Before you purchase CBD oil for your dog on Amazon this is a must read! Amazon restricts the sale of CBD on its Marketplace. Learn what you're actually buying. Amazon doesn’t officially sell products containing cannabidiol (CBD). But that doesn’t stop thousands of search results showing up for “CBD”. Should you buy CBD oil for dogs on Amazon? Learn about the risks and why it’s better to buy from an independent seller that offers pure CBD products.
CBD Oil For Dogs Amazon
Amazon is king – this has been the case for quite some time now. Whether you are looking to purchase a festive holiday bandanna for your dog or just something to treat yourself, there is a strong likelihood that Amazon is the first place you’ll check. In fact, a study conducted by CNBC in 2016 reveals that over 55% of consumers begin their online shopping searches on Amazon. This statistic comes to no surprise and furthermore, the number likely increases year over year. Given the convenience of crazy quick shipping coupled with reasonable prices and the ability to shop around – it’s no wonder that it is the first place you search for products. Amazon is a great place to source many products but…
CBD Oil for Dogs is NOT one of them!
That’s right. Amazon actually prohibits the sale of pure CBD on it’s marketplace. We know that this seems like a tough pill to swallow. You’ve likely heard from friends, family members and even coworkers about the amazing benefits CBD oil can have on dogs. Especially given the fact that CBD is now federally legal and it seems to be in just about EVERYTHING these days. Here is a direct quote from Amazon’s “Compliance Checklist for Drugs”:
We Know What Your Follow up Question is –
Well… if they don’t sell CBD oil on Amazon – why do results come up when I search “Amazon CBD Oil for Dogs”? This is a fantastic question and we asked ourselves the same thing. After just a few minutes of searching we found the answer…
Amazon CBD Oil for Dogs is not Real CBD!
If you look beyond the flashy big numbers, the CBD-ish brand names and buzz titles like “Separation Anxiety, Stress, Seizures etc.…” and read the comments – 9 times out of 10 times you’ll find that there is actually no CBD in the product. Furthermore, many times the item will be too new to have comments confirming the lack of CBD. Any company that knowingly admits to having CBD in their product will immediately be removed from Amazon’s marketplace. One last take-away from the product examinations on Amazon – you’ll notice that NONE of them have “CBD” printed on their product images.
Is there a small chance that a handful of CBD products for dogs on Amazon actually contain CBD? More than likely. But you must ask yourself, is this something you really look for in a company? If a company is willing to mislabel their product incorrectly and lie about its contents just to make a few sales, what else have they not told you. Is the hemp really sourced organically in the USA and third party tested or did they buy it cheap from China and slap a fancy product sticker on it?
If the Product on Amazon isn’t Real CBD – What is it?
Another great question. Products that come up on amazon when you search for “CBD oil” is actually hemp oil. Hemp oil, also referred to as “hemp seed oil” is exactly what it sounds like… While pure CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the cannabis plant – hemp seed oil comes from pressed hemp seed. Hemp seed oil, while very high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, does not contain any detectible amount of CBD or other phytocannabinoid.
Why you shouldn’t buy CBD oil for dogs on Amazon
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:
These products are marketed within the general area of ‘CBD oil’ or ‘CBD for dogs,’ but close inspection reveals that their packaging and ingredients lists stop short of actually containing cannabidiol.
Unfortunately, many are taken in by these borderline fraudulent products, as shown by the negative reviews and comments left under many listings. But others have zero, or suspiciously plentiful and positive reviews—so watch out.
It sounds too obvious to point out, but if the product doesn’t say CBD on the label or the ingredients list, it may not be CBD! We can’t really say for certain what these oils contain—which is kind of the point: is it worth the uncertainty and risk of mislabeled oils, especially when giving them to your pooch?
Off-brand CBD products
With mislabelling abound, there’s a good chance that some of the products listed on Amazon do actually contain some amount of CBD. Because Amazon bans the word ‘CBD’ from product names and descriptions, and can easily trawl listings for those terms, any company advertising their CBD credentials will immediately be removed from the marketplace.
Therefore, those looking to flog CBD on Amazon will often use winking descriptions including terms like ‘hemp extract’ or ‘hemp oil for pain and inflammation.’ When the Washington Post looked into the CBD levels contained in products with these sorts of descriptions, they found that 11 of 13 tested products did actually contain CBD oil. Though, levels were often well below those found in legitimate products.
So, if you’re deadset on shopping for personal or pet CBD oil on Amazon, it may be possible. But you’ll need to sift through euphemistic product descriptions and take a gamble on whether your chosen product actually contains useful levels of CBD—as well as safe, non-toxic ingredients and production methods.
Hemp seed oil
The third category of products that show up under searches for ‘CBD oil for dogs’ on the Amazon marketplace is hemp oil.
Unlike the above, hemp oil or hemp seed oil is a legitimate product, but it’s not CBD. Hemp seed oil is pressed from the seeds on cannabis plants and is most commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, and various household and personal uses.
Your dog may appreciate hemp seed oil if they need a boost in Omega fatty acids. The oil is super-high in good fats and antioxidants, which can help improve joint and skin health. A study on human participants from the Journal of Dermatological treatments found that a diet regularly including hemp seed oil can reduce the dryness and itchiness associated with dermatitis.
Here’s our full article on the pros and cons of Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil for Dogs.
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.
CBD Oil For Dogs Amazon
Posted by Wellapet on Jul 19th 2020
Looking for CBD oil for dogs on Amazon? You may be disappointed with what you find. While there are plenty of quality hemp oil products on Amazon, it’s harder than you think to find genuine CBD products.
Here are some things that need to be considered if you want to buy CBD oil for your dog on Amazon.
Lack of CBD Products
You won’t find a shortage of hemp products for dogs, but there is a serious lack of CBD pet products on Amazon.
Why? Because technically, Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD products. Some of the hemp oil products do contain CBD, but it’s not advertised or listed in the product description. This means that it’s a crapshoot when buying CBD products. You may or may not get a product with CBD, and there’s no way to tell how much CBD and the quality of the CBD even if it does have it.
Are You Really Getting CBD?
One of the biggest concerns when buying CBD from Amazon is whether you’re actually getting a CBD product.
If you do a quick search for “CBD oil for dogs” on Amazon, you’ll get nearly 1,000 results. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that most don’t explicitly claim to have CBD. The majority of the products on Amazon are hemp oil, and hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD).
The stalks, flowers and leaves of the hemp plant are used to create CBD oil because these parts of the plant contain a higher concentration of cannabidiol. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any CBD.
The world of hemp oil and CBD oil can be confusing. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and read through the product description carefully.
Although not required, companies that offer true CBD products will typically list how much CBD the product contains in mg. Check the product label. If it doesn’t mention CBD anywhere, you can’t be sure that the oil actually contains any.
Wellapet clearly lists the CBD content of all treats, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Our Peanut Butter Oats treats contain 150 mg total CBD, with 5 mg in each treat. There’s no THC, and all of our treats are handmade. When you buy from Wellapet, you know exactly what you’re getting.
The Problem with Mixing Up CBD and Hemp Seed Oil
You know that hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any CBD, but many other consumers don’t know this information. They assume that all hemp oil contains CBD. To make things even more confusing, some hemp oil products on Amazon contain CBD, while others do not – and you have no way of knowing one way or the other.
Here’s the problem with this situation: Hemp seed oil won’t hurt your dog, but it won’t have the same effect that you want.
Hemp seed oil contains a wealth of beneficial ingredients, like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D and gamma-linolenic acid.
While these nutrients benefit dogs in many ways, they don’t necessarily have the same effects as CBD. Cannabidiol can support in:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Reducing seizures
- Alleviating nausea
- Reducing inflammation
- Alleviating pain
If you want to use CBD to help with your dog’s anxiety, hemp seed oil won’t have the same effect as a true CBD product. Ultimately, you’ll have wasted your money on a product that didn’t meet your expectations.
Where is the Hemp Sourced?
One important thing to consider when buying CBD oil for your dog is where the hemp is sourced.
In many cases, you can’t find this information on Amazon. Some sellers are openly transparent about the source of their hemp, but others don’t provide any information at all. Knowing where the hemp is grown and cultivated will give you an idea of its quality.
Wellapet sources its hemp from a cGMP-compliant farm in Colorado. Quality is our top priority, which is why we partner with a farm that uses organic farming practices.
How is the Hemp Grown?
When you buy hemp oil online, whether through Amazon or other retailers, it’s important to know how the plants are grown. It’s not always easy to find this information from Amazon sellers. If you don’t know how or where the hemp is grown, you can’t know the quality of the oil.
Our hemp is USDA Certified Organic, which means that no pesticides are used when growing the plants. To ensure purity and quality, our hemp is third-party tested during every step of production, from CBD extraction to the finished treat.
What about Lab Testing?
One surefire way to determine whether a product contains CBD and how much is to look at third-party lab tests. Lab tests will verify that the product does contain CBD, but they will also look at whether the product contains other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Lab test information probably won’t be available on Amazon mainly because sellers aren’t supposed to be offering CBD products on their website. It’s hard to find any information regarding quality and purity because sellers are not allowed to be transparent about the CBD in their products.
Wellapet takes quality and purity seriously. Third-party lab tests verify the CBD content of our treats, so you can be sure that your pup is getting the relief he needs. We perform tests at every stage of production to ensure that you receive the highest quality treats for your dog.
The problem with CBD oil for dogs on Amazon is that you just don’t know what you’re getting. All products are labeled as hemp oil. Some are strictly from hemp seed, which contain no CBD. If their products do contain cannabidiol, sellers cannot explicitly state that they do.
The CBD world is still murky, especially when it comes to major retailers that don’t want to deal with potential liability concerns.
If you want a genuine CBD product for your dog, it may be better to purchase from an independent retailer that can provide information on how much CBD is in each product, third-party testing, where the hemp is grown and how it is grown.