CBD Oil Vs Hemp Oil: What's The Difference?

CBD oil and hemp oil have both experienced a rise in popularity over the past few years, but they are different products that offer distinct benefits. Both compounds are derived from different varieties of cannabis plants. CBD oil is extracted from leaves, flowers, and stems of the cannabis sativa plant while hemp oil is made from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the hemp plant. Both oils are associated with cannabis, but what's the real difference between them?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which happens to be an active ingredient in cannabis plants. While some CBD oils do have low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is not enough to experience the euphoric feeling associated with other THC-infused products on the market. CBD is sold over the counter as a remedy for pain relief and neurological disorders. Some studies claim that it helps improve moods, and can even lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation (via Healthline).

CBD oil interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system

Cannabidiol works with the body's own endocannabinoid system, which is a complex cell-signaling system. Experts don't completely understand how CBD interacts with this system, but they seem to think that it helps to treat certain ailments as well as regulate sleep, mood, memory, nausea, and appetite (via Healthline).

Hemp oil might contain low levels of CBD, but not enough to have the same benefits as CBD oil (via The Healthy). However, there are many brands of CBD hemp oil on the market.   

It is worth noting that hemp oil and hemp seed oil are sometimes advertised as the same thing, but they have differences. Hemp seed oil differs from hemp oil in that it is manufactured from the seeds of the hemp plant. Because of that process, hemp seed oil does not contain much CBD or THC. As a result, hemp oil is used in beauty products for its moisturizing capabilities. Because it is loaded with healthy fats, it is also used for cooking or taken as a supplement.