If you are like most people in the UK, your interest must have been piqued by all the attention that cannabidiol, or simply CBD, is getting lately. Anecdotal evidence, as well a preliminary research points to the potential of this hemp extract in helping to manage or treat a variety of conditions ranging from chronic pain and anxiety, to nausea and insomnia. You may have therefore made a decision to use CBD oil and you are wondering whether you really can buy CBD oil on Amazon UK. After all, we have all become comfortable ordering everything online and waiting to have it delivered to our doorsteps!
Well, the short answer is that yes, you can buy CBD on Amazon UK, but (and that is a big BUT) Amazon policy forbids selling CBD on the platform so you have to bear a few things in mind when you go shopping for CBD oil on Amazon UK. And, we are here to help you attain your objective, so here goes…
The Amazon Policy on CBD
As we’ve already mentioned, Amazon forbids selling anything that contains controlled substances, and while cannabidiol is mainly extracted from industrial hemp, it can also be extracted from marijuana, which contains high amounts of THC (a controlled substance).
It is therefore nearly impossible for you to find a product listing on Amazon UK directly labelled as CBD. However, you can still buy CBD on Amazon if you know what to look out for. Hint, it will be listed as either hemp oil extract or simply hemp extract.
Is Hemp Seed Oil the Same as CBD Oil?
Many inexperienced users of CBD products in the UK may mistakenly think that hemp seed oil refers to CBD oil. This isn’t true because of how these two related but different products are obtained.
As the name suggests, hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds to extract the oil that they contain. Unfortunately, only negligible amounts of CBD are found in hemp seeds, so you would be grossly mistaken to buy hemp seed oil while thinking you have bought CBD oil.
CBD is highly concentrated in hemp leaves and flowers, and sophisticated extraction methods are employed to tease out every last bit of CBD from these plant parts. So, hemp seed oil isn’t CBD oil in most cases. In most cases? Yes, and the following section explains the exception.
Can’t Hemp Seed Oil Contain CBD?
It is possible for hemp seed oil (or simply hemp oil) available in the UK to have CBD in it. This is because when CBD is extracted, it is usually mixed in a carrier oil, such as MCT oil, olive oil or even hemp seed oil.
If a specific manufacturer chooses to use hemp oil as a carrier oil for CBD, then you will buy CBD whose carrier oil is hemp seed oil. But, don’t ever assume that the hemp oil sold on Amazon UK all contains CBD. In the next section, we discuss crucial tips that will help you to identify CBD oil on Amazon UK despite the ban on CBD products on this ecommerce platform.
Tips for Finding CBD Oil on Amazon UK
Check for “Hemp Extract” on the Label
Since CBD is extracted from hemp and Amazon doesn’t allow CBD to be sold on its platform, sellers have found a clever way to label CBD without directly mentioning this important cannabinoid. They call it a hemp extract, which isn’t untrue.
If you want to buy Amazon CBD oil, read the label and ensure that it includes hemp extract. Go a step further and check the list of ingredients. Hemp extract should feature prominently among the items listed there, especially if that section at the back is titled “supplement facts.” If it isn’t listed as an ingredient, chances are that product doesn’t contain any CBD. Look elsewhere for what you want.
Check the Milligrams (Mgs) of the Hemp Extract in the Product
Once you read the supplement facts and find hemp extract included there, go to the next step and see the number of milligrams of this extract. This information tells you how much CBD is actually in that Amazon UK CBD product.
The more the milligram content indicated, the more CBD you will find in there. The milligram content also helps you to decide the dosage you will take once you buy that particular product. Once again if no milligram (mgs) content is provided, move on! That product most likely doesn’t contain CBD.
Examine the Bottle
We may have all grown up knowing that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but buying CBD on Amazon UK is probably one exception in which external appearance can be helpful in determining whether you are buying a CBD product or plain hemp seed oil.
So, how should CBD bottles look? First, they tend to be smaller since they contain a supplement and not a kitchen ingredient (even if you can use CBD as an ingredient). For instance, while hemp oil bottles will be large like olive oil bottles (a litre, for example), CBD oil bottles will be small and contain a few hundred millilitres of fluid in them.
Secondly, CBD oil Amazon UK bottles will have a pipette and dropper for measuring out the small amounts of oil you will be using. Products without CBD in them will not have these aids for measuring small amounts of contents from the bottle.
Get in Touch with the Seller
It is also prudent for you to reach out to the seller if you want to confirm that a product is indeed CBD oil for dogs Amazon UK or not. In this age of online commerce, getting this confirmation is as simple as sending a quick email to the seller.
The seller will gladly (we hope!) give you all the information you need, including any third party lab tests done on the product. If the seller is dodgy about sharing this information, ask yourself what they are trying to hide. In this case, err on the side of caution and find a seller who values the business that you are offering them.
Can Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Be Bought on Amazon UK?
If you have done your homework, you may be aware that full-spectrum CBD is superior to isolates or products having only CBD in them. For the uninitiated, full-spectrum CBD refers to a product which contains all the other compounds that are naturally found in the hemp plant. Those products include other cannabinoids and terpenes.
When those many compounds are combined, they are more beneficial due to the synergistic or “entourage effect” of all those elements working in collaboration with each other.
One likely indicator that a product is a full-spectrum CBD product is when you see the list of ingredients indicating the presence of terpenes. To be doubly sure, contact the seller for clarification if you specifically wish to buy a full-spectrum or broad spectrum CBD product on Amazon UK.
In summary, while Amazon’s rules don’t allow the sale of CBD products on the platform, it is still possible to buy these products if you know where and what to look for. The discussion above provides vital information to help you obtain CBD oil on Amazon UK, so use it and ask the seller if you are in doubt.
Your turn; have you bought CBD oil or any other CBD product on Amazon UK? What was your experience like? Share your views in the comments below!