Cannabidiol, Cannabis oil, Hemp extract… What’s the difference?

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

The Cannabis Sativa plant

It all starts with the cannabis sativa plant. There are two types of cannabis plant: the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. Hemp plants produce high levels of cannabidiol, and very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound found in cannabis plants that gets you high. Conversely, marijuana 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.

Cannabis oil

Cannabis oil is a broad term that could refer to hemp oil, CBD oil, and marijuana oil. Because both marijuana and hemp come from the same family of plants, cannabis sativa, to refer to cannabis could mean you are talking about hemp or marijuana.

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 to 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.