What is the difference between CBD oil and Hemp oil?

Upon first glance it’s easy to think that hemp seed oil is the same as CBD oil because they both come from the hemp plant. However, the major distinction is that hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, whereas CBD oil is derived from the raw plant itself. A similarity that hemp seed oil and CBD oil share is they both contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. And while both might contain trace amounts of THC, there is not enough present to produce a “high.” 

Hemp Seed Oil

Rich in omega fatty acids, hemp seed oil (also known as hemp oil) is taken from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. Specifically, most hemp seed oil is “cold pressed” out of the seeds. This product is popular because it also contains nutrients, such as vitamin C, iron, B vitamins, calcium and gamma linolenic acid.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported in 2018 that it had evaluated three generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices for hemp seed-derived food ingredients. These include hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder and hemp seed oil. It’s important to note that these hemp products do not contain CBD. 

  • Hemp Oil Uses
    Because hemp oil has such great nutritional value, it has been a popular additive to foods. For example, the omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to good brain and heart health. The gamma linolenic acid is known for its help in easing the symptoms women feel with PMS, but it’s also been linked to healthier skin. Finally, the omega-9 found in hemp has been used for balancing cholesterol levels.

Yet another important distinction between hemp oil and CBD is that hemp oil does not contain CBD or terpenes, which are the chemical compounds in the plant that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which dogs and humans both have. 


Rather than being sourced from hemp seeds, CBD oil comes from the cannabis leaves, flowers and stems/stalks. Another big distinction between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil doesn’t contain terpenes. While terpenes are found in plants other than cannabis (there are thought to be 20,000-plus different types of terpenes), it’s a major component in CBD oil. Terpenes often have strong fragrance. For example, when you smell a pine tree, you’re smelling a terpene called linene. And while the scent of terpenes might have a calming effect, they are also known for something called the “entourage effect,” which has to do with the relationship terpenes have with other healthful compounds found in CBD and how a synergy is created when terpenes are consumed with the other components of CBD.

There are a couple different ways to extract the oil from the plant, one of the most popular being a multi-step CO2 extraction method. 

  • CBD Oil Uses
    The biggest headlines regarding the medicinal uses of CBD revolves around its effectiveness in treating epilepsy in children. The FDA has even approved Epidiolex, a drug containing a purified form of CBD, for treating seizures. However, the vast majority of CBD users are seeking relief from anxiety, depression, migraines, pain and inflammation and a host of other disorders. 

There is still a lot to learn about CBD and how it positively impacts the physiology of those taking it. At PetSoothe, our products are aimed at promoting the health of dogs. As more reports and lab results are published, we’ll share them in this space, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our products we currently have available.

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