Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
The answer to this seemingly simple question is actually kind of complicated. The science of cannabis is evolving, much of the research is new, and plant biology can be complex. Muddling things further, hemp oil is called different things by different brands. You'll see it as hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa hemp seed oil, virgin hemp oil, hemp oil, CBD hemp oil, cannabis sativa seed oil and full-spectrum hemp oil, among other things.
But what's causing most of the confusion is that there is a ton, and we mean a TON, of misinformation out there. First off, it's important to know that there is a difference between hemp oil and hemp seed oil.
We can tell you definitively that any product using hemp seed oil that claims it contains CBD is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.
CBD is one of dozens of healthy, healing compounds in the cannabis plant found mostly in the resin of the flowers, not in the seeds. If a hemp product is made from hemp seeds, it is botanically impossible for it to contain much, if any, CBD — or any other active cannabinoids for that matter. There may be scant traces of CBD on the coats of seeds if some resin happens to make contact with them, but not in any meaningful amount. That said, hemp seeds are an amazing food source and in the right formulation can be an effective skincare product. Hemp seeds are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and other goodies (see "Whats so good about hemp?" below).
On the other hand, hemp oil derived from the whole hemp plant sometimes contains CBD. We say sometimes because hemp isn't regulated in the US and hemp products are not required to be tested, as cannabis products are. This is why hemp product labels are often misleading (or downright false) — there's no law against labeling a hemp product "high CBD" or "CBD-rich" for example. See "Are hemp products tested?" below for more.
The big takeaway is that it's important to carefully vet each product and its ingredients. Some hemp companies test their products for safety and potency, but most don't. We will test ours when we add hemp to our lineup.
We will answer this question in more depth in the near future, so check back with us frequently.