Are Hemp Oil and CBD Oil the Same?

Hemp. CBD. THC. Cannabis. Marijuana. Weed. What does all of this mean? Are hemp oil and CBD oil the same, different, similar?

Are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil the Same?

At Natural Path we want to be as transparent and straightforward with all of our dealings in the world of CBD. Here are definitions that will hopefully help clear up some of the misinformation and confusion:

Hemp and marijuana: these are different plants but both are classified biologically as cannabis.


  • Grown as a valuable commodity, has been used for centuries in a variety of ways.
  • Known as the variety of cannabis: sativa L.
  • Used for its fiber (from the stems)
  • Grown for its protein (from the seeds)
  • Used for its oils (from the leaves and flowers)
  • Grown for its smokable portions (from the leaves and flowers).
  • Hemp fibers are used to make paper, fabric, clothing, rope, building materials and so much more.
  • Yes, hemp contains THC (the compound that makes you high).
  • No, hemp's cannot make you high because the amount of THC present is so very low.
  • Hemp produces CBD!
  • You can dry and smoke hemp leaves, but they won't make you high.


  • Sometimes used synonymous with cannabis.
  • Marijuana is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant.
  • It is used primarily for medical or recreational purposes.
  • It comes from the dried flowers or leaves of the cannabis plant.


  • THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol.
  • It is responsible for marijuana's effect that makes you feel "high." THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects.
  • THC makes you "high" by attaching to cannabinoid receptors (which our bodies make naturally) and activating them (the ones that soothe and calm).
  • THC is secreted in the resin of a marijuana plant. 


  • CBD is an abbreviation for cannabinoid. 
  • CBD oil is the same as Hemp oil. Same thing, two different ways to describe it.
  • CBD will not make you high.
  • CBD has beneficial wellness properties.
  • CBD oil can be rubbed into the skin as a topical or ingested by mouth by dropper or tincture. 
  • CBD is also a compound present in the resin secretions of the hemp plant. 
  • CBD oil is extracted from hemp leaves and flowers.


  • Hemp oil is the same as CBD oil. Same thing, two different ways to describe it.


  • Hemp seed oil is, you guessed it, extracted from the seed of the hemp plant.
  • Hemp seed oil is not hemp oil/CBD oil.
  • Hemp seeds can be eaten whole or refined.
  • Refining hemp seeds is done by pressing or crushing the seeds to produce oil or flour.
  • Hemp seeds are also hulled, or shelled, to make them more palatable.
  • The shells leftover from being hulling hemp seeds are rich in fiber and can be processed and made into flour. 

All Natural Path Botanicals hemp oil / CBD oil is grown with organic standards on small family farms in Colorado. All our products are laboratory and 3rd-party tested to ensure quality and purity. We offer both THC-free CBD oil and the US legal amount of THC (.3%) CBD oils.


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