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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Hemp Labels

Have you ever tried to read Hemp Labels and thought, “What in the world am I reading!?” Use this Complete Beginner’s Guide to Hemp Labels to end confusion and become a Hemp Labels Expert:

  1. Cannabis Sativa
  2. Hemp Extract
  3. Hemp Seed Oil
  4. Cannabinoid
  5. Terpenes
  6. Flavanoids
  7. The Full Entourage Effect
  8. Full Spectrum
  9. Broad Spectrum
  10. Isolate
  11. Cannabidiol
  12. Certificate of Analysis (COA)
  13. Industrial Hemp
  14. Marijuana
  15. Feminized Seeds
  16. Extraction Process
  17. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  18. Tincture

#1.) Cannabis Sativa is a Plant Specie.

Cannabis Sativa is a plant specie with a long stem and narrow leaves indigenous to eastern Asia. The female version is called Hemp, or Industrial Hemp. The male version is called Marijuana.

#2.) Hemp Extract is made from Hemp Stems and Blossoms.

A Hemp Extract is a product made from the Stem or Blossoms (aka Flower) of the Hemp Plant where specific compounds like CBD are found in their natural state.

#3.) Hemp Seed Oil is made from Hemp Seeds.

Hemp Seed Oil is not a Hemp Extract because it is made from the seeds of the Hemp Plant. Hemp Seed Oil does not contain specific compounds like CBD.

#4.) Cannabinoid is a Scientific Name for a “Botanical Compound” in the Hemp Plant.

Within the Hemp Plant, there are at least 100 different “Botanical Compounds” called “Cannabinoids” that work together to support general wellness in the body.

Is CBD a “Cannabinoid”? Yes! CBD is a member the Cannabinoid Family including other members including not-so-famous ones like CBG, CBB, CBN and the notorious THC.

#5.) Terpenes give Hemp its Smell.

Terpenes are Aromatic Oils in Hemp that give the plant it’s distinct smell. Terepenes may provide anti-inflammatory properties of their own.

#6.) Flavanoids give Hemp its Color.

Flavanoids are “Phyto Nutrients” (a.k.a. Plant Chemicals) that give our Fruits and Vegetables the famous colors we know them for.

Flavanoids deliver Antioxidants throughout the body to lower inflammation and protect against bacterial infection in the immune system.

#7.) The Full Entourage Effect is the result of Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids Working Together in the Body.

Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids work synergically together to produce an experience called the Full Entourage Effect. It best achieved through Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts because these solutions preserve all Cannabinoids, Terepenes and Flavanoids in the final product.

#8.) Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts do not remove Cannabinoids, Terpenes or Flavanoids.

Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts do not remove any of the 100 Cannabinoids, Terpenes or Flavanoids for maximum wellness support.

When you see the label “Full Spectrum,” this refers to one type of Hemp Extracts that contains the entire family of 100 different Botanical Compounds, or “Cannabinoids.”

These products are designed for 2 reasons:

  1. Allows your body to experience the entire Hemp plant.
  2. THC can uniquely and quickly activate our CB1 and CB2 receptors.

By law, Full Spectrum CBD Products must contain .3% THC or less. This small percentage will not produce a Psychoactive Effect, but recent scientific research is pointing to .3% THC as enhancing the effectiveness of CBD Products.

Who are these products for? Full Spectrum Products are for people who want to maximize the therapeutic potential of Hemp Products for their sleep, muscle recovery and overall wellness.

It is advised that you do not consume Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Products if you must undergo regular drug testing for your job as although Full Spectrum Products only include the smallest possible THC levels, they can still possibly show up.

#9.) Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracts contain Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids, but with 0 THC.

Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracts do not contain THC, but offer you the 99 other Cannabinoids as well as all Terpenes and Flavanoids for their potential health benefits.

Who’s it for? These products are beneficial for users who do not desire a product with THC, yet want to supplement with CBD, CBN, CBG and the other known botanical compounds.

#10.) Isolate are”CBD Only” Hemp Products. They also do not contain Terpenes or Flavanoids.

CBD Isolate Hemp Products only contain CBD, there are no other Cannabinoids, Terepenes or Flavanoids.

CBD Isolates only contain the Cannabinoid CBD, meaning the other 99 Cannabinoids are removed for people who want to only supplement with CBD.

Science Fact – Did you know CBD is relatively difficult for our bodies to absorb? The scientific term is called, “low bio availability.” To help the body absorb CBD, companies must bind CBD with a fat so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Companies either use one of the following fats to bind CBD:

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Hemp Oil

All of these options are healthy sources of fat that our bodies can use to get CBD into our bloodstream so it can help us experience the benefits. At Greenlife Organics, we use premium Coconut Oil sourced from Bulk Apothecary in Aurora, Ohio for it’s top rating for safety and effectiveness.

#11.) Cannabidiol is a Science Word for CBD.

Cannabidiol is the scientific name of CBD.

CBD is an extract from the Hemp Version of Cannabis and is just one of 100 known Cannabinoids in the Hemp Plant.

#12.) Certificate of Analysis (COA) is Document showing the results of Third Party Testing.

A Certificate of Analysis (COA), also called a Batch Report, is a document showing the results of Third-Party Testing.

Here are the 2 Steps to analyze a Certificate of Analysis.:

Step #1.) Here we have our product image for our Greenlife Organics 8.3 CBD Isolate Oil containing 250 mg Isolate Oil (as clearly seen on the label). On the label, we claim there is 0% THC in this product.

How to Read CBD Labels for Beginner’s – Look at the claims on the bottle and match it to the COA

Step #2.) By checking out our Certificate of Analysis below or click here to see it on our website, you can see that Third Party Testing showed our product truly contains 0% THC.

By looking at this COA, you can see the information of the CBD Labels match. This is a product you can trust. Click here to see all of our COA’s on our website!

#13.) Industrial Hemp is another name for Hemp, the female version of Cannabis Sativa.

Industrial Hemp is the female plant used to make legal CBD Hemp Products. It has minimal THC Levels and is used for health products and practical uses.

Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Renee Johnson of the Congressional Research Service defines Industrial Hemp as, “an agricultural commodity that is cultivated for use in the production of:

  1. Foods and Beverages
  2. Cosmetics and personal care products
  3. Nutritional Supplements
  4. Fabrics and textiles
  5. Yarns and spun fibers
  6. Paper
  7. Construction and insulation materials

#14.) Marijuana is the male version of Cannabis Satica.

Marijuana is the male version of Cannabis Sativa. It naturally contains high levels of THC.

#15.) Feminized Seeds are Hemp Seeds.

Feminized Seeds are low THC Hemp Seeds.

The 2018 Farm Bill makes legal the sale of Hemp Products made with .3% THC or less. At Greenlife Organics, we grow all of our Hemp plants with high-quality Feminized Seeds so we can ensure our products are Hemp-based. Our Seeds even contain COA’s!

Because we are certified with the State of California Agricultural Department, we offer our soil to be tested twice a year during the Harvest Season so we can ensure our products meet the legal requirement of .3% THC Levels.

CBD Labels can be awfully confusing, so we created this fun guide to make you an expert.
These are what Feminized Hemp Seeds look like.

#16.) Extraction Process is a Method of Pulling Botanical Compounds from Hemp.

The method a company uses to extract Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids from Hemp Stems or Blossoms to make Hemp Products.

Here are 2 methods companies use to pull the beneficial compounds:

  1. Whole Plant Extraction (also called CO2 Extraction)
  2. Ethanol Extraction

Whole Plant Extraction uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull-out the desired amount of Cannabinoids and Terpenes from the Hemp Plant. It is often an amber color in oil form.

Ethanol Extraction is used by Pharmaceutical Companies for its ability to create extremely clean and pure products. The process involves soaking Raw Hemp in ethanol to extract Cannabinoids. Once the Hemp has finished soaking, the solvent ethanol used to purify the plant is 100% purged so it will not be present in the final product.

Which is better? Because Ethanol Extraction creates a product with 99% purity, it makes sense to use the same method Pharmaceutical Companies use to create high-quality medications. The main problem with Whole Plant CO2 Extraction is it involves high temperatures which destroys so much of the plant that Terpenes must be re-added at the end. Ethanol Extraction involves low-heat and cold manufacturing conditions so the Terpenes are preserved throughout the Extraction Process.

#17.) The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Regulates Balance in the Body.

This bodily system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, a scientific word balance, through regulation of CB1 and CB2 Receptors. Cannabinoids have a unique ability to flip both receptors on, making them fascinating to researchers.

#18.) Tincture is a Concentrated Hemp Extract Oil in a Glass Bottle.

Tinctures enclose concentrated Hemp Extracts in glass bottles. They are infused with a healthy fat to help the body absorb the botanical compounds into the bloodstream.

The Flavor – Tinctures are offered both flavored or not flavored. If a Tincture is not flavored, users report it has an “earthy” or “gritty” flavor. This bitter flavor is the natural taste of Hemp – and some report to enjoy it! To mask the “earthy” taste, we infused our Full and Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracts with an Organic Strawberry Flavoring sourced from Nature’s Flavors in Anaheim, Ca. The flavor is:

  1. Vegan
  2. Kosher
  3. Gluten-Free

You can click here to see our flavoring ingredient for yourself! We love being transparent with our products.


I hope your knowledge of Hemp Labels has benefited from this Complete Beginner’s Guide to Hemp Labels. Here is a recap of the terms in case you want to print them out:

  1. Cannabis Sativa – A Plant Specie containing Hemp (the Female) and Marijuana (the Male).
  2. Hemp Extract – Hemp Product made from the Hemp Stem or Blossom.
  3. Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp Product made from Hemp Seeds.
  4. Cannabinoid – Botanical Compounds in Hemp with health benefits.
  5. Terpenes – Aromatic Oils giving Hemp its smell.
  6. Flavanoids – Phyto Nutrients giving Hemp it’s color.
  7. The Full Entourage Effect – The effect when Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids work together in the body.
  8. Full Spectrum – Hemp Extracts which do not remove any Cannabinoids, Terpenes or Flavanoids.
  9. Broad Spectrum – Hemp Extracts that contain Cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavanoids with 0 THC.
  10. Isolate – Hemp Extracts with only CBD. These do not contain Terpenes or Flavanoids.
  11. Cannabidiol – The science word for CBD.
  12. Certificate of Analysis (COA) – A document showing the results of Third Party Testing.
  13. Industrial Hemp – Also called Hemp, it is the female version of Cannabis with medicinal and practical uses.
  14. Marijuana – The male version of Cannabis with high levels of THC.
  15. Feminized Seeds – Hemp Seeds with Low THC.
  16. Extraction Process – The method scientists use to pull Botanical Compounds from the Hemp Plant.
  17. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – A bodily system responsible for maintaing balance in the body.
  18. Tincture – A concentrated Hemp Extract Oil infuse with a healthy fat to help the compounds absorb into the bloodstream.

Thank you for taking the time to read The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Hemp Labels! My passion is for you to be an expert in Hemp Labels so you can make the most informed decision for your health needs.

To your health,

Jess Etchemendy

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