Amazon “Hemp” Oil vs. Real Cannabis CBD Oil

Comparing the two and revealing the truth.
MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on August 27, 2018


Not long ago we noticed that Amazon started selling hemp oil products from various vendors (or “cannabis” oils, as they’re sometimes labeling them). This aroused our suspicions to say the least, and we immediately knew that we had to dig a little deeper to see what kind of oils these actually were – because after all, there is a massive difference between true cannabis CBD oil, and generic hemp (or “hemp seed”) oil.

When it comes down to it, it’s likely evident that the rise in popularity and dramatic increase in CBD oil use over the past couple of years has given rise to these Amazon vendors, who are probably just trying to cash in on the current marijuana craze – there’s a lot of money to be made in the industry right now, and like everyone else, they want a chunk of it.

As a consumer, though, you need to make sure that you know what the difference is between a quality CBD oil, and the stuff that they’re selling – hopefully, this is where we can come in and be of some assistance.

In this article, we’ll talk about what these Amazon hemp oils are, whether they’re medically/therapeutically effective, whether they contain any CBD, and whether or not they’re worth your money at all.

What’s the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

This is where things can get a little confusing, but we’ll try and break it down for you as simply as possible.

Basically, CBD is an active compound (called a cannabinoid) that is found in mature cannabis plants – in most strains, it is found in abundance throughout the leaves, flowers, and even the stems. This is the compound that is of course responsible for all of the medical and therapeutic benefits that you’ve likely heard about all over the news in recent years.

Hemp oils, on the other hand, are 99% of the time made from cannabis seeds, which contain minimum amounts of CBD (or any other cannabinoids, for that matter). While hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and advantageous in their own right (we’ll talk more about that below), they need to go through harsh and sophisticated extraction processes to retrieve the CBD that is responsible for the therapeutic benefits of the plant.

This is a very expensive process that uses advanced state-of-the-art technology. Due to these extraction costs, legitimate companies will not sell their products on Amazon as the massive online store takes a share of sales, cutting into margins, therefore making it less profitable for these companies to sell their quality products.

Furthermore, Amazon is quite strict with their policy in regards to CBD content and will not permit high quality products that contain high levels of CBD or potency.

Thus, when you go on Amazon or go to your local health food store and see all these “hemp” products, just know that even though they contain CBD they very likely come from the seeds of the plant, have gone through a low quality extraction process and contain hardly any active cannabinoids, if at all.

What’s kind of confusing, though, is that real, quality CBD oils actually do come from the hemp plant as well – they just comes from the mature parts of the plant (stem and leaves), rather than the seeds and go through strict extraction methods.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that hemp and cannabis are NOT two different things – they both come from the same exact species of plant, which is the Cannabis sativa L. plant, but have different levels of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.


So Are Amazon “Hemp Oils” Any Good?

To be honest we have never ordered or tried any of the hemp oil products on Amazon, so we’re certainly not going to sit here and say that they’re not any good. What we can say, though, just by reading through some of the customer reviews, is that it sounds like a lot of people have been disappointed with the products they’ve gotten. What’s likely happened is they’ve bought the oils under the impression that they are CBD oils, which they’re not.

Additionally, it seems that some of the products out there might not even be hemp seed oils at all. Or if they do contain any hemp oil, they’re ultra watered-down. Here are a couple of real customer reviews that we pulled from the Amazon products page:

“Beware! This product has for the first ingredient grape seed oil, in my book that’s not 99.9 percent pure [hemp oil]. they fool you with the advertising. I won’t order this again.”

“This is a SCAM!! This is hemp oil and grape seed oil.. grape seed is the number 1 ingredient!! Hemp oil is $9.00 for 16oz at any us health food store and DOES NOT CONTAIN CBD OIL OR THE BENEFITS OF CBD !!”

Now granted, we are honestly not trying to sit here and bash these products or say that everything on Amazon is garbage. In all honesty, our simple goal is to inform you as a potential consumer what to look out for. CBD oil – that is to say real, quality CBD oil – is an amazing therapy that’s helped thousands upon thousands of people deal with real life medical ailments. We just don’t want you getting turned off from it or getting a bad impression of it, just because you bought a cheap “hemp oil” with no cannabinoids that didn’t produce any therapeutic results.

It is worth noting though, that hemp seed oil does have plenty of health benefits on its own. For example, they are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. They’re also a good source of protein, and are known to contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Just don’t be under the impression that they contain the all-important cannabinoids.

And lastly, one more important thing of note is that if you pay close attention to the actual product listings for the hemp oils on Amazon, you’ll notice that they’re very careful about not using the words ‘CBD,’ ‘THC,’ ‘cannabinoids,’ ‘medicine,’ ‘therapy,’ and so on and so forth. Even though CBD oil is legal to buy in the U.S., there must be some sort of legal stipulations that don’t allow them to sell or market any true CBD-containing products. (And actually, because CBD is still not federally recognized as a drug, medicine, or health supplement, even the really high quality oils out there have to put a disclaimer on their bottles that says something like, “this product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Final Thoughts on “Real” CBD Oil vs. Amazon Hemp Oil

As far as we could tell, there are not any real CBD oils available for sale on Amazon. We could be wrong or could have possibly looked over some decent products, but that’s what it seemed like to us at least as of right now.

What these products are, actually, are hemp seed oils that come from the seeds of the cannabis plant and contain barely any cannabinoids.

In order to get a true, quality CBD oil you’ll have to either get a medical marijuana card and buy from a dispensary, or you can legally order online from any number of quality manufacturers (though beware, there are TONS of really, really awful products out there and loads of straight up scams if you don’t know what you’re looking for).

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  1. Valerie Burrage
    Got it delivered

    I actually had my doubts that it would arrive. I ordered it and it arrived 3 days later. Just starting to test

  2. SandyT
    CBD oil shipping question

    I was going to order some CBD oil from CBD Pure and was told that they cannot ship to my state, one of three states that they are not allowed to ship to. Why would that be and are there any companies that can/will ship to Louisiana? I was hoping to get some CBD oil and try it for my arthritis and to help me sleep better. If CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, why would it not be allowed to be shipped here?

    1. Sue Winters

      That is an excellent questions. Maybe the shipping costs make is less profitable to send to specific states. Generally speaking they should be able to ship.

  3. buck
    Blame the federal government

    I blame the federal government for all the confusion. Just make all if it legal, and leave it up to the states. The states that don’t approve it, will lose residents. Why is pot a schedule one drug, when heroin, cocaine, meth are schedule 2? That makes no sense, other than the medical community and insurance are scared $hitless.

  4. Suzanne
    Hemp Oil for pets seems to work well

    Well, I bought Hemp Paws for a friends dog and it says Full Spectrum Hemp Oil with Salmon Oil. Whatever is in it the effects have been very noticeable and positive. Perhaps a true CBD oil would work better – and I did make sure to get that for myself, but I think this hemp oil works well and is more economical.

  5. Cory

    Great article that helps to clear up a lot of confusion out there. Personally, it took me wasting money on three different oils to figure out that the majority of stuff out there is crap

  6. Erin

    I purchased a CBD oil from a marijuana store, and then purchased a product from Hempworx. The oil from the marijuana store was clearly noticeable at 300mg (270mg of cbd), while the Hempworx 500mg I couldn’t tell any effect. Anyone else have this experience, and can tell me whether or not I got ripped off by Hempworx?

  7. Rod

    Confused. Is CBD an oil that is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stems of hemp plants? Or is it an extract/paste from the same plant matter that is then suspended in a carrier oil such as hemp seed or olive oil? Why would products on Amazon necessarily be bad?

  8. Samuel F.

    I own stock in Amazon and I will say this: as soon as they start selling actual CBD oil the price will probably skyrocket haha. Anything cannabis related is going crazy at the moment. I will say though that I personally would not buy any “CBD” product off of Amazon. Probably just a rip off

  9. Barbara H
    My experience

    I did quite a lot of research on this. I suffer from anxiety and lower back pain that is caused mainly from sitting. Been on and off meds for a few years. I really wanted to try something else that doesn’t have so many killer side-effects. I started with CBD 3 months ago. I actually started with the low mg and worked my way up. Currently on the 600mg and it seems to be working well. I do have one questions. Doesn’t your body get used to it eventually, which means it loses its effectiveness? That’s what has happened to me with other meds.

  10. Dylan

    To be honest I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would try and buy CBD oil off Amazon. Amazon is for cheap cell phone cases and e-books, don’t you people know this?? 🙂

  11. Paul marcotti

    I’ll tell you right now that Amazon isn’t going to be selling anything that’s a cannabis extract. Hemp seed oil, yes. But seeds DO NOT have any CBD in them. This is why you can’t find anything with the actual word “CBD” for sale on Amazon. It’s a big scam

  12. Allen S

    Tried the Ultra Hemp 500 on Amazon. My advice? Don’t waste your money. I haven’t experimented with other brands yet but I would imagine that almost anything would work better than it. I just ordered the PureKana 300, am expecting much better results. there is A LOT of junk out there so I should’ve just gone with one of the premium brands right off the bat

  13. Mary-Charlotte

    OK people let’s get something clear. Just because something comes from “hemp” does not mean it is chock full of CBD. Legal industrial hemp does contain CBD, yes. But most hemp seed oils that you see in stores (or on Amazon) will not have nearly enough CBD to have any kind of medical or therapeutic effects. In order to get the actual therapeutic effects, you need to either buy from a dispensary, or there are several good legal brands that sell online. Just saying – don’t think it will have medicinal effects just because it says “hemp” on it

  14. Tiffany

    basically anything you get from hemp seed is not gonna do anything. Also If it’s on amazon and doesn’t say anything about “CBD” on the bottle, then it’s not going to have any CBD in it. Pretty simple. Spend the money on the good stuff

  15. Asher Thomson

    Pretty sure Amazon is not allowed to sell CBD oil or affiliate with the cannabis industry in anyway

  16. P

    Oh NOW you tell me lol! I’ve already used my Amazon Prime membership to buy Hemp oil and yes I was very disappointed!

  17. Calvin M.

    I don’t know what this stuff is on Amazon that they’re selling lol but they make sure obviously not to allow the word “CBD” anywhere on their site. I would stay away probably just hempseed oil

  18. Amy Clark

    There will be negative comments or reviews for any legitimate CBD company. It’s important to look for 3rd party lab testing. Most companies will have their lab results on their websites. Some will show they contain heavy metals, mold, yeast, & arsenic & still make sales. Make sure you look at the full report & check for anything other than CBD & hemp oil (the carrier oil). Know what you are putting into your body! That’s my best advice to pass along.

    1. Adam


  19. Traci Thacker

    I’m so confused. I bought some CBD oil capsules from HempMeds…or Medical Marijuana Inc. The label reads “Cannabidiol (CBD as Hemp Oil and Stalk Oil)….25mg”
    Now I’m finding out that this is NOT CBD oil at all?
    Gosh, I spent alot of money on this product and I just want some real CBD oil for panic and anxiety! Please advise.

  20. DIANE Howard

    I order 750 Ml, 2 oz bottle of CBD OIL from Hempworx. People say they can tell a difference and I feel I am less depressed as much as you can in the world we live in. I’m going to check some of the ones listed. For the one who has a dog you can purchase the Hemp Oil from this place for dogs. I bought some for my dog’s hip is getting bad.

    1. Sandy David

      How long did it take for your order to arrive? I had ordered some a few months ago and had to cancel it as I never received it after waiting a month but the kicker was they said it’s on its way?

    2. Kimberly

      A lot of negative reviews about Hempworx out there, be careful. Try from places that have 3rd party testing like or or or

  21. Lauren

    Is pure kana real CBD oil? The type used for treating pain? The ingredients are listed as mct and hemp. Looks like I just wasted more money…. please advise. My senior dog is in desperate need of pain relief.

  22. Lisa Taylor-Visser

    I suffer from chronic migraine, and would like to try CBD oil, can someone recommend a brand to purchase on line??

    1. Adam

      Have you tried any of the brands on this site, such as PureKana or GreenRoads?

  23. Rosa Becker

    Cbd oil never disappoints. Tried it for stress and anxiety and got successful results.

    1. Adam

      To your health and happiness Rosa

    2. Linda

      Rosa, which brand do you use? Thank you

    3. Betty

      Rosa – what brand of CBD oil are you using? Thank you! Betty

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