We here at TincturesAndMore.com and Henderson Hemp Company firmly believe no question is a stupid question. And if you’ve found yourself Googling “hemp seed oil vs cbd oil,” rest assured that you are far from the only person out there with that same burning inquiry.
Hemp Seed Oil
Put simply, hemp seed oil is oil obtained by pressing hemp seeds. It has a mild nutty/grassy flavor and can be used for cooking, although it has a relatively low flash point. It is mainly used, once refined, in cosmetic products like soap. Hemp seed oil has various uses in manufacturing industries, as well – from plastics to paint and even biodiesel. This useful oil contains virtually zero THC, and while it is low in saturated fat, it has very little value as any sort of supplement or remedy.
To fully understand the difference between hemp seed oil and cbd oil, we must first understand what CBD is. CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, which includes industrial hemp. It should not be confused with THC (the intoxicating compound most commonly associated with cannabis,) although the two do seem to have interesting effects on each other. CBD oil is extracted from the entire hemp plant, in most cases, and does naturally contain low levels of THC (less than 0.3%, according to federal regulations – not enough to get anyone “high.”)
Which to buy (it’s probably not hemp seed oil.)
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for an oil to use to make soap or cosmetic products with virtually no medicinal or therapeutic properties, by all means, save a lot of money and buy some hemp seed oil!
However, if you are interested in a product that you’ve heard may have desirable effects for something that’s bothering you, you’re looking for CBD oil.
Unfortunately, your shopping experience may still get a little confusing, so please read on for some quick guidance.
A handy guide for the murky waters…
As you may or may not know, the entire CBD industry has been faced with some really tough and restrictive policies (for little good reason) from the likes of Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon. Many CBD companies have found loopholes for these restrictive policies, though. But, in the process, they’ve arguably created even more confusion for consumers.
In short, you can’t advertise or sell products that say “CBD” within these platforms. In turn, many companies are now referring to their CBD products as “hemp oil” or “hemp-infused,” for the sake of compliance. This practice has created another problem, entirely.
Many shady and opportunistic individuals have realized that they can capitalize off any confusion you may have surrounding “hemp seed oil vs CBD oil.” So, they’ve started bottling hemp seed oil to look like a supplement. They may even go so far as to make false claims regarding its efficacy as a pain reliever, sleep aide, etc.
Don’t worry, though! There are a few things you can look for in order to know which one you’re really getting.
1. It should say one of the following on the bottle: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or THC Free.
2. You should be able to find the total mg of CBD (or mg per serving) clearly on the label.
3. If the price is significantly cheaper than most other brands you’ve come across, it’s probably not a quality CBD oil – or even CBD oil at all. Expect to pay around 10 cents per mg. Much less (or more) than that is just throwing away your money.
4. Whichever brand you choose, do some research. We’ve made another handy guide here to help you differentiate between the good, the bad, and the terrible. And, man oh man, is there some really terrible stuff out there!
Where to purchase CBD oil
As you may be aware, CBD oil is available just about anywhere you look these days. Amazon carries it, even though they say it’s against their policies. Walgreen’s carries it. Wal-Mart carries it. And, it would seemingly make a lot of sense to go one of those routes, as you’re likely already getting much of your monthly purchases from one or more of these retailers. BUT, there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t, and most of them have nothing to do with our personal feelings about those companies’ ethical behaviors, or any other subjective opinions.
If you’d like to read a more in-depth analysis of why you should opt out of purchasing CBD oil from Amazon or the others mentioned, please check this out. And this.
But, to be brief, much of the reason has already been explained in our last paragraph. Specifically, the deceptive labeling of hemp seed oil as a supplement, being reason number one. Our second reason is a matter of product knowledge. Anyone can open a seller account on Amazon, and buyers in charge of stocking big box retailers usually have the bare minimum of knowledge about these new products.
We highly suggest purchasing CBD products either direct from the company that makes it, or from a knowledgable hemp/CBD/cannabis-centric retailer or dispensary. You will likely walk away feeling empowered with a wealth of new information, and an informed purchase.
And, of course, we have years of knowledge and experience in the industry – so, while you’re here, why not peruse our carefully curated selection of CBD products (and take advantage of our Fast + Free Shipping?)