Should you buy CBD Oil or Hemp oil off Amazon or eBay?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a booming supplement, that is currently cementing its place in the health food supplement market and it is here to stay for the long term.
Currently the CBD market in the UK & US is unregulated, therefore there is a potential danger to the public with ‘fake CBD’ products hitting the market.
CBD Oil on Amazon & eBay
It is currently against policy to sell CBD oil on Amazon & eBay, but the unregulated vendors are able to dodge past these rules and regulations by editing the listings and disguising it as ‘Hemp Oil’.
The reason why Amazon & eBay are against selling CBD oil on their platforms, is because they don’t want people to sell untested, unregulated and potentially dangerous products on their platform.
Currently the CBD market as a whole is currently unregulated, but there are some companies who are leading the industry by third-party tests for their products, to prove their label contents.
You can find Amazon’s policy on selling CBD products here: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/200164490
Why untested CBD products could be dangerous
The reason for third-party lab test is to prove that the products match the concentrations on their labels, and to make sure there are no illegal and potentially dangerous contents in each of their products.
In Utah in the US, there was an incident of people buying cheaper ‘CBD oil’ because they were tempted by the price. The contents of this falsely labelled ‘CBD Oil’ turned out to be dangerous and poisoned a minimum of 52 individuals.
This ‘CBD Oil’ had no actual CBD contents in it, in fact it had the synthetic compound ‘4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA’ also called ‘4-CCB’, which is more commonly known as the compound that is present in the illegal & dangerous drug ‘spice’.
You may be tempted by price, but in most cases you ‘get what you pay for’. CBD businesses that have third-party lab tests & are members of the CTA have public safety & customer satisfaction at the forefront of their ethos.
Fake ‘CBD’ products & failing drugs test
Another reason for unregulated CBD retailers is not only safety as number 1, but there has been reports of people failing a drugs test as they have tested for high amounts of THC.
This is found to have been because unregulated and untested retailers of ‘CBD’ have sold products with a high/ illegal amount of THC in their products.
Under dosed CBD products
This also leads us onto another issue of people being ‘ripped off’ by unregulated sellers, a report in the US found that at least 40% of CBD products on the market were under-dosed.
There were some products tested that had little to no CBD in. This often leads to some individuals then believing that CBD does not work, when in fact they have bought a bad or ‘fake’ CBD product.
Even if an unregulated vendor is able to add some CBD into their products, often the technology and extraction methods used will not be up to the standard of regulated retailers who are leading the industry, leading to a lesser CBD product.
Again, as with a lot of things in life ‘you get what you pay for’.
Shocking UK CBD Market Study in 2019
In 2019 a blind study was conducted by the CMC (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis), to evaluate the UK CBD market. It conducted blind testing of 30 major CBD brands available on the UK market and big Highstreet retailers.
The findings of the study were horrifying, almost half (45%) of the products tested had illegal levels of THC and CBN in their products.
One sample which was retailing at £90, had 0% CBD content in the bottle.
Another product had 3.8% ethanol within the bottle, which would mean it would qualify as an alcoholic beverage.
7 products that were tested had evidence of heavy metals and solvents within them.
These results were shocking to hear about, considering some of these products are sitting in big High-street shops and are easily accessible to the public.
Here at YourHemp.co.uk, all of our products are tested & third party tested for your safety. We are fully transparent with our results, and we are proud of our CBD Oils & Water-Soluble CBD products.
We aim to carry being at the forefront of the industry, to offer the purest and safest CBD products and repair the bad reputation of the current market.
Government clamping down on unregulated CBD retailers
The CTA is an association who are working closely with the UK government which includes the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and the FSA (Food Standard Association).
The government is now finally looking to clean up the industry by working with the CTA (Cannabis Trades Association). The CTA only accept retailers to be members if they are fully legal and compliant with the UK & EU law, this includes products and retailers marketing content.
There are currently a lot of companies who are claiming medicinal benefits of CBD, this is illegal to do so as CBD is not a medicinal product, please stay clear of these potentially dangerous retailers.
The CTA also only accept retailers who get all of their products third-party lab tested, but they are now also testing each of their members products as well as the third-party lab tests to prove the product contents.
This movement of the government is a massive positive for the industry, cleaning out the poor quality & potentially unsafe retailers and keeping the high quality & legal retailers for the benefit of the public.
Our final top tips when buying CBD
We will keep this short and simple, when looking to buy CBD product always look for:
- Retailers to be members of the CTA (Cannabis Trades Association)
- Third-party lab tested products
We at YourHemp will continue to be leaders of the CBD industry by having all of our products third-party tested, while being members of the CTA.
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