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Buying CBD on Amazon [Should You?]

Green Shoppers Written by Green Shoppers
Updated on February 28, 2019

With all the complicated laws surrounding CBD, buying it online can be a difficult process. The laws in other countries are often completely different to our own laws, and this makes international shipping particularly difficult. It’s hard to find reputable CBD sellers that you know for certain you can trust.

In the United Kingdom, the MHRA is the organisation who oversees medicinal CBD products. However, this leaves CBD food supplements in a strange position – they are not regulated by any authoritative body.

Because of this, it can be dangerous to buy CBD oils from companies that aren’t legitimate. It’s more likely that you’ll get a defective product containing nothing more than olive oil, but there is also a risk of danger there.

If you have never purchased a CBD oil before, or have browsed the options and found them to be expensive, you might be tempted to have a look on Amazon. And sure enough, plenty of search results come up when you type in ‘CBD.’ But are these oils actually the real deal? Let’s take a look.

Amazon’s Policy on CBD Oil

Unsurprisingly, Amazon has a policy on CBD products. On their website, it states:


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 by LegitScript


But this policy allows for a loophole. While Amazon does not permit the sale of CBD on its site, they do allow the sale of other hemp products like hemp seed oil. By now, you should know that hemp seed oil and CBD hemp oil are NOT the same thing – we’ll talk a little bit more about this below.

So, to get around the Amazon policy, sellers will often state that their oils contain “hemp extract.” Usually, hemp extract does contain CBD, and therefore this should mean that you are buying a regular CBD oil. That being said, there is no guarantee how much CBD you are getting – if it’s not stated on the label, you have no idea about the potency of the product.

Do the ‘CBD Oils’ on Amazon Actually Contain CBD?

It’s quite likely that a lot of the CBD oils on Amazon will actually be hemp seed oils. You need to make sure you don’t get caught out, here, because the two can sound pretty similar. In fact, some CBD oils use hemp seed oil as their carrier, meaning that there is even a bit of overlap between the two products.

Both products come from the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing the seeds from the hemp plant to make an oil. It is full of healthy and nutritional compounds like amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6, and plenty of protein. Many people consume hemp seed oil as a form of food supplement, as well as eating raw hemp seeds as a kind of superfood.

CBD oil is different because it is made using hemp extract. This is taken from the leaves and flowers of hemp – not the seeds. The leaves and flowers contain the cannabinoids like CBD, meaning that this is what you need to be looking out for when you buy a CBD oil.

What You Need to Know About Buying CBD Online

If you really have to buy a CBD oil from Amazon, then make sure it contains hemp extract and not just hemp seed oil. However, with the lack of regulation, it’s likely that manufacturers can slap ‘hemp extract’ on the label even if the product is just regular old CBD oil.

There are many precautions you have to take when buying a CBD oil online. This applies to Amazon and other online products. First of all, you have to check that you are in fact buying CBD instead of just hemp seed oil – this might be a little tricky on Amazon, where sellers are trying to navigate the company’s guidelines.

Another think you should always look out for is third-party lab reports. A company should always have their oils examined by a laboratory who can confirm that they contain what it says on the label. Whenever you come across a CBD brand online, you should always be checking for third-party lab reports.

Picking out bad CBD oils from the rest is often down to common sense. Visit the company’s website, check out their packaging, take a look at the reviews… You’ll often be able to tell when something doesn’t seem right. The reviews are a large part of it, actually.

For example, many of the reviews of Amazon’s CBD oils contain works like “scam” and “false advertising.” People who have tried the Amazon oils do not seem to be satisfied, and many disgruntled customers often claim that these products contained no CBD whatsoever.

This is why you need to be careful. Although the products on Amazon might seem marginally cheaper, it’s because they are extremely low quality. There’s no point spending any money on these scam products. Reputable sellers usually have their own website where they sell their products, so we would suggest purchasing CBD directly from the retailer.

It is possible to buy a CBD oil from Amazon and be perfectly satisfied by the end product, but you really have to know what you’re looking out for. Follow all the usual regulations you would when shopping for a CBD oil online, and you might well be okay. However, we would recommend buying from a brand you know you can 100% trust.

If you have no idea where to start, then feel free to check out the reviews we post here on Greenshoppers.