CBD is more mainstream than ever before. Now that the hemp plant is federally legal throughout the USA, people have become increasingly interested in trying CBD products. So you head to the trusty internet, search for CBD oil, and millions and millions of results pop up. You don’t want to click through each one, so you head to your go-to site for everything: Amazon. You can buy practically anything on Amazon, but buy CBD oil on Amazon? Another story.
DRUGS AND AMAZON
So what is Amazon’s policy on ‘drugs’ or ‘drug paraphernalia’? If CBD oil on Amazon is “here one day, gone the next” type of phenomenon, is it considered a drug? Even though cannabidiol (CBD) is federally legal in the US, if hemp-derived, is it still regulated? CBD oil on Amazon is tricky, hemp oil on Amazon not so much.
WHAT IS AMAZON’S POLICY ON CBD PRODUCTS?
“Products containing CBD, a schedule I controlled substance, including but not limited to: Rich Hemp Oil containing CBD, full-spectrum hemp oil containing CBD, or products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript” can’t be sold on their site.
WHAT IS AMAZON’S POLICY ON HEMP PRODUCTS?
Again, CBD is banned from being sold on Amazon, but hemp products aren’t, generally. As a result of this, it’s totally possible that products listed as “extracted hemp” or “hemp seed oil” can be sold without much discrepancy.
It’s easy to get misled here, as there is a big difference between CBD oils and Hemp seed oils. CBD oil is produced from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant itself. However, hemp seed oil is produced from the hemp seeds, which contains little to no CBD at all.
HOW DOES AMAZON GUARANTEE THE QUALITY OF CBD PRODUCTS?
Amazon doesn’t guarantee the quality of CBD products. Since sellers can’t necessarily sell CBD oils, they can label it as hemp oil, hemp seed oil, or hemp extract. Which, in turn, means that the descriptions of products may be inaccurate. Thus, buying CBD from Amazon is a major gamble.
When you do browse for CBD oils on Amazon, you’ll most likely see that hemp oil products are listed for a very high price. You may be spending more money than you should, on a product that may not even have what you’re looking for in it.
WHY DON’T MORE COMPANIES SELL CBD PRODUCTS ON AMAZON?
Many companies are transparent with their customers. If you’re willing to take on the complicated Amazon Terms of Service descriptions and regulations, then take a swing! You’ll quickly see that Amazon doesn’t technically allow for CBD to be sold on their website. Sticky business if you ask me!
If companies do try and sell their products on Amazon, they will typically use very vague language and may be kicked off at any time if their identity is identified.
- Companies can’t distinguish themselves without running into violating Amazon’s rules.
- Scammers may try and sell their products on Amazon, claiming their “hemp seed oil” is real.
- As marijuana and hemp regulations are different around the US and the world, Amazon has to ensure it’s following all the legalities to the T.
- Since so many people use Amazon daily, people may feel more comfortable purchasing a new product from this reputable company.
Companies aren’t able to expand their business and services to platforms like Amazon due to regulations and rules.
SHOULD I BUY CBD ON AMAZON?
We highly recommend not buying CBD on Amazon. Like we mentioned above, it’s a gamble to shop for CBD on the Amazon platform. Even if you find hemp seed oil or hemp extract oil, you most likely won’t know what ingredients are in the products.
Doing your homework and navigating the open seas of web pages is well-worth your time and well-being when it comes to selecting a) a reputable company and b) quality CBD products.
HOW DO I SHOP FOR QUALITY CBD?
4 EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW
1. HEAD TO THE INTERNET OR ASK AROUND
By searching ‘CBD oil’ on the internet, it may be overwhelming, but doable! You can also search ‘CBD oil third-party lab testing’ or ‘CBD oil with certificates of analysis’. These keywords may help narrow your search down.
Also, talking to friends, checking out social media advertisements, and checking out dispensaries are a great way to get a personalized opinion before you purchase something on the internet.
2. ASK ABOUT THEIR CANNABIS
Does the company organically grow and farm their cannabis plants? Are their farms located in the US? Do they use pesticides or chemicals in the growing process? What type of processes do they use for extraction?
These questions do make a difference, I mean, you want a quality CBD product that is organic, non-GMO, and farmed with state-of-the-art processing, right? Right.
3. ASK FOR CERTIFICATES OF ANALYSIS
This is a major and necessary step to separate your “CBD companies” from reputable CBD companies. By asking companies for their certificates of analysis for their CBD products helps you figure out A) if the company can easily provide these for you because they have a logistical backing and B) what’s in their products.
This will help you see what is exactly in the products you’re interested in as well as what amount and concentration of each ingredient is present.
4. ASK IF THEY DO IN HOUSE AND THIRD-PARTY LAB TESTING
Here’s another solid question to ask! Third-party laboratory testing helps ensure the quality of the company’s CBD products. Most companies do in-house laboratory testing to assess the quality of their products, which is great! However, by doing third-party lab testing, this provides the company with an outside confirmation of the quality of their products.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK MYSELF WHEN SHOPPING FOR QUALITY CBD?
- What type of CBD do I want? Oil? Topical? Powder?
- What degree of potency do I want for my CBD product? 1000 mg of CBD? 200 mg?
- What do I want to take CBD for? Anxiety? General well-being? Headaches?
- What am I willing to pay for a quality CBD product? $80? $200?
These are just some of the questions we’ve generated based on what we take into account when deciding on purchasing CBD products. You may have other important questions to answer for yourself before you start looking.
WHAT CBD PRODUCTS DOES NANOCRAFT OFFER?
Each and every one of our products contains only the high-quality hemp-derived cannabidiol, organically grown and farmed, with state-of-the-art farming techniques and standards.
Our CBD Ointment Rubs are an athlete favorite when it comes to helping sore muscles and assisting in pain relief.
CBD oil is a stellar option for users and athletes wanting to reap the benefits of CBD quickly. The major benefit of CBD oil is it’s easy-to-apply sublingual administration. The CBD oil absorbs directly into the bloodstream, through receptor cells.
HOW DOES NANOCRAFT ENSURE QUALITY CBD PRODUCTS?
As the saying goes, “quality over quantity.” You want a product that not only provides you what you want, but meets what you need.
All products from Nanocraft are sources from industrial hemp that is grown legally right here in the United States. One of the only ways to separate quality products from the subpar stuff out there, is to listen to reputable, reliable outlets that you know you can fully trust. We source our raw hemp in nutrient-rich soil in the beautiful state of Colorado. Our farmers operate under strict guidelines and use only 100% ethical and organic practices.
We use the highest grade carbon dioxide (CO2) equipment to extract the active, CBD-rich hemp from the plant material. We are 100% organic, herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, GMO, and chemical free. We take full advantage of a state-of-the-art process while farming. Not only does this ensure that our products are safe, regulated, and unsurpassed in their consistency and potency, but it also enhances the quality of our natural proprietary strains.
Every single batch goes through a rigorous testing process in our in-house laboratory. When the batch is cleared, it receives a Certificate of Analysis and a Certificate of Quality Assurance that we make readily available to our customers. In addition, we use third-party laboratories to assess and confirm the certificates. Third-party testing isn’t done just once in a great while, we test on a monthly basis to ensure our products are pure and consistent. Ready for the great news? To date, not one batch has failed to meet our unprecedented testing standards!
* DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.
Kirsten Thornhill, MSNanocraft SciencesContent Writer | Physiologist | ResearcherKirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small farm town in Stanislaus County, California. Kirsten graduated with a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in active individuals and athletes. Kirsten has specialized in maximal oxygen consumption testing in athletes and teaching laboratory, clinical, practical, and research applications of exercise testing to college students. She enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of lifetime movement, plant-based eating, and health research and development. Her passion for natural, lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.