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Are hemp oil and CBD oil the same?

We need to clarify a major question surrounding the CBD industry.  Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same? Here’s the short answer — no they’re not. But we need to explain this deeper as it can be very confusing to so many people trying to decide which product they want to purchase or knowing if they are getting the right product that everyone keeps talking about.


Hemp oil, or for more clarity, hemp seed oil is what it sounds like. Oil that is pressed from the sterile seed of the hemp plant. This oil is rich in omega 3 and 6, fiber, and antioxidants, but contains no CBD or other cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil can be found in most grocery stores as it very useful as a dietary supplement in smoothies and food to add into your diet. Raw hemp seeds can also be found in bulk so you can add them to your cereals, crumbles, or your avocado toast. Who doesn’t love avocado toast!


Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz around CBD oil and its potential medicinal benefits. There are countless articles and information roaming the internet describing its healing abilities and uses. CBD oil is also pressed from the hemp plant. Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD oil is made from pressing the whole hemp plant. The seeds are removed and sent to other processors to make into hemp seed oil. The hemp plants that are used to make “CBD oil” are really making a full spectrum hemp oil. This is where the confusion may start.


Hopefully you are not fully confused at this point! Let’s recap. Hemp seed oil is produced from hemp seeds and has no CBD or cannabinoids. CBD oil produced from the remainder of the hemp plant produces a full spectrum hemp oil that contains CBD and other cannabinoids. The reason it is often called CBD oil is because CBD is the cannabinoid that is notably found during the extraction process, but there are other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.


The full spectrum hemp oil aka CBD oil is made from the whole hemp plant and contains many cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant materials. People refer to it as CBD oil because that is the most commonly used name. However, it isn’t technically correct to call it CBD oil. When you’re shopping for a CBD product, you need to make sure that it contains full spectrum oil so it includes all the other good cannabinoids and terpenes.


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Full spectrum hemp oil (CBD oil) contains low levels of other cannabinoids like THC, CBG, CBN and high amounts of CBD.  This combination of cannabinoids makes the oil rich in its ability to help people suffering from a multitude of symptoms like:



chronic pain


muscle soreness

sleep issues



and many more


Full spectrum hemp oil also contains terpenes. Terpenes are natural compounds found in hemp and other plants that add medicinal benefits, flavor, and aroma.

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Are hemp oil and CBD oil the same?

So now you have a good basis of understanding the differences between hemp seed oil and full spectrum hemp oil. But one other wrinkle still exists in the CBD oil world. There are some companies that offer just CBD oil.  


WHAT!  You just said…  We know it can be confusing. The term CBD oil is being used as a slang term for all full spectrum oil, but in actuality CBD oil is simply CBD oil.  Full spectrum hemp oil can be further refined and the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD) can be isolated out.


When CBD is isolated, the product leftover is a fine powder of 100% CBD crystalline isolate.  This isolate can now be used to make oil drops or a variety of other CBD products.  This is not a bad thing as CBD oil made from just CBD isolate has many benefits and people are arguing which is better between full spectrum hemp oil containing a variety of cannabinoids and simply isolated CBD oil.


This can be very confusing so we are going to try and simplify it even further.


Hemp Seed Oil – Oil pressed from hemp seeds that contains Omega 3 and Omega 6, fiber, and antioxidants with no CBD or other cannabinoids

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil – Oil produced from the hemp plant that is cannabinoid-rich with not only CBD, but other cannabinoids.  

CBD oil – simply put CBD oil is pure CBD isolated crystalline that is mixed with a carrier oil to make CBD oil.  Contains no other cannabinoids.


A lot of the finished oil drop tinctures that are made from full spectrum or CBD oil is made using a carrier oil like MCT (medium chain triglycerides).  MCT is full of essential fatty acids and is usually derived from coconut. TerraGold Plus uses MCT as its carrier oil because we believe that the taste profile is much better than using hemp seed oil as the carrier.  Hemp seed oil can be very earthy and leave a grassy taste in your mouth. MCT is smooth and has a natural nutty and sweet flavor.


It is key to do your research when looking for CBD products. Now that you know more about what you’re looking for, inform yourself about each company before you purchase. Is it CBD oil or full spectrum hemp oil? Is the carrier oil MCT or is it hemp seed oil?  The product description should state what the product is made from so you can make an educated decision.


The scientific advancements of the many oils in this industry make all the products extremely beneficial and figuring out which product is right for you is key for truly understanding the differences of the product.  Please visit the CBD buying guide to help you better understand the differences between the products made from these oils and isolates.  Each has its own unique purpose and finding out which product fits your needs the most will help make this all clear.


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