We’ll show you what to look for and reveal the 3 biggest mistakes shoppers make when choosing an your most effective hemp oil.

Allison King

Allison King

Allison holds a PhD in Biology specializing in cell and molecular biology and undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a minor in theoretical physics. She has taught at four universities in Eastern Canada and currently consults masters and doctoral students. She believes that peer-reviewed scientific research is the best source when looking for information on a given subject. Allison also lives a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and enjoys competing in various races including half marathons and triathlons.

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Hemp oil continues to grow in popularity as research reveals both anecdotal and research-based benefits for the body and mind. Its reputed medicinal properties range from pain relief to re-ducing fits, easing anxiety to cancer treatment, improving acne to slowing the pro-gression of devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s and heart disease. This is just the tip of the therapeutic iceberg. With new discoveries, though, come challenges. While there are ethical com-panies determined to help people live well, there are others looking to cash in at the cost of their customers.

In this article, I’ll discuss what hemp oil is, what it does, why so many people simply cannot live without it and how you can ensure you receive the quality and positive health effects you de-serve and have paid for.

What Is Hemp Oil?

Hemp seed oil is the oil acquired through cold pressing ripened hemp seeds. This precious oil is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9’s fatty acids and antioxidants. Hemp extract is obtained from the seeds and the stalks and contains many cannabinoids and other nutrients like phenolic com-pounds, phytochemicals like the terpenes, as well as minerals like iron and magnesium, po-tassium and zinc, and vitamin E.

10 ways hemp oil can boost your health:

Many People Find Hemp Oil Essential To An Enhanced Quality of Life

We’re still discovering the multitude of ways that hemp oil works. From its cannabidiol oil to its omega fatty acid, bioactive compounds and mineral content, people are falling in love with the benefits of industrial hemp; the food strain that does not deliver psychoactive effects.

Need a brain boost?

Hemp oil has been shown to improve cognitive function, learning and memory.

Want to protect your heart?

This oil inhibits clot formation, reduces LDL cholesterol, increases HDL cholesterol and may prevent and control high blood pressure.

Would you benefit from natural pain relief?

Certain cannabinoids are able to ease pain including severe, chronic types that are often resistant to strong pharmaceutical agents. A wonderful additional benefit is the safer nature of hemp oil that delivers relief without the potentially deadly side effects of powerful medical drugs.

What Not To Do When Buying Hemp Oil

While companies and consumers understandably rave about the benefits of hemp oil, it is equally important to know what you must avoid when searching for the perfect product. Here are my 4 top tips:

Don’t Forget the Research

Sometimes we can get caught up in buzz and persuasive marketing and forget that we’re making a decision to improve our health. Hemp oil is a potent natural product known for powerful trans-forming lives; it could be exactly what you’ve been searching for! But, as supplementation in-volves bringing a nutrient into your body it is crucial to choose a hemp oil that is soundly steeped in scientific evidence.

Be Careful About Relying on Amazon Reviews

Do you rely on reviews before purchasing products? Many of us do. After all, reviews can be convincing and illuminating! The Brighton Local study showed that, “91% of 18-34 year old consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations” and “57% of consumers will only use a business if it has 4 or more stars.”

Amazon has built its multi-billion dollar business on the back of this knowledge, with positive feedback leading to increased sales. Sadly, because the jury is in and reviews massively matter, their are less than scrupulous companies that aim to cheat the system. This is done in two ways: fake and paid testimonials. A piece in The Washington Post revealed that Amazon is chock full of these types of reviews. The renowned site MarketingLand.com noted that a staggering 64% of supplement reviews appear to be inauthentic. I want to ensure you receive the very best product because the potentially life transforming benefits of hemp oil are miraculous. So a little word of warning: Be careful relying on Amazon reviews alone.

Prioritize Price Over Quality

When it comes to supplements you get what you pay for. Creating quality products requires premium ingredients, world leading processes, and packaging that preserves purity, bioavailability and potency. This isn’t cheap so, if your supplement is, there is a good chance you’re not getting what you hoped for. Second class constituents abound, leading to poor results and even toxicity. A New York Times article delved into the world of GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. They reported that, “Four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels.” In order to cut costs, they literally omitted the therapeutic, expensive ingredients. This is unconscionable.

Form Matters

Ok, if you love taking horse pills there are options. However, liquid form has removed the need for the fillers and unnecessary ingredients often present in capsules and tablets. This may boost its bioavailability as there is no need to break down an outer coating. It also ensures it is easy to take. I believe that hemp oil should seamlessly and comfortably fit into your lifestyle!

What To Look For in a Good Hemp Oil

Great! Now you know what to stay away from let’s look at how to sort the good from the bad and decide on the right product to improve your health.

THC-free

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of many cannabinoids and it is this compound that is psychoactive. Whereas hemp oil is legal in America, depending on your state THC may not be. Regardless, hemp oil offers many benefits without the altered mental state that accompanies THC consumption.

Includes Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

Hemp oil is filled with health giving omega 3, 6 and 9 fats and antioxidants. However, hemp extract offers the added benefit of dozens of cannabinoids plus important flavonoids, minerals, vitamins and terpenes that come from other parts of the plant. Hemp oil is more beneficial when it contains broad spectrum hemp extract to ensure synergistic, therapeutic properties. Also broad spectrum is completely THC-free.

100% Vegan

Hemp is a natural plant nutrient source. If a hemp oil product does not state it is vegan, it may contain animal ingredients you do not need or want.

The 3 Secrets of a High Quality Hemp Oil

Choosing a vegan THC-free hemp oil that includes a full spectrum hemp extract is a wonderful start and will provide you with a higher quality product. There are three further secrets I’d like to share to ensure you get the best available option.

Opt For Organic

The USDA defines certified organic food as:

… grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.

Organic products contain higher levels of important nutrients and lower levels of toxins. They in-clude significantly reduced levels of the heavy metal, cadmium, that dangerously accumulates in the body and can lead to kidney and liver problems. Plus, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition noted a 4-fold reduction in pesticide residue in organic produce compared to those grown with conventional, agriculture techniques.

Liquid Form

Many natural health experts recommend their patients take supplements in liquid form. This is because they do not require the digestion of an outer capsule, so they are more quickly ab-sorbed.

Full Label Disclosure

The supplement market can be a challenging place to navigate with some companies including fillers, binding agents, additives, preservatives, gluten or artificial flavors. I strongly believe in full disclosure and reputable suppliers will note exactly what is in the bottle on the label. With this in mind, always read the label before you purchase a product. Hemp oil does not need to contain anything other than hemp seed oil, hemp extract and possibly an organic natural extract to sof-ten the flavor.

When searching for a product, two of the best tips I can give are to read the label closely and purchase from a reputable supplier.

Our Specialized Grading System

I believe consumers should have access to the best supplements on the market. I know how hard it can be to secure the unblemished facts required to make an informed health decision. To solve this, I use a comprehensive grading system that weighs product ingredients, value for money, ease of use, refund policy and the happiness of its customers. Drum roll, please…

My Top 5 Hemp Oil Product Recommendations With Gradings

1. Organic Hemp Oil

658 votes

9.8/10

Total Ranking

A+

Overall Grade

  • Product Ingredients
    10/10
  • Value for money
    9.6/10
  • Ease of use
    10/10
  • Refund Policy
    10/10
  • Customer Happiness
    9.6/10

PROS

  • 60-day 100% money back guarantee.
  • Offers a buy 2 get one free, buy 3 get two free program.
  • Contains all of the benefits of hemp extract
  • Made in a GMP and FDA certified facility
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Organic ingredients.
  • 100% made in the USA.
  • Contains 26 mg broad spectrum hemp extract.

CONS

  • May, on occasion, run out of stock due to popularity.

The Last Word*

Regen Health Organic Hemp Oil is a popular supplement that offers premium quality at an afford-able price. It is vegan friendly, organic and, importantly, comes in liquid form and contains a healthy dose of top quality hemp extract. I also love that it has a money back guarantee and a discount program.

*Results are based on the MedicalHerald Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

2. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil

479 votes

9.3/10

Total Ranking

A

Overall Grade

  • Product Ingredients
    8.2/10
  • Value for money
    9.4/10
  • Ease of use
    9.0/10
  • Refund Policy
    0.0/10
  • Customer Happiness
    8.0/10

PROS

  • Global certification (BRC Grade A).
  • Cold pressed.
  • Contains healthy amounts of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.

CONS

  • Contains caramel powder, gelatin and glycerine.
  • The capsules are large and some people may find them difficult to swallow.
  • Does not contain hemp extract.

The Last Word*

Manitoba is an established company. It offers a sufficient quality supplement at a competitive price. It contains omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, however, it lacks what I believe is a crucial ingredient: hemp extract.

*Results are based on the MedicalHerald Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

566 votes

8.9/10

Total Ranking

B+

Overall Grade

  • Product Ingredients
    10/10
  • Value for money
    7.8/10
  • Ease of use
    10/10
  • Refund Policy
    10/10
  • Customer Happiness
    8.4/10

PROS

  • 90-day satisfaction guarantee.
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Organic ingredients.
  • 100% made in the USA.
  • Contains peppermint, cinnamon and rosemary extracts.

CONS

  • Contains only 10 mg full spectrum hemp extract per serve.
  • Expensive for this dose.

The Last Word*

White Cedar Naturals Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is a good choice that contains organic ingredients, additional beneficial extracts and a satisfaction guarantee. While it contains a lower hemp extract dose that other available options, its liquid form and GMP certification make it a contender.

*Results are based on the MedicalHerald Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

114 votes

8.6/10

Total Ranking

B

Overall Grade

  • Product Ingredients
    10/10
  • Value for money
    6.0/10
  • Ease of use
    10/10
  • Refund Policy
    9.0/10
  • Customer Happiness
    8.4/10

PROS

  • Laboratory tested.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Has a monthly auto-renew program and a one-time trial order option that both offer savings.
  • 100% made in the USA.
  • Contains coconut oil.

CONS

  • Contains only 16.7 mg full spectrum hemp extract per serve.
  • Expensive for this dose.

The Last Word*

Maku Full Spectrum Hemp Oil offers a quality product albeit with a lower hemp extract dose. I love that it is laboratory tested, includes coconut oil and, like others on this list, is made in the USA. For me, the cost at this dose is what lets it down.

*Results are based on the MedicalHerald Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

112 votes

8.7/10

Total Ranking

B-

Overall Grade

  • Product Ingredients
    10/10
  • Value for money
    8.4/10
  • Ease of use
    10/10
  • Refund Policy
    6.0/10
  • Customer Happiness
    9.4/10

PROS

  • Third party tested.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • 100% made in the USA.
  • Contains coconut oil.
  • Contains 33.3 mg full spectrum hemp extract per serve.

CONS

  • Refund policy not applicable to open products.
  • Refund can only be applied for within 14 days of the purchase date.

The Last Word*

Hippie Jack’s Full Spectrum Hemp Oil offers a high-quality product that its customers love. While more costly than other options, it is vegan friendly, third party tested and contains a higher full spectrum hemp extract dose. I believe that products should come with a money back guarantee. If a product doesn’t do what it say it should on the box, a customer ought to have the option to return it. This is where this option falls short.

*Results are based on the MedicalHerald Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.