Can You Vape Hemp Oil? Is It Different From CBD Oil?

Can You Vape Hemp Oil? Is It Different From CBD Oil?

Is It OK to Vape Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is a confusing term

There are lots “hemp oils”  out there. With lots of different ingredients.

Some can be vaped safely – others definitely not.

Which hemp oils can you vape?

What is Hemp Oil?

That’s a bit of a tricky question.

Most of the confusion is surrounding the meaning of the term “hemp oil”.

Something called hemp oil has been on the shelves for years. But this product is a dietary supplement made from hemp seeds. It has wonderful health benefits. It’s rich in omega fatty acids.

It’s more properly called hemp seed oilbut since there weren’t any consumable made from any other part of the hemp plant, it was often just called hemp oil.

Before the 2014 Farm Bill, it was made usually from imported hemp seeds, because of the prohibition on hemp growing in the US.

Anyway,  since the Farm Bill loosened up restrictions, a different kind of hemp oil started showing up.

CBD Hits the Scene

CBD molecule

Manufacturers started processing the flowers of the female hemp plant to make CBD products.

CBD/hemp extract is lipophilic – “oil loving”.  It’s easily mixed with other oils (carrier liquids) to make tinctures.

So mixing hemp extract with MCT coconut oil for example,  makes what you also might call hemp oil.

But generally these products are called CBD oil since CBD is the most important component.


Here is another example of how massively disruptive Amazon have been to consumer markets.

Soon after sellers started offering CBD products on the biggest e-commerce site in the world, Amazon changed their policy and banned the term “CBD” on any products sold on their platform. This is because of the unclear legal status of CBD.

The sellers couldn’t use “CBD” in their product descriptions, labels or packaging, or they would have their listings removed.

So sellers started saying hemp oil instead of CBD oil.

We started to see 30 ml bottles of “hemp oil” with “1000 mg” on the labels.

1000 mg of what?

Well,  CBD – presumably.

Some items list numbers like 30000 mg or 50000 mg in bold text, which is the net weight of the product – not the amount of CBD.

Marketers have resorted to implying there is X amount of CBD in their products rather than stating it plainly.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is another confusing term that could mean, hemp seed oil, MCT oil infused with CBD isolate, or it could refer to pure hemp extract with no oil added.

So it’s always important to read the ingredients because the terminology has not been defined to everyone’s agreement.

Hemp Oil Vape?

label from a bottle of hemp oil

Add to this Amazon’s policy forbidding vape products and you have more confusion whether or not you can vape hemp oil.  So an item on Amazon may be a perfectly vapable CBD product, but the seller is not allowed to say so.

Well, since that’s the case, don’t look for CBD vape products on Amazon.  You just can’t be 100% sure if it’s OK to vape.

So how do you know?

How to Tell What Hemp Products Are OK to Vape

Of course the first thing to look for is the word vape is in the description or packaging.

If it is, it’s a product that has been formulated as vapable.  As long as there are good, solid lab reports available, you can be confident that it’s OK.

Secondly, read the ingredients. If hemp seed oil is one of the main ingredients, rule it out.  Hemp seed oil burns very easily and is not safe to vape. 

Thirdly, contact the manufacturer and ask. There are many CBD products that are perfect for vaping, but for one reason or another are not marketed as such. Ask the producer. They will often tell you it’s OK for vaping.

So if you are trying to figure out if you can vape a particular CBD hemp oil,  follow these rules:

  • Don’t Look for CBD vape Amazon – The sellers can’t say CBD or vape, so you just can’t be sure.
  • Check for the word vape – If it’s in the product name or on the label, you’re fine.
  • Read the ingredientsDon’t vape hemp seed oil – it burns at low temperatures and is not safe to vape.
  • Ask the Manufacturer – If the tincture uses a carrier liquid like MCT coconut oil or vegetable glycerin, it might be OK. Email the maker first.


Stay away from products that use the term “hemp oil”.   Its meaning has not been defined by the FDA.

There are so many good,  safe CBD hemp extract vape oils that are specifically formulated for vaping – and that actually say vape on the label.

There is no reason to vape anything questionable.

John Astrab


Neither Hemp nor its byproducts are considered medicine. They are not intended to treat any specific ailment. We can make no claims as such.

All information, content, and material of this blog post is for informational purposes only and not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

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