Should You Buy CBD on Amazon?

Aaron Cadena
Jun 15 · 3 min read

When shopping for CBD online, you may have found that there has been a surge of listings for CBD oil on Amazon.

While increasing demand has spearheaded CBD onto the shelves of major retailers like Kroger, CVS, and Neiman Marcus, it was quite surprising to find that CBD was apparently being sold on Amazon, given its strict regulations.

Nonetheless, as an Amazon Prime member and daily CBD user myself, I was eager to find out which CBD products could be ordered on Amazon.

After sifting through dozens of listings, I realized that the reality of buying CBD on Amazon was too good to be true…

If you’ve come across the numerous listings for CBD on Amazon and considered adding them to your cart, you may want to think twice.

Why You Probably Shouldn’t Buy CBD on Amazon

After reviewing several listings, I realized that something was amiss.

While there are a few products from established CBD brands that I have come across, a majority of the CBD products on Amazon appear to be very generic and are not found anywhere except for Amazon.

In addition, I was surprised to find that a majority of the CBD oil on Amazon were labeled with very high MG concentrations; however, they were priced much cheaper than typical CBD products.

Here’s a screenshot of a product on Amazon that claims to have “15,000mg,” but is being sold for just $10.99.

Screenshot of Amazon Listing for Hemp Oil

If you think that’s too good to be true… you’re right.

The Problem with CBD Oil on Amazon

While CBD derived from hemp, was federally legalized last year under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, the FDA has not yet established clear regulations for CBD. Because of this, Amazon and many other e-commerce platforms will maintain their existing policies until further clarification from the FDA.

As a workaround to this complication, some CBD brands will label their products as “Hemp Oil” rather than “CBD Oil.” Despite the clear issues presented by this workaround, it is a rather common practice in the industry and most customers have become accustomed to it.

In this case, however, it seems that many vendors are using this loophole to exploit the industry’s lack of regulatory structure and trick those shopping for CBD on Amazon.

While the CBD products on Amazon may appear very similar to actual CBD products, they are actually nothing more than Hemp Oil or Hemp Seed Oil and don’t contain any CBD at all.

How to Avoid CBD Oil Scams on Amazon

Unfortunately, the prevalence of these CBD oil scams on Amazon has created an unsafe shopping environment for new CBD users.

Unless you’re purchasing from an established CBD brand that you’ve tried before, you should probably avoid buying CBD oil on Amazon, at least for now.

Amazon is an amazing marketplace platform where you can find some of the best deals on your favorite products. But for now, CBD is not one of those items.

In the near future, Amazon will likely take the proper action to address this problem, but until then, we’ll have to survive without the convenience of Amazon Prime when shopping for CBD online.

Aaron Cadena

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CBD enthusiast, passionate writer, and Editor in Chief at CBDOrigin.com―the CBD community’s leading digital publication and online knowledge base.

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