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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