Updated: Mar 27, 2021
CBD oil is mainly used in the holistic or alternative wellness space to help balance the body’s internal systems, while hemp oil (now considered hemp seed oil) is mainly used in food and skincare products.
Hemp-derived CBD oil has high CBD content and low THC content (below 0.3%). This makes it great for harnessing potentially therapeutic properties of CBD without any of the high or mind-altering effects of THC.
Many proponents claim that it can be helpful with a number of chronic conditions such as: anxiety and epilepsy. The FDA-approved pharmaceutical Epidiolex can benefit the latter, but more clinical research is needed to confirm the former.
Some athletes also use it to support exercise-induced inflammation and recovery. CBD oil is also said to be effective as a sleep aid.
Today it can already be found in a variety of forms such as capsules, tinctures and topicals.
As scientists continue to study the impact of CBD, we can expect even wider applications in the future.
Hemp oil on the other hand, when derived from the seed of the plant, has become a hit in the kitchen. This is because of its high nutritious value (as explained above). It’s been of the shelves of health food stores for quite some time and is considered a superfood by many.
You can find it being used in smoothies and even as a nutritious substitute for olive oil.
Additionally, hemp oil, in its seed oil form, is used extensively in the cosmetic industry. It’s a key ingredient in products such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soap as its fatty acid content helps to protect our skin and preserve moisture.
You can also find hemp oil from the seed included in some paints, plastics and lubricants as a substitute for petroleum-based oil.