CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil

Take a look around the internet and you will see both “CBD Oil” and “Hemp Oil” advertised for many of the same benefits. Is there a difference?

Short Answer...There can be.

CBD Oil, also known as CBD Tincture, is perhaps the most well known of all CBD products, and is certainly the most-searched. Often, news resources and publications outside of the CBD industry discuss CBD Oil without mentioning edibles, e-liquids, or other products. Because of the sheer interest in CBD Oil, we prepared this page to give some background to this product and to look at Hemp Bombs’ CBD Oil with greater focus.

In its common form, CBD Tincture is an oil made from the extract of low-THC Hemp, also known as Industrial Hemp. Technically, in order to be called “Industrial Hemp,” a plant must contain less than .3% THC, even in locations like buds and leaves known to be more THC-rich.

What many companies, like Hemp Bombs, do is separate the CBD from the plant through a process known as "extraction." In this process, a circuit of machinery removes chemicals, pesticides, and other materials from the plant, readying the extract for production. Once separated, the extract often contains other Cannabinoids like CBGA, CBDA, and CBCA as well as CBD.

Hemp Oil follows a similar process and can be the same product as CBD Oil. Here, the only reason Hemp Oil is labeled differently is because there is less static surrounding it than CBD.

Sometimes, “Hemp Oil” refers to the oil from pressed Hemp Seeds. In this scenario, Hemp Oil is a different product than CBD Oil because it involves a different extraction method.

CBD & the Endocannabinoid System

The public is only recently starting to uncover the reasons that CBD is helping so many people. It all starts with something called the Endocannabinoid System.

The Endocannabinoid System is maybe the most important internal system humans have to regulate health.

Receptors from this system are found in locations all throughout the body, including the:

  • Brain
  • Connective Tissues
  • Glands
  • Immune Cells
  • Organs

Receptors coordinate together to create balance within your body.


These receptors, called CB1 and CB2, activate certain physiological processes in the body when stimulated.

Whenever Cannabidiol enters your body and interacts with these receptors, biological processes begin to work.

Because this network of receptors is so widespread throughout the body including in the brain, immune cells, and organs, many think this system is responsible for the huge variety of reported CBD benefits.

CBD Oil Benefits

While it’s the Cannabidiol and not the product itself that is important for health, the most common CBD treatment is CBD Oil. With a sprawling network all throughout the body, the Endocannabinoid System is said to have some of the following benefits when activated by CBD Oil.


Anxiety is a health issue that plagues large numbers of men and women every year. There’s reason to be hopeful if you are someone struggling with anxiety.

Anxiety is a disorder of the nervous system and brain. The cluster of CB1 receptors in these areas may be a pathway to recovery for sufferers.


Inflammation is a silent killer that many aren’t aware of. In brief, inflammation is your body’s response to a health threat. Your immune system flares up to a perceived threat, and ends up in ​pain, swelling, soreness, fatigue, and more. Thankfully, CBD may be able to help individuals suffering from all kinds of inflammation.

Endocannabinoids (the cannabinoids produced in your body) are known for something called “anti-noiception.” Anti-noiception refers to the blocking of the detection of painful stimuli by sensory neurons, reducing sensitivity to pain.

This effect is largely mediated by receptor, CB1.  This is very promising for phytocannabinoids, like CBD, as they affect the same receptors that endocannabinoids do.

While more research is needed, it seems as though CBD is likely to reduce inflammation, as pain is one of its leading causes.

Heart Health

As well as its many other benefits, CBD is reported to be good for your heart.

The British Journal of Pharmacology indicates that CBD Oil is “cardioprotective” by reducing ventricular arrhythmia and infarct size, placing less strain on your heart.

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD protect the heart against tissue damage, aiding cardiovascular health.

With so many research-supported benefits, you might ask, “How do you take CBD Oil?”

Typically, CBD Oil is found in tincture form and taken sublingually with a dropper.

While we have a more comprehensive dosing guide, understand that basic metabolic factors like weight, age, and sex will factor into dosing.

Here are a few dosing recommendations we have:

● Incremental dosing - Start small (5mg-20mg) and work your way up to find your correct dose.

● Give it time. Don’t expect overnight results. Results can take many weeks to take effect.

● Consult your doctor about taking CBD Oil with other medications.

CBD may have an impact on the effectiveness of other medications.

A new branch of CBD products is available for pets including cats, dogs, horses, and others.

Because pets have an endocannabinoid system as well, they stand to benefit from CBD Oil much in many of the same ways people do.

CBD Pet Oil is said to have a beneficial effect on:

● Social Anxiety
● Pain
● Separation Anxiety
● Joints & Hips
● Hyperactivity

As with people, we recommend a conservative does (.25 - .5 mg / kg) to start.

If you do not see the desired results after an extended period of time, increase your dose by .25 mg/kg until you find the correct dose.

As with people, pets won’t all respond in the same way. Let your pet be the one to dictate dosing.

CBD may also be a solution for weight loss. CBD tincture can help level out blood sugar, break down fat, and help burn calories.

A study performed in the scientific journal ​Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry revealed CBD can convert white fat tissue (storage fat) to brown fat tissue, which burns fat.

Brown fat is also believed to improve glucose tolerance, increasing resistance to diabetes.

While more research will help confirm these studies, early signs are good for weight loss and CBD.

As we have covered in another post on skin care, CBD has a number of benefits for skin care, both for prevention and improvement.

There have been suggestions that CBD can help benefit conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis, and Acne, largely through interactions with Cannabinoids in the skin and controls on skin cell overproduction.

CBD Oil may also be able to slow skin aging through its antioxidant effects. Things like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants create free radicals, age skin, and add wrinkles.

CBD helps defend the skin against these damaging freed radicals.

The Future of CBD Oil

At the time of writing, Indiana has just passed CBD-specific legislation, making it explicitly legal for residents of Indiana to possess CBD products.

While CBD Oil is technically legal as long as it’s sourced from Industrial Hemp, as Indiana shows, many more states will draw up CBD-specific laws to clear up any confusion.

This is great for the consumer. As CBD becomes a staple in state legislation, more research will be conducted and better products will become available.

At Hemp Bombs, we have always been conscious of CBD legality. As well as manufacturing a product without THC and to CGMP standards, we have full-time legal support team to help us make sure we are on the right side of the law.

Please consider Hemp Bombs when purchasing your next CBD Oil. We have affordable prices and as many options as any CBD brand.