Lately there’s been a lot of confusion surrounding products in the hemp industry. Some people are wondering why certain products are labeled as hemp extract and others are labeled as CBD oil or hemp oil. It’s important to know the difference between each so you can make sure you’re getting the right product.

What is CBD Oil?

All CBD oils are hemp extracts, but not all hemp extracts contain CBD. This is because the term ‘hemp extract’ is broad. Some hemp extracts are high quality and cold pressed, producing high amounts of CBD oil. Sadly, others are just ground up hemp stalks mixed with MCT oil. In order to make sure you purchase a high-quality hemp product, check the CBD content on the informational label. 

Low quality hemp extracts may not accurately calculate how much CBD is extracted, and may be better used for industrial hemp. Root to Flower uses a high quality cold-pressed CO2 extraction process, making products that contain 500MG or 1000MG of CBD per bottle.

What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is made from naturally occurring hemp during the extraction process. People use it for food and food additives, as well as biofuel, if converted properly. Hemp oil is edible and can even be used to fry foods. It’s similar to olive oil, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and made from the stalks of hemp. 

While hemp oil does contain CBD, CBD isn’t calculated on the bottle because the amount can vary. For instance, many hemp oil supplements will say things like ‘250MG’ on the bottle, but they mean 250MG of hemp oil, not 250MG of CBD. This distinction is important to note, as many sellers who don’t have the manufacturing capability to produce CBD try to enter the market just selling hemp oil. 

What About CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is essentially CBD by itself in its pure form. There’s no oil or other hemp products, just CBD in a crystallized form. 

The downside to CBD isolate or products made from it is that there’s no additional phytocannabinoids. CBD is a powerful substance on its own, but when combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in full-spectrum oils, it synergizes to create something called the entourage effect. The entourage effect is when all the phytocannabinoids sync together bringing you better relief.

Being a Smart Consumer

When purchasing CBD there are three things you should always look for:

  1. Look to make sure the CBD content is labeled on the bottle or in the dosage. Hemp oil is not equal to CBD, although hemp oil may contain CBD in small amounts. 
  2. Make sure you buy from a company that publicly posts lab test results form a third party testing facility.
  3. The company should be able to tell you exactly where the product was sourced from as well. 

If a manufacturer can’t provide either of these three requirements, it’s a red flag and you should find another supplier.

Root To Flower – Where Does It Stand?

Root to Flower knows that these differences matter, which is why we strive to accurately label our products. Our flagship product is an all natural hemp extract, which contains either 500MG or 1000MG of CBD per bottle. We offer independent lab testing of each product and only work in small batches. This may take additional time on our end, but we’re okay with that, as we strive to bring you the best product possible. Find out more at