Hemp Products that Don’t Contain a lot of CBD
Hemp-derived CBD has been increasingly popular with adults of all ages. In 2018, only
seven percent of the US population reported using CBD regularly. Today, more than 25
percent of people surveyed report having tried CBD at least once, with more than 14
percent reporting daily use.
Although many skeptics assumed public interest would
eventually fade, sales are expected to increase by 32 percent over the next five years.
If you’ve been investigating the health and wellness potential of this non-intoxicating
plant element, you’ve likely uncovered a considerable amount of conflicting information.
Some sources clearly state that natural hemp oil contains ample amounts of CBD, while
others claim hemp oil contains no CBD at all. Trying to make sense of conflicting
information can be unnecessarily frustrating.
To help sort through the confusion, you may find it helpful to know there are two
potential sources of CBD. There are also two potential sources of hemp oil. Although
some less reputable companies intentionally blur important distinctions, knowing how to
decode terminology and spot deceptive practices will help you identify the products
most likely to deliver the results you’re looking for.
Acknowledging the Two Potential Sources of CBD
Much of the confusion surrounding the origins of CBD is easy to explain. The
cannabinoid is found in two members of the same plant species (cannabis sativa),
hemp and marijuana. Although marijuana and industrial hemp are both legitimate
sources of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), the plants have significantly different
CBD to THC ratios. To determine which plant product might prove best suited for your
purposes, consider the following similarities and differences:
The CBD Extracted from Marijuana
The marijuana plant contains high levels of THC and varying amounts of CBD. THC
(tetrahydrocannabinol) is the plant element that causes the type of intoxication the
plant species is known for. Although the chemical composition of CBD and THC is
the same, the cannabinoids have a different structure.
The shape of the THC molecule allows the cannabinoid to bind with key receptors
in your brain. The shape of the CBD molecule interferes with THC's ability to bind.
For most users, a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio would cause a very mild “high”; CBD
products sourced from marijuana are commonly purchased through a dispensary.
The legality of medicinal and recreational use varies by state.
The CBD Extracted from Hemp
Full-spectrum industrial hemp extract contains significant amounts of CBD and only
small amounts of THC. For any cannabis plant to be classified as industrial hemp
(rather than marijuana), the plant extracts must contain 0.3 percent THC or less.
That’s not enough THC to cause intoxication, even when hemp extract is consumed
in large quantities. CBD users who prefer avoiding even trace amounts of
THC typically prefer using broad-spectrum CBD or products made with CBD isolate
Although hemp was ultimately removed from the list of schedule one substances
when the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, the government left decisions of legality to
the discretion of the states. While hemp CBD is legal in most areas, some states do
not allow hemp-derived products that contain even trace amounts of THC. A few
states don't allow CBD use of any kind, regardless of THC content.
Sorting Through then Confusion About Hemp CBD
Any conflicting information about the CBD content in hemp oil products is most likely to
occur when sources fail to specify the type of CBD oil referenced. That’s why it’s
important to know that CBD is found in the oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and
flowers of the plant. Before the plant extracts can be used to make CBD-infused
products, the cannabinoid-rich oil must be separated from the plant matter.
Most often, extraction processes require the use of CO2 or ethanol, a commonly used food additive.
The other type of hemp oil, hemp seed oil, is cold-pressed from the seeds of the
plant. Hemp seeds are considered a dietary “superfood” because they’re a significant
source of essential fatty acids and protein. In the home, hemp seed oil is often used as
an alternative to olive oil on salads, for cooking at lower temperatures, or as a soothing
ingredient for DIY skincare products. Although hemp seed oil has numerous potential
uses, the oil cold-pressed from hemp seeds does not contain CBD.
Protecting Yourself from Companies Capitalizing on Confusion
Most of the CBD products sold online, in vape shops, and specialty stores are sourced
from industrial hemp. Unfortunately, far too many companies are exploiting the fact that
hemp oil and CBD oil are used interchangeably throughout the CBD industry. Some
companies are misleading would-be CBD users by using loose definitions of the term
“hemp oil” to misrepresent their products.
If you’ve been searching for hemp-derived CBD products for personal use or
rebranding, it’s important to recognize some of the many ways companies are taking
advantage of unsuspecting customers. Far too many resort to deceptive marketing
practices to generate sales. To protect yourself from purchasing hemp oil products
unlikely to provide satisfactory results, consider the value of the following suggestions:
Know the Cannabinoid Content of the Products You Select
The CBD content of any cannabis product should be easy to identify and specified
in milligrams (mg). If you’re viewing a product described as “super strength” or
“high-potency” without identifying a specific amount of CBD, shop elsewhere. When
the CBD content isn’t specified, those products will likely contain little (if any) CBD.
View Third-Party Test Results to Ensure Potency
Reputable CBD companies ensure their products are tested by an independent
cannabis accredited lab. This third-party testing ensures that products are screened
for heavy metals, solvent residues, and microbial contamination. When you can
view third-party test results, you have the opportunity to confirm the CBD content of
the products you select and verify that the THC levels fall within acceptable limits.
Know the Source of Your CBD Oil
Knowing that consumers are learning to look for cannabinoid content in milligrams,
some companies are labeling hemp seed oil products in the same manner. This
deceptive practice tends to make misrepresented products appear legitimate. You
can protect yourself by viewing the list of product ingredients. Legitimate CBD
products are made with oils extracted from the aerial parts of the plant, not the
Consider the Extraction Methods
If you still have questions about the source of the oil used to craft your hemp-
derived products, consider the extraction methods used by the company. Most
hemp CBD companies rely on food-safe extraction methods. If a company specifies
its products are made with cold-pressed hemp oil, that bit of information suggests
their products are probably made with hemp seed oil.
Please Discuss Your Intentions with Your Health Care Provider Before
Once you know what to look for when shopping for high-quality CBD products, you’re far
less likely to be taken in by misleading product descriptions and deceptive marketing
practices. When purchasing hemp-derived CBD tinctures, topicals, edibles, and CBD
vapes, be sure to select products from companies that allow consumer access to their
third-party test results.
If you have medical concerns or regularly use medication, please consult your health
care provider before adding CBD to your routine. Although this safe, non-intoxicating
plant element is shown to offer a wide range of potential health and wellness benefits,
cannabinoids can interact with several prescription and over-the-counter medications.