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One of our editors tried a bunch of non-psychoactive CBD products to help control her anxiety levels.
The first time I ever heard about CBD oil was on a podcast. Then I saw it on a drink menu. Soon it showed up on my favorite website, and as an add-on at my favorite matcha place. It reached the hands of my favorite Instagram influencers, and appeared as a new ingredient in my beauty products. So what is CBD, exactly?
It’s advertised as a miracle oil derived from hemp. When applied topically it’s meant to relieve pain. When you vape it, eat it, drink it, or droplet it into your mouth, it reportedly can help treat epileptic seizures, manage anxiety, chill you out or aid in going to sleep. Unlike marijuana, CBD doesn’t get you high. Some swear by its effects, but recently, there has been pushback against it. Some people have even called it “snake oil.” So does it actually work? I had to try.
First things first, I live in Los Angeles. The CBD trend hit both New York and LA, hard. It’s fairly easy to get your hands on CBD oil here — whether you’re popping into Moon Juice, Whole Foods, or even Urban Outfitters. Plus, this is 2019. You can order almost anything online.
Secondly, I have terrible anxiety. I think it is one of my defining characteristics (unfortunately). I am prone to anxiety attacks and I do take a prescribed medication when they become overwhelming. However, I tend to vibrate with nerves most of the time anyway (fun!). I have been trying to combat them with yoga and therapy, but taking an oil every day sounds like a faster fix (or a potential disaster), and at this point in my life I am game for anything!
Lastly, I don’t burn, bro. I don’t 420 blaze it. I’m high on life, baby! No judgement to anyone at all, I just don’t smoke weed. So I would like to reiterate, although CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, it is non-psychoactive and cannot get you high. I repeat, it is not THC. It will not get you high. Dad, are you listening?
I decided to start with Charlotte’s Web, the CBD oil brand I had heard about first on that podcast. I looked them up online and was absolutely shook by the prices of their tinctures. The most expensive one retails for $275 and the cheapest that I could find was $99 (Now they offer a $39.99 option, but they didn’t at the time). So, that’s one thing about most reputable CBD tinctures, they’re not cheap. Luckily, the next day I happened to be shopping at Bristol Farms (a California-based supermarket) and found some on sale for $60.
The brand offers various dosages, so as a first-timer I started with the lowest offered, which is their “Full Strength CDB Oil.” The bottle offers 6.65 milligrams of CBD per milliliter. The flavor was olive oil (although they do offer a Mint Chocolate version online).
I had high hopes, but reader, I could not get past the taste. I am very sensitive to flavors, which is great for some things (like taste-testing Pringles) and bad for others I suppose. I could have tried mint, but honestly, I hate artificial mint flavoring. I abandoned this one after a few days despite the brand’s suggestion that I could put it in something like a smoothie, coffee or yogurt.
Also, I didn’t feel like it was doing anything to me! I had read that consistency is key, but I wanted to be consistent with something that didn’t make me gag when I smelled it — which honestly made me feel more anxious! Apparently, this product has worked for a lot of people. Great news for them! But it’s not for me.
While on my quest to find something tasty that I could take daily, I stopped by Moon Juice — which offers juices as well as coffees and matchas with adaptogenic “dusts.” My local shop offers CBD as a beverage add-in. The brand is still Charlotte’s Web, but they only offer the highest dosage.
I decided “what the heck” and ordered a CBD-infused iced matcha, hoping the flavor of the tea would conceal the olive oil taste. And it did! Not only was the drink tasty as always (I love Moon Juice and am not being paid to say this) but it made this warm feeling spread through my body like a non-sleepy calm, and this was only a single dose. But I wondered if it might just be a placebo effect. Was I just imagining this? Or had something changed?
After some light Googling, I found that the original dosage I had been taking wasn’t high enough. Apparently, the right dosage for your body is a total Goldilocks situation. You may have to try out a few different amounts before you get it just right. I wasn’t imagining things. The higher dosage actually helped.
Soon after, I was able to try a CBD oil tincture from another brand. Our editor-in-chief suggested I try Hawaiian Choice CBD oil, which she’d heard about through a former colleague in Hawaii whose husband launched the company. Their products come in a spray bottle. Each spray delivers 10 milligrams, and the company advises users take one to three sprays and hold it under their tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. The bottle is expensive — $99, but it’s also flavored with passionfruit, pineapple, noni (a Polynesian fruit), and Big Island honey. Plus, it has a higher dosage than the first Charlotte’s Web product that I tried.
The particular tincture I tried is labeled “Active,” and the bottle says it’s meant to help with exercise and appetite control. It did nothing for my appetite (nor did I want it to) but the flavor situation here is a game changer. It tastes like candy. It also seemed to impact my anxiety levels in a major way. It worked!
More Whole Foods stores to carry topical CBD products
This month, Whole Foods Market is expanding its distribution of topical cannabidiol (CBD) products to another 13 states.
Whole Foods said yesterday that, with the rollout, it will have topical CBD products available at 359 stores in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The Austin-based specialty grocer operates 483 U.S. stores overall.
New states where Whole Foods stores sell topical CBD items include Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
“Our shoppers have expressed a growing interest in CBD products,” according to Jennifer Coleman, global senior category merchant at Whole Foods.
Whole Foods said it’s also adding exclusive CBD bath items from Pacha Soap Co. (left), including CBD Mineral Soak, CBD Whipped Soap, CBD Bar Soap and CBD Froth Bombs. The retailer noted that the new CBD products meet its body care quality standards, which ban parabens, phthalates, triclosan and more than 100 other questionable ingredients used in conventional body care products. (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods.)
From Oct. 4 to 6, Whole Foods plans to offer beauty and body care products – including topical CBD and the new Pacha Soap Co. bath items – at 25% off as part of the chain’s fall Beauty, Bath and Body Care Sale. Prime members get an extra 10% off the discounted price.
“We’re thrilled to roll out topical CBD products in even more stores and to share new, exclusive items from our longstanding supplier partner Pacha Soap Co.,” Coleman commented.
Other states where Whole Foods stores carry topical CBD products include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.
Late last year, the federal government changed its classification of cannabis with the enactment of the Farm Bill. The legislation removed hemp from the Federal Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana. That meant hemp was no longer a controlled substance under federal law, even though marijuana remains a Schedule I drug.
Under current federal law, CBD and THC can’t be added to a food or marketed as a dietary supplement. The Food and Drug Administration maintains regulatory oversight of food, cosmetics, drugs and other products within its jurisdiction that have CBD, THC or the cannabis plant as an additive.
The CBD product market’s potential, however, has drawn the interest of retailers large and small, though many remain uncertain about the regulatory framework regarding the sale and labeling of hemp-containing products, even as various CBD offerings make their way into stores.
According to a study by CPG sales and marketing firm Acosta, 28% of consumers use CBD products on an as-needed or daily basis. CBD product sales to consumers are projected to reach $20 billion by 2024, Acosta said in its “The CBD Effect: A Rapidly Emerging Consumer Trend” released last week.
CBD Oil on Amazon and at Whole Foods
From Halloween costumes to hemp oil, you can buy just about everything online. However, the question is. should you buy CBD oil on Amazon? When it comes to food, health, and other wellness products that you put into your body, is a mass retailer like Amazon or Whole Foods the right place to turn? Here are all the details you need to know about buying CBD oil and hemp oil on Amazon and at Whole Foods.
Buying CBD Oil at Whole Foods and on Amazon
Buying CBD oil at Whole Foods or on Amazon may be appealing because they are familiar stores where you already shop. However, Whole Foods and Amazon do not currently sell CBD oil. In addition, they are not CBD oil specialists so they may not be the best place to shop even if they did sell CBD oil. Keep reading to learn more!
Are You Looking to Buy Hemp Oil on Amazon or Hemp-Derived CBD Oil on Amazon?
Labels can be tricky. The first thing you should be clear of is the difference between hemp oil and hemp-derived CBD oil. Many people looking to purchase CBD oil for the potential health promoting effects of this hemp-derived compound accidentally buy hemp oil on Amazon.
Hemp oil, which may be great for cooking and cosmetic purposes, does not provide the health benefits of CBD. Amazon also sells hemp extract oil, which refers to any oil product that specifically contains hemp extract. While hemp extract oil can contain cannabinoids like CBD, not all of them do. So, if you are looking for help with a particular health issue, your results are not guaranteed if you shop on Amazon.
You can buy hemp oil on Amazon but
you cannot buy hemp-derived CBD oil on Amazon.
Although these variations of hemp may seem confusing, ultimately, if you are looking for the health benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil on Amazon, you are out of luck. As of January 2019, you cannot buy any type of CBD oil on Amazon.
Amazon’s policy has not yet caught up with federal regulation that removes hemp and hemp-derived products including hemp-derived CBD oil from the Schedule 1 drug list.
CBD Oil on Amazon vs. CBD Oil on Anavii Market
Let’s analyze Amazon’s top two products when you search for “cbd oil” on their site. This is what comes up:
Wow – there are so many red flags here! Let’s go through some of them:
- Price: CBD oil for under $15? A two pack for $25? Nope – what you’re actually buying is hemp oil. Real, trusted CBD oil brands are much more expensive. Why? Because they make their products in small batches, use eco-friendly extraction methods, source American hemp, and conduct lab tests. Even though you searched “cbd oil” on Amazon – this stuff above has ZERO CBD in it!
- Labels: Looking kind of promising, right? The labels here use the words “premium”, “hemp”, and even “doctor” – but it’s not real CBD. This fake CBD oil on Amazon is using keywords to deceive you into thinking it’s a reputable CBD product. Some reputable keywords to look out for? “Pure cannabinoil” or “cannabinoids” – these are the science-y words that signal real CBD.
- Concentration: Wow, 25,000mg is in that first one? Despite typing “cbd oil” in the search bar, don’t be fooled – real CBD comes in concentrations typically ranging from 50mg to 3000mg.
- Lab Reports: Um, where are they? Also known as Certificates of Analysis, lab reports provide complete transparency regarding the product’s ingredients. And they’re nowhere to be found here. If you can’t access the lab report for a CBD product, odds are it’s not real CBD.
Now, let’s compare one of Anavii Market’s top selling CBD oil products, Ananda Hemp Full Spectrum CBD, with the fake CBD oil on Amazon:
- Price: $47.95 for 300mg? Much better. Why is it cheaper than the CBD oil on Amazon? This tincture uses hemp sourced from Kentucky, uses ethanol as its extraction method, and is third-party verified!
- Label: Some key phrases that signal real CBD? “Full Spectrum” and “Active Cannabinoids”.
- Concentration: Rather than the fake CBD oil on Amazon, this concentration is an appropriate amount – 300mg!
- Lab Report: If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see that this product has an ingredient listing, cannabinoid table, and is third-party verified! Here’s a snapshot:
Ultimately, the fake CBD oil on Amazon is out to trick you, so make sure you take the correct precautions to not get fooled! Real, natural wellness is not necessarily a two day shipping promise!
Can I Buy CBD oil at Whole Foods Market?
Amazon entered the retail grocery space by acquiring Whole Foods Market in 2017. Since then, Whole Foods Markets across the country have been slowly changing and their products are being incorporated into Amazon’s online grocery offerings. While you can find plenty of hemp-based products in the cosmetic, grocery, and wellness departments at Whole Foods, like their parent-company Amazon, Whole Foods still does not sell hemp-derived CBD oil.
If I Can’t Buy CBD Oil on Amazon or Whole Foods, Where Should I Shop?
While not being able to buy CBD oil on Amazon may seem inconvenient, we think it works in your favor. You can now shop with small, specialty retailers like us – Anavii Market!
We know your time and resources are valuable, which is where we can help. We have deep knowledge of the industry and products, and are personally dedicated to finding and selling only the highest quality hemp-derived CBD oil products. Our founders Annie Rouse and Jason Amatucci have worked in the hemp industry for over a decade. They actively write legislation, consult with manufacturers, and educate the general public on the benefits of hemp for public health and the economy.
We want to share that knowledge with you so that you can be empowered to make the best decision possible. With over 20 years of hemp and CBD experience, Anavii Market can answer any of your questions and help you select the right product for your needs. We don’t think a customer service representative at Amazon can do that 😉
You may not be able to buy CBD oil on Amazon, but now you get to shop small, directly support the hemp industry, and have a hands-on buying experience.
The Future of Buying CBD Oil on Amazon or Whole Foods
Like most large businesses, it will likely take months, maybe years, before you will be able to buy CBD oil on Amazon or at Whole Foods. Big companies like Amazon are typically slow to change their policies.
In addition, big businesses work best when they can scale operations. With niche products like hemp-derived CBD oil, it is important to ensure products are third-party tested in order to verify their contents. Small businesses sell less products so can more easily perform these tests with care. Small businesses are also more nimble and can more quickly adapt to any new developments in testing, as well as adding new products to the shelves.
Verification and batch testing requirements are a vital piece to consider before buying CBD oil on Amazon. Currently, Amazon does not require any companies selling hemp products to abide by streamlined standards, testing, or verification. On the other hand, specialty retailers like us at Anavii Market verify every hemp extract and CBD oil product on our website, and only offer premium hemp-derived CBD oil. The brands we partner with all must undergo verification with independent laboratory testing to ensure that you are getting a both legal and quality CBD.
While living in the age of Amazon and Whole Foods can be convenient, shopping small is your best bet for health-related products like hemp-derived CBD Oil.
Looking for Quality CBD Products? Contact Anavii Market Today!
We hope this article helped you understand why shopping for CBD oil on Amazon and at Whole Foods Market may not be the most reliable path. If you have any questions, which most do, we’re here for you! We’re happy to discuss any of your CBD questions more in depth so feel free to contact us!.
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