Amazon doesn’t officially sell products containing cannabidiol (CBD). But that doesn’t stop thousands of search results showing up for “CBD” on the Amazon marketplace. So what are all these products?

Amazon’s stance on CBD

Amazon clearly prohibits the sale of CBD in its marketplace. The retail giant’s Seller Central website puts it in writing:

“Listings for products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are prohibited, including but not limited to:

  • Full-spectrum hemp oil
  • Rich hemp oil
  • Products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript

These compliance requirements explicitly mention CBD among a long list of other substances, which begs the question: are the CBD pet products for sale on Amazon all fakes? Well, yes and no.

So, what exactly is the ‘CBD oil’ I bought from Amazon?

Much to the annoyance of genuine CBD producers, who can’t currently sell their products on Amazon, the products you’ll find on the site are likely to come from one of three sub-par categories:

Will Amazon ever sell real CBD oil for dogs
(and what about Whole Foods?)

Amazon’s unique place in the US economy no doubt throws up many questions concerning its rights and ability to sell cannabis products and medical supplements. But theoretically speaking, there shouldn’t be any direct barrier to them selling CBD oil.

Since the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill into law, US companies have been free to grow, produce, transport, and sell products containing industrial hemp, which is cannabis with extremely low concentrations (no more than 0.3 percent) of THC—the compound in cannabis that makes you high.

Most, if not all CBD oil for dogs is made from industrial hemp (and ideally from organic farms), so they fall well within the 2018 FDA legislation.

The real reason why Amazon hasn’t yet come on board with CBD is likely to do with its ability to monitor and maintain its marketplace according to FDA standards. In other words, Amazon may be playing it cautious with all cannabis products, due to the risk of bad actors using the site to sell marijuana.

That said, Amazon tends to make announcements concerning their site without much of a build-up, and sometimes without any announcements at all, so things may change literally overnight. We’ll let you know if they do.

Whole foods

With Amazon now owning everyone’s favorite grocery store chain Whole Foods, you might wonder whether the prohibition on CBD products extends to physical Whole Foods locations.

Not so. As of fall last year, Whole Foods expanded its sale of topical CBD products to more than 350 locations across 30 states. From their press release, this includes:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

However, we’re not currently aware of any locations selling CBD products for pets.

So where should I buy my dog’s CBD oil from?

Legitimate CBD oil products will always clearly state their contents, including concentrations and ingredients sources. Many major CBD companies will also go the extra mile and include third-party quality certifications to provide peace of mind over possible additives or impurities.

If you know exactly what type and brand of pet CBD oil you’re looking for, it’s best to shop at a physical pet store or to buy straight from the company website. If you’re still browsing, and aren’t set on a particular product, here is our ranking of the top CBD oils for dogs on the market right now, complete with links to safe sites for purchasing.

Summary

  • Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD products that actually contain CBD oil.

  • This doesn’t stop many manufacturers from cashing in on CBD’s popularity. Amazon’s marketplace is flooded with mislabelled, off-brand, and hemp seed oils, which may or may not contain CBD.

  • It’s possible you’ll get lucky with one of these products, but we’d strongly advise against taking such risks with your pet’s CBD supplements.

  • Manufacturers looking for Amazon loopholes may also cut other corners. Products advertised as ‘organic’ or ‘made in the USA’ may be fraudulent.

  • Always buy CBD from a trusted source, like a physical pet store, manufacturer’s website, or through our own review page.