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What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

October 31, 2019

Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

As the “green rush” of CBD oil products hits the marketplace, many are left wondering how to sort through all of the terminologies to understand how these products work and what may be best for them. While hemp-derived CBD oil only became federally legal in the United States last year, hemp oil (or oil from the seeds of a hemp plant) has been around for decades as a dietary supplement and skincare ingredient. To complicate things further, some new CBD oil brands are marketing their products as “hemp oil” that contain little or CBD. For those interested in exploring the potential benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil, this can lead to frustration and hesitation to give it a try. Here, we will break down the differences between hemp oil and CBD oil so you understand how they are related, how they are different, and the unique potential benefits of each.   

Hemp and CBD: Related, But Not the Same 

Hemp is one of two species of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike its sister species, marijuana, it does not produce a psychoactive “high” – which is why it is now federally legal in the United States. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in hemp and its potential benefits are linked to how it is believed to interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which regulates functions such as sleep, immune system responses, and pain*. CBD oil is extracted from the aerial parts of the hemp plant, which is why it’s often referred to as “hemp-derived” or as a “hemp extract”- and why the terms “hemp” and “CBD” are so often used together or interchangeably.  

How is Hemp Oil Made and Used? 

Hemp oil, also referred to as hemp seed oil, is produced by pressing the hemp plant’s seeds and does not contain any cannabinoids, but is rich in fatty acids like omega 2s and omega 3s. This is why it's often used as a food supplement in smoothies and dressings, and as a skincare ingredient. 

How is CBD Oil Made and Used? 

As mentioned earlier, CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Because CBD is a cannabinoid, it is believed to have the potential to help the body achieve a state of homeostasis or balance by helping the body’s Endocannabinoid System regulate important functions. It is often taken orally as a tincture, capsule, or applied topically in a cream. 


TLDR? Here’s a Handy Chart!  


Hemp Oil 

CBD Oil 

How is it made? 

By pressing the seeds of the hemp plant.  

By extraction from the aerial parts of the hemp plant. 

What’s in the oils? 

It is rich in fatty acids like omega 2s and omega 3s.  

The extract contains CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that combine to produce what is known as the “entourage effect”.  


Maddyn uses high-quality CBD oil derived from hemp grown organically in Colorado in all of its products. Because we recognize the potential confusion around the growing CBD category, we aim to be completely transparent in how we package and talk about our products online. Every Maddyn product is independently tested so you can feel confident in quality and consistency. And, our most current lab reports are always available to you online.   


Are you ready to make hemp-derived CBD oil part of your daily routine? Shop Maddyn’s products today and get free shipping plus a 30-day risk-free trial.  



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