Buying CBD on Amazon? | Why You Should Not!
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth $134 billion, and it’s not hard to see why. Do you know a single person who doesn’t use Amazon to make purchases? The online bookstore turned e-commerce behemoth has become as ubiquitous as smartphones and automobiles in industrialized nations.
Naturally, people are going to wonder if it is possible to obtain high-quality CBD oil on Amazon, so we are here to help answer this commonly asked question.
In Short, No. Do not purchase CBD oil on Amazon. I'll get into the details below but here are some cliffs of why you should not buy CBD oil on Amazon!
- It's against Amazon's policy to sell CBD oil
- All potential CBD is marketed as "Hemp Oil" or Hemp Extract"
- Products not lab tested meaning you can't see exact amounts of CBD or other cannabinoids if any
- You can't shop full-spectrum CBD on Amazon (which we recommend when purchasing CBD oil)
- There are much better options when purchasing CBD oil
Why You Should Never Buy CBD Oil on Amazon
When you look at the numerous CBD products for sale on Amazon, you will see a few things they all have in common. First, none of them mention anything about CBD; instead, you’ll see a lot of ‘hemp extract’ being thrown around. While CBD exists in hemp, hemp extract isn’t guaranteed to contain CBD.
All this regulatory oversight of CBD sales on Amazon hasn’t stopped people from doing just that: selling CBD oil on Amazon. However, the only way to do this is by jumping through loopholes with lack of transparency in labeling products and marketing "hemp" .
Humans grow hemp for a wide variety of things, including bio-fuel, clothing, rope, building materials, food, and paper. Hemp is exceptionally nutrient dense, take a look at the breakdown (from medicalnewstoday) of the seeds alone:
1 tbsp. of hemp seeds weighing 30g contains:
2.6g carbohydrates (including 1.2g fiber and 0.45g sugar)
Hemp seeds also provide vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.
So, you see, any product that contains any of these nutrients can legally claim to be ‘hemp extract.’ While (almost) nobody is arguing that hemp is good for people and the planet, a product does not have to contain CBD to be called hemp extract.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not sitting here telling you that none of the CBD oil, er...I mean, hemp extract, for sale on Amazon is legitimate and of good quality. There remains the possibility that you can stumble onto a real gem when shopping for CBD on Amazon, but it’s far from certain.
Exactly Why Shouldn’t I Buy CBD on Amazon, You Ask
The problem is that by deciding to buy CBD oil on Amazon, you are burdening yourself with several tiresome steps to ensure what you are spending money on is indeed what you desire when you don't have to.
As we discussed in this article, you already have your work cut out for you when first deciding which CBD brand to try. However, the process is anything but impossible, it merely requires you to begin with a small amount of know-how, and then put forth a bit of time and effort in your pursuit for the perfect CBD oil.
Here’s the problem: when you purchase CBD oil on Amazon, you’re already dealing with a vendor who is comfortable with compromising their labeling to have their product reach a broader market.
Also, you’re not going to have the amount of CBD (or other cannabinoids) clearly stated on the label - and knowing the dosage is important, especially for those hoping to treat more severe conditions such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis.
On top of that, you’ll have to dig much deeper to find out where they source their hemp for extraction and cross your fingers that it’s not from a toxic region in China or India (where many vendors source their agricultural hemp).
Worse yet, don’t expect to see any Certificates of Analysis (CoA) that prove their CBD product is free from common contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbials.
Another benefit of CoA’s is seeing the breakdown of cannabinoid content. This chart can be very helpful for condition-specific product searching, as certain cannabinoids (take CBG, CBN, and CBDv for example) are coming to light for being more effective than their counterparts at allaying certain maladies.
If Not Amazon, Where Should I Buy CBD Oil?
There are plenty of great resources to research CBD. You can look at CBD reviews from top brands to discover who sells what, whether or not their products are safe, and what actual customers say about them. You'll want to purchase from top CBD brands like Joy Organics or seed to sale companies like Charlotte's Web who solely focus on growing their own hemp and manufacturing their own CBD in the USA.
Avoid brands that make medical claims and avoid CBD that's derived from non-USA hemp. We recommend shopping full-spectrum rather than isolates.
You are your own person and can make your own decisions, but we hope that after reading this you feel empowered to find the absolute best CBD product for your needs!
To date, Amazon restricts the sale of CBD on their website due to it’s scheduling status with the federal government. Up until very recently, CBD remained a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical potential.
In the last few months, however, the DEA took the unprecedented step of lowering CBD to schedule V. This is the first time anything cannabis-related has ever moved down from schedule I since the program was introduced in 1970 after the Controlled Substances Act passed under then-President Richard Nixon.
To give you a better context, we have taken this from the DEA’s website:
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote
Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:
Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are:
Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are:
Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, Tramadol
Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are:
cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin”
I know what you’re thinking: get to the point. I’ll make it simple for you - do not buy CBD products on Amazon. If you’d like more details on why I’ve come to this harsh conclusion, keep reading.
When you have as much money as someone like Jeff Bezos, a whole lot of eyes and regulatory organizations are going to be looking at you. It is an unfortunate reality that when somebody is seen as having a large amount of wealth, they become a prime target for litigation. It makes sense that Amazon demonstrates extreme trepidation when it comes to selling CBD products.
As always, consult with your healthcare provider before embarking on any natural products regimen. If you've purchased CBD oil or capsules on Amazon please comment below.