what is Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD Oil?

When shopping for CBD products, the first thing to identify is whether the product is truly a CBD product. Typically, you'll find products labeled either as a CBD oil or hemp seed oil.

It’s important to note that there is a difference between CBD oil and Hemp Seed oil -- the two products are not the same.

Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD therefore it will not have any therapeutic effects. However, it is a great nutritional supplement due to its high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

See the full breakdown of differences below:


CBD oil is extracted from the whole hemp plant, meaning these products will be high in the beneficial compound CBD. However, it may be labeled several ways, which can get confusing.


If you’re searching for a product to help with sleep, pain, anxiety, or stress, look for the terms:​

  • cannabinoid rich oil

  • CBD hemp oil

  • cannabidiol

  • CBD oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is a cold-pressed extract from hemp seeds, similar to sunflower seed oil or jojoba oil. *may be labelled as Cannabis Sativa (hemp) seed oil


While hemp seed oil products won’t contain CBD and have its therapeutic properties, hemp seed oil is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it a great choice for a nutritional supplement.

Hemp Seed Oil

Extraction Process

Cold pressed extract from just the hemp seeds. Similar to sunflower seeds or jojaba oil. May be labeled as Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil.


Taken from the whole hemp plant (includes leaves, stalks, buds, and flowers). Usually through CO2 or ethanol extraction.

THC/CBD Levels



Low in THC (<0.3%)

[No THC in Hong Kong]

Rich in CBD

Nutritional Value

Rich in Omega 3, omega 6 fatty acids, high protein

Good choice for a nutritional supplement

Contains CBD and other cannabinoids found from the hemp plant that provide health benefits


Cooking & dietary supplements

Cosmetics (Vitamin E)

Industrial uses (paints, plastics)

Usually used for therapeutic purposes; helps with sleep, pain, anxiety, or stress. Can come in many forms for digestion or topical

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