The most basic answer to this question would be the oil of the hemp seed, but there’s really so much more to understanding what hemp seed oil is. Let’s take a look at why anyone would be interested in using hemp seed oil and what about this oil is different from other cannabis based products.

First of all, hemp seed oil is NOT marijuana. While both hemp and marijuana are cannabis and they both interact with the human endocannabinoid system, hemp and marijuana are NOT one and the same. In order for cannabis to be considered Marijuana, it must have a high concentration of THC. THC is the compound that creates a “high.” Conversely, in order for cannabis to be considered “hemp,” it must have a very low concentration of THC. Less than 0.3% THC, in fact, which is incredibly low and not enough to create the “high” that THC is so well known for. Since hemp seed oil contains only trace amounts of THC, it’s completely legal to purchase in all 50 US states.

Is Hemp Seed Oil the Same Thing as Hemp Oil?

Actually no. Hemp seed oil and Hemp oil are quite different. Hemp seed oil is something you might find at your grocery store in the cooking oil section right alongside coconut, olive or other cooking oils. Hemp seed oil is full of antioxidants and healthy fats, is quite nutritious, and has a number of beneficial uses. Hemp seed oil is also used in cosmetic and food products and is even used as an alternative to furniture polish.

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, usually by a cold-press extraction process. These little seeds contain as much as half their weight in oil, making it an easily extracted oil which is often used as a healthy alternative to hydrogenated cooking oils as well as an alternative to other healthy cooking oils.

Because hemp seed oil is harvested from the seeds, it does not contain beneficial amounts any cannabinoids. This is because the beneficial cannabinoids are mainly found in the flowers of the cannabis plants, not the seeds.  

Clearly understanding the uses of hemp seed oil is an important part of becoming knowledgeable about the world of cannabis products. Clearly not all cannabis products are equal.

In review, hemp seed oil being hemp, will only contain <0.3% THC and will NOT get a person “high.” Hemp seed oil does not contain beneficial amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids. Therefore, hemp seed oil is mainly a nutrient-rich product used as a cooking oil and an ingredient in foods and cosmetic products.  

What About Medical Marijuana?

Now that we’ve learned how hemp seed oil can be wonderfully nutritious as a cooking oil or an ingredient in food, and how it can benefit skin and hair when included in soaps, lotions, and cosmetic products, let’s build our knowledge on the uses of the cannabis product, Medical Marijuana.

Medical Marijuana is used for a completely different set of purposes, namely medical conditions. Whether to improve pain, nausea, loss of appetite for sufferers of HIV and cancer, or, as some research suggests, to decrease the occurrence of seizures in those with epilepsy, Medical Marijuana has a reputation for benefiting symptoms of medical conditions. Symptoms and conditions such as muscle spasms, interlobular pressure in the eyes, weight loss, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, and OCD are all reported to be improved by individuals using Medical Marijuana.

The big distinction to be clear on with Medical Marijuana is that it contains THC – anywhere from 5-20% or more THC. With concentrations at these levels, Medical Marijuana will indeed produce the “high” that THC is so famous for. While this is desirable for some, an increasing group of people want to receive these same medical benefits without the “high” produced by high levels of THC.

A variety of delivery systems are available with Medical Marijuana, including edible products, smoking the plant itself, vaping oils, and products that are applied to the skin, all containing higher levels of THC.

Legally, the status of Medical Marijuana varies depending on what state in the US you’re in. This is changing and evolving all the time, but purchasing Medical Marijuana may require obtaining a prescription or card.

In summary, Medical Marijuana is just what it’s called – Marijuana – due to its high levels of THC. While the delivery system may include edible products or salves and lotions that are applied to the skin, it’s main use is medicinal rather than nutritional, and it may require a prescription or a Medical Marijuana Card.   

Hemp Oil – All the Benefits, None of the Heavy Lifting

We’ve covered the nutritious benefits of hemp seed oil and the medical reasons for using Medical Marijuana. Now let’s look at where hemp oil fits into the cannabis world.

Hemp oil is reported to provide much of the same relief that Medical Marijuana has been providing. Yes, that same list from above is covered here for individuals who prefer to use hemp oil. The difference here is that hemp oil is made from hemp, not marijuana, so it doesn’t have the higher levels of THC and it doesn’t cause the “high” that many individuals would like to avoid. This means that it’s completely OK to use hemp oil and do all your typical daily activities such as working and driving with no impairment.

Hemp oil is legal in all 50 US states, so there’s no need to have a prescription or a Medical Marijuana card. No worries or extra steps necessary.

On top of all that, the full spectrum hemp oil made by Functional Remedies contains many other cannabinoids from the whole plant which are believed to bring greater benefit than using any single compound extract alone. Now we’re talking nutrition, medical support, full clarity and awareness, and legal ease!

Delivery methods for Functional Remedies hemp oil include tinctures, salves, and capsules. So easy, so convenient. Our products are great for those who simply want the best support for their health and well-being with the least worries, and with Functional Remedies, you know you’re getting a superior quality product. Our farm-to-market process ensures that you know exactly where you’re product is coming from, that it’s sustainable and organic, and that it’s been tested for quality multiple times in the process.   

Putting it All Together

Here’s a handy table illustrating what we’ve covered in this article regarding hemp seed oil, medical marijuana, and hemp oil products and their differences:

Hemp Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Medical Marijuana


Support for medical issues, Cosmetics, Food Products/Drinks

Cooking, Cosmetics, Food Products, Wood Polish

Support for medical issues

THC Content

Less than 0.3%

Less than 0.3%

More than 0.3%, often much higher

Nutrient Content




Additional Whole Plant Cannabinoids




Legal Status

Legal in all 50 US States

Legal in all 50 US States

Legal in several, but not all US States*

Medical Card Required?



Yes, in several states*


It’s official, you’re now an expert in knowing the difference between the three most common cannabis products on the market, hemp seed oil, Medical Marijuana, and hemp oil products. As laws change and the popularity of hemp oil products increases, we at Functional Remedies hope your expertise in this area will serve you and your loved ones well.

*The legal status of cannabis products is evolving rapidly in the US. Be sure to check your state’s current status regarding these products before purchasing.

WHAT, EXACTLY, IS HEMP SEED OIL? was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by ianhwoods