Is Hemp Oil And CBD Oil The Same?

What Is The Difference Between CBD Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

Most CBD oil is extracted from hemp.

Although related to marijuana, it is important to know that hemp plants do not contain any psychoactive compounds such as THC (the active ingredient in marijuana).

It is not possible to experience any intoxicating effects from a cannabis product that does not contain THC.

That’s why it’s legal to manufacture, sell and purchase CBD products made from industrial hemp. CBD that is not extracted from hemp will usually have levels of THC that make it illegal to sell in all states.

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant in the form of a highly concentrated essential oil.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the 113 non-intoxicating elements found in the cannabis plant.

Hemp oil is recognized as a safe dietary supplement, and some consider CBD a natural alternative or supplement to synthetic health products.

Ultimately, most CBD you’ll find is derived from the hemp plant; hence, “CBD Hemp Oil.” 

You might hear the phrase “CBD oil” as a shorthand for this, although it is possible that a product with that description was extracted from a non-hemp cannabis source.

“Full-Spectrum CBD” vs “CBD Isolate”

When researching or purchasing a CBD product, you may notice that you have the option of selecting between a CBD isolate or a full-spectrum CBD product.

Full-spectrum CBD contains all the available plant terpenes, and other cannabinoids in the same ratio found naturally in the hemp plants they are sourced from.

Isolates may lack the synergy of a full-spectrum product.

Many people consider full-spectrum hemp oil to be a complete dietary supplement. Some of the beneficial compounds in full-spectrum CBD include:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Linoleic acid
  • B complex vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin and niacin)
  • Vitamins C, A and E
  • Beta-carotene
  • Magnesium, potassium and calcium
  • Phosphorus, zinc and iron
  • All 20 amino acids

Extracted CBD, in its purest form, is a solid product.

Like many essential oils, CBD needs to be dissolved in a carrier oil. This helps control the level of cannabinoids in the final product.

The type of carrier oil used will determine the best use of the CBD product.

In your quest for knowledge, probably have found several different types of CBD oil available.

Some CBD oils are intended to be taken orally, while others are made to be vaped.

It’s important to know the differences between these products.

Benefits Of Ingestible CBD Oils

Many of the CBD oils and tinctures on the market are made to be ingested.

The carrier oils used to create edible CBD oils (or tinctures) are typically vegetable oil, olive oil or hemp seed oil.

These oils are too thick to be vaporized with the heated coil of a vape pen.

When supplementing with CBD oil, holding the product under your tongue for 90 seconds before swallowing will help the CBD get into your system faster.

You might typically notice the effects of your ingested CBD oil within 30-45 minutes, but the effects should last from 8-12 hours.

How Are CBD Liquids Used For Vaping?

Electronic cigarette liquids, or e-liquids, typically combine liquid nicotine with propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and/or flavoring agents for use in a personal vaporizer, more commonly called vape pens or e-cigarettes.

CBD vape liquid is quite similar.

CBD vape liquids combine CBD extract with propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin.

CBD e-liquids are typically flavored similarly to nicotine e-liquids to enhance and personalize the vaping experience.


Because your digestive system is not involved in vaping, your body responds to the effects of vaped CBD in less than two minutes.

The effects typically fade in 2-6 hours.

Experimenting With CBD Vape Additives

While you will find opportunities to purchase ready-made CBD vape products, you may find it preferable to experiment with your own blend.

To do this will require the purchase of a CBD vape additive.

When you invest in a CBD additive, you have the option of adding CBD to your bottle of e-liquid or adding a few drops directly to the e-liquid in your tank.

If you select a higher level of CBD, you will need to add fewer drops of additive.

The more concentrated the CBD product, the less likely the flavor of your vape will be compromised.

The Lack of Uniform Terminology Can Cause Confusion

Some of the confusion involving the difference between CBD oil and CBD vaping oil may lie directly with the product manufactures.

Many companies who make CBD e-liquid are still using the word “oil” in their product names and product descriptions.

You will find many opportunities to purchase CBD vaping oil (or CBD juice).

Since CBD intended for vapor inhalation is diluted with propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, not the same carrier oils as ingestible products, it is quite probable that renaming or specifying their product as a CBD e-liquid or CBD juice rather than an oil would eliminate much of the confusion.

How Much CBD To Use

Whether you vape your CBD or take the product orally, it may take some time to know how much CBD to use.

The effects of CBD vary from person to person and dosages are not recommended by body weight. It may take you several days, to several weeks, to find the dosage that best suits your needs.

A typical serving of CBD is 5-30mg when taken orally.

When you purchase CBD oil or CBD e-liquids, you will have several levels of CBD to choose from.

Using a smaller amount of a stronger product could taste better and be more cost-effective.

When you first start supplementing with CBD products, it is recommended to start around 10mg of CBD per day. You can gradually increase this amount until you achieve your desired effect.

The biggest difference between CBD oils, tinctures and CBD vape products are the ingredients used to dilute the CBD extract.

Ingestible CBD is typically diluted in a carrier oil intended for consumption, such as olive oil or hemp seed oil. 

CBD Vape oil is diluted with propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, the same products used in manufacturing nicotine-based vape liquids.

CBD is intended as a dietary supplement, not a medical treatment for any disease or disorder and can interact with several medications.

Anyone with a chronic health condition or taking medication should consult with their healthcare provider before adding CBD oil or CBD vape oil to their diet.

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10 thoughts on “Is Hemp Oil And CBD Oil The Same?

  • July 26, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Hi I didn’t know there was so much variety, I can truly say my eyes have been opened.
    Thanks for the share.

  • July 26, 2018 at 1:52 am

    I wish there were more educated people about marijuana and hemp in general. The terminology is kinda confusing haha. Never knew CBD Hemp Oil offered that many dietary supplements. Do you use any CBD vape liquid? If so whats your favorite flavor?

    • July 26, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Hello Nate and thanks for the comment.
      I myself have tried different flavors of vape oils, but actually prefer when there is none. I like the natural flavor.

  • July 25, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    CBD Oil is indeed a very good product, and it is being seen as a drug product in my country, and that is very bad.. it can help lots of people, but my government is more busy to give the pharma industry giving more and more benefits..

    You’ve already used it?

    • July 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Hello Emmanuel and thanks for the comment.
      I agree with you that big pharma will be trying to get their hands into the financial aspect of cbd and medical marijuana. I do think that with the onset of medical research, big pharma may just be pushed back, since there are and will be so many producers of cbd oil that it will make it less of a cash grab for them and will bow back gracefully.
      I have and do use CBD for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It has made a world of difference and will continue use.

  • July 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for the explanation. I always thought hemp was synonymous with marijuana. Thanks for setting me straight on that.
    I have several friends who vape CBD and this gave me insight into what this means for them.
    Thank you!

  • July 25, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I had no idea that you could vape hemp oil. Very informative information. Does it have the same effects as smoking marijuana?

    • July 25, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Gary and thanks for the comment.
      CBD hemp oil has no effects like marijuana. CBD oil derived from marijuana also has little effect even though there is a minute amount of THC remaining after processing. This is why CBD has become such a hot topic in the medical community since it does not cause any reactions such as you would experience from opiods or from smoking or ingesting marijuana.

  • July 25, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    There is so much to learn about CBD. The different methods of ingesting it would be plenty to figure out alone but when you add in the hemp oil versus cbd oil terminology it gets very confusing. Thank you for this great article breaking all down in to manageable pieces.

    • July 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks for the comment Maryann.
      You are right-there is much to learn about CBD-whether is derived from hemp or from marijuana. I can appreciate that there is a lot of terminology around CBD, but once you learn the basic terms, it makes it much easier to understand and appreciate.


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