CBD vs. Hemp Seed Oil: Not the Same Thing

Although CBD and hemp seed oil are in the same cannabis family, they are definitely not the same thing. Yes, both are derived from the same hemp plant, but CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowers, while hemp seed oil is made from cold-pressing the hemp seeds. Each has its own health benefits, suggesting that one may be better suited to your needs than another. 

In this article, we’ll compare hemp seed oil vs. CBD to help you determine which is your optimal choice, as well as explore scenarios in which the two may be combined for natural health uses.

Hemp Seed is Not the Same as CBD Oil

Get to Know CBD 

What exactly is CBD? Also known as cannabinoid, CBD is the therapeutic compound present in cannabis. The list of holistic health benefits that CBD contains is extensive, which is why you see it everywhere from pharmacies to high-end wellness spas. 

It’s important to understand that CBD’s wide-sweeping benefits come from the way in which it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors that influence how we perceive pain, anxiety, and more. In turn, CBD is able to influence everything from serotonin levels to muscle tightness to digestive issues.

Because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities of CBD, common uses of this ingredient range from pain relief to alleviating anxiety to reducing facial redness and fine lines… the list goes on and on! As one of the most potent antioxidants, it really is an all-in-one solution due to its wide range of uses and natural qualities. 

Additional key points that differentiate CBD from hemp seed oil: 

  • There are three different types of CBD, defined by their extraction and compound-makeup. The most powerful, full-spectrum CBD, contains miniscule amounts of THC (not enough to induce any mind-alterations). 
  • The body’s receptors and neurotransmitters respond to CBD, enabling such benefits as pain relief, boosted mood, reduced inflammation, and more. 
  • CBD is noticeably more expensive than hemp seed oil due to its elevated capabilities. 

Get to Know Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is increasingly recognized for its generous amounts of omegas, amino acids, nutrients, and minerals, contributing to its ability to help inflammation, calm and hydrate skin, boost digestive issues, and more. In turn, people are jumping aboard the hemp seed bandwagon, using it in their facial products or cooking, as well as a carrier oil or a health supplement to take all on its own. 

Additional key points that differentiate hemp seed oil from CBD:

  • Hemp seed oil does not interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, meaning that it produces no pain relief or anti-anxiety effects. 
  • Hemp seed not only lacks CBD, but also other compounds found in the hemp plant’s leaves and flowers that would boost CBD’s effectiveness. 

Our point? Hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD, nor does it have the same benefits. If you seek a solution for issues like pain relief, overproduction of sebum, or anxiety, make sure that you buy a product that contains genuine CBD and not merely hemp seed oil parading around as such. Check your labels! 

CBD Oil & Hemp Seed Oil Can Work Together

Luckily, you don’t have to necessarily choose CBD oil OR hemp seed oil, as some products combine the two. Take, for example, our Elite Elixir that contains 1,500 mg of full spectrum CBD and hemp seed oil as a carrier. 

What is a carrier oil? In order for CBD to dissolve the cannabinoid molecules in your body, a carrier oil assists in this absorption process. Special receptors in the skin known as TRPV1 receptors bind to CBD using a carrier oil, which is called the “entourage effect”. The high quality and natural characteristics of hemp seed oil make it an obvious choice as a carrier oil for CBD products.


Ways to Apply a CBD and Hemp Seed Combo for Maximum Results

Orally: Taken orally, hemp seed oil has a relatively high bioavailability score, meaning it can carry and deliver a high percentage of CBD. Sublingual, or under the tongue, use of hemp seed oil is the fastest and most efficient method to deliver a substance into the human circulatory system. Tinctures of hemp oil can be used for the purpose of quick and easy absorption for overall wellness. However, you can also ingest it if preferred.

Topically: Both CBD and hemp seed oil are often used in topical skincare products due to its many beneficial properties. They are known for not clogging pores, providing high moisture levels to the skin, and their anti-inflammatory benefits. Among the many natural nutrients that hemp seed oil includes are antioxidants, magnesium, calcium and iron, all which can be absorbed through the skin. 

Bonus idea for hemp seed - cooking: Yet another use for hemp seed oil is cooking! Yes you read that right, hemp seed oil is very rich in omegas (aka the good kind of fat) and has absolutely no trans fat. It also has about 40% less fat than olive oil, so it is an extremely healthy oil to ingest. Hemp seed oil has a unique nutty smell and green color, which is a result of the chlorophyll that is naturally present in the seeds.

Why Shop With Botanika Life?

Botanika Life products like our Elite Elixir contain full spectrum CBD and hemp seed oil that are sourced from organically grown American hemp. The importance of full spectrum CBD is that it contains other compounds of the cannabis plant, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids allowing the highest levels of benefits for the body. 

We produce pain relief, skincare, and wellness products all made using clean formulas and plant-based ingredients. The quality of what you put on and inside your body can never be underestimated. With Botanika Life products, you are always getting what you pay for.

As with every health and beauty product, it is important to have third-party lab testing back the quality of what you are buying. A very unique quality of Botanika Life products is their Certification of Analysis and 3rd Party Accreditation for their products, which we invite you to view here. These are found on the Botanika Life website and list the Cannabinoids, CBD dosage, THC levels and other vital components of quality CBD products. 

Key Takeaways About CBD vs. Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is one of the healthiest oils on the market and contains large amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, essential amino acids, and various minerals and nutrients. It is a moisturizer, anti-inflammatory and protector of the brain. Research shows that it may also lead to improved skin and heart health, in addition to the ability to help lower inflammation. 

However, hemp seed oil won’t deliver the same advantages as CBD and should not be confused as such. Make sure to always read the labels and be on the look-out for hemp seed oil trying to pass as CBD. If both hemp seed oil and CBD sound appealing, find a product that offers both in order to provide amazing benefits for the skin and body. 



By Emily Wegener

With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.