herbs vs spices

Sep 24, 2020

Herbs vs. Spices: What's the Difference?

We often use the terms herb and spice interchangeably, but there are, in fact, subtle differences between the two. Learn more, as we work out herbs vs. spices.

Basil, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, rosemary, thyme, turmeric...the list goes on. Our kitchen cabinets are full of spices and herbs. They enhance our meals with inviting flavors that have enriched human life for thousands of years.  

But if someone challenged you to organize these plant-derived ingredients in a list of herbs vs. spices, would you be able to do it? The terms herb and spice have often been used interchangeably, so it can get pretty confusing. Learn about their key differences and where CBD falls in. 

What Is an Herb?

Herbs come from the leaves, seeds, or flowers of non-woody plants. These plants generally carry natural aromatic properties. 

A few common examples of herbs are: 

  • Basil
  • Rosemary 
  • Thyme 
  • Cilantro

What Is a Spice?

While herbs come from the leaves, spices come from the other parts of the plant like the roots, bark, and seeds. 

Common spices you’re probably familiar with are: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger 
  • Turmeric 
  • Coriander 

There are hundreds of herbs and spices in the world. Not only are they delicious, but they also carry wholesome properties that help our bodies feel balanced and fueled with energy.

Is CBD an Herb or a Spice?

So where does CBD oil fall into all of this? After all, CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.

Hemp is an annual aromatic plant and an herb by definition. Any hemp extract would then be considered an “herbal extract”. In short, CBD is derived from an herb. 

At Hemplucid, we utilize the whole hemp plant to create our CBD oils. Be sure to check out our full-spectrum product line, and learn more about how CBD works to help you make educated decisions.