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Are Hemp-seed oil and CBD the same? Find out more.

What is Hemp-seed oil? What is CBD (Cannabidoil)?

One common misconception that causes this confusion is that they're both from the same plant family called Cannabis Sativa. 

While Hemp is a plant, Cannabidoil (CBD) is one of the medicinal compounds found in the same plant (Hemp OR Cannabis Sativa). Hemp also contains small amounts of CBD. They do have overlapping properties but are not exactly the same.

This article will guide you on the difference between the two and how you can go about picking the right product for your needs.



Process of extraction

Hemp: is usually extracted from the seed of the plant which is then used in multiple ways. De-shelled seeds called Hemp hearts, cold-pressed seeds produce hemp-seed oil, crushed seeds along with the husk makes protein powder. 

CBD: Using CO2 as a solvent to extract the oil from the stem, bud and leaves. This is the most commonly used method. This is more effective when extracted from the Hemp plant for medical purposes.


Different forms of Hemp and CBD. Each offers its own benefits with a specific purpose.


  1. Hemp hearts/hemp seeds 
  2. Hemp protein 
  3. Hemp trail mix 
  4. Hemp-seed oil


  1. Full-spectrum: Includes all parts of the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum products contain less than <0.3% THC 
  2. Broad-spectrum: This contains most of the cannabis plant compounds
  3. Isolates: Only contain CBD, with no other cannabinoids or THC



Benefits of Hemp-seed oil and CBD oil

Hemp-seed oil

CBD oil

Lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol

Treats anxiety and depression

Aids in heart health

Pain relief

Promotes healthy skin and hair

Treats epilepsy

High in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, great for overall immunity



Treats insomnia


Hemp-seed oil and CBD oil have properties that aid in health and wellness

Hemp-seed oil

CBD oil

Rich in fiber

Contains THC (psychoactive compound) Only 0.3% which is legal for consumption

Perfect ratio of Omega 3:6

They release neurotransmitters that are responsible for stress, pain, sleep etc

High on unsaturated fatty acids

Contains all 9 essential amino acids

Reacts with the endocannabinoid system that manages appetite, mood, energy levels etc

Reacts with the endocannabinoid system that manages appetite, mood, energy levels etc


How to use Hemp-seed oil and CBD oil?

Edible Hemp comes in the form of de-shelled hemp seeds/hemp hearts which can be sprinkled on foods. Hemp seed oil can be consumed orally or applied topically. Hemp protein can be blended with smoothies, soups, doughs and batters.

CBD is usually available in the form of oil that can be consumed orally and applied topically. They also come in capsules and other edible products.



Which one gets you high?

Hemp-seed oil does not get you high, it only makes you healthy!

CBD oil does not get you high either, although it does contain very small amounts of THC (the psychotropic compound)

Marijuana, a well-known plant in the Cannabis Sativa family, contains high levels of THC, which results in the high feeling.

As you've read this article, you may have noticed some keywords that are related and may help you choose which product to purchase. We understand it may seem a bit intimidating with overlapping information and what it does, but we're happy to answer all your questions and clear the air when it comes to understanding the difference between hemp and CBD.

Curious to know more?

Read: Hemp the immunity booster we need

Read: What's special about hemp-seed oil?

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