CBD Oil or Hemp Oil? Marijuana or Hemp? What's the Difference?

Much of the confusion surrounding CBD can be answered with a basic explanation of the cannabis plant. The questions we frequently get include: does CBD get you high? does CBD have THC? Is CBD oil the same thing as hemp oil?


Cannabis: Marijuana or Hemp?

First let's look at the simple taxonomy of the cannabis plant. When looking at the rough sketch we created on this page, we have over-simplified the number of species and various cultivations to explain how CBD is derived and how it is different from marijuana. Marijuana is cannabis that has been cultivated to produce larger amount of THC and has smaller quantities of CBD as well as smaller minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Hemp is also cannabis that has been cultivated to have higher amounts of CBD with only small amounts of THC, minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Industrial hemp is used for paper, clothes, crop cleansing and CBD oil products. Therapeutic hemp is used only for consumption. The highest volume of cannabinoids is located in the stalk, flower, and leaves.


Taxonomy of Cannabis Plant

What Part of What Cannabis Plant Has the Most CBD?

As you see in our Cannabis taxonomy sketch, marijuana has been cultivated to maximize THC - not CBD. And within the Hemp plant, the CBD oil is derived from the flowers, stalks, and leaves.  The seeds of the hemp plant is where hemp oil is extracted, so it would seem logical that hemp oil does not contain CBD. However, it is not hat simple because as a non-regulated substance manufacturers and retailers often use their own terms that aren't held up to any standards of a governing body.

Marketing Hemp Seed Oil as CBD

Why would marketers claim hemp seed oil has CBD? Because CBD is very popular and awareness of CBD's health benefits have sky-rocketed over the past few years. However, there are problems with calling a product CBD on some online marketplaces, ie. Amazon and Facebook do not allow sales of CBD, so all products marketed on these platforms contain only hemp seed oil, yet might be called CBD. CBD has become an all-encompassing term, much like Kleenex. But CBD is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and amounts can be proven using 3rd party lab results. This is why 3rd-party, independent, lab results are the first step to our vetting process of all CBD products we include in our CBD packages.

There is No CBD in Hemp Seed Oil

There is no measurable amounts of CBD in Hemp oil because hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. CBD is not present in the seeds of hemp.  There can be health benefits in hemp seed oil - just like tea tree oil, lavender oil, oregano oil and many other essential oils, but there is no CBD.

When people search for CBD oil, they are not necessarily looking for just pure CBD. They be experiencing migraines, anxiety or depression and have heard CBD could help. They may have muscle soreness, arthritic pain or fibromyalgia and have heard CBD can help. Typically when looking for CBD products consumers are actually looking for a particular health benefit that comes from a variety of compounds - not just the CBD.

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