Looking to Buy CBD Oil on Amazon? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t.
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!
Can you buy CBD Oil on Amazon? Learn before you buy!
When shopping for CBD online, you may have typed in “CBD oil” on Google and found that there are a huge amount of listings for CBD oil on Amazon.
Increasing popularity has landed CBD products on the shelves of major retailers like Kroger, CVS, and Barney’s New York. However, it’s surprising to find that “CBD” or should we say “Fake CBD Products” are being sold on Amazon, given its strict regulations and Amazon consistently denying you can purchase CBD on its platform.
We decided to research this further as something was not adding up. As an Amazon Prime member myself, I love the pleasant idea of shopping for CBD on Amazon, then getting my shipment of CBD just two days later for free. We can all admit it: Amazon is fast, cheap, and efficient.
So was this all some sort of a hoax, or was I wrong and could you actually buy CBD Oil on Amazon?
Is there really CBD Oil on Amazon?
Eager to get to the truth, we searched “CBD Oil” in Amazon’s search tab and were surprised to find several search results for Amazon categories with titles like “Pure CBD Oils,” “CBD Oil” and “Organic CBD Oil.” Click Here to see the search results of CBD Oil on Amazon.
Maybe CBD was actually being sold on Amazon…WRONG!
After a quick phone call with an amazon rep, we confirmed that CBD oil (cannabidiol oil) or Hemp Extract is in fact, NOT allowed to be sold on Amazon.
The Problem with CBD Oil on Amazon
While there are a few products from established CBD brands here and there on Amazon, a majority of the CBD products appear to be very generic and can’t be found for purchase anywhere but Amazon.
Even more strange was that a majority of the CBD oil on Amazon were labeled with very high MG concentrations such as 10,000mg all the way up to 65,000mg, but were priced much cheaper than typical 500-1500mg CBD products.
Here’s a screenshot of a product on Amazon that claims to have “65,0 00mg, ” but is being sold for just $18.99.
If you think that’s too good to be true… it is!
The Truth About CBD Oil on Amazon
While CBD derived from hemp , was federally legalized last year under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 , the FDA has not yet established clear regulations for CBD. Because of this, Amazon and many other e-commerce platforms are maintaining their existing policies until further clarification from the FDA.
To get around this complication, some brands will label their products as “Hemp Oil” rather than “CBD Oil.” Despite the obvious issues presented by this improper use of words, it is a rather common practice in the industry and most customers have become accustomed to it. Hemp Oil contains NO cannabinoids or cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp Oil is no different than Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil. It is just a fat you can use for cooking.
In this case, however, many vendors are using this loophole to exploit the industry’s lack of regulatory structure and trick those shopping for CBD on Amazon.
While the CBD products on Amazon may appear very similar to actual CBD products, they are actually nothing more than Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil and don’t contain any CBD at all.
How to Avoid CBD Oil Scams on Amazon
Unfortunately, the huge amount of these CBD oil scams on Amazon has created an unsafe shopping environment for new CBD users.
You should avoid buying CBD oil on Amazon, at least for now, until they release an official statement on selling quality, lab-tested CBD oil.
Don’t buy unless you can see a product’s lab results! This holds true for any “CBD” product. If there is no easily accessible lab results showing the Cannabinoid content of the product, then steer clear of it! TerraVita CBD lists all of our lab results on our website, here. We also have easily scannable QR codes on our product labels and boxes. TRANSPARENCY = QUALITY in the CBD industry!
Amazon is a great marketplace platform where you can score some great deals; but for now, CBD is not one of those deals.
In the near future, Amazon will likely take the proper action to address this problem, but until then, we’ll have to survive without the convenience of Amazon Prime when shopping for CBD online. Brands such as TerraVita CBD are making FREE shipping easily accessible to consumers in the meantime. TerraVita CBD offers Free Shipping on all orders in the USA.†
12 Amazon CBD Lab Results That Will SHOCK You
Have you ever bought CBD oil from Amazon? Well, the results are in. You probably did NOT buy CBD oil from Amazon.
In this article, we’ll share the lab results of 12 top-performing Amazon CBD products and provide you with the resources you need to be sure you’re investing in high-quality products.
Why it’s important to us that you’re informed
Our Insider Scoop Newsletter has been taking a deep dive into the world of supplements on Amazon as we perform our own investigations into the goings-on of this industry-dominating giant. Through taking a closer look, we’ve found that the Amazon marketplace is filled to the brim with businesses misleading consumers for their own gain with products that are mislabeled and certainly not CBD.
Here’s more on why you should be in the loop:
- Amazon has become almost like a reflex for Americans today, we collectively need to exercise more caution.
- As a family-owned CBD company who invests a lot of time into ensuring the quality and purity of our products, we think it’s only fair that all brands are held up to the same quality standards.
- With high-quality CBD’s immense potential to help people, it’s time to crack down on those who are cashing in on misinformed consumers.
A closer look at Amazon CBD oils
CBD oil is not allowed to be sold on amazon
If you were to head to Amazon right now and type in, “CBD Oil”, over 10,000 results would populate the page. But you’d soon notice that they aren’t labeled, CBD oil. They’d instead say “Hemp Oil”. This is because CBD oil is not currently allowed to be sold on Amazon.
This is a common labeling tactic that CBD manufacturers use to make sure they have have a product that is always in compliance with an ever-changing market. So, when you see hemp oil on Amazon, it could mean one of two things:
- The bottle possesses oil from hemp and hemp seeds and has no CBD (most common)
- The brand is using the word ‘hemp’ in place of ‘CBD’ for legality, though it is indeed, CBD oil
While we know this is a confusing distinction, whether labeled as hemp oil or CBD oil, all Neurogan products have always been and always will be full-spectrum CBD products.
That being said, our case is not the norm. Even though we temporarily labeled our products as hemp oil while selling on Amazon, we always had the lab results to back up our products.
How manufacturers are cashing in
Now, imagine a manufacturer is selling hemp seed oil in 2010. The product would be purchased by the few interested in using the oil for cooking or beauty purposes.
But now in 2019, hemp-based products are all the rage.
Manufacturers selling that same hemp seed oil product now can simply omit the word “seed” from the product labeling and dupe people into thinking they’re buying a CBD product from Amazon.
In turn, these manufacturers quadruple their margins from the traffic of consumers who don’t know any better.
Lab results for Amazon’s best-selling CBD oils
We sent 12 of Amazon’s top-performing CBD oils to our third-party laboratory, Infinite Chemical Analysis, to find out the CBD content the following products: