Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?

It has been a lot of marketing fuss around hemp oil and CBD oil in recent years. Along with it, it has been a lot of confusion created around these two notions – largely because both products derive from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, which has a number of species originating from its biological stem. One of them is marijuana, which we know for its ability to ‘stone’. Another one is ‘hemp’, which is also known as Cannabis Sativa L. 

Let’s talk about the differences and in common things that these two plans have & know more about CBD.


Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? What are the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Both plants give oil. But they largely differ in application and the presence of one ingredient, the special substance known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.


  • contains THC at the levels between 2% and 20%+ in the plant

  • has about 10% of CBD (cannabidiol) in its content (CBD is rather a support substance here)

  • is mostly illegal across the States and in most of the world, as it causes the effect of ‘getting high’

  • can be used, where it is legal, for medical uses connected to chronic pain, mental health, mental illnesses, and sleep issues.



  • contains THC at a very low level, from untraceable to 0.3%, depending on the species

  • has about 20% of CBD (cannabidiol) in its content 

  • is legal across the States and is legal in some countries of the world

  • does not cause the effect of ‘getting high’.

Does hemp oil have CBD? Yes, but CBD is much lesser than CBD would be when derived from stems and flowers. 

Marijuana substance THC and CBD are extracted from stems and flowers using chemical extraction with CO2 (completely safe for health and as it is considered ‘green’), while hemp oil is extracted from its seeds during the process of cold pressure, without using chemicals (also ‘green’ and makes nearly all useful substances preserved). 


CBD oil vs. hemp oil: the benefits of CBD hemp oil

CBD has a lot of medical and recreational uses. Speaking about latter in CBD, it is needed to mention the better self-feeling after consuming CBD, including relaxation, alleviation of pain, better perception of the world around – without the feeling of ‘high’. Using CBD for recreational purposes, people start communicating better with others, increasing own level of socialization. 

CBD for medical purposes has a long list of applications, which we highlight below:

  • CBD hemp oil for anxiety 

  • Anti-depressant

  • CBD as anti-emetic

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-ischemic

  • CBD as an antioxidant

  • Anti-prokinetic (controls acid reflux)

  • CBD for appetite control

  • Arthritis

  • CBD for atherosclerosis

  • Bone growth stimulation

  • Depression

  • CBD fights glaucoma

  • Symptoms of migraines 

  • Neuroprotective

  • CBD strengthening bones

  • Vasorelaxant.

Some of them are verified more than others are in the number of pieces of research, while a lot of studies are still ongoing, with the results pending for verification and publishing.

It must be noted that the legality of hemp with the content of THC of 0.3% and under is completely legal across all territory of the US since 2018 after the 2018-Farming bill was passed by the Senate to make CBD substance legal. It was done after strong evidence of the safety of CBD for health was delivered by scientists. Still, in other countries, things are not so unequivocal – as hemp and other types of cannabis are yet completely prohibited. Only about 20 foreign countries have hemp for medical purposes legalized. A handful of countries have made marijuana legal for recreational use – their number is far lesser than the number of US states, which did the same. So, going abroad, make sure to leave all hemp and marijuana-derived substances like CBD back at home.

As for the benefits of hemp extract oil, even before all this hysteria about CBD and blah-blah started, hemp oil was used widely in the beauty and food industries (on the territories of the world where it was allowed to use). Pure oil of hemp was also popular for cooking – thanks to the rich content of minerals, microelements, active substances, and vitamins. Lesser for frying, more for making salads and making soups – hemp oil is still popular in the kitchens of many countries.