Looking to Buy CBD Oil on Amazon? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t.
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When a good friend recommended I try CBD oil for my anxiety, the first thing I did was search on Amazon.
If you’ve tried to buy CBD oil on Amazon, I think you’ll agree:
It’s REALLY confusing! There’s lots of products that look like CBD oil, but instead they’re called “hemp oil” or “hemp extract”.
So what’s the deal?
Well, it turns out, Amazon doesn’t allow the sale of CBD oil. In fact, it doesn’t allow the sale of any CBD products at all. No CBD oils, drops, capsules, gummies. Nada. Nothing. No CBD at all.
That means every product on Amazon parading as CBD oil is up to something fishy.
The good news is:
You can buy high quality CBD oil from a whole host of other reputable online sources (like Handpicked CBD – obvious plug!)
In today’s post we’ll answer the most common questions on buying CBD oil on Amazon. And on top of that, we’ll show you exactly what you should look for when buying CBD products online.
So, let’s jump in.
Here’s the top questions people ask about buying CBD oil on Amazon:
Can I Buy CBD Oil on Amazon UK?
Amazon’s restricted product list clearly states that CBD oil shouldn’t be sold on Amazon.
In fact, it’s against their policy to sell any products that contain CBD.
Whether you’re in the UK, Europe or any other location it doesn’t matter, as the policy applies globally.
Here’s the exert from Amazon’s restricted product list:
“Listings for products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are prohibited, including but not limited to: i. Full spectrum hemp oil, ii. Rich hemp oil”
Here’s where the confusion comes in:
Whilst Amazon has banned all CBD products, they’ve not banned hemp products in general.
That means sellers are able to list products such as “Hemp Oil” or “Hemp Extract” and fly under the radar.
These sellers do everything to make their products look and sound like CBD oil without ever saying “CBD oil”.
So that leads to the next big question:
Is CBD Oil the Same as Hemp Oil?
Both CBD oil and hemp oil come from the cannabis plant. However.
CBD oil is extracted from the whole plant including the stalk, leaves and flowers whereas hemp oil is extracted from the seeds.
Hemp seeds are very healthy and have been used in cooking and wellness products for years. But.
Hemp seeds don’t contain CBD. In fact, they’ve hardly any cannabinoids at all.
To make matters worse:
Not-so-reputable companies are taking advantage of this “hemp” naming crossover to confuse consumers and make a quick buck.
What’s the bottom line?
Reputable CBD Companies DO NOT sell on Amazon.
Now I can’t categorically say that all of these “Hemp Extract” oils for sale on Amazon do not contain CBD.
Maybe some products do actually contain CBD and the seller has just designed the packaging and labelling specifically to trick Amazon’s non-CBD policy.
However, any reputable CBD brand simply wouldn’t do that.
If a seller is looking to trick Amazon with it’s labelling then how can you trust it’s not tricking you too? Maybe it’s lying about what’s actually in the bottle.
So how can you make sure you’re getting CBD oil?
The only way to ensure a CBD oil product contains CBD is to have it tested in a lab. Preferably by a 3rd party lab that has no affiliation to the CBD brand itself.
All reputable CBD brands get 3rd party lab reports for their products. And then they publish those lab results online.
These “fake” CBD products on Amazon never have 3rd party lab reports attached. Therefore you can’t be sure if there’s CBD in them.
Amazon “CBD” products can’t be trusted.
If CBD Oil is legal in the UK, why has Amazon banned it?
As long as CBD products contain less that 1mg of THC then they are legal in the UK (and the majority of the world).
But here’s the kicker:
Amazon still views all cannabis-derived products, including CBD, as prohibited drugs.
Simply because it’s too risky for them not to.
The cannabis industry is slowly moving from illegal status to legal across the world.
But every country (and even states) has different rules on cannabis and cannabis derived products.
From a legalality point of view, it’s all very merky and confusing, and simply not worth the risk for the likes of Amazon.
They’re shipping millions of packages every year, to self-police and cater to the ever changing legal CBD landscape would be a nightmare.
It’s easier for them to just ban it entirely until it’s globally legal everywhere.
eBay does the same. And it’s for this reason the likes of Google and Facebook don’t allow CBD advertising, and PayPal and Stripe don’t allow CBD payments.
So, if Amazon doesn’t sell CBD oil…
Where Can You Buy CBD Oil Online in the UK?
Most reputable CBD brands will have their own website to sell their products.
And with the absence of Amazon, online stores like Handpicked CBD, that sell CBD products from multiple brands, are starting to emerge.
Where Should I Buy CBD Oil From?
Firstly, do your research into a brand before buying anything.
Look for non-GMO, organically grown products that come with 3rd party lab reports to ensure their ingredients.
CBD is a brilliant natural product that’s helping millions of people globally. If you’re new to it, then it’s super important you’re actually trying a product that contains CBD! (Obviously!).
The challenge is:
In an unregulated market, it’s up to the CBD companies to regulate themselves.
That’s why all reputable companies now publish 3rd party lab reports to confirm their cannabinoid ingredients. It’s their way of building trust.
Handpicked CBD Does The Research For You
The reason we created Handpicked CBD is so you don’t have to do a bucket-load of research and lab report reading before buying a product.
Of cource you can, but with Handpicked CBD we want to create a retail destination where you can shop for CBD products with the peace of mind that you’re definitely getting what the label says.
We rigorously vet all of the brands whose products we list on the website, making sure they follow best practices from seed to shelf.
Every product on Handpicked CBD has a lab report that we’ve checked, and it’s attached to the listing for you to check too.
We actively try and test every product within our community, and are always asking for feedback to ensure we’re only stocking the best CBD oils, balms, edibles and more.
If you’re new to CBD, feel free to check out Handpicked CBD’s resource pages and store.
And if you’ve any questions, please get in touch with our team or leave a comment!
Director of Ecommerce at Materia
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Can You Really Buy CBD Oil on Amazon?
Updated January 29, 2021
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sandra El-Hajj
Have you ever searched for CBD oil on Amazon? Well, we definitely did.
When you launch a search, hundreds of products show up in the results; but, they’re generally labeled as “hemp oil extract” or “hemp oil” instead of “CBD oil.”
This would definitely leave you puzzled as to whether these are the products you are looking for. Do these products really contain CBD? Do they actually offer the pain and anxiety relief you are seeking? Can you really buy CBD oil on Amazon? Is it that simple?
To sum it up for you: Yes, you can find CBD products on amazon. But, there is some details you need to be careful about!
The CBD School is here to clear up any confusion you may face in case you decide to buy CBD oil on Amazon. We want you to get the real deal!
There are so many opportunities to make money out of CBD these days and manufacturers and entrepreneurs are certainly jumping at every opportunity to do so.
Since CBD isn’t regulated, anyone can have some oil in a bottle, label it, and claim it is CBD. Some salesmen even bottle snake oil or subpar products claiming they are CBD. If you think about it: Who can tell? You will fall in their unethical tricks without even knowing
If you decide to buy CBD oil on Amazon, be sure to keep the following in mind.
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Buying CBD Oil on Amazon
When you search on Amazon for CBD oil, you’ll find products labeled as “hemp extract”, “hemp oil”, or “hemp oil extract”. You will never find anything labeled CBD.
Simply put, it is against Amazon’s policy to sell CBD on its website. So, sellers use similar words to be able to be featured and do business.
So, i order to bypass this rule, sellers don’t exactly disclose that there is actually CBD in their products. Instead, CBD content is labeled as “hemp extract”. This is the ruse that many of the biggest names in CBD have been doing for years to stay under the radar of the strict government control.
“Hemp extract” is not some arbitrary term that came out of nowhere. Companies who use this term are often advised to do so by their legal teams. There is nothing wrong about this terminology as CBD oil is truly made from a hemp extract. So the term is not false and the sellers are not lying.
We are not looking to provide legal advice in this article. If you are hemp or CBD entrepreneur, which we know many of you are or want to be, you already know the term “hemp extract”. If you don’t; then, you do have some research to do. You can also talk to a lawyer about what should be the proper labeling for your products.
What exactly is Hemp Extract? Does it Contain CBD?
To the unsuspecting consumer, it can be easy to confuse “CBD oil”, “CBD hemp oil”, “hemp oil”, and “hemp extract.” To add to the confusion sometimes you will even see “hemp seed oil”.
CBD is extracted from hemp. But, hemp oil should not contain CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is the most abundant non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It is abundant in the flowers and leaves, although much lower amounts can still be found in the stems of the plant.
Using various state-of-the-art extraction techniques, CBD is extracted from all these different parts of the plant. Because of its different sources, it is responsible for the countless wellness benefits offered the cannabinoid contains.
While CBD is typically sold as “CBD oil” in stores, it is against Amazon’s policy for companies to sell CBD products. That’s when the loopholes appeared to sellers and the origins of “hemp extract” or “hemp oil extract” started appearing. Aliases are always used to twist some words. Haven’t you ever read the term “natural” or “clean” on food labels. These two are powerful claims with a lot of controversies and loopholes in them.
Hemp seed oil (AKA hemp oil), on the other hand, is produced from pressing the seeds of hemp plants.
While hemp seeds are super nutritious and an awesome food and supplement, they contain insignificant amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids. The levels are almost close to none.
CBD companies don’t make their CBD products and oils by pressing hemp seeds. They use the whole plant, especially the flowers. Remember, the highest concentration of CBD is found in the flowers of hemp plants.
Hemp seed oil is good for you, but it doesn’t contain CBD; so, it will not be able to offer the widely-supported benefits of CBD.
To keep things simple, just think of hemp seed oil as a food product and CBD hemp oil and hemp extract as a supplement. But, c an hemp seed oil also be taken as a supplement just like CBD? Sure, we’ve seen concentrated amounts of hemp seed oil in capsules taken like fish oil supplements. Hemp seed oils do have potent properties. They can help people with skin problems like eczema 1 .
Hemp seed oil has many health benefits. These include its high content in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as omega-3 and omega-6.
A study explained that due to the high content in omega-3, hemp seed oil can lower inflammation, which lowers the risks of cancer and heart disease 2 .
Other studies explained the the effectiveness of hemp seed oil in treating acne, improving eczema symptoms and treating psoriasis 1 , 3
But for the most part, the majority of the hemp seed oil is consumed as a food or ingredient in recipes.
What about Amazon’s policy regarding CBD Oil?
Here’s the deal. While you can legitimately buy CBD oil on Amazon, there are a few things you need to know.
Amazon has a policy on CBD products. According to the Amazon website:
Drug listings must not be for controlled substances or products containing controlled substances, such as: Products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a Schedule I Controlled Substance, including but not limited to Rich Hemp Oil containing cannabidiol (CBD) Products that have been identified as containing CBD . One of the ways sellers get around this is by labeling CBD oil as “hemp extract.”
The loophole exists since Amazon allows the sale of hemp products like hemp seed oil, hemp soap, and hemp clothing but not “hemp extract”. So, what is the deal? Hemp extract is almost the same thing as hemp seed oil; but, with one important difference: it contains CBD!
Despite all the loopholes and even if amazon sells products that supposedly contain “CBD oil”, you need to be careful since there are no guarantee it does contain what it is claiming.
S0, the product you purchase might claim to contain 2500 mg of “hemp oil”, but there’s a BIG difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract which is really CBD. So, the 2500 mg of hemp oil does not equal 2500 mg of CBD oil.
In order to make sure that you are purchasing a product containing CBD oil, keep the following things in mind:
There's tons of CBD oils on Amazon. But is that really CBD oil? Read this article to find out everything you need to know about buying CBD on Amazon.