Decoding Hemp: Part 2

Welcome back to Part Two of our three-part series on Decoding Hemp! Let’s discuss the different types of hemp oils out there so you can get really clear on what you want to use, and make sure you get what you want based on your needs and preferences.


Awesome! Hemp as you know is an amazing plant, chock full of uses and benefits. This is clear. What is sometimes NOT clear is what the heck you’re actually buying. So here goes...

Hemp seed oil is the pressed oil from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant. This is a nutritious superfood oil that has been on the shelves of pretty much every natural food store for many years. You will typically find it in the refrigerated section. It has a light, nutty taste and I love it in a homemade salad dressing or in my smoothie. I definitely recommend using hemp seed oil as part of a healthy plant based diet; especially if you lean toward the vegan side of things.

Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E. It is phenomenal for external use also. This is why we use it in all of our skin care formulations. It is non-comedogenic and very close to our own sebum in structure.

Hemp Seed Oil alone does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.

 Hemp oil has also been used as a term to describe CBD oil. In my humble opinion, we should not use the term ‘hemp oil’ for CBD. Let’s say: CBD OIL, or HEMP EXTRACT. It’s clear and to the point. With so much noise out there surrounding hemp, it’s important to be specific.

Hemp Seed Oil is made just from the seeds. Hemp CBD Oil is made from the whole plant; flowers, leaves and stalks.

CBD Oil is the oil extracted from the parts of the hemp plant that contain high levels of CBD and other cannabinoids. This oil has super anti-inflammatory and highly antioxidant properties. Again, its uses are excellent for both internal and external applications.

Now understand; the US is not very regulatory about ingredients lists on cosmetics. In fact, as a maker, you don’t even have to disclose all of your ingredients. I know, insane, right? But, if you were in fact putting CBD hemp extract in your product formulas, wouldn’t you want to call it out in your ingredients? Yeah, you would.

I have recently found (I’m just gonna say it) bandwagon companies claiming their hemp oil products are rich in CBD, yet when I look at the ingredients list, I see only hemp seed oil listed. No CBD at all. It gets confusing. Especially when you call that hemp seed oil by its latin (INCI) name which is Cannabis Sativa Oil. Really, the word ‘SEED’ should be in there; Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil would be clear and accurate. Oh, and transparent (meaning nothing to hide). And yet still, for the uninformed, even Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil could be misleading.

Although technically, the hemp product in your hand at your local coop does contain cannabis (hemp is Cannabis Sativa L as you’ll know from our last post), you want to make sure if you’re looking to benefit from using a  CBD product to ask this question:

“Is it  Hemp Seed Oil or Hemp CBD Oil?”

When you’re purchasing a product with hemp oil, PLEASE, pease, please...turn the package around and look at the ingredients. Does it just say Cannabis Sativa? If so, pull up your smarty pants, pop on those readers,  and investigate a little further. Your knowledge is power here. Make sure you’re getting what you think you’re paying for. If you want a CBD extract or a product containing CBD, be sure you’re actually buying that.

Here are terms you want to look for on those labels if you indeed are seeking a hemp CBD product:

  • CBD

  • Cannabidiol

  • Whole Plant CBD

  • Full Spectrum CBD

  • Full Spectrum Hemp Extract

  • Hemp Extract

  • CBD Isolate

Let’s stop here for now. Digest. We’ll save some room for dessert (Part Three!).

Here’s some homework: Go look at your hemp products and read the labels. See if you can determine if you indeed have CBD products on your shelf. If that’s what you were looking for when you made your purchases with your hard earned moolah, then I celebrate with you! You have escaped the hemp pranksters!

But wait... What CBD ingredient did you find listed? And what else is in that bottle?  And how much CBD is in there? Does the label tell you? What kind of CBD extract is it?

Next week I’m diving deep into the difference between Full Spectrum Extract and CBD Isolate, and I may even soapbox a little on which one I prefer, and why. Hint: look at the ingredients list of any SATVA BOTANICALS product. ; )

Until next time, my friends. STAY RADIANT (and informed)!