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CBD Flowers Vs. CBD Oil

Key Takeaways

  • CBD oil is a standardised product containing known amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids.
  • CBD flowers may have health benefits, but the contents of cannabinoids may vary.
  • CBD flowers is considered a controlled substance in the UK, therefore illegal.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant. The hemp plant’s leaves, stalk, and flowers are rich in various cannabinoids, including cannabidiol or CBD. However, it is worth knowing that hemp seed oil does not contain CBD.

In Europe and the UK, hemp is legally grown. There is a database of varieties that can be legally grown after getting the license. These hemp varieties are naturally low in THC (below 0.2%), the mind-altering substance.(1) It means that these cannabis plants cannot be abused. Though these plants belong to the same family as marijuana, they do not have much THC, and thus, getting a license to grow them is relatively safe.

However, it must be noted that in the UK, one cannot use the whole plant once grown. View the home office and government guidelines for more information [1].

Extraction and CBD Flower Use

Since it is fine to extract CBD from cannabis or, as many might call CBD flowers, thus it is also correct to ask why not directly use CBD flowers. For example, those who smoke weed or marijuana love the flower, as it provides a good hit due to its high THC content. Flower is one of the best ways to enjoy cannabinoids, including THC.

CBD flower is that of the hemp plant, making it safe. But, there are a few issues. Hemp flowers and marijuana flowers look quite the same. They are often difficult to differentiate. It means that if the government would allow selling hemp flowers or using them, it is pretty likely that many might also start selling marijuana flowers. Thus, there is a safety and legal concern.

Hence, CBD flower is illegal. This is because if the sale of flowers is allowed, it might create much confusion due to its resemblance with other cannabis varieties or marijuana.

CBD Oil vs CBD Flower

Well, that brings us to the next logical question. What is the difference between the two? Well, the difference is significant. Although CBD flower contains much CBD, minor cannabinoids, and small amounts of THC, CBD’s concentration is generally higher in CBD oil.

Moreover, CBD oil is safer as it is a standardized product. Hence, people know exactly how much CBD they are taking. However, if someone uses flowers, it is almost impossible to know how much CBD is entering the body. It may be less or more.

Further, there are concerns regarding the safety. Remember that flowers contain many other bioactive compounds and chlorophyll. One is more likely to develop an allergy to the flower than to CBD oil.

CBD oil is made using high-purity commercially available CBD extracts. Producers would then generally add CBD isolate or full-spectrum product to the carrier oil. Additionally, CBD oil may contain some other beneficial compounds like terpenes, which are known to have potent antioxidant properties.(2)

CBD oil vs CBD flower which is better?

CBD oil is definitely a better choice when looking for something with health benefits. It is legal, but more importantly, CBD oils are produced following certain norms, ensuring product safety and potency.

Hence, one can readily buy very high-quality CBD oil or CBD vape pen from CBD Oil King, and all products sold on the platform have undergone third-party lab testing.

The Bottom Line

Although people might be tempted to use CBD flowers and consider it as a more natural way of enjoying CBD, nevertheless, CBD oil is a safer and better option. Moreover, CBD flowers are not legal products due to their similar appearance to weed.

CBD oil is a standardized product specifically created for humans to consume regularly. These products are highly safe. Further, producers are looking for various ways of boosting the potency of their products without increasing side effects risk, and one such way is adding terpenes.

So, if you want to enjoy CBD, I would say that CBD oil is the right option. One may also explore CBD vape pens, though they are relatively less safe and mainly an option for those looking to quit smoking.


  1. GOV.UK [Internet]. [cited 2024 Mar 27]. Industrial hemp licensing: factsheet. Available from:
  2. Ferber SG, Namdar D, Hen-Shoval D, Eger G, Koltai H, Shoval G, et al. The “Entourage Effect”: Terpenes Coupled with Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2020;18(2):87–96.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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