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Hemp Seed Oil Vs. CBD Oil - Knowing The Difference

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Knowing The Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil

We wanted to cover the topic of Hemp Seed Oil Versus CBD Oil because of how many times we’ve encountered newbies in the hemp supplement market getting swindled out of buying actual CBD. 

The classic response we’ve heard is some variation of “I’m not sure what I bought online, but it didn’t work, so CBD must not work for me”.  

This is a sentiment that is far too common for people who are willing to experiment with a plant alternative as a way to improve their health.  

Both come from hemp so they must be the same thing right? Well, not quite.

Hemp Terms & Phrases to Understand

Goodburger meme knowing terms of CBD.


With this new industry, new ways to describe products are becoming more standardized by the day. As mentioned in a previous post about the U.S. Hemp Authority™,  terms like Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum, and CBD Isolate weren't in the consumer lexicon 5 years ago.  Now, in part thanks to the U.S. Hemp Authority, these terms have become standardized. If you're in the market for Hemp-Derived CBD, you need to know these terms.

  • Full Spectrum - Full Spectrum CBD oil is extracted from the stalk, leaves, and buds of the hemp plant, leaving the full cannabinoid profile intact, including up to .3% THC.
  • Broad Spectrum - Broad Spectrum CBD oil is also extracted from the stalk leaves, and buds of the hemp plant, leaving the majority of the cannabinoids intact, with the notable exception that there is 0% THC.
  • CBD Isolate - CBD Isolate comes in a crystal or powder form, and is absent of all other cannabinoids other than CBD.  This is considered the purest form of CBD, but not necessarily the most effective.
  • Hemp Seed Oil - Hemp Seed oil is extracted using the seeds of the plant, is high in Omega-3's & 6's, but has no cannabinoids.

How is Hemp Seed Oil Made?

What hemp seed oil extraction looks like.


Hemp Seed oil is made through extracting the oil that will come from the seed of the Cannabis Sativa plant.  One of the more popular extraction methods for Hemp Seed Oil is cold press extraction.  This extraction method will use either a traditional screw press or a reducing screw design.  Either one of these extraction machines will produce a crude, very basic oil extraction that is known as Hemp Seed Oil.


The “Cold Pressed” Hemp Seed extraction method is preferable to something like CO2 due to the fact that the traditional heating up & high pressure environment used for CO2 extraction can harm the original characteristics of the plant.  By using a cold pressed machine, at a temperature around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re able to preserve the original characteristics & fatty acids of the Hemp Seed.  This cold pressed extraction method is not limited to just Hemp Seed, but can also include nuts, peanuts, and sesame seeds.   

The Difference Between CBD & Hemp Seed

Difference between Hemp seed oil and cbd oil.

The graphic above does a really good job of explaining all the differences between the two derivatives from Hemp.  Because there is no THC, CBD, or other Cannabinoids in Hemp Seed Oil, the effects between taking the two can be drastic.  

For starters, Hemp Seed oil is high in Omega 3’s & 6’s, so it is a substance that can be good for your body.  But, you can find Omega 3’s & 6’s in a lot of supplements, like fish oil.  So, for some people, they may be spending a lot of money for supplements that have been available for years.  .  

Know What You Put In Your Body

For a lot of people wanting to try CBD, it's critical getting your first experience with CBD right.  Too many times we've heard the story of "I bought CBD at a gas station (or Amazon) and it didn't work so CBD must not work at all".  While we're very happy about the boom of CBD, it has also unfortunately led to a lot of bad actors in the industry.  

With these bad actors, a lot of consumers haven't gotten the right product they were looking for, or, in the case of hemp seed oil, they got no CBD at all! 

Hemp seed oil being high in fatty acids and Omegas does make the product "good" for you.  However, these ingredients don't provide the same anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, or help with sleep that CBD can possibly give a person.  And, even worse, a lot of times someone will pay way more for a hemp seed oil product than they need to, because they are under the assumption what they're buying has CBD in it. 

Buyer Beware: CBD on Amazon


Hemp products sold on Amazon don't contain CBD.


The elephant in the room with CBD is Amazon.  As of now, Amazon DOES NOT allow sellers on their site to sell CBD.  Their company policy is as follows  “Drug listings must not be for controlled substances or products containing controlled substances, such as: (emphasis added) Products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a Schedule I Controlled Substance, including but not limited to:

Rich Hemp Oil containing cannabidiol (CBD)

Products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript

So, Amazon has banned CBD being sold on their website. But, they’re allowing companies that sell hemp seed oil to still sell their products on their site.  A typical bottle of Hemp seed oil will contain some cannabis flowers on it, emphasize the word hemp, and show high totals of milligrams to try and trick the consumer into thinking it's a high level milligram CBD bottle. These are all ways to trick unsuspecting consumers into buying their products, without actually knowing what they’re buying/getting when it shows up on their doorstep.  

We want to repeat this fact because of how important it is,  Amazon DOES NOT allow sellers on their site to sell CBD.  This means that anyone who claims to have bought CBD from Amazon, has well, not actually bought any CBD.  This distinction is critical for any consumer looking for the possible benefits of CBD, but not getting the results through their Amazon bottle. 

While the ingredients of hemp seed oil may have some health benefits, it's just not the same as hemp derived, terpene rich,  full or broad spectrum CBD. 

Understanding Difference Between CBD and Hemp Seed Oil

We would say that the Amazon problem with Hemp Seed oil is by far the biggest issue right now for consumers who are attempting to buy CBD, but aren’t actually getting what they paid for.  The cannabis leaves, mention of Hemp, and the emphasis on high milligram level’s are all tricks used by these companies to move as much product as they can, with little regard to the consumer.

We are PRO Hemp Seed Oil, and see the value in anything that is derived from the wondrous Hemp plant.  However, we’re not in favor of misleading consumers into trying a product that isn’t actually what they’re looking for. 

As with everything this company stands for, we suggest purchasing only products from the U.S. Hemp Authority™, and paying close attention to labeling before making your purchase.  Hemp Oil, CBD Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, etc. may all be interchangeable terms that all mean the same thing, Hemp-Derived CBD. 

However, Hemp Seed Oil is the clear outlier here, and when purchased, should come with realistic expectations on what it may or may not do for you.  

So, avoid buying your health supplements from Amazon, stay within the U.S. Hemp Authority™ group of companies, and always know what you’re putting in your body before you do so!

When everyone is on the same education level with Cannabis-Derived products we can all make better purchasing decisions with the end goal of living a healthier lifestyle.  


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

FDA Disclaimer: Any statements made within this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No products produced, manufactured, marketed, or distributed are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any supplements or botanical extracts. If pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before use. For use by adults 18+. Keep out of reach of children.


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