New to the world of CBD? It can be tempting to resort to typing in ‘CBD oil’ on Amazon and buying the first one that comes up. If you don’t know anything about CBD oil, this might seem like an alright thing to do – but trust us, it’s not!
As it turns out, the CBD oil sold on Amazon is just one big scam. It gives the whole CBD industry a bad name, which is really disappointing. People buy these so-called CBD oils (which don’t contain CBD, by the way), find that they don’t work, and then criticise the whole market.
The sad truth is that the market is currently unregulated, with no organisation willing to step in and save it. With the enormous amount of money to be made, it’s no wonder that conmen are eager to make a quick buck off unsuspecting consumers.
But is all the CBD oil on Amazon bad?
Amazon Policy on CBD Oil: Why it’s Banned
Amazon’s policy prohibits the sale of CBD oil. According to the site, products such as “Rich Hemp Oil” containing CBD, and products that have been identified as containing CBD, are not allowed to be sold on Amazon. As CBD is classified as a medicinal product by the MHRA, Amazon classes CBD as “drugs and drug paraphernalia”, which is heavily restricted on the site.
Sadly, there is a huge loophole here. Amazon still allows the sale of hemp-derived products, including hemp seed oil. This means that some manufacturers list “hemp seed oil” which contains an undisclosed amount of CBD, and others sell “CBD oil” which contains nothing but hemp seed oil.
It’s possible that the oil you buy from Amazon could contain toxins, chemicals, and unknown substances. Amazon CBD oil could do more harm than good, so it’s best to avoid it completely. Plus, it’s literally prohibited to sell CBD on Amazon, which puts it in a bit of a legal grey area.
Take it from us, it’s not worth it.
Avoiding the Scams: How to Tell CBD Oil from Hemp Seed Oil
Unfortunately, Amazon is not the only one selling knock-off CBD oils. The confusion surrounding CBD makes it easy to scam consumers by selling hemp seed oil, with users being none the wiser. This is facilitated by the fact that CBD’s effects are not all that pronounced; CBD veterans describe it as “feeling better”, and simply experiencing more balance and energy.
These subtle effects, combined with a lack of education about CBD, makes it easy for numerous brands to fake it. High street shops and online stores alike can put up this front, so it’s important for consumers to be aware of the dangers.
It’s sadly very hard to tell the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, unless you have a lab analysis of the product. Both come from hemp, both have a bitter, nutty taste, and both are the same colour. Often, CBD oil uses hemp seed oil as the carrier, which blurs the lines even further.
Things are made even harder during use. If you use your CBD purchase and feel nothing, then it could well be hemp seed oil instead. However, you could just be using too low a dose of CBD. To get around this issue, we have some tips:
- On the first day, use a small amount of CBD oil with a low dose. This will ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to anything in the product, and is especially important for people who are allergic to plants.
- On the third day (you should wait 48 hours for an allergen test), use a large dose of CBD to see if you experience anything. You should feel less lethargic, more energised, calmer, and more balanced. Don’t expect these effects to be too pronounced; you will have to take note of how you’re feeling.
- The next day, cut right back down to a low dose. Work your way up from there to find the minimum effective dose, and this will be your daily dose of CBD.
Just to note, the “large dose” does not have to be something crazy like 1000mg! Instead, we suggest trying something like 50mg.
However, there is another option: Rule out the possibility of buying hemp seed oil before you make the purchase. Here’s how…
How to Shop for CBD Online
There are loads of unwritten rules when it comes to shopping for CBD online. Luckily, we have written a few down for you! Here are our top five recommendations for shopping online for CBD products.
1. Look for Third-Party Lab Reports
The BIGGEST thing you should do is to look for lab reports. Since the industry is unregulated, it is down to manufacturers to prove that they are the real deal. Many of the best brands have taken steps to win the trust of consumers, and the most vital step they can take is to have their products lab tested.
The cost of lab-tested products might be slightly higher, because producers need to pay a laboratory to analyse the products. But trust us, it’s worth it. Labs use chromatography to determine what is in each product, revealing the actual cannabinoid content alongside other things like the presence of chemicals and heavy metals.
In the best case scenario, the brand will publish the results of these tests clearly on the website, and will update them fairly regularly. However, with some brands you have to request to see the reports. Don’t feel silly sending an e-mail asking to see a lab analysis – it’s important when it concerns both your health and your hard-earned money.
2. Read Independent Reviews
You will also find it beneficial to read independent reviews. Review sites like TrustPilot, and dedicated CBD sites like us here at Greenshoppers, are ideal for finding out which brands you can really trust.
Of course, if a brand has all positive reviews with nothing bad to say about them, then it can be a little suspect. Most of the time, though, independent review sites are trustworthy and will help give you an indication of whether a brand is legit or not.
Plus, reviews from other buyers will let you know if the product really works.
3. Check Out Social Media
Scam brands often pop up, scam a few consumers, and disappear before they have to face the music. Long-standing brands are obviously more trusted – there is a reason they have lasted so long in the industry!
Another key indicator is social media. A brand that’s only out to scam consumers is not going to have taken the time to set up social media. Most legitimate CBD brands at least have a Facebook detailing the products they sell and sharing news articles to help their customers keep up with changes in CBD law.
But by far a more popular means of judging a CBD brand is its Instagram account. There are plenty of CBD brands that are popular on Instagram, and it’s easy to tell that these brands are high-quality. Nobody would have the money to invest in a social media management team if they weren’t selling legitimate products.
Alternatively, you could check out some of your favourite celebrities and influencers who are using CBD and find out what brands they are using.
4. Do Your Research
Buying CBD is not as simple as jumping online and making a quick purchase. It is crucial to do some research before you buy. Check out lists of the best CBD products around, and read up on brands that you find interesting.
But reading about specific brands is not the only thing you’ll need to do. You also need to become familiar with the CBD industry. Research extraction methods, application methods, growing practices, and more. The more clued up you are, the better!
With the popularity of the industry, there is a huge amount of information out there now, including lots of websites specifically dedicated to talking about CBD (I mean, you’re already here at Greenshoppers!). Also, many of the popular brands have CBD information banks on the website, or even a blog, where you can find out more.
5. Always Trust Your Gut
At the end of the day, the best piece of advice we can give is to trust your gut. A lot of the CBD brands out there have poor-quality websites, messy packaging, and strange product descriptions. If you come across a CBD website and start to feel like something is wrong, then trust your instincts.
Websites with lots of grammatical errors, blurry images, and conflicting information are usually a bad sign. If you’re at all internet-savvy, you’ll already know what to look out for!
Final Thoughts: Why Can’t You Buy CBD from Amazon?
Basically, you can’t buy CBD on Amazon because it’s not allowed by the site. CBD’s classification as a medicinal substance means that it is not allowed to be sold on the site. This rule has led to a number of scam products surfacing on the webpage, and it is important for consumers to be aware that the CBD oil sold here is not legitimate.
Don’t be disheartened by this revelation, though. There are plenty of real CBD brands out there, both online and in High Street pharmacies like Boots. Just be aware that, no matter where you buy your CBD, you should be vigilant. Look out for lab reports, and always trust your instincts.
If you follow our tips, you should be just fine.