For better or worse Amazon has snuck its way into our collective hearts and wallets. We turn towards this online retailer for just about anything we need. Amazon rakes in 37.7% of online sales in the United States. With its lightning-fast delivery times and a wide array of goods who could blame us for turning towards this convenient option? But there are some items you can’t buy from Amazon, believe it or not. One of those products is CBD.
Don’t believe it? Look it up. When you type “CBD” into Amazon’s search bar, hemp seed oil will be the only product that pops up. Although hemp seed oil is derived from the same plant as CBD, it’s a completely different product used for a separate purpose.
So why doesn’t this online retailer that sells virtually everything not stock a product that’s so in demand? Let’s find out!
Why Can’t Amazon Sell CBD?
Plain and simple, Amazon has limitations on selling regulated substances and products. They must comply with the laws and regulations of the country they are selling in.
Amazon issued the following statement on restricted products:
“Products offered for sale on Amazon must comply with all laws and regulations and with Amazon’s policies. The sale of illegal, unsafe, or other restricted products… including products available only by prescription, is strictly prohibited.”
Previously, cannabidiol (CBD) was considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance. That means the United States government has its hand in how products containing CBD can be legally sold. Although the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp on a federal level, each state has its own individual regulations. This makes selling CBD a no-go for Amazon.
What About This Hemp Oil I Found on Amazon?
As we mentioned, there are plenty of hemp seed oil products on Amazon. There’s also a fair amount labeled as “hemp oil”. Hemp oil is a term often used interchangeably with CBD. This is where these Amazon merchants can be sneaky.
According to the Washington Post, 11 out of 13 hemp oil products they purchased labeled as “hemp oil” or “hemp extract” contained CBD. But this isn’t a green light to run and add these to your cart. Since these retailers are selling CBD through a workaround, they don’t disclose the full ingredient list of their products. That leaves you to gamble with what the true dosage is and if it contains any contaminants.
Honesty and transparency are the touchstones of any reputable CBD company. It’s vital for you as a customer to have access to the ingredients and lab reports (Certificate of Analysis) of any hemp product you purchase. The fact that these Amazon merchants are conducting business in such an unethical way just for a quick buck is a huge red flag.
Will CBD Ever Be Legally Available on Amazon?
It could be in the not-so-distant future. The path toward legal CBD on Amazon is already in the works across the pond. CBD is currently available for sale under an invite-only pilot program in the UK. Amazon is still tight-lipped on where this might leave the future of CBD on Amazon so we still don’t know many details on what’s to come. But it’s possible this could lead to further availability of reputable CBD brands on the online retail giant in the future.
Find CBD You Can Trust
When you’re searching for a new company to purchase CBD from, look for full transparency. You should be able to easily locate their Certificate of Analysis to view their lab results. You also want to assure they don’t pose their products as a miracle cure-all. Outrageous medical claims are a sign of less than honest behavior.
Peace River CBD puts our customers at the forefront of what we do every day. It’s our core belief that this product should be an attainable tool for people of all walks of life. Balance and enhanced homeostasis is something we can all use.