Oil

By the Farm Bill’s definition, legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC — not nearly enough to produce a psychoactive effect or a “High”. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as a cooking oil It is also used in lotions and soaps. It contains no CBD or other cannabinoids.  Its health benefits are much less than CBD.


                                      CBD Oil

What’s known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil is extracted from the stalks leaves or flowers of the hemp plant. But it can also come from a marijuana plant. Either way, its uses are typically more medical and health-related. Solid, medical research on cannabis has been held back. It’s a challenge to do good sized studies on federally illegal substances. But a 2017 comprehensive peer review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found good and solid evidence for cannabis reducing chronic pain. Athletes have known for quite a while and have been using CBD products to manage pain and to lessen inflammation. Other people use CBD for depression , anxiety, stress and sleeplessness. Some people give it to their pets to lower their stress in general or for certain instances like fireworks or traveling. Perhaps most solidly last June, the FDA approved the first-ever CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy.

                         Hemp oil? Hemp seed oil? Cannabis oil? CBD oil?

What’s the difference?  Why are there so many different names?   What do these oils do?


People commonly mistake hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) as the same thing. They are often used interchangeably.  And in the same way, many people confuse hemp seed oil with hemp oil. There is a huge variety of different oils on the market with all different benefits and ingredients. Although they might be similar, you should research and understand their differences when looking for an oil that’s right for you.                                                      In this article, I hope to clear up the differences for you

Cannabidiol (CBD) is also made from the cannabis sativa plant.  The purest and most potent CBD of the cannabis plant comes from the flowers and leaves that have the highest concentration of cannabinoids.  CBD and other cannabinoids are extracted from cannabis plants using ethanol or CO2. CO2 is how they should be extracting it.. Some use harsh solvents to extract the CBD and this is NOT healthy. Make sure the CBD you buy is not extracted that way!

There are so many compounds in the Hemp plant. There are 120 known cannabinoid compounds in cannabis, including the most well-known cannabinoids: CBD and THC.  Many people make the mistake of associating CBD with the psychoactive effects of THC.  CBD oil will not make you feel “high”. THC will make you “high”.

We actually and naturally produce cannabinoids through our body’s internal Endocannabinoid System(ECS). The ECS is also responsible for managing and taking care of the cannabinoids we consume. So CBD can feed your ECS system.  The ECS is found throughout our brain and our body with hundreds of recepters, and is responsible for regulating many of the body’s responses and systems. It promotes homeostasis which is the normal state of our bodies.. They make the body how it is meant to be. These systems include: mood, appetite, sleep, and pain response.                        CBD oil acts as a natural supplement for supporting the health of our ECS.

                      The History of CBD oil

For thousands of years, people all over the world have used cannabis as medicine, in religious ceremonies and recreationally. CBD is gaining attention most recently, but it’s actually nothing new. About 75 years ago, Roger Adams, an American chemist and Harvard graduate, first found CBD. In 1942, Adams received a patent for his work on the isolation of CBD. CBD was recently categorized as a Schedule 1 drug. Fortunately this all changed when Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which distinguished hemp from marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). CBD became legal in all 50 states on the federal level.


                                                            Due to federal regulations, it’s difficult to find research on the benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil is legal, but manufacturers are limited in what they can claim since research on the benefits of CBD oil has been stunted.

However, users of CBD report it naturally supplements physical and mental health in a variety of ways.


Many people who have experienced the supposed benefits of CBD have been are trying out different products on the market. There are many products and many ways to take CBD.

The main and biggest difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil is only extracted from the hemp plant, while CBD oil can be extracted from hemp, from marijuana.


Just as a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square, hemp oil is CBD oil, but CBD oil is not necessarily hemp oil.


                             What is hemp oil?

As the name suggests, hemp oil is oil derived from the hemp plant.

Hemp oil extract comes from the flowers, leaves, and seeds of the hemp plant.  People are often surprised to learn that the hemp plant contains dozens of cannabinoids; THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most famous.

Hemp dates back centuries, as early as 8000 BCE, where it was discovered in China and Taiwan. The first remnants of hemp were found in pottery and food, but the crop increased in value as time moved on. The more knowledge of the plant the more uses were found

It’s believed that hemp was one of the first agricultural crops. It was used as a textile to make clothing and shoes, as well as rope, paper, and fuel. It was an everyday essential.

                                                               Hemp was introduced to North America in 1606. In fact, colonies were required to grow it. The first draft of the Declaration of Independence of the United States was written by Thomas Jefferson on paper made from hemp.

However, peoples perception of Hemp changed. Hemp was completely banned in the 1970s. This happened due to hemp’s association with marijuana since they are both technically cannabis. When the US government began cracking down on marijuana, hemp followed and it became highly regulated as well. This caused hemp’s very controversial and very wrong classification as a schedule 1 narcotic. That is a drug that is said to have a high incidence of abuse with no medical benefits. As we now know, that is very incorrect.

The legality of hemp has been debated among people for decades, and up until this past year when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill and legalized hemp for industrial purposes.

Technically, “Industrial Hemp” must be classified as containing less than .3% THC. And industrial hemp farmers must be licensed and have their crops tested. This is a big step toward a more sustainable future through the agriculture of hemp. (article Source: CBD School) Hemp can be used in hundreds of ways. Including food and clothing. As a vitamin supplement, hemp oil contains high levels of vitamins E, B, B1, and B2. It also contains potassium, magnesium and fatty acids, while being an excellent source of protein and antioxidants.    Another place you can find hemp oil is in the cosmetics industry. It’s in many products due to its thoughts of its anti-aging properties.     The fatty acids in hemp oil (Omega-3 and Omega-6) show promise for a treatment for a lot of skin conditions.   The fatty acids in hemp oil can also act as a natural supplement for supporting our metabolism. Hemp oil can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and possible weight loss too.



When you hear the talk and read about hemp oil and CBD oil it’s very easy to get totally confused. They are not the same!!

Bottom line. Hemp oil is considered CBD oil if it actually contains CBD. However, CBD is not always considered hemp oil if it does not contain CBD!








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