These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are very different. Companies do this on purpose to confuse customers… and Amazon!
Hemp oil (also known as Hemp Extract) is any oil or extract that comes from the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil, CBD Oil and a CBD Oil Tinctures are all types of Hemp oil or Hemp extract. So what are the differences between these three types of oils?
Hemp Seed Oil is extracted from hemp seeds. Hemp seeds contain no CBD or THC. Hemp seeds are totally legal and can be purchased in any health food store. Pure hemp seed oil is devoid of CBD but has many amazing health properties and benefits. Hemp seed oil contains antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and several minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Pacific Roots sells a pure organic hemp seed oil. Amazon currently does not allow for the sale of CBD products. Beware of sellers on Amazon that sell “hemp seed oil tinctures” as “hemp extract” to allude to the presence of CBD. Don’t be fooled!
CBD Oil is extracted from the hemp plant and contains cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabinoids (ie CBD, CBG, CBN, THC etc) develop predominantly in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. After the hemp plant is pressed for oil, it goes through different phases of extraction. Phases of CBD oil include crude oil, winterized crude, full spectrum oil, broad spectrum oil, and CBD isolate. These various oils are used to create the end user products at legal levels.
CBD oils can be produced a few different ways. The two most common forms are the alcohol extraction method and the CO2 extraction method. These methods pull the oil from the seeds, flowers or stalk of the hemp plant.
CBD Tinctures are made from the various raw forms of CBD Oil. They are diluted with a carrier oil (most commonly used are MCT or hemp seed oil) to the desired potency and often flavored to improve taste. CBD has a very distinct taste!
A tincture is defined as a health product that is created through an alcohol extraction process and draws healing qualities from a plant. Although a tincture can be an oil, not all oils are tinctures.
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