As the cannabis industry bursts into the mainstream, the wider understanding of the associated terminology is lagging behind. Terms that have specific, important differences are misunderstood by consumers and misused by companies. This is resulting in poor customer experiences and unnecessary negative press. Education and public knowledge are slowly catching up, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
One primary example of this phenomenon is the difference between hemp and marijuana. This concept is becoming more widely understood thanks to the CBD industry. The legal and psychoactive implications of the two different classifications of cannabis are stark and easy to understand. There are other terms that have unfortunately not seen such wide public acceptance and understanding.
The term "hemp oil" is the most widely misunderstood and misused industry term. The general nature of the term has led to both innocent misuses and customer manipulation. Many would-be CBD users have ended up with products containing no CBD at all thanks to it's abuse.
In this article, we define hemp oil, discuss the important differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, and cover specifically how and where the term is abused. Our goal is to empower you, the consumer, so you don't fall victim to this common trap! This will ensure that you purchase the products you're looking for and see the results you're expecting.
Hemp oil is a broadly used term that describes any oil that is sourced from any part of the hemp plant, regardless of the contents of that oil.
This term is the parent term to two primary sub-types of oils that can be extracted from hemp: hemp seed oil and CBD oil. These two oils are very different in their creation and makeup. While there are legitimate uses for both - they are often confused by shoppers. Specifically, those looking for CBD oil, understanding the difference between the two terms will enable you to avoid buying a product which doesn't contain any CBD at all!
It's also important to note that hemp extract can be used interchangeably with hemp oil. It is much less commonly used and more often used by CBD companies, but it should be considered just like hemp oil whenever you see it.
CBD oil is a phytocannabinoid and terpene-rich oil that is extracted from hemp most often using either ethanol or CO2 extraction methods. This oil extracted from the flowering tops of the plant as they contain the highest concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes.
After extraction, this oil will contain a whole plant chemical profile. This amber-colored oil is best described as full-spectrum because it contains a full cannabinoid and terpene profile that mirrors the hemp plant source. These extracts may be further processed to create broad-spectrum extracts or isolated CBD crystals.
Hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil that is extracted from hemp seeds. The oil is created using a cold expeller-pressed method. This is the same method you'll see being used to make other food-grade oils like olive oil.
The resulting hemp seed oil is a highly nutritious food source packed with Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, amino acids, fiber and more. This edible oil is a fantastic super-food with a wide variety of uses. Hemp seed oil does not contain the cannabinoids (like CBD) or terpenes that CBD oil does.
If you're shopping for CBD oil and you see the term hemp oil, you must exercise caution. This broad term should always be accompanied by a clear definition of what is in the product: either hemp seed oil or CBD oil.
Unfortunately today the term "hemp oil" is being used to skirt around legal and marketplace regulations. For example, Amazon explicitly prohibits the sale of CBD products, yet displays a wealth of "hemp oil" when performing a search for CBD oil. Taking a closer look you'll find that these sellers are deceitfully selling hemp seed oil using CBD-like marketing terms.
If you're looking for CBD oil, you should find "CBD" clearly printed on the label and the actual CBD content of the product should be easily confirmed. This is done by verifying the cannabinoid potency on the lab reports for that specific product. Without this confirmation, do not buy this product and move on!
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