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The Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Extract

As a consumer, it is important to know what you are paying for. This is important because sometimes a misunderstanding of a product can lead to disappointment in results or benefits. You must know what you are going to gain from using a product, and the best way to know is by doing your research! With that being said, in this post, we will be discussing a topic that many consumers have been led to confusion by – the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract. Although they may sound like they are the same thing with similar benefits, they are actually very different and provide different benefits.


Hemp seed oil is the oil that is derived from the hemp seed. This oil is strictly from the seed of the hemp plant, so there are some properties that are different in the oil than that of the hemp extract. First, the hemp seed oil itself contains no CBD. This is one of the biggest misunderstandings consumers fail to recognize when purchasing a hemp seed oil product. Many people think hemp seed oil would contain CBD and therefore are disappointed with their lack of expected results. Not only is there no CBD in hemp oil, but there are also no other cannabinoids contained in the hemp seed oil.

Lacking the 113 cannabinoids, including CBD, is a reason that hemp seed oil is less expensive than hemp extract. Although it is missing this compound and many others, there are still a number of benefits in using hemp oil.

Hemp seed contains a large amount of fatty acids and Omegas, including Omega 6 and Omega 3. These are essential for a healthy and functioning digestive system, as well as increased heart health and better looking skin. Our body does not produce these fats, so it is essential that we get them from external sources, such as foods we eat. The other nutrient that is contained in hemp seed oil is vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps in combatting free radicals.

Since there are many benefits in using this carrier oil, hemp oil is used in a variety of products. The vitamin E in the hemp seed oil is great for promoting a more youthful appearance, as well as supporting healthy hair and normal hormone function. The richness of nutrients is great for giving your skin and hair a brighter look, as well as increasing the overall function of your digestive system and heart health.


Hemp extract, unlike hemp seed oil, does contain CBD, as well as other cannabinoids found inside the hemp plant. Hemp extract and CBD oil are two terms that are used synonymously in the CBD industry often times, but to be more specific, hemp extract comes from the parts of the hemp plant with the highest concentrations of cannabidiol. Hemp extract comes from the stalks, stems and leaves of the hemp plant, but not from the seeds.

Hemp extract is also more expensive than hemp seed oil. This is because it does include all of the cannabinoids, including CBD, and has a different set of benefits than hemp oil. If you are looking to reap the benefits of using CBD, you should focus on products that use hemp extract. Products that are derived from hemp extract, not hemp seed oil, will contain all of the benefits of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes that you are looking for.

Some of the benefits that hemp extract offers include:

  • Reducing anxious feelings
  • Relieves discomforts
  • Balances mood
  • Promotes a better night’s rest
  • and much more!


Now that you know the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract, it is up to you to decide which kind of product would benefit you, if not both of them. They both have aspects that are appealing to consumers in their own way, and both will deliver great results. It just depends on what you are looking for.

By Megan Booth

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