What are the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Hemp oil in a bowl, wooden spoon with hemp seeds, and CBD oil capsules in bottle

The range of cannabis or hemp-based products available to the public is increasing over time. Variety is most welcome, as each of these products caters for different needs. Hempseed oil, cannabis oil, CBD oil … there are many options, that can be confusing to the average consumer. In this article, we break down the differences between hemp oil, also known as hempseed oil, and CBD oil.

The range of cannabis or hemp-based products available to the public is increasing over time. Variety is most welcome, as each of these products caters for different needs. Hempseed oil, cannabis oil, CBD oil… there are many options, that can be confusing to the average consumer. In this article, we break down the differences between hemp oil, also known as hempseed oil, and CBD oil.

Hempseed oil 101

Hempseed oil is, as its name indicates, extracted from pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are not psychoactive (4mg of THC/kg) upon consumption of any kind. Hemp oil is legal in most countries, and can be found in food markets, together with other types of oil.

CBD oil 101

CBD oil is obtained via extraction made from cannabis flowers, preferably of a cannabis and hemp strains extremely rich in CBD (cannabidiol). Proper CBD oil can only be found in places where it has specifically been made legal.

Medicinal properties

Hemp seeds in a bowl

Both CBD oil and hempseed oil share the particularity of not being psychoactive, a fact that plays a major part in their respective popularity. Especially in a context where cannabis is not legal in all countries, it makes for a safer alternative, as opposed to consuming cannabis. It also allows underage consumption for medical reasons.

Hempseed oil

Refined hempseed oil is generally considered a food item, thus making it legal in most countries. It is known for its countless health benefits, making it part of the very sought-after group of superfoods.

  • Rich in proteins
  • Full of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega 6 and omega 3
  • Vitamin E antioxidants
  • Linoleic acid (affects aging/skin conditions)

It is to be noted that hempseed oil contains some CBD. However, such small concentration would only affect positively patients suffering from non-severe to mild conditions.

Read more about hempseed oil’s benefits here.

CBD oil

CBD oil is made from cannabis flowers, from which resin and CBD are extracted, via an array of different available methods. It is recommended to seek information about the method used, and general quality of the product before acquiring CBD oil produced by a third party. Listing all the medicinal properties of CBD oil remains difficult to this day, as scientific research as well as anecdotal evidence keep uncovering more of them over time.

Read our comprehensive article covering CBD oil’s medicinal properties here.


A bowl of hemp seeds, hemp oil and, hemp powder

Visible differences between hempseed oil and CBD oil may depend on the quality of either of them. Indeed, refined hempseed oil as well as CBD oil can appear to be of a lighter or darker colour, depending on quality, age, method of preservation, etc. These two types of oil are extracted from the same polymorphic species, which explains why they look identical in most cases.
Both show a rich, golden-green colour, not unlike olive oil.


Hemp oil is known under different names: hempseed oil, hemp oil, culinary hemp oil, and at times, cannabis oil. While ‘hempseed oil’ is by far the most self-explanatory of all, it is also the most accurate. In order to determine if a product called ‘hemp oil’ or any of the aforementioned terms is in fact, hempseed oil, consult the list of ingredients. While various marketing and packaging reasons may justify the use of an erroneous or vaguer term in place of ‘hempseed oil,’ the ingredients should clear this up.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is almost unmistakable for another product, as far as names go. In the majority of cases, the name ‘CBD oil’ will be used in the product’s description, or on its packaging. In rare occurrences, the words ‘cannabis oil’ are displayed; however, CBD being a staple of the medicinal cannabis industry, not mentioning the presence of it in a product would be counterproductive to say the least. Thus, it is likely a mention of it adorns some other corner of the package.


31 thoughts on “What are the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil?”

  1. It was mentioned that both CBD oil and Hempseed oil have medical benefits……but they are different.
    Can you explain the different medical benefits of each??

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi there,

      This post has some information on the health benefits of CBD, this post goes into more depth about what CBD is, and this post (although it is specifically about arthritis) details health benefits of hempseed and hempseed oil.

      Basically, hempseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, nutrients and minerals but no cannabinoids, and CBD oil contains cannabidiol which shows great promise in treating a wide range of ailments.

      With best wishes,


      1. Hi, my Nan is currently suffering with quite severe anxiety which she is already on medication for. Could she use CBD oil to help calm her & if so which oil would be best & what dosage would be ideal for her? Mg?
        She is in her 80’s.

      2. Mark - Sensi Seeds

        Good morning Carley,

        Thanks for your comment.
        We are sorry to hear about your Nan.
        As Sensi Seeds is not a medical professional, we cannot give any medical advice other than consulting your registered healthcare professional. However, I have included some studies from the US National Library of Medicine which may be useful to you: Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series and Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

        The experience with cannabis is very subjective both on a physical and mental level. The reaction that we each have to the same strain or dose can be very different. Our endocannabinoid system and our own genetics determine each individual’s specific response to cannabis.

        Good luck, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
        With best wishes,


  2. Joseph Smith

    I have permanent nerve damage and in pain every day. Can CBD oil help with Neuropathic pain and what is the strongest strength i could use? Thank you 🙂

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your situation. As Sensi Seeds is not a medical agency or practitioner, we cannot give any kind of medical advice other than to consult your registered healthcare professional. This article about the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis might be useful for you to show your healthcare provider if they are not familiar with it.

      You may also find it helpful to contact a support group for medicinal cannabis patients. In the UK there is the United Patients Alliance, and throughout much of the rest of the world there is NORML, who should be able to put you in touch with a group in your area (search United Patients Alliance or NORML followed by your area name).

      These are our pages on medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis strains, which you might also find interesting.

      With best wishes,


  3. What about drug interactions ? I have , shall we say, bowel discomfort and thinking about using it. But I am on warfarin and I see many warnings about this.

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Savannah,

      Yes, you can 🙂 both have different health benefits but are totally compatible.

      With best wishes,


  4. I need advice on the use of CBD capsules as pain killer

    My wife (89) has lung cancer in terminal phase (that is anti-cancer specific treatment has been stopped). She is using CBD capsules of various brands with remarkable succes to kill pains which are, thanks God, still transitory. CBD is really a very efficient pain killer.

    However I presume that, sooner or later, we’ ll have to switch to morphine.
    2 questions :
    1) she is presently taking about 100 mg of CBD per day : 50mg morning, 25mg at noon, and 10 to 25 mg after dinner, before going to bed. If pains increase can she increase her takings ?
    2) if morphine is prescribed, can CBD stil be taken ( in order to keep morphine use as low as possible) ?

    I live in acountry where cannabis is still prohibited and where the medical corporation , without denying its medical properties, refuse to give advice or guidance on the use of its sub-products.
    That’ s why I’m looking here for medical advice.
    Thanks for Your help !

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Dear Franto,

      Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, as Sensi Seeds is not a medical practice, we are not able to provide any advice relating to medical situations other than to consult your doctor or other licensed medical professional. This article, written specifically for healthcare providers who may not be aware of the many properties of cannabis, may be useful to you in talking with your doctor.

      Although they do not directly answer your questions, this article and this article discuss the interaction of cannabis and opiates, and you may find some useful information in there to do with cannabis enhancing the effects of opiates so that smaller doses are needed. You could also try to contact local medicinal cannabis support groups, if you have not already done so. In the UK, there is the United Patients Alliance (you can find them on Facebook) and in the US and EU there are many branches of NORML (google NORML followed by your area name). We hope this is helpful.

      With best wishes,


    2. As I’m sure you are aware it is nearly impossible to overdose from CBD. This being said there is no properly determined LD/50 for cbd only THC. If your wife can deal with more CBD than morphine I would definitely go that rought. CBD is one of the safest pain reducers/eliminators available and have been tested for centuries. Morphine on the other hand can make the body weaker if used in the wrong amount. As for mixing morphine with CBD this should cause no adverse effects to my knowledge. I am not aware of any medicine used that conflicts with CBD in the body. CBD and other cannabanoids such as THC merge with the chemistry of the brain very peacefully so it is unlikely they would cause any issues. I would focus on getting your wife the amount of CBD she needs and begin to slowly add morphine only when needed. As the previous response stated I would definitely talk with the doctor about this so they can help you gauge how much morphine is actually needed since CBD is being used. Hope this help!

  5. Most of the time it is bit confusing to understand the difference between the hemp oil and cbd oil. Though both of the them have good medicinal benefits.

    1. Sylent Jay - Sensi Seeds

      Hello Lisa,

      The smoking point of hemp seed oil is 165°C. So you could, technically, as long as you keep it under this temperature. Although … we would recommend ingesting it using other methods. Thanks for your message!

  6. My 13-year-old male dog had been experiencing seizures I started him on tincture CBD oil & over 40 days he has yet to experience any side effects from the product nor has he experienced any seizures. Also, started regiment for him and my other dog@ cat including myself on the hemp seed oil also. To early to tell any future effects.

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Wanjiku,

      Depending on where you live, hempseed oil is often available in good health food and wholefood shops, or you can order it online.

      With best wishes,


  7. Lesley dickens

    Dear sir/ madam can u tell me how much the cbd is , I got some off Noland and Barry see it’s it’s cbd food sup?Iment is that the cannabis one
    Regards lesley

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hello Lesley,

      Thank you for your comment. Here’s the link to our CBD oil https://sensiseeds.com/en/cbd-products/cbd-oil which will give you the price and lots of other information too! I’m not sure what the other product you mention is, but hopefully this partially answers your question.

      With best wishes,


    2. Carmen Arce

      I am now taking a CBD oil in drops for my chronic pain. I love it it has cut my use of pharmaceutical drugs.

  8. Impact Foods

    I know about hemp seeds oil and their benefits but never heard CBD oil. Can you tell me the range of CBD oil??

  9. Bob Perkins

    You left out a very important new product..its actually hemp oil cbd..I work for a company that is making a transdermal cbd pain patch that is scientificaly proven to treat over 50 symptoms and diseases..it has remarkable pain releif properties that I will personally testify to..I was bucked off a horse and broke my back in 03..I’m allergic to opiates..I nearly perished before I got better..I still struggle with pain daily as I now also have developed rhematoid arthritis in my body in several places. I now use this transdermal patch for pain management and I’ve got a lot of my life back..please mention this in future articles as it needs to be made public knowledge..its legal in all states also..thanks for your time..

    1. Marlene Ranejat

      Where can I purchase this product ? The transdermal patch? I am handicapped with Pain. Broke back in 4 places 10
      Months ago.

      1. Lavon Bonar

        I would love to try the patch. I’ve live with chronic pain for thirty five years. I ordered some Hemp oil, it did not mention CBD oil on the bottle. Will I get the same relief from pain, anxiety and insomnia as CBD oil?

    2. Where i can get this patch i suffer from fibromyalgia and my mother suffers from neurophapy pain.

    3. Hi Bob Perkins,

      I would also like to know more about the CBD pain patch and what company this is that makes it, my hips are out most of the time and I suffer with sciatica when I sit so traveling is very painful indeed.


      Where can you get this patch for pain? And what is it called, and what is it??
      Thank you, Diane

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