Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the difference?

on February 12, 2022

Hearing about products derived from hemp versus those from CBD can be confusing, even after trying to look up the differences.

We’re here to make those simple for you. Read on to learn about what makes hemp oil different from CBD oil.

Similar beginnings

One of the reasons why it’s confusing to understand the differences between hemp and CBD is because they come from different plants, but those plants are in the same family – cannabis.

Since all cannabis plants contain cannabinoids, they all have varying degrees of CBD and THC.

THC levels matter

THC is the cannabinoid which gives users a “high” feeling, taken for its psychoactive effects. CBD and hemp tend to offer users more calming effects with the high.

Other than coming from different plants, one of the biggest distinguishing differences between hemp oil and CBD oil is that hemp oil always has less than .3% THC, while CBD oil can potentially have greater than .3% THC.

Difference in taste

Since hemp and CBD originate from different plants, their tastes are undoubtedly different as well. Due to a difference in terpenes — the compounds responsible for how plants smell — each has a unique flavor.

Made the same

Not to be confused with the non-CBD counterpart, hemp seed oil, a hemp oil extract is made from the stalk and/or flowers of the plant in a fashion similar to CBD oil extraction. Most often, experts will use pressure, temperature, solvents — or all three methods — to extract the oils needed from the plants.

Similar benefits

Also similar are the benefits that both hemp oil and CBD oil can potentially provide users. Here are a few examples:

  • Aid in sleep
  • Improve heart health
  • Pain relief
  • Promote digestion
  • Stress relief

For more on CBD products, don’t miss our recent post: Your Buyer’s Guide to Hemp-Based CBD Products.

Ultimately, hemp oil and CBD oil are very similar products. The main differences in THC levels and flavor will help you decide which one you prefer.

At Hive Medicinal, we’d love to help with your medical marijuana needs as your local Maine dispensary. Take a look at our current medical cannabis products or, better yet, stop by in person!

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Hive Medicinal is a medical marijuana dispensary with two locations in Maine. You can visit us at 65 River Road in Chelsea, Maine or 210 College Ave in Waterville, Maine.