Why you couldn’t buy CBD on Amazon until Jan 2019

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Update as of January 2019: When the 2019 Farm Bill passed in December 2018, it, among other things, legalized hemp products with less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Shortly after, Amazon begin carrying a multitude of different CBD products from many different brands. However, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the myriad of options, especially with Amazon’s fake review epidemic. We here at Halso have taken it upon ourselves to curate a an online CBD shop from premium and trusted brands.

For more information on the progress of CBD from the DEA, FDA, and WHO, feel free to read below.

Drug Enforcement Agency

If you look at the Drug Enforcement Agency website, CBD is lumped in with marijuana and is classified as a schedule one drug, which is the most dangerous classification a drug can get. Yes, that’s right – it’s up there with LSD and heroin. ????

A screenshot of the DEA website, highlighting that marijuana (CBD) is classified as a schedule one drug
Screenshot taken Oct. 4, 2018

And a big company like Amazon needs to use big banks; banks that are regulated by the federal government. So, if Amazon started selling a scheduled 1 drug, the federal government would have no choice but to come down on them.

Federal Drug Administration

Notably, this is the situation we are in despite the FDA approving a CBD drug for children earlier this summer and even writing a letter to the DEA informing them of the innocuous nature of CBD. It’s true! You can read the actual memo here, but key takeaways are below:

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  • “There is little indication that CBD has abuse potential or presents a significant risk to the public health.”
  • “No evidence for a classic drug withdrawal syndrome for CBD, and no evidence that CBD causes physical or psychic dependence.”
  • “CBD does not appear to have abuse potential under the CSA.”
  • “There is no signal for the development of substance use disorder in individuals consuming CBD-containing products.”
  • “It is unlikely that CBD would act as an immediate precursor to THC for abuse purposes.”

World Health Organization

Oh, and did we mention that the World Health Organization also recommended that CBD be de-scheduled, meaning legalized? You bet! You can read that memo here, and key takeaways for this one include:

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  • “There are no case reports of abuse or dependence relating to the use of pure CBD.”
  • “No public health problems have been associated with CBD use.”
  •  “CBD has been found to be generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
  •  “There is no evidence that CBD is liable to similar abuse and similar ill-effects as substances…such as cannabis or THC.”

So, let’s bring this full circle. If you can’t purchase CBD on Amazon, how then are all these other companies able to sell CBD products?

I’m glad you asked! : )

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It is our stance and the stance of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable organization that the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program exempted hemp-derived CBD from the Controlled Substances Act. The passing of this Bill opened up a small door for the CBD industry to operate and that is why you are starting to see CBD products sprouting up (pun intended). In the meantime, you can check out the latest and greatest at our shop from the best brands. Your support enables us to continue building the most trusted marketplace for CBD products. If you have any questions, you can email, call, or text us.