Can I Purchase CBD Oil Online?

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​In an age where online shopping is easier and more convenient than ever, plenty of us rely on the internet to shop for everything from clothing to groceries to medicine. And many people are asking: can I purchase CBD oil online, too?

The short answer is yes; you can purchase CBD oil online. In the United States, it’s legal to buy CBD online no matter what state you’re in, as long as the CBD contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical in cannabis that makes you high. THC is not legal in some states. While buying CBD online might be quick and convenient, it’s important not to rush into it. Before you start browsing, here are some things to pay attention to.

The benefits of buying CBD online

There are many reasons why people prefer buying CBD online. First, it’s convenient. This is the reason we all shop online, right? It’s often far less time-consuming to browse and choose a product from the comfort of your own home, and then wait for it to be delivered to you. Voila! 

You get time to compare products. Buying CBD online also gives you the time to research CBD oils and compare different CBD products. Some CBD products are overpriced, some are of poor quality, and some are both. Taking time to compare products will help you find the most value-for-money, high-quality oil that suits you. 

You can take a look at the lab report online. If you’re browsing CBD in a brick-and-mortar store, you might feel the need to buy a product then and there without researching the quality of the oil. Every CBD company should have their products tested by an independent lab. This third-party lab report should be on their website, or you should be able to request a copy via email. While you can always look it up while in a store, it’s easier to parse through the report in front of your laptop at home. Our reports are right here, by the way!

You might get added extras. Some online stores run specials that you don’t see in brick-and-mortar stores, such as free gifts and subscription services. 

All this said, you might prefer to go into a shop to buy CBD if you want to speak to a sales assistant or another expert. Cannabis stores and dispensaries often have knowledgeable salespeople who can help you decide which CBD product is best for you.

Can I buy CBD oil on Amazon?

​No. According to Amazon’s Terms of Use, you aren’t allowed to sell CBD on Amazon, even if you live in a state where CBD is legal. However, if you search for “CBD oil,” hemp products come up. Often, “hemp” and “CBD” are used interchangeably with search engines. Let us clear the confusion.

Is Hempseed Oil the same as CBD?

Hempseed oil isn’t the same as CBD oil or hemp oil. CBD oil and hemp oil both come from the hemp plant itself and contain an average of at least 12%-18% CBD. Hempseed oil comes from, well, the seed, and contains no more than trace amounts of CBD. If a product contains CBD, it will usually be listed as cannabidiol, hemp oil, full-spectrum hemp, phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) or PCR hemp extracts.

If you’re new to CBD, you might make the mistake of buying hempseed oil online, thinking it’s CBD. While Hempseed oil has some alleged benefits, it does not have the same benefits as CBD or hemp oil.

Some companies do still sell CBD (or supplements they claim to contain CBD) on Amazon. While it’s technically against Amazon’s rules, many merchants end up breaking these rules. As Amazon isn’t a single seller, but a platform for countless merchants, it can’t guarantee the quality of the products. This means that many sellers sell sub-par CBD and face no consequences for it.

It’s not just Amazon - many other online marketplaces have the same issues. This brings us to our next question: if not Amazon, where should I buy CBD online?

Where can I buy CBD oil online?

Online health shops might stock CBD, but one of the best places to buy CBD online is on the brand’s website itself. It’s helpful because, once you find a brand you trust, all their products will be in one place. Many CBD brands don’t just make oils nowadays: CBD products can come in the form of topicals, gummies, capsules, edibles, beverages, beauty products, and more. If you try one of their products and like it, you could try another product of theirs. Experiment with different products until you find what works for you. If you’re on the brand website, it’s also easier to look for their lab report to verify the quality of the CBD products. Many brands also offer bonuses like discounts, free delivery, and added extras. You can also contact them directly if you have any questions or issues with the products. Some offer free gifts and discounts for frequent buyers.

What to look out for when buying CBD oil online

You know all about the importance of buying high-quality, lab-tested CBD oil - but when making a purchase online, there are a few other things you need to look out for. 
  • Does the brand have a brick and mortar store? Add extra value if the brand has a brick and mortar store. Being able to shop in a physical location not only adds value to the brand, but let’s you know they believe in their products.
  • A secure payment method. You don’t want to get duped by a fake online store, so check the legitimacy of their payment method.
  • Reasonable delivery terms. Is shipping free or at least affordable? How long do you have to wait for your products to arrive? Consider this before checking out. 
  • Return and guarantees. What if you’re not happy with your products? Some companies offer a return policy. Here at Thryv Organics, we offer a money-back guarantee - if you’re not satisfied with our products, you’re welcome to send it back.
  • Online reviews. Of course, reviews can sometimes be biased and fake, but it’s a good idea to take a look at what their regular customers are saying about them.
Whether you buy CBD products online or in a brick-and-mortar store, it’s important to buy high-quality products. Look out for products that are tested by an independent lab, and avoid low-quality, untested CBD. Remember that your health is your wealth, so it’s worth taking your time to research before making a purchase.

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