Hemp Seed Oil versus CBD Extracts; Understanding CBD Oil Ingredients
Consumers often find the process of examining the ingredients of CBD Oil products intimidating and somewhat confusing. Vague labels combined with abbreviations, marketing phrases, sales ploys, and “levels” or “grades” all contribute to mass consumer confusion! One of the most common questions we hear at Healthy Hempies concerns the difference in “Hemp Seed Oil” and “CBD Oil/Extract”. We’re here to break it down with you! We’ll clear up some other confusions along the way. If you have questions after reading this blog, contacts us. The Healthy Hempies Team loves hearing from you! “Quality of Life through Fulfillment of Body” becomes an achievable goal with education and communication!
Let’s not tip-toe around this topic: Not all CBD and Hemp Companies are 100% transparent.
Many times consumers find themselves misguided by these companies by phrases like… “Level 5”. While consumers often translate this phrase as a 500 mg CBD product, that may not be the case. YIKES! True Cannabinoid or CBD Products need clearly labelled ingredients that include “CBD, Cannabidiol or Cannabinoid Extract” by the milligram amount. (TIP: Hemp Oil is NOT the same, even if listed in milligrams)
Another common marketing ploy lies in phrases such as “FDA Approved” or “FDA Certified”. While CBD products remain subject to the same laws and requirements as FDA-regulated products, the FDA has only approved one CBD product; a prescription drug formulation with CBD active ingredients known as Epidiolex.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. supported this progress stating…
“Controlled clinical trials testing the safety and efficacy of a drug, along with careful review through the FDA’s drug approval process, is the most appropriate way to bring marijuana-derived treatments to patients… We’ll continue to support rigorous scientific research on the potential medical uses of marijuana-derived products and work with product developers who are interested in bringing patients safe and effective, high quality products. But, at the same time, we are prepared to take action when we see the illegal marketing of CBD-containing products with serious, unproven medical claims. Marketing unapproved products, with uncertain dosages and formulations can keep patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases.”
Additionally, misleading measurements riddle the CBD market place. We all know the old adage “If it looks too good to be true…”. Take account of the listed milligram amounts. When a product boasts “140,000 mg” in a “1 oz” bottle, mathematics can help consumers make an educated decision. This is because a consumer can convert 1 oz to 28.3 grams. That bottle will only hold 28.3 grams of a product. However, 140,000 milligrams converts to 140 grams! That products must be mislabeled. We strongly encourage consumers to take the time to examine measurements printed on product labels!
Finally, many CBD companies capitalize on confusion surrounding CBD extract and Hemp Seed Oil. While Hemp Seed Oil offers benefits to consumers, consumers should not misinterpret this as a CBD Extract.
What is the Difference Between CBD Extract and Hemp Seed Oil?
While manufacturers produce both CBD Extract and Hemp Seed Oil from Hemp (Cannabis Sativa), these two materials differ in several ways.
CBD or Cannabidiol exists as a single molecule. This naturally occurring cannabinoid component of cannabis is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants. The scientific community recognizes each Cannabinoid as an individual molecule. Researchers study these isolated molecules, determining the benefits and effects individually as well. Buds/flowers, leaves, and stems of the hemp plant produce higher levels of these Cannabinoids than the seeds which only produce trace amounts. CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors. These receptors include the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R), the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor, and the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) receptor. CBD not only elicits effects within the central nervous system, but also within the cardiovascular system. The activation of adenosine receptors by CBD gives the anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol.
In contrast, Hemp Seed Oil is similar to many other carrier oils such as sunflower or coconut oil. Manufacturers extract this oil from seeds of the Hemp plant with a cold-press process. Hemp seed oil offers benefits such as high levels of antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains little to no CBD. This oil began increasing in popularity due to its efficacy to supply plant based protein.
The Bottom Line
The boom of the CBD industry has resulted in the formation of countless companies. As these manufacturers jump on the bandwagon of Cannabis and Hemp Infused products, the terms used to label these goods become increasingly vague and inaccurate, sometimes intentionally. Since CBD and Hemp Seed Oil are both derived from Hemp, they’re often inaccurately marketed as the same thing.
Why would a brand do this?
Unfortunately, consumers are willing to pay more for CBD oil than Hemp Seed Oil. Additionally, CBD and Cannabinoid Extracts are relatively expensive ingredients. These companies experience little to no resistance when falsifying product labels or misleading consumers. Often these product labels display cannabis leaves, and highlight the word Cannabis or Hemp in efforts of conning consumers into believing that they are receiving a CBD product that contains no actual CBD at all.
So how can you tell what you’re purchasing?
Once a consumer is educated on these differences, evaluating CBD and Hemp products will be more simple. Just check the ingredients list. Look for terms such as “Cannabidiol, CBD, Cannabinoid Extract, or Full Spectrum Extracts” as well as measured milligram quantities. Consumers should also require COAs from a Company before investing in those products.