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Washington Post Covers for Amazon’s Supplement Fraud

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Amazon.com does not permit the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products, hence there are no reputable companies selling CBD on the site
  • While Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD, it sells ad space for CBD and allows merchants to tag products as “CBD” so that customers can find them when searching for CBD products
  • Amazon defrauds customers in more ways than one, as testing reveals some products contain CBD, even though CBD is not listed on the label, while other products listed as “CBD” contain none
  • By selling ads for CBD, controlling search results for CBD and not properly policing its marketplace, Amazon is willfully funneling consumers toward products of questionable quality and safety
  • While hemp has been legalized, CBD is under the regulatory authority of the FDA, which views CBD as a drug. As such, all CBD supplements are considered “unapproved drugs”

Amazon.com — which controlled 43.5% of all U.S. e-commerce as of 2017 and handles more consumer searches than Google — sells cannabidiol (CBD) products on its site, despite having a policy that prohibits CBD sales.

In my October 30, 2019, article “Why You Should Never Buy CBD Oil From Amazon,” I explained how Amazon is defrauding customers by preventing genuine high-quality CBD products from being sold on its site on the one hand, while promoting and selling products that claim to contain CBD but don’t on the other.


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