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A bottle of hemp seed oil and a bottle of CBD oil side by side. Cannabis leaves in the background along with ornamental rocks and a wooden surface.

The Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil

Aug 08, 2022

INDICA Skincare Team

Hemp-infused skincare products are all the rage right now and for good reason — they seem to have a number of fantastic benefits! However, a lot of people are unfamiliar with the terminology regarding the ingredients used in hemp-infused beauty products. A number of shady companies take advantage of this fact to sell inferior quality products without properly disclosing what is contained within them.

Additionally, it's important to be aware of the different cannabis-related ingredients so that you can choose what's best for your skin! Thus, we arrive at the topic of the distinctions between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Yes, hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil! Many cosmetics use either one or the other, and the public is largely unaware of the differences between and the benefits of the two ingredients.

So, let's take a look at the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil.

Hemp Seed Oil

A bottle of hemp seed oil, hemp seeds, and cannabis leaves against a white surface.

Hemp seed oil is extracted, through cold-pressing, from the seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa, which is grown for non-drug use). It has been used for centuries in various cultures for its medicinal properties. The oil is rich in essential amino acids and fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are beneficial for skin health.

Hemp seed oil can help to lock in moisture, protect the skin from environmental damage, and reduce inflammation. It has very few cannabinoids and no tetrahydrocannabinol/THC — you cannot get high from it and it is legal!

In fact, hemp seed oil is used for cooking as well and is known to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and promote heart health. It is also recommended for pregnant women, who need  omega-3 fatty acids for the healthy development of their baby.

In addition, the oil is packed with antioxidants and can help to soften skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As more people become aware of the benefits of hemp seed oil, it is becoming increasingly popular as a natural skincare product.


Bottles of CBD oil, a blackboard with the chemical structure of CBD, topical CBD cream, CBD pills, and cannabis leaves on a beige, textured surface.

On the other hand, CBD or cannabidiol oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant. To be more precise, CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the plant and then mixing it with a carrier oil (such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil). It contains a higher concentration of cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds that interact with our body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD oil is not psychoactive (since it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC).

The ECS helps to regulate a number of important functions in our bodies, including sleep, appetite, pain, and immune response. CBD oil is believed to help to reduce inflammation, anxiety, and pain. Although further research is required, anecdotal evidence supports these benefits.

CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular for its potential medicinal benefits. A lot of people use it (in the form of drops) to help with conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia. Others use it for more general purposes, such as to improve their mood or increase their energy levels.

Of late, CBD has made massive strides in the skincare industry due to its many purported benefits for the skin. An active ingredient, it has anti-flammatory as well as antioxidant properties, and seems to be useful in alleviating the symptoms of skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Some studies have also shown that it has anti-aging properties and can prevent dryness and itching.

What is hemp oil?

Hemp oil is used to refer to any oil that is derived from the hemp plant. In other words, both hemp seed oil and CBD oil would classify as hemp oils. It's often used as a blanket term!

Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil: which is better for your skin?

There is no simple answer to this question since it depends on your individual skin type and what it is that you want from your skincare. However, it is true that CBD is an active ingredient while hemp seed oil is an inactive ingredient.

Products that contain CBD — which interacts with endocannabinoid receptors and produces a number of health-promoting results — seem to provide more benefits than products that contain only hemp seed oil.

So, watch out for brands that try to jump on the CBD bandwagon without actually having any CBD in their products (i.e. they use only hemp seed oil and wrongly try to present the same as having the benefits of CBD).

In general, if you want your hemp-infused skincare products to benefit your skin in a comprehensive manner, it's better to go with reputed brands that use both CBD and hemp seed oil in their products so that you can make use of all the potential benefits of the cannabis plant.

INDICA Skincare contains both hemp seed oil and CBD

Now that we know the major differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, let's take a look at a brand with products that contains both ingredients: INDICA Skincare.

Our natural skincare products are formulated with hemp seed oil and CBD (along with many other natural ingredients) to nourish and revitalize your skin. In particular, the combination of these two powerful ingredients — hemp seed oil and active CBD — provides a range of benefits that promote the health and appearance of your skin, helping to keep it youthful and fresh.

So, if you're looking for a natural skincare solution that contains both hemp seed oil and CBD, look no further than INDICA Skincare! Ours is the first certified CBD CITY DETOX skincare line in Europe and is designed to promote your skin's health, protect it from stressors like pollution, and possess anti-aging properties.

Made in Europe, our products are vegan, fragrance-free, and devoid of harsh chemicals. So, consider trying the PREMIUM CBD DAY CREAM if you need a good moisturizer or grab the PREMIUM CBD HAND CREAM if your hands are dry, cracked, and in desperate need of some tender loving care.

Need something to protect and help your skin regenerate during the night? Try the PREMIUM CBD NIGHT CREAM. Struggling with dark circles? Give the PREMIUM CBD EYE CONTOUR CREAM a shot. Happy CBD skincare!