Confusion between CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil?

CBD Oil on Amazon

Consumers searching for CBD Oil or Hemp CBD Oil on Amazon usually encounter confusing, misleading, and outright deceptive descriptions. 

Some shameless vendors, primarily on large platforms like Amazon take advantage of this confusion in order to take your money.

I fear that this mis-leading information is causing shoppers searching for CBD  Oil through online marketplaces like amazon to mistakenly buy Hemp Seed Oil, which is very different than CBD.

As a result their therapeutic experience is being tainted causing them to form a negative opinion about the benefits of using CBD.

This article looks at why this is happening and what consumers can do to ensure they get what they pay for.

What is the confusion?

Amazon is a confusing place to buy CBD Oil because two very different  types of products are both using the same name.  

  • CBD Oil is being marketed as Hemp Oil.
  • Hemp Seed Oil is also being marketed as Hemp Oil.

You can understand the confusion.  They both come from the same plant, they are both oil. So technically they are both Hemp Oil.  


Difference Between Hemp CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp CBD Oil is made from the crystalline layer of trichomes which coats the flowers (Buds or Nugz)  of the hemp plant.  The coated nugz have high concentrations of cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are a group of compounds that include Cannabidoil better known as CBD.

Amazon won’t allow companies to mention or show the acronym “CBD” on their products.

When consumed, these compounds break down into endocannabinoids which influence dopamine, serotonin, and other receptors associated with pain, inflammation, and feeling good.

The CO2 extraction method along with the strict legal and health requirements make it very difficult and expensive to produce. 

It has a long list of therapeutic benefits which explains why it is such high demand.

Hemp seed oil on the other hand is made by pressing hemp seeds together until the oil within them excretes.

This method of extraction is similar to how olive and coconut oil is obtained.

Consuming Hemp seeds is good for you because they are considered one of the  best sources of plant-based protein. 

Hemp Seed Oil is very inexpensive.  You could buy a 24oz Jug for about $15.

Along with the protein benefits, hemp seeds have an abundance of essential amino and fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6.

Hemp Seed Oils also makes an excellent topical for moisturizing aging skin care or as a cooking oil similar to coconut oil.

It’s easy and inexpensive to make with very little therapeutic benefit.


Why don’t they just call it “CBD OIL”?

Merchants selling real CBD products have no choice but to masquerade as Hemp Oil.  This is because Amazon won’t allow companies to mention or show the acronym “CBD” on their products.

Basically CBD merchants are being forced to use terms like Hemp Oil, Hemp Cream, Hemp Extracts.  It may sound shifty but that’s how they have to work-around silly federal government regulations.

The reason why is because genuine full-spectrum CBD products contain a smidgen of THC (.3% to be exact).   As most people know, any tiny amount of THC, no matter how small is still considered a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal at the federal level.

Since Amazon policies abide by Federal Laws the use of the popular acronym CBD is ineligible on it’s platform. In other words, it’s banned!

There is however a loophole being used.  As long as the merchant does not list CBD anywhere on their product or description Amazon seems to be okay with it.

So merchants decided to use the name of the plant which is Hemp and call Hemp Oil, or Hemp Extract.


So what’s the deal with Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp Seed Oil merchants are labeling their products as “Hemp Oil” taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers and causing confusion. 

Please don’t get me wrong, I love hemp seeds. 

There are many wonderful Hemp Seed Oil merchants using honest labeling practices to clearly show that their product is made from seeds.

Unfortunately there are also a number of unprincipled Hemp Seed merchants who shamelessly leverage the restrictive Amazon policy to their benefit. 

Hemp Seed Oil is very inexpensive.  You could buy a 24oz Jug for about $15.

CBD Oil on the ranges from about $45 – $200 on a single ounce.  

How can you spot the Difference between Hemp CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil?

Here is how you can guard against being bamboozled out of your hard earned money. 

First and foremost I recommend you avoid using online marketplaces like Amazon to purchase CBD.  Instead, visit a Hemp local dispensary to find quality CBD products with trained personnel. 

But if you must use Amazon then here are some tips that can help you figure  out which is which.

  • Price – the first thing to look for is pricing.  A single 1oz bottle of High Quality CBD will cost somewhere between $50 and $200 depending on its strength.  CBD is expensive to make and paying anything less than that means it’s most likely made from Seeds, not the richly coated resin of hemp-nugz.

    Hemp Seed Oil is cheap to make and should cost about $15 or less for big 24oz bottle.

  • Multi-Bottle offer – If a merchant is offering a 2 packs or 3packs for cheap,  then is made from seeds. Seed oil is cold pressed and very cheap to make.

    While Gold Standard CBD has more complicated extraction methods and more costly regulation guidelines to follow. 

    So if it’s cheap, then it’s deceit.

  • Milligrams per bottle – If the product shows 5,000 milligrams or more per bottle then it’s not CBD, it’s hemp seed oil. It’s crazy, to see  some merchants offering nearly 1,000,000mg bottle.  Do the math on a 1oz bottle, it don’t add up.

    A legitimate CBD product generally contains 500mg to 5000mg. 

    Stay away from the other stuff

  • Omega Fatty Acid – If the product description or label shows any Omega 3 or Omega 6 then it is made from Seeds.
  • Website – Legitimate CBD companies have a website that shows all the products they make.  Along with their phone number, address, and other contact information.  No website, then cross them off the list.
  • Lab Reports – Genuine CBD products have DEA approved 3rd Party Lab reports showing the breakdown of cannabinoids.  These reports will show how much CBD, CBG, CBL, CBN, THC is in the product.  Without lab reports, cross them off your list.
  • Labeling – This may seem obvious, but if the packaging or labeling mentions the word “seed” then it is Hemp Seed Oil, not CBD Oil.

    If the packaging says that the milligrams over 5,000 then it’s not CBD. 

    If the label says Omega then it’s not CBD.

  • Extraction Method – If it says CO2 extraction then it might be CBD.  I’d then verify that they have a website, and verify that they have Lab Reports.

My final thoughts. 

I encourage you to look locally whenever possible because most hemp dispensaries with let you see, touch, smell, and taste products before you buy.  Plus the knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions pertaining to your situation. 

If you don’t have a local dispensary then buy online but make sure it’s from a  well a established CBD company website.  Just make sure they have 3rd party lab reports with good reviews (not amazon reviews).

If you buy from Amazon or other online market places then keep our little guide handy (shown below).  

Hope this helps in your endocannabiniod journey 🙂


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