Now more than ever, CBD is super popular. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill , hemp is technically legal across the USA, and more and more people are intrigued by CBD.
With it's increasing popularity, there is a lot of misinformation out there. You will be able to find hundreds of thousands of CBD-related search results on Google, but little of this information comes from reliable, academically-backed sources.
Not knowing which information is accurate can be a little scary. When faced with such an enormous decision, it can be tempting to head straight to everyone's "old reliable", Amazon, to do your shopping. You'll soon see that most "CBD" oil on Amazon isn't even CBD oil at all.
We will cover what to avoid, what to watch out for, and more in this article.
Is There a Policy Against Cannabidiol Products on Amazon?
Let's first start with Amazon’s policies on ‘drugs and drug paraphernalia.’ We are all aware that we can pretty much find everything on Amazon, however the company does not allow the sale of drugs – for clear reasons. Drug paraphernalia is also restricted for sale on the Amazon, but certain things have been known to "slip through the cracks."
CBD falls under the category of ‘drug,’ and any kind of drugs are - rightfully so -no allowed for sale on Amazon. While CBD is legal in the USA through the Farm Bill, it is still a regulated substance. Here's what the the site specifically states regarding CBD for sale on Amazon:
“Products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a Schedule I Controlled Substance, including but not limited to: Rich Hemp Oil containing CBD, Full-spectrum hemp oil containing CBD, Products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript” cannot be sold on the site.
Excerpt from Amazon Seller Central. This is paraphrased for the sake of the information being concise. But when you go online and enter "CBD for sale on Amazon" there are tons of search results. How is this allowed - and are these products actually CBD oil?
CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil: Amazon Doesn't Know the Difference
CBD is banned on Amazon, while hemp products really are not. It's possible for sellers to list their products as "hemp extract" or "hemp seed oil" and not receive any repercussions.
This is where people often get confused, but there is a huge difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Cannabidiol (and other cannabinoids) are produced in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds -- which contains almost no CBD, at all.
We've seen some sellers market and label their products as ‘CBD oil’, when in all actuality it is only hemp seed oil. "Real" CBD extract is more expensive than hemp seed oil.
It's common for Amazon dealers to say that the product contains "hemp extract", this usually means it does contain cannabinoids. Buyers will spend a lot of money on an oil that contains "hemp extract" and won't have any idea of how much CBD is actually in there.
Hemp seed oil is often used in cooking and is nutrisious and super healthy, but you don't want to pay the price of CBD oil on Amazon, especially for something that isn't truly CBD and would be better off used as something on your salad.
What to Consider if You Want to Buy CBD on Amazon
Now we know that the "CBD" oils on Amazon are nothing more than hemp seed oil, let's dive into some other reasons why you should not be buying your CBD from their site.
One of the most important factors you should look for when buying CBD oil is the third-party lab reports. The market is unregulated, so it is up to brands to be as transparent as possible and show the truth behind their high quality products. It is a necessity for brands to pay for this lab testing.
You will find the results published on the site for all potential buyers to view them. These lab tests show the actual CBD content and prove they aren't just selling you hemp seed oil.
Another thing to look for is how much information the seller shows about their CBD products. Where was the hemp grown? What are the growing and extraction methods? You can always reach out to the brand direction to find out any information you are unaware of - which is not really a possibility on Amazon.
Most of the CBD oil for sale on Amazon probably isn't what you think or hope it is. It's always better to buy from a reputable brand.
Final Thoughts on Buying CBD Oil on Amazon
Buying CBD oil that is for sale on Amazon is an overall risk. You cannot always know how much CBD is in the product you are buying. This could leave you spending way more money on nothing more than hemp seed oil.
It's frustrating and it is also damaging to the CBD industries reputation when people get these products on Amazon and find out they "don't work". It's just because they don't contain any CBD!
Without having proper access to information, there is the chance of having leftover chemical solvents from the extraction process in your hemp oil products on Amazon as well.
Overall, we high suggest you avoid buying CBD oil on Amazon. Stick to the reputable brands, do your research and read reviews. Here at Vitality CBD, we are committed to providing our customers and future customers the most accurate information about the CBD products we offer.
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