Amazon “Hemp” Oil vs. Real Cannabis CBD Oil
March 4, 2019

Amazon “Hemp” Oil vs. Real Cannabis CBD Oil

Comparing the two and revealing the truth.
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 4, 2019


Considering the all-domineering entity that is the Amazon marketplace, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the online retail giant has dipped its toes into the hemp oil market. But are these “CBD oils” the same kind of thing that you’d find in say, a medical cannabis dispensary?

| After all, most would agree that there’s a big difference between a true cannabis CBD oil, and a generic Amazon hemp seed oil.

When it comes down to it, it’s evident that the increase in CBD oil use over the past couple of years has given rise to dozens of new Amazon vendors, some of whom may just be trying to cash in on the current craze.

This is all well and good, but as a consumer, you need to make sure you know how to identify and pick out a quality CBD oil – something that is safe, laboratory tested, and that will actually work for the reasons you’re wanting it to.

In this article, we talk about what these Amazon CBD (hemp) oils are, whether they’re therapeutically effective, and whether or not they even contain any CBD. First, though, let’s take a look at some of the variations that exist between different types of cannabis and hemp oils.

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

Basically, there are two different types of CBD oils: ones that are made from marijuana, and ones that are made from hemp. Since both marijuana and hemp are considered cannabis plants, this has created a fair amount of confusion in terms of naming and product labeling.

In short, CBD oils made from hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC – this is below the legal federal limit (and is why many CBD oil companies claim to be able to ‘legally ship to all 50 U.S. states’). In contrast, cannabis CBD oils (that you’d find in places like medical marijuana dispensaries) may have a much higher THC content, given that they are made from marijuana rather than hemp.

CBD oils made from hemp and CBD oils made from marijuana have both been shown to produce therapeutic benefits, including helping relieve pain and anxiety, helping with sleep issues, etc. So where do CBD oils on Amazon fall?

Understanding How “CBD Oil” on Amazon Works

If you go to the Amazon website and do a search for ‘CBD oil,’ you’ll get thousands and thousands of results – most of which are advertised as “hemp oil supplements.” However, click on a few of the products and you’ll notice one thing that’s glaringly evident; none of them mention anything about CBD.

Rather, what most of these oils appear to be are extracts of the hemp seed. As we mentioned earlier, CBD oil can be made from either hemp or marijuana cannabis plants. No matter which plant they come from, however, they must be made using the flowers, leaves, stem and stalks of the plant, as these are the parts where the CBD compound is actually located.

| Hemp seeds, on the other hand, do not contain CBD. And if you look closely, you’ll see that most “CBD oils” on Amazon are indeed hemp seed oils.

While hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and advantageous in their own right (we’ll talk more about this below), they are most certainly not the same thing as a CBD oil – hence the reason why none of the product descriptions on Amazon mention anything about CBD content.

Furthermore, it appears that Amazon is quite strict with their policy in regards to CBD oil, or anything cannabis-related for that matter. While hemp is indeed a legal substance now in the U.S., CBD is still defined federally as an extract of “cannabis,” meaning it is illegal.

While dozens and dozens of retailers across the U.S. are actively selling and marketing “CBD hemp oils” that are legal in all 50 states, a massive global entity like Amazon is not going to jeopardize their legal status until it is 100% clear that CBD is a federally-approved substance.

So in short, it appears that CBD oils for sale on Amazon are actually hemp seed oils – not the same thing at all as an “actual” CBD oil.

We Analyzed Four of the “Best” CBD Oils on Amazon, And…

In order to show you what we’re talking about when we say that CBD oil on Amazon is actually hemp seed oil as opposed to real CBD oil, we selected four top-selling products from a simple ‘CBD oil’ search. Of the four, three of them explicitly stated that the oil was made from seeds:

  • “Each serving contains 83.3mg of our high quality, premium hemp seed oil supplement…”
  • “Best Natural Hemp Seed Oil – Premium Colorado Seed Extract…”
  • “BEST HEMP SEED OIL – Truly the best hemp seed oil for pain relief and anxiety since it targets the neurons and receptors for stress and tension…”

The only one that didn’t explicitly say it was made from hemp seeds, also made no reference whatsoever to the actual CBD content. It said “800mg,” but this could be 800mg of anything — just because a hemp oil says it is 800mg, certainly doesn’t mean that’s the amount of CBD that’s in the bottle.

In conclusion, if it were us personally we would not buy CBD oil on Amazon. Rather, we’d shop around and look for a product that actually has a lab-verified CBD content. There are dozens of companies that sell online to all 50 states, that can actually verify both purity and CBD content.

From what we can tell, if you get a “CBD hemp oil” on Amazon what you’re actually getting is a hemp seed oil. While it may be nutritionally beneficial, you’re (probably) not going to be feeling any therapeutic benefits in the form of pain relief, anxiety relief, etc. But hey, that’s just our opinion.

So Are Amazon “Hemp Oils” Any Good?

To clarify, we have not specifically ordered or tried any of the hemp oils for sale on Amazon, so we’re certainly not saying that they don’t work or that they’re not any good. What we can say, though, just by reading through the product descriptions, is that they don’t appear to be actual CBD oils.

Additionally, here are a couple real customer reviews that we pulled from Amazon product pages in order to help emphasize our opinion:

  • “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 !!”

Granted, we are honestly not trying to sit here and bash these products or say that every hemp oil on Amazon is garbage. In truth, our goal is simply to inform you as a potential consumer what you should be looking 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, simply because you bought a cheap Amazon hemp oil that didn’t even have any CBD in it.

…Don’t Forget About the Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Themselves!

It is worth noting though, that hemp seed oil actually does have plenty of health benefits on its own. For example, they are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. They can also be a good source of protein, and are known to contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

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 other cannabis-related words like ‘THC,’ ‘cannabinoids,’ ‘medicine,’ ‘therapy,’ and so on.

Even though many companies are selling CBD oil in the U.S., it is our opinion that Amazon (and other big corporations like CVS and Walmart) will not be doing so until CBD is 100%-beyond-the-shadow-of-a-doubt legal.

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

So in summary, as far as we can tell there are not any “real” CBD oils for sale on Amazon. What these products seem to be are hemp seed oils that come from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and thus contain virtually no cannabinoids.

| Based on our research, most “CBD oils” on Amazon are actually hemp seed oils — not the same thing in the slightest.

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 order online from a quality manufacturer that offers lab-verified CBD content (see the table below for a few reputable brands).

Site Name
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  • Full-spectrum Hemp extract
  • No pesticides, solvents or chemical fertilizers
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Price Range ($48.00 – $139.00)
5% Coupon Code: 5OFFCBD1
  • Maximum potency and purity
  • Compounded by a licensed pharmacist
  • Highly concentrated extraction process
  • Price Range ($26-$169)
  • Full-Spectrum Extract (Made in USA)
  • 100% Natural and Organic
  • Contain no artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Prices range ($48-$125)
  • CBDPure uses a chemical-free CO2 extraction process
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Certified hemp grown in Colorado
  • Price Range ($29.99 – $79.99)
  • Full-spectrum Extract
  • Derived from Non-GMO Hemp
  • Ship to all 50 States
  • Price Range ($49.00 – $299.00)
  • Over 5 Years Experience
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
  • Price Range ($62.00 – $204.00)
  • Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
  • Available in Cinnamint & Natural
  • Full-spectrum extract
  • Price Range ($39 - $249)

Article Sources
  1. Myra Atkinson
    Had no idea!

    Honestly didn’t know anything about any difference, so great to learn!

  2. Nick C
    I get mine online

    Honestly I get a lot of stuff online. Mostly use Amazon prime, but my CBD I buy from a reputable brand as the CBD sold on amazon is the cheap stuff.

  3. Dave
    Save your money!!

    I’ve tried a “hemp seed oil” on Amazon for almost $40 and was a COMPLETE waste of money. Save your money and buy and actual CBD oil that you know works and has a good reputation

    1. Lenny S
      Have to agree

      Go with a good brand like CW, PureKana or some other brand

      1. Tamra A.

        I picked up some CBD at my local gas station. What a waste of money!

  4. Todd R
    Just do your homework

    If you are buying don’t go for the cheap stuff. It simply doesn’t work!

    1. Michael
      Must agree

      I bought from a local store. Honestly it wasn’t more than glorified water. It cost me around $20. That was a waste of 20 bucks. People, do your research and don’t just throw your money away

      1. Andy R
        Get one of the two here

        They both work for mild conditions, and stay away from the stuff in your local gas station. Waste of money!

        1. Cynthia Lake
          Agree with Andy

          He couldn’t have said it better!

  5. Zach
    don't buy CBD oil on Amazon

    If it’s a medication on Amazon stay away from it. Buy online directly thru site… or from medical dispensary

    1. Mike

      Amazon doesn not allow sales of CBD. Period! Everything there is made from seeds which contains zero cbd.

    2. Andy S

      I’ve bought twice from Amazon and it is nothing more than snake oil

  6. Sharon
    Oh I'm such an amateur here...

    So even if those Amazon products claim to have a concentration of 2000mg and above, it has little to do with say a 1000mg CBD oil?
    And! I understood from another article of yours what “full spectrum” means but is there something out there such as full spectrum CBD oil with flavour?

    1. Kent
      CBD has been incredible for me

      I cannot believe how much CBD has been able to help me get to sleep. I take the gummies, would never order anything from Amazon though

    2. Craig
      Responding to questions

      In response to Sharon, so as long as it is the same size bottle yes a 2,000 mg should have twice the potency/CBD content as a 1,000 mg bottle. I think that should be pretty self explanatory. As far as flavored full-spectrum CBD oils yes there are tons of them out there. Just check around

  7. Lena R
    I recently got purekana

    I purchased purekana after I ordered some other crap brand off amazing. What a difference. If you are going for a cbd oil, don’t waste your money on the low quality stuff. Get a good one.

  8. Ted
    save your cash

    I bought some hemp oil off amazon and it was a bigger waste of time and money than my first wife

  9. Stan
    Do your homework!

    I wouldn’t trust any “health” product on Amazon, personally. They are optimized for profit, not much else. Treat your body the right way, buy local, do your homework

  10. Mark Brighton
    Keep watching

    Look out for most of the top stuff starting to be sold on Amazon… Farm Bill passed, essentially legalizes CBD. Expect the big boys to start getting in on the act, A LOT of $$$ to be made. But for the time being I’d stay far away from the crap on Amazon. Just useless hempseed oil. No cbd…

  11. Mark thomson
    Never count out Amazon

    Will be interesting to see how Amazon adapts to the new market with the passing of the new Farm Bill in December which will basically legalize CBD everywhere… expect big changes to come in 2019…

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