Don’t Be Scammed: Hemp (Extract) Isn’t The Same as CBD Oil!
Is that hemp (extract) oil on Amazon and other stores real CBD oil? Here’s what you need to know before you fall victim to a misleading label scam.
Although hemp products have been made legal to sell and buy over the counter after the passing of the 2018 Hemp Farming Bill, there are still no official regulations or standards governing the production and labeling of dietary and medicinal hemp-derived CBD products.
Some companies call it hemp oil, some call it hemp extract oil, and some feature the more trendy term: CBD oil. Although many people use these three terms interchangeably, they are not actually the same thing and there are major differences between them, which every consumer needs to be aware of before they go on a shopping frenzy.
“Hemp oil” is the umbrella term that encompasses all kinds of oil made from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Depending on which part(s) of the plant the oil is made from, different hemp oils may contain different nutritional and medicinal compounds.
The term hemp oil is more commonly used to refer to hemp seed oil. Hemp seeds and the seed oil are used as food and a natural remedy. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, in addition to numerous vitamins and minerals that can provide different health benefits.
However, hemp seed oil does not contain cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids, which are found in the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plant.
Hemp Extract Oil
Hemp extract oil can also mean different things depending on the part(s) of the plant used to make the extract. CBD is just one of many compounds that may (or may not) be present in a specific hemp extract.
Hemp seed extract is mostly used for its nutritional benefits, but it does not contain CBD.
Hemp (flower, leaf, stalk, or whole-plant) extract contains CBD and other cannabinoids, however, the concentration of CBD in the extract can vary dramatically from one product to another and can range from around 0% and all the way up to 99%.
“Hemp extract” is an ambiguous term as it gives no indication of the amount of cannabidiol in the product. One product that lists “1,000mg hemp extract” may contain 800mg CBD; a second product that also says “1,000mg hemp extract” may only contain 100mg CBD; and a third product with the same label may not contain any significant amount of CBD!
CBD oil is hemp extract oil that is guaranteed to contain a certain amount/dose of CBD that is explicitly listed on the label. It leaves no doubt as to how much cannabidiol the product actually contains.
But a mere number on paper may not be very reassuring, which is why it is a common practice of CBD companies to test each batch of their products in a third-party lab for their potency (cannabinoid content) and post the lab test result COA as proof of the exact amount of CBD per serving or per bottle.
Whether it’s labeled “hemp oil”, “hemp extract oil”, or straightforward “CBD oil”, a legit CBD oil should distinctly list the dose of CBD on the label, and as an extra assurance, should be accompanied by a lab report confirming its potency as indicated by the amount of CBD it contains (listed vs. tested). The same goes for capsules, gummies, and other product forms.
Conclusion: CBD oil is a type of hemp (extract) oil that is rich in cannabidiol, but not all hemp (extract) oils contain CBD. Most of the hemp oil that is sold on Amazon and other mega-retailers is made from hemp seed extract and does not contain CBD. Read the label/description carefully and look for a lab report before you buy anything.