In fact, hemp seed oil has been used for cooking and other purposes for years and has been available and legal because it does not contain significant amounts of cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, that have the medicinal properties we’ve learned about. That said, hemp seed oil is an objectively healthy ingredient; it’s just not hemp oil or CBD oil. According to Cindy Capobianco, co-founder of Lord Jones, a cannabis company that makes high-CBD tinctures, delicious confections, and lotions, “Hemp seed oil or cannabis seed oil is high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. It’s great in a smoothie and like many natural oils, is wonderful for skin but contains zero CBD (cannabidiol) and none of the benefits of CBD.” The fear is that people will buy products with hemp seed oil and be disappointed because they were looking for the benefits of CBD oil.
So then what’s the deal with seeing things described as cannabis seed oil? According to some, it’s a way to capitalize on the current boom in CBD and hemp extract sales, without actually having those ingredients (or their benefits) in the product. According to Ashlae Warner, founder of SUPERGOOD Hemp and the woman behind the popular blog Oh Lady Cakes, “Calling something made with hemp seed oil Cannabis sativa seed oil is highly misleading, especially for consumers who don’t know any different. While hemp seed oil is ‘technically’ cannabis seed oil since the species is Cannabis sativa, no one calls hemp seed oil cannabis seed oil. Just like no one calls shelled hemp seeds cannabis seeds.” Capobianco also had thoughts on this: “Given the recent popularity of cannabis, many skin care and beauty brands are adding hemp seed oil to their products and marketing them as containing ‘Cannabis’ or ‘Cannabis sativa,’ but these products contain no CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is only present in the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the hemp plant.”
So what’s the take-home? Be a savvy consumer! If you’re looking for CBD oil, make sure you’re buying a full-spectrum hemp extract that contains beneficial cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and terpenes. If you’re looking for the benefits of hemp seed oil, make sure that’s what you’re actually purchasing as well.