There is a lot of confusion surrounding many CBD products. In particular, not everyone is aware of the difference between CBD and Hemp oil. In general, most people can correctly identify CBD. However, if you pose the same question with Hemp oil you would receive a range of different answers.
There are those who consider ‘Hemp oil’ to be CBD while others see it as Hemp seed oil. In effect, some CBD and Hemp seed oil products are sharing the term ‘Hemp oil’. Both CBD and Hemp seed oil come from the same plant (Cannabis Sativa). However, CBD is extracted from the flower, leaves and stalk/stem. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is extracted by pressing the seeds of the Hemp plant.
Because CBD is a relatively new product, some advertising platforms and payment processors prohibit the use of the word ‘CBD’. This forces manufacturers of CBD to advertise and sell their products in a different way. Instead of ‘CBD’ on the box or bottle label, you may find ‘Hemp Drops’. To confuse matters further, CBD uses several different carrier/base oils. These include Olive oil, MCT oil and Hemp seed oil. This means you could have a 5% CBD extract mixed with a Hemp seed oil base. This would be a legitimate 5% CBD oil.
Luckily, we have several ways to correctly identify the product. Always check the strength percentage on the label. A bottle of CBD oil will have the term ‘5% CBD extract’ or ‘5% Hemp extract’ or a similar description emblazoned on the front of the packaging. In contrast, Hemp seed oil will not have this on the label as it only contains trace amounts of CBD. If in doubt, always check the ingredients of the product before purchase. The nutritional information should quite clearly state what the product is and exactly what the ingredients are.
Another tip to remember is related to pricing. A genuine 10ml bottle of CBD oil will probably cost around the £30 mark. Compare that with a 250ml bottle of Hemp seed oil that usually sells for approx £7. Obviously, the CBD oil is the more expensive of the 2 products.
We hope that after reading this article we have managed to clear up some of the confusion regarding Cannabidiol and Hemp related products. Going forward, you should now be aware of the difference between CBD and Hemp oil.