Materials & Use

Hemp CBD Oil Review: What You Should Know Before Buying It

Gabi Antunes

Aug 10, 2019

Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from industrial hemp plants has made its way into everyday products in states that allow the addition of hemp CBD to consumer products, and can be found in diverse locations from local grocery stores to the neighborhood spas. Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the compound sourced from industrial hemp plants has appeared in a variety of products seemingly overnight. Now, you can’t seem to go far without running into these products.

The meteoric rise in hemp CBD’s profile means that more manufacturers and businesses are entering the arena. However, more brands doesn’t always mean improved selection. In fact, some products can be misleading about their hemp CBD content.

It’s important to collect as much information as possible before making your first hemp CBD purchase. With the below guidelines in hand, you may be able to better navigate the ever-growing landscape of hemp CBD products.

What is hemp CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound called a cannabinoid found in abundance in industrial hemp plants, which are cannabis sativa L. plants with a small amount of THC, 0.3% or under. Hemp CBD is one of the dozens of cannabinoids found in this plant. This cannabinoid is one of the most well-known; its initial discovery occurred in 1940, while its chemical structure was established in 1963. Hemp CBD extracts are rich in this particular cannabinoid; ingestible and non-ingestible consumer goods can be found infused with the compound in states that allow the addition of hemp CBD to certain products.

What You Need To Know Before Buying Hemp CBD

It may be tempting to pick up the hemp CBD product with the prettiest packaging or the most products on the shelf, but that doesn’t always mean that the product you’re purchasing is made with quality hemp CBD.

1: Know how hemp CBD is extracted

Hemp CBD can be extracted in multiple ways, and those extraction methods can have an impact on the final product. Chemical solvents, including butane, propane, and ethanol, are three common extract types. However, some residue from these processes can be left behind in the final product. Carbon dioxide (CO2) based extraction leaves these solvents behind, using high-pressure gas to separate the cannabinoids from the plant material. Many consider this a safer or cleaner way to extract hemp CBD.

2: Select a product type

From the ubiquitous hemp CBD oil tincture to baked goods to face serums, dozens of product types can be found in states that allow these types of hemp CBD products. You may prefer the discretion of an infused food, or maybe you want to go with a capsule. Some choose a product type based on claims around absorption rate or how long it takes to feel effects. You may want to try a few different products, but only in a state that permits different hemp CBD products. The type of product you want to use is very much a personal choice, no matter what you go with.

3: Select a hemp CBD extract type

Hemp CBD extract comes in three main forms: CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD. Hemp CBD isolate is a crystalline powder comprised of 99% pure CBD. Broad spectrum hemp CBD contains all the materials found in industrial hemp with the exception of THC. Full spectrum hemp CBD is the extract unaltered from the industrial hemp plant.

Consumers who wish to buy a hemp CBD product which contains other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes may choose a full spectrum hemp CBD or a broad spectrum hemp CBD product. Those who do not want to consume any THC whatsoever, even amounts as minuscule as those found in industrial hemp, may opt for products made with hemp CBD isolates or broad spectrum hemp CBD.

4: Do your homework on the manufacturer

Not all products are created equal. And although much more research has to be done on hemp CBD, a starting point is to read online reviews, testimonials, and articles about the brand you’d like to purchase. Additional research may include the company’s website and social media forums to see what people are saying about the product. Also make sure the product you want to purchase is permitted in your state.

5: Know how to read the label

A hemp CBD product label should contain important information, including:

  • A measurement in milligrams. The amount of hemp CBD contained in the entire bottle should be prominent on the front of the bottle.
  • A list of ingredients. Read the ingredients to find out which carrier oils, scents, bases, and other items were used to create your product. Pay special attention to ingredients to which you may be allergic.
  • The number of milligrams per serving. Especially for permitted ingestible products, the number of milligrams per serving is an important figure so you can track how much you’re consuming.
  • “Hemp” versus “hemp seed” or “cannabis sativa seed.” You may find that some products use the term “hemp oil” instead of “hemp seed oil.” Hemp oil has become a commonplace term in place of hemp CBD oil, but it could also refer to hemp seed oil, a nutritious cooking oil sourced from hemp seeds. This oil does not contain any hemp CBD whatsoever.

An educated hemp CBD consumer

There’s certainly no shortage of hemp CBD products in states that allow them. Learning how to research your potential hemp CBD product may help. By knowing how products are manufactured and how to dissect the label, you’ll be able to make a better choice when deciding on your hemp CBD product.