Are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil The Same Thing?


CBD products are booming right now, and rightfully so! Due to the changing attitudes towards cannabis based products and the rapid pace of legalisation globally, there are now more products on offer than ever before. Although larger product offerings are usually a good thing for consumers, they can sometimes drive confusion when it comes to making purchasing decisions. One of the biggest confusions that consumers seem to have right now, is whether CBD oil and hemp oil are the same thing.

The answer, in short, is no. CBD oil and hemp oil, otherwise known as hemp seed oil, are not the same thing.

How are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil Different?

Hemp oil, is the oil that is found within the seeds of the hemp plant. It is commonly used as a cooking oil and also in body care products. It is manufactured by pressing hemp seeds to obtain the oil within them. The oil is then refined to varying degrees depending on the intended use of the oil.

CBD Oil, on the other hand, is some form of active Cannabidiol, be it isolate, distillate, or raw plant extract etc. that has been mixed with a carrier oil for consumption purposes. CBD itself is naturally fat soluble, meaning that it readily dissolves and mixes well with fats, such as oils. The same applies for many other cannabinoids. This is why you most commonly find CBD mixed with oils such as hemp seed oil or medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. In theory, CBD can be mixed with any type of oil.

Why are People Getting Confused?

There several reasons why people are getting confused, all of which aren’t great when it comes to instilling confidence in consumers.

The first reason is to do with the sale of CBD products online. If you were to launch a product tomorrow, that you wanted to sell to the masses online, where would you want to list it? Well a good place to start would be 2 of the world’s biggest shopping sites – Ebay and Amazon. However, Ebay and Amazon currently do not allow the sale of CBD products on their platform.

This has led to some brands trying to deceive the platform in order to have their product listed. If there is any mention of CBD or Cannabis sativa L. in the product title or ingredients list, the product will be denied a listing. Therefore, many brands have decided to play on the association of the ingredients (remember a lot of CBD is hemp derived and mixed with hemp seed oil) to try and sell the product.

Consequently, many consumers are purchasing CBD oil that has been disguised as hemp oil, making them believe that hemp oil and CBD oil are one and the same thing. The darker side of this disguise is that there is no way to tell whether these products actually contain any CBD – some of them may not contain any whatsoever.

So What Should Consumers Do to Avoid Confusion?


  • For now, do not buy your CBD products from Amazon or Ebay. Both platforms are very clear that they do not allow the sale of CBD. However, it is also nearly impossible for businesses as large as Amazon and Ebay to verify every single product that gets listed on their platform, hence why some of these misleading products are being sold – it’s not necessarily the platform’s fault.
  • Buy from a trustworthy CBD brand that sells on their own platform/website.
  • Look for the amount of CBD in the product description and on the label – it should be listed in milligrams (mg) or as a percentage.
  • Look to see if the product has cannabidiol or Cannabis sativa L. extract in the ingredients list. It may also be listed as hemp extract.

CBD Oil and Hemp Oil are Different

To conclude, CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same thing. Furthermore, many platforms are selling CBD Oil disguised as hemp oil, which is confusing and misleading. If you are looking for hemp oil, go to the supermarket and buy it there. If you are looking for CBD oil, follow the instructions above and you will not go far wrong.

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