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CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil – What’s the Difference?

Our customers frequently ask, “what is the difference between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?” This is one of the easiest topics to misunderstand in the whirlwind of CBD knowledge. This post will assist you in understanding the difference!


CBD Oil is what most people are in search of. It is extracted from the hemp plant and diluted with carrier oils into tincture products. CBD Oil contains CBD (obviously!), other cannabinoids, and other beneficial compounds like terpenes. CBD Oil in its pure form is highly concentrated in CBD and is more viscous than honey!

CBD Oil being poured
Highly viscous CBD Crude Oil being poured into an evaporation tray. This consistently tests at upwards of 65% CBD and is diluted with carrier oils to create a finished tincture product.

Depending upon the product, the actual concentration of CBD in a finished CBD Oil product can vary quite a bit. Check out our CBD Dosage Calculator to see how much is right for you!

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil typically refers to hemp seed oil which is derived from cold pressing hemp seeds (similar to how olive oil is made). This oil does not contain any cannabinoids or terpenes. However, it is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. WI Hemp Scientific uses organic hemp seed oil as a carrier oil in various tincture formulas. It has a mildly nutty flavor and is a translucent green color.

Hemp seed oil
Mid-Formulation: Hemp seed oil being poured into clear MCT oil.

Classic Mixup

Technically speaking, CBD Oil could be classified as Hemp Oil as it is an oil derived from the hemp plant. However, this quickly gets confusing. Adding to the mess are uninformed customers really looking for CBD Oil, but searching for Hemp Oil instead. This leads to companies optimizing their verbiage to capture those searches as well, further adding to the confusion.

All CBD Oil is Hemp Oil but not all Hemp Oil is CBD Oil.

But please just call CBD Oil, CBD Oil.


CBD Oil is the most accurate term when referring to liquids containing cannabinoids (CBD). Hemp Oil typically refers to hemp seed oil which is made by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp Oil does not contain any cannabinoids but is healthy in its own right and can be used as a carrier oil of CBD Oil. Simple right?


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