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Cannabidiol Versus Hemp extract… What’s the difference?

You may hear the terms CBD, cannabidiol and hemp extract used interchangeably. So what is the difference between them?

The plant explained

There are two types of the hemp plant. Hemp plants produce high levels of cannabidiol, and very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound found in canna-bis plants that gets you high. Conversely, mari-juana plants produce very high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol and low levels of cannabidiol.


The compound cannabidiol is commonly shortened to CBD, so when we mention this popular cannabinoid, we are talking about CBD, and vice versa. Amma Life whole plant CBD oil contains other naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids which, when consumed together, are excellent for optimising our health. This is also known as the entourage effect. Where as a whole , this plant is greater and more potent than the sum of its parts.

Types of oil

Hemp oil is a broad term that could refer to CBD oil, and mari-juana oil. Because both plants come from the same family, canna-bis sativa.

Hemp extract

Hemp extract is oil extracted from hemp’s aerial plant parts, containing a natural blend of phytocannabinoids. These phytocannabinoids interact with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to help maintain homeostasis.

This is not to be confused with hemp seed oil, which is a wonderful antioxidant that contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, but no phytocannabinoids to interact with your body and optimise health.

Amma Life uses whole plant CBD extract, meaning our extraction method ensures the 100+ other molecules that work most effectively together are not lost in the extraction process. Find out more on the What Is CBD? page.

As well as CBD oil, you can also try CBD paste, cream, and e-liquid from Amma Life to start experiencing the health optimizing advantages of CBD today.