Hemp seed oil vs CBD oil

Hemp seed oil vs CBD oil
May 22, 2024
4 min read

Hemp seed oil is an edible oil made from the seeds of industrial cannabis (hemp) which does not contain psychoactive compounds. Hemp seed oil is used for cooking and industrial applications, whereas CBD oil is a prescription medication. In this article we will discuss hemp oil in detail and how it is different from CBD oil.

Note: While hemp oil and hemp seed oil may be used interchangeably, hemp oil is often understood to contain active ingredients like CBD and minor cannabinoids (CBD oil), whereas hemp seed oil is a non-psychoactive food product made from hemp seeds.

Hemp seed oil vs CBD oil

What is hemp?

Hemp is a non-psychoactive form of cannabis grown for industrial purposes. It has many uses, such as seed and oil production for food and animal feed, fibre production for textiles, use as a building material, and much more. Hemp has a long history of human use. The exact date of its emergence in historical records is disputed, but it is thought to have first been cultivated in China sometime between 10,000 BC and 2700 BC.

The legal definition of hemp varies depending on the jurisdiction, however it is generally agreed that hemp is an industrial crop that does not produce psychoactive medicine like drug-type cannabis. In the USA, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while “marijuana” is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC. 

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is a fatty oil made from cold-pressing hemp seeds. It is often used in food and cosmetics and is favoured for its high polyunsaturated fat content. Hemp seed oil has a low smoke point and is not used for frying.

In its unrefined state, hemp seed oil resembles a dark green oil and has a grassy, herbal taste. Refined hemp seed oil is clear and almost tasteless.

Is hemp seed oil the same as CBD oil?

No. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids and is not prescribed as medicine. 

Hemp seed oil is a food product that is sometimes also used in industries such as cosmetics, paints, lubricants and more.

CBD oil contains the active ingredient cannabidiol and is only used for medicinal purposes. In Australia, CBD is a Schedule 4 prescription-only medication.

Is hemp seed oil psychoactive?

No, hemp seed oil is non-psychoactive and does not produce mind-altering effects. It is a food product that also has industrial applications, and is not used for medical purposes.

Cannabis seeds do not contain any active ingredients such as THC or CBD. However, trace amounts of cannabinoids may cling to the outside coating of the seeds during production, and thus hemp seed oil may contain minuscule amounts THC or CBD. In Australia, hemp seed oil must legally contain below 10 ppm of THC.

Legalities of hemp seed oil vs CBD oil

Hemp seed oil does not contain cannabinoids or active ingredients and is entirely legal to consume. It is commonly found in grocery stores often stocked alongside other oils or in the ‘health food’ section.

CBD oil, however, is a Schedule 4 prescription-only medication. It is illegal to import or purchase without a valid prescription and can only be legally accessed domestically through a consultation with a prescriber.

We hope this article on the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil has been useful and informative. For more information on the legalities of CBD oil and medical cannabis, please ask your prescribing doctor or visit the TGA website.

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Please note that this blog was not written by a licensed medical practitioner and therefore is not providing medical advice. We do not endorse the use of cannabis or any other illicit drugs. Like any medication, cannabis has potential negative side effects and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. For the latest information on cannabis prescription and use, please visit the TGA website. If you are considering cannabis as a treatment option, we encourage you to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

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