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What is Hemp Oil?

What is Hemp Oil?

A growing number of Americans are getting excited about hemp oil and its many benefits. But as this product rises in popularity, there is also confusion about the nature of the product. What is hemp oil? How does it differ from marijuana and CBD? And perhaps the most popular question: can it get you high? Keep reading for the ultimate guide to hemp oil.

Where Does Hemp Oil Come From?

hemp seeds close up

Hemp oil is derived from hemp seeds using a variety of methods. Cold-pressed and unrefined hemp oil possesses a dark to light green color and has a nutty flavor, while refined hemp oil has a neutral flavor and is clear in color. Either type of hemp oil can be used for cooking, lotion, soaps, and more. 

What Can Use Hemp Oil For?

As we mentioned above, there are many ways to use hemp oil, from skincare to cooking. Check out the list below for a few of the most popular ways to enjoy the benefits of this oil:

Topical Use

skin cream made with hemp oil

One of the most straight-forward ways to use hemp oil is by applying it topically to the skin. This method is helpful for quick skin relief and prevention of other skin issues. Here are the steps to topically applying hemp oil:

  1. First, apply a small spot of hemp oil to your skin to make sure you don’t have an undesirable reaction.
  2. After waiting a few minutes to make sure your skin reacts well to hemp oil, wash and try an area of your arm to prepare for topical application of the oil.
  3. Next, apply a small amount of the oil directly to the cleansed area.
  4. Over the area with a cloth bandage for 24 hours to keep the oil on your arm.

Cooking with Hemp Oil

Hemp oil can also be taken orally, by drinking 1 or 2 teaspoons a day. You can also mix hemp oil into your cooking to avoid drinking it straight. A couple of teaspoons of hemp oil can be incorporated in a variety of recipes, including:

  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Soup
  • Smoothies

Hemp Oil Supplements

Don’t want to bother with applying hemp oil topically, or adding it to your food? You can also choose to take a convenient hemp oil supplement and still enjoy the same benefits as other forms of hemp oil consumption. 

Can Hemp Oil Get You High?

hemp/cbd oil in a vap cartridge

In short, no, hemp oil cannot get you high. Hemp is a member of the same family as the cannabis plant from which marijuana is derived, but it is not the same species. Marijuana can come from the cannabis indica or cannabis sativa plant. Hemp is a species of cannabis sativa, but the plant is very different from the marijuana plant.

The main difference between hemp oil and marijuana is the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is a psychoactive chemical that leads to the high associated with marijuana. While some marijuana may have THC levels as high as 30%, hemp has a THC level of less than 0.3%.

This is regulated by the government and it is illegal for any farmer to ever grow hemp containing higher levels of THC, so you can rest assured you’ll never be experiencing a high when consuming hemp oil. Instead, hemp oil has the medicinal benefits of cannabis, without the high.

Do You Need a Prescription For Hemp Oil?

No, you do not need a prescription for hemp oil. It can be purchased over the counter or online in any state in the U.S.

Though there are not any known risks to hemp oil, it’s always best to talk to your doctor before purchasing.

What is the Difference Between CBD and Hemp Oil?

chemical structure for CBD oil non-psychoactive

As with marijuana and hemp, there is often confusion about the difference between CBD. vs hemp oil. CBD oil is made from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of a hemp plant, while hemp oil is made from the seeds of the plant. 

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the chemical compounds of both the hemp and marijuana plant. This compound won’t get you high like THC. Hemp oil does not contain any CBD since CBD is not found in the seeds of the hemp plant.


    CBD is usually much more expensive than hemp oil. In fact, some manufacturers call their hemp oil “CBD oil” to mislead customers into believing they are getting a more premium product. To know if you’re purchasing CBD oil, look for products with ingredients including full-spectrum hemp extract or cannabidiol. Hemp seed oil will only contain cannabis sativa seed oil in the ingredient list.

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