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CBD Oil on Amazon: What are the Risks?

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CBD Oil on Amazon: What are the Risks?

Wait a minute. You can’t buy CBD oil on Amazon… can you?

Actually, yes! Both legitimately, and, shall we say, not-so-legitimately.

Until pretty recently, Amazon prohibited sellers from listing any sort of CBD product. Of course, that didn’t stop sellers from doing it. A couple of years ago, The Washington Post bought 13 different bottles of CBD oil from the platform to see if they contained CBD or not. 11 of them did. So first of all, Amazon’s rules aren’t exactly closely followed.

Second of all, there’s now a new, above board way to buy CBD oil on Amazon, too. In early 2021, Amazon chose the UK as a guinea pig for its first ever CBD pilot scheme, allowing selected sellers to use the Amazon marketplace to promote and sell their CBD.

So… should you turn to Amazon for all your CBD buying needs?

We don’t think so. Buying from sellers not registered in the UK programme especially brings a number of risks that just aren’t worth it. Here are two things that worry us:

You’re Not Actually Getting CBD

Outside of the scheme, Amazon only allows sellers to offer hemp oil, not CBD oil. And so while a product may look like CBD oil, and may be marketed as a CBD oil, there’s a good chance that it’s actually hemp. Now, hemp oil itself is great. It’s full of beneficial fatty acids that may help to keep you healthy. But it’s not CBD. CBD oil comes from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the cannabis plant, while hemp oil comes from the seeds.

You Don’t Know What’s in it

The Washington Post experiment found that, as well as containing CBD, some of the products also contained THC: the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. This isn’t always bad. Full spectrum CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC. The legal limit is 0.3%, although our full spectrum oils contain just 0.025%. The problem with buying from Amazon is that products may not be listed as containing THC, and there’s no way to tell how much is in there. You want to know what you’re putting inside your body, right?

Here are a few red flags to keep an eye out for:

  • No mention of CBD anywhere in the listing; only hemp
  • Mgs and percentages, with no mention of what they refer to
  • Direct health claims such as ‘cures anxiety’; this isn’t permitted

So an interesting question to ask now is whether it’s OK to buy CBD oils from Amazon’s approved CBD scheme. While this is likely to be less risky, we still have a few concerns. Amazon hasn’t been particularly forthcoming with its plans for due diligence. So how can buyers have peace of mind that the seller is reputable? Or that their products comply with UK regulation? Or that they’re Novel Food approved? They can’t.

Where should you buy from? How about right here? At The Good Level, we think what the CBD industry needs is a little more transparency. We want you to know exactly what you’re buying, and exactly what you’re putting into your body. That’s why we…

  • Are completely Novel Food compliant for our isolates and cold-press process
  • Don’t hide our independent testing certificates; you can check them whenever
  • Outline all our farming and sourcing practices in detail

Amazon’s great if you want googly eye glasses delivered next day. But it’s not for CBD.

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