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Amazon Bans CBD in Germany?


Amazon logoAmazon has banned CBD products (cannabis compound) in Germany, according to Wortfilter. We’ve sent an inquiry to Amazon asking about the report.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant (marijuana), and you can find many products listed online marketed as containing or infused with CBD.

According to Wortfilter, Amazon began banning CBD products in Germany on March 1st with no notice to sellers. Editor Mark Steier decried the lack of notice, writing that a timely announcement would have helped alleviate the pain sellers are now going through.

In the US, the Drug Enforcement Administration “has long held that the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, cannabidiol, is a schedule I drug. That is, a drug that has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to Ars Technica.

Nevertheless, many online marketplaces have listings for CBD products. (Search Amazon.com, eBay, and Etsy for CBD oil.)

And while another US agency, the Food and Drug Administration, has sent warnings to makers of CBD products, “The FDA in no way issued a ban on any description on the sale of CBD oils,” but rather, has warned manufacturers that their products cannot be marketed or labeled as intended for use related to medical treatment, according to Snopes.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.