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Amazon Bans CBD Sales, But Here’s How You Can Buy It On The Platform

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Amazon has a strange relationship with cannabis. For instance, the company bans the sale of products containing hemp, THC, or CBD within their marketplace, according to its drug policy issued to sellers. But black market retailers could buy many of the materials necessary to produce illicit vaping products, including cartridges and Dank Vape brand packaging, on the shopping platform.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, Amazon quietly pulled many of these products from their listing following the national vaping crisis. In addition, a Washington Post investigation reported that it’s relatively easy to acquire CBD products on Amazon. From a sample of 13 suspected products the Post purchased, 11 tested positive for CBD. Another product showed small traces for THC. None of these products, however, state there is CBD in their product listings. That’s to get around Amazon’s aforementioned drug policy. “Listings for products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are prohibited,” the policy reads.

Entering CBD into Amazon’s search returns over 10,000 results. Some products are books full of CBD information. But many are for hemp gummies, hemp oil, or products infused with hemp oil. Elaine Kwon, a former Amazon manager and founder of e-commerce management firm Kwontified, told the Post that product listings will contain code words, like “full-spectrum hemp extract,” to alert savvy shoppers to what’s really inside.

“It’s done with a wink-and-a-nod,” Kwon said. Kwon added her belief Amazon executives knows what’s going on with CBD sales on the site, and employ “half-measures” to project an air of serious oversight. “They do know it’s happening,” Kwon said. “It’s a good revenue driver. They are making a lot of money off it.”

In a statement, Amazon denied the claims.

“Amazon does not knowingly permit the sale of products it prohibits,” Amazon spokesman Patrick Graham said.

“Bad actors who attempt to undermine our store do not reflect the flourishing community of honest entrepreneurs that make up the vast majority of our seller community,” he added. “We move swiftly to hold bad actors accountable by removing selling privileges, withholding funds, and pursuing civil and criminal penalties.”

Amazon’s inability, or unwillingness, to regulate and manage these sales highlights the gray area CBD products exist in. Though 76% of Americans believe CBD falls under federal regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, that is not the case. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States, which many producers use to extract and manufacture CBD products. But the FDA has only approved of one CBD-infused product, Epidiolex, to treat rare forms of epilepsy. Otherwise the organization has dragged its feet on establishing clear rules and safety protocols as it relates to CBD.

Earlier this year, Ellipse Analytics tested the 250 top-selling CBD products in the country and detected THC levels in 45% of them. Furthermore, 21% CBD products boastings “THC-free” claims in fact had detectable levels of THC in the product.

Amazon bans the sale of products containing hemp, THC, or CBD within their marketplace, according to its policy issued to sellers. It isn't working…

COOL WEED GADGETS YOU CAN BUY ON AMAZON

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Let’s take a load off with these awesome grinders, pipes, smoking accessories and a variety of other cool weed stuff you can buy on Amazon.

SMART GRINDER ROLLING MACHINE

ROBOTS! They’re coming. Not much we can do about it. So why not have them roll us some joints??

Meet OTTO, the first ever all-in-one smart electric grinder and rolling machine.

Touch a button and OTTO grinds and packs a perfect cone in mere seconds. Just don’t make it angry, that’s when the laser cannon boots up and zaps your neighborhood into a barren wasteland dystopia (but honestly even if that happens, you’ll be puffin on the perfect robojoint, so it’s totally chill).

SMELLPROOF BACKPACK

If you find yourself on-the-go with the stinkiest of the stankiest sticky icky (or any other smelly cargo, for that matter), you gotta check out this 100% smellproof backpack from Skunk Bags.

That’s right, 100% smellproof power is comin right atcha courtesy of the high tech fabrics and linings incorporated into this awesome, modern backpack for smokers, complete with a combination lock to keep the zippers shut and prying eyes (and noses) out.

Be the talk of the town, not the smell of it…grab this smellproof backpack from Skunk Bags on Amazon!

FILTERED ONE-HITTER

This is the SilverStick, a metal one-hitter with a filter! That’s right, the SilverStick unscrews to accommodate a replaceable filter in the middle.

The filters are made of biodegradable unrefined cotton and do a few things to take your one-hitter game up a notch: they soften your inhale by diffusing the smoke; they prevent you from inhaling surprise embers; and perhaps most importantly, they filter out a ton of tar and gunk you’d be smoking from an unfiltered pipe. Think of how exciting it’ll be to take the used filter out and see all that schmutz you didn’t inhale!

So yeah, the filter is dope. But also, this simple, sleek, beautiful metal one-hitter (which is really more of a four-hitter) feels great in your hand, and looks even better. And talk about a great gift wowie zowie!

GOLD ROLLING PAPERS

SOLID GOLD ROLLING PAPERS , BOIIEEEE!! That’s right, 24k gold rolling papers . When you’re passing a solid gold spliff, everyone will be like daaaaammmnn . And you’ll be like, yeah, I read about these on WEEDGADGETS (you don’t have to say that, but it would be nice). Regular paper will seem totally dumb after you smoke yaself some gold. Go for the gold, baby!

Cool weed gear and smoking accessories you can buy on Amazon!