Hemp Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil – How do I know what I am buying?

As you shop for hemp oil, you might quickly find yourself confused. A lot of brands use a lot of different terms for their hemp derived oil products – Hemp oil, Hemp seed oil, Unrefined hemp oil, Hemp essential oil, and more!

So what’s the difference?

We break down the terminology to make sure you know what you’re buying. Overall, all hemp oils are derived from the hemp plant. However, depending on exactly where and how they’re derived from the plant makes a big difference on its use and purpose. We broke down hemp oil to 3 different types:

  1. Hemp Oil (Hemp CBD Oil)
  2. Hemp Seed Oil
  3. Hemp Essential Oil

1. Hemp Oil / Hemp CBD Oil

Overall, the term Hemp oil is now most often used to call the oil products that’s derived from hemp extracts. These extracts come from the stems, leaves, and buds of the plant, and typically contains terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. We won’t go into details regarding terpenes and flavonoids in this article, but it is important to highlight the synergistic effects these have with cannabinoids.

In highly concentrated hemp oil, CBD (cannabidiol) is the most well known and popular cannabinoid. It’s important to note that CBD is just one of over 85 unique compounds found in hemp. Populum Premium Tinctures, available on our site, is an example of a high concentration full-spectrum hemp oil.

CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is a cannabinoid derived from hemp plants. Since it’s derived from a plant, it’s often also called “Phytocannabinoid”. Although many of CBD’s effects and benefits are still being actively researched, many reputable clinical publications have published their findings in recent years. We encourage customers to do research to learn more about all the up to date findings and become more empowered in their decision to try and purchase hemp oil.

2. Hemp Seed Oil

The term Hemp Seed Oil is when when the oil is derived exclusively from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are two ways hemp seed oil is processed and used:

hemp seed oil dressing

Also often called Cold Pressed hemp seed oil, this oil is green in color with a nutty flavor. The use of this oil is comparable to coconut oil, avocado oil, or extra-virgin olive oil. You can use it as an additive with your daily foods by sprinkling it on your salad or putting some in your smoothie. It’s a great addition for a daily healthy habit.

hemp seed oil soap

This oil is used as an ingredient for body care products, fuels, lubricants, and other industrial products. It is clear and colorless. While it lacks many of the active nutrition of unrefined hemp seed oil, it still is known to be sustainable and have great skin care properties.

3. Hemp Essential Oil

Although not as widely used or known, Hemp Essential Oil is the third type of hemp derived oil you’ll find when shopping for hemp products. Hemp essential oil is created by steam distilling the leaves and flowers of the hemp plants to capture the “pure essence” of the plant.

Hemp essential oil is quite rare to find, as it is very difficult to make. It’s important to note that essential oils do not contain any cannabinoids, such as CBD. Rather, hemp essential oil is commonly used for aromatherapy.

Populum Offers Premium Hemp Oil Tinctures & Topicals

At Populum, our goal is to formulate the highest quality hemp products using US grown hemp CBD extracts. Our high concentration tinctures and topical include a full-spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids that we regularly test for in our third party lab tests.

Visit Our Process to learn more about our quality.