The difference between hemp seed oil and cbd oil is, quite simply put, in how the oil is made: Hemp oil is primarily made using hemp seeds where-as cbd oil is made using various parts of the cannabis flower (such as the flowers, stem, or even leaves). Unfortunately, hemp oil is often confused with cbd oil due to their similarities at first glance. It’s helpful to use the proper term for hemp oil, which is “hemp seed oil”. This further defines that the oil you’re using comes straight from hemp seeds and not other parts of the cannabis plant. And yet, the question still remains…
Disclaimer: This article may be best read with a glossary of CBD & THC terms if you are new to the topic.
What is Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil Made From?
Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp oil is primarily extracted from the seeds (hence its proper term, “hemp seed oil”) using a cold-pressing process. As a result of this process hemp oil does not contain significant amounts of cannabinoids like CBD or THC that would lead your dog to experience a “high” or any kind of psychoactive effects.
CBD Oil: CBD oil (AKA: cannabidiol oil), is derived from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant or certain strains of marijuana plants. CBD oil is often obtained through an extraction process that separates the CBD compound from other compounds found in the plant. The oil made from this process can contain varying levels of CBD, and the resulting THC content is typically less than 0.3% in hemp-derived CBD oil.
Composition of Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil for Dogs
Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is rich in nutrients including essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is valued for its nutritional benefits and is commonly used in dog food supplements, skin and coat care products, as well as dietary supplements for dogs (and other pets)!
CBD Oil: CBD oil contains CBD as the primary active ingredient (shocking, right?), along with other cannabinoids, terpenes, and potentially trace amounts of THC. The specific composition of CBD oil can vary depending on the extraction method and the strain of the cannabis plant used. CBD oil is often used as a dietary supplement with the hopes of improving your dog’s behavior, comfort, stress levels, and overall well being.
Why Would I Use Hemp Seed Oil or CBD Oil for Dogs?
Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is primarily used for its nutritional value. It is often used in cooking, as a salad dressing (for humans), or as a dietary supplement to support overall health (for humans and dogs, actually). Additionally, hemp oil is used in skincare products for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. Embracing the use of hemp oil is really a matter of deciding what benefits you are looking for and then finding the correct hemp seed product that supports your goals.
CBD Oil: CBD oil is known for its potential therapeutic benefits. It is commonly used for promoting relaxation, managing stress and anxiety, supporting sleep patterns, and improving overall wellbeing. CBD oil has recently gained popularity in the wellness and alternative medicine communities for its potential health benefits.
Is Hemp Oil and CBD Oil Legal?
Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is legal in many countries, including the United States, as long as it is derived from hemp plants with low THC content. As a result, it is widely available for purchase.
CBD Oil: The legal status of CBD oil varies from country to country and can depend on whether it is derived from hemp or marijuana plants. In the United States, CBD oil derived from hemp with less than 0.3% THC content is federally legal, while CBD oil derived from marijuana may be subject to varying state laws.
What do I do if my dog ate my CBD or Hemp Oil?
This is a very important question, one that we've gone into more detail on in this article. The first and most important step is to always stay calm, and then immediately phone your local vet for advice and recommendations. Be sure to secure your own CBD and THC treats away from reach of your pets to prevent future accidents.
It's important to read product labels, ingredient lists, and understand the specific properties and intended uses of the oil you want to use on your pets. If you have any concerns or questions, it's best to consult with a veterinarian.