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Why You Should Never Buy CBD On Amazon - Hint: It's Not Real CBD

Posted by Kerry Hinkle on

Amazon Doesn’t Allow CBD - But Not Everyone Knows That

Amazon shopping for CBD is not a good idea.

Buying CBD on Amazon is not allowed, per Amazon rules.  But, not everyone knows that.

We’ve been in the CBD business since before the Farm Bill of 2018 was passed.  So, we’ve seen customers coming from all kinds of different perspectives. 

We’ve encountered customers who bought CBD from a Gas Station, Grocery Store, or local Head Shop.

All of these scenarios can produce dramatically different results for each customer.  Some good, some bad.

But, the situation we’ve encountered the most, is someone who thought they bought CBD from Amazon, but in reality that’s not what shows up on their doorstep.

Because we’ve encountered the “Amazon CBD” customer 1 too many times, it’s a topic we decided needs a deeper dive.

So today, we’re going to look at what the actual “CBD” products listed on Amazon are, Why Amazon doesn’t allow CBD to be sold, and share some tips on where the right place to buy CBD is. 

Amazon “CBD” Isn’t Real CBD

Amazon Hemp products that contain no CBD.

One search of “CBD”, “Hemp”, or “Hemp Oil” on Amazon can lead most people to the conclusion that CBD is sold on Amazon.

As you can see above, these products highlight the words “Hemp Oil”, offer very high Milligram strengths, and even make claims like “Helps brain skills” or “For Pain, Sleep, Mood Support” to name a few.

For the average consumer, it’s easy to deduct that “Hemp Oil” and “CBD Oil” should be the same thing right?


Well, not quite.  And, these companies are counting on you to not know the difference between CBD & Hemp Oil.

Products sold on Amazon contain 0% CBD.  Yeah, that’s right, no trace, 100% CBD FREE.  Zilch, nada, nothing.  No CBD is actually in these “Hemp Oil” bottles.

But, if there’s no CBD in these products, then what is in there? 

Well, it’s still a by-product of the Hemp plant, and it’s known as Hemp Seed Oil.  Hemp Seed Oil is still a “good” supplement to use, but the results from taking this substance should not be compared to CBD, because they’re different substances.  

Amazon wants you to think you’re buying CBD, but in reality, Hemp Seed is far from it..  

Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil?

The difference between Hemp Seed Oil & CBD Oil is a subject we’ve tackled in the past.  In that article, we explained how Hemp Seed is made, terms & phrases to understand, and the different benefits each hemp extract can provide.

Today, we’ll highlight important differences between CBD & Hemp Oil, and why these differences are so important to understand when shopping for CBD.

CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant’s stalks, leaves, and buds.  Hemp Seed is extracted from the seed of the Hemp plant.

This minor extraction difference means the world when it comes to what the Hemp products do to our bodies.

Hemp Seed Oil is considered to be high in Omega 3s & 6s, meaning the product can be viewed in the same light as Fish Oil. Much like Fish Oil, there are health benefits to consuming Hemp Seed Oil, but not the same benefits we could expect to see from CBD.

CBD could provide a reduction in inflammation, stress, or aid in falling asleep.  None of these reported benefits apply to Hemp Seed Oil. 

You wouldn’t take Fish Oil to help you fall asleep, would you? 

Hemp Oil On Amazon Isn’t The Same As CBD Oil

Hemp Seed Oil does not contain any Cannabinoids in the product.  That means Hemp Seed Oil doesn’t contain any of the healing compounds found in the Hemp plant that you’re most likely looking for when searching for CBD on Amazon. 

These differences in effect are so important to understand to properly judge if these supplements are the right products for you.

If someone buys Hemp Oil from Amazon thinking it’s CBD, and it doesn’t work for them, then that person is likely to believe all CBD products won’t work for them.

This problem harms the consumer, reputable CBD companies, and the CBD/Hemp industry as a whole.  

The only people benefiting from selling Hemp products on Amazon right now are sketchy companies looking to mislead a consumer in order to make a quick buck.  

Why Amazon Doesn’t Allow CBD 

Sign that reads follow the rules for Amazon's rules on CBD.

In 2018, it was reported that Amazon was responsible for almost 50% of the entire E-Commerce business in the United States.

With over 12,000,000 different products sold, it’s obvious Amazon is the world’s biggest player in purchasing products online.

When you’re a company that big, each decision has to be very well thought out, with risks, rewards, and unintended consequences all considered.

These are all likely reasons why Amazon doesn’t allow CBD.  In fact, those same reasons can be used to explain why Walmart, Target, and other big box retailers haven’t jumped into the Green Rush that is CBD.

But, just because the big guys don’t want to play the game yet, doesn’t mean the ball hasn’t been kicked off yet.

A very popular study done by Forbes states the CBD industry could become a $20 Billion industry by the year 2024.

This massive industry that has done nothing but grow year-over-year, and is very much here to stay. But because these products hit shelves across the country so quickly, combined with the fact that the FDA has done little to regulate the industry, there has been understandable skepticism from the biggest companies in the country.

This skepticism is reasonable, but Amazon has tried to play both sides of this argument.  While their official stance is that no CBD can be sold on Amazon, it’s very obvious they’re not doing everything they can to curb these sales.

By allowing Hemp Oil and not CBD, Amazon has opened up a can of worms that has misled consumers & misrepresented the CBD industry as a whole.  

This clear mistake by Amazon has hurt any consumer who may not understand the subtle differences between Hemp Extracts, and in our opinion, hurt the reliability of the Amazon brand and name.  

It can be argued that Consumers, CBD Companies, & Amazon itself have all been negatively affected by the current stance Amazon is taking in regards to CBD products.

While Amazon hasn’t listed an official reason why CBD is not allowed currently, it’s obvious the status quo is not working.  

Tips On Buying CBD Not From Amazon

Goals in 2021 when it comes to buying CBD online.

We’re a little biased on this topic, but our recommendation would be to shop Certified Hemp Hub for ACTUAL CBD products, rather than Amazon.

It’s not like they need any more business, right?

But, just in case we don’t have the right product mix for your needs, we are going to make some other suggestions/tips when looking to buy CBD online.

#1 - Only buy products that have been certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority™ - The U.S. Hemp Authority™ is the nation’s leading regulatory body for all things Hemp/CBD.  This third party organization ensures all of it’s certified members use best practices & have high standards for all of their Hemp products.  This regulatory body ensures companies use proper extraction methods, testing of products, and accurate labeling to bring more consumer confidence to the CBD industry.

#2 - Look for third party independent lab reports - Our lab reports can be found here.  Any reputable company should make it extremely easy to find, read, and understand all of their Certificate of Analysis for all of their products.  With these lab reports, you should check the total Cannabinoid profile.  By looking at the amount of Cannabinoids that are in a product, you can ensure you’re not purchasing Hemp Seed Oil when looking for CBD.

#3 - Understand Ingredient Listings - We spent the majority of this article breaking down the difference between CBD Oil & Hemp Seed Oil today.  But, quality CBD products can have all sorts of ingredients. Things like CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Hemp Oil, and CBD Oil are all examples of ingredient names that are all synonymous with each other.  For beginners, our recommendation is avoid Hemp Seed Oil and understand how much THC you want in your product.  

Final Reason To Avoid Buying CBD From Amazon 

Any of the topics we discussed today should be reason enough to avoid buying CBD from Amazon.  

First off, it’s not even real CBD that you’re buying from Amazon.  It’s Hemp Seed, and while that’s good for our bodies, it’s not the same as CBD.

Or, how about the companies making these products are intentionally misleading customers with false packaging or misrepresenting what the products could do for them.

Oh, and you’re supporting the biggest online retailer in the world, which means they lack the product knowledge and confidence that specialty shops & online retailers possess.

But, the final reason we think CBD consumers should avoid buying CBD from Amazon is because of the harm these “get rich quick” companies are doing to this entire industry.

Hemp not only produces things like CBD or CBN, but you can also make Hemp Rope, Hemp Concrete, and many more things.  

By looking at Hemp as a short term crop, we’re limiting ourselves as a nation to all the wondrous things this plant could do for us.  Hemp is a sustainable, reliable, and truly awesome crop that can change the U.S. economy forever. 

Right now, many Hemp farmers are growing Hemp with the explicit intention of selling the crop to CBD companies.  But, the more people buying CBD from Amazon, the more likely people are to give up on CBD in general.

If the CBD market begins to slow down, then our investment into researching the entire plant could slow down.  If we abandon Hemp simply because Hemp Seed Oil didn’t help enough people sleep, we’re truly ruining a great opportunity before the ball even kicks off. 


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

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