Tech Giants Refusing To Run CBD Advertisements

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Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, and Google Refusing CBD Ads

As the CBD oil craze makes it across the country, Silicone Valley & Technology companies are refusing service to CBD distributors & suppliers. In a developing story, our connections on social media, & in the CBD community where we live, are complaining about getting denied service by some of the largest technology companies.

From social media to e-commerce platforms, tech giants like Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, and Google are all refusing ad service to CBD distributors and suppliers. Many of these companies control the rights to the largest e-commerce platforms and the largest online advertising platforms in the world. Any good marketing plan includes using 2 of these platforms, and if you’re selling products online, you’ll use all 4.

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According to Statista, who compiles statistics on digital marketing, estimates that in 2017, 90% of businesses were using social media to market their businesses, with that number rising to 94% when just advertising B2C. Case in point being, social advertising works, and without these platforms to advertise on, CBD stores are struggling to get the word out about their stores and products.

Outdated Policies

In our research of the topic we found a couple of advertising policies, and articles related to the matter, however, everything was before the 2018 Farm Bill was passed by Congress, making CBD oil legal federally. Even still, companies like Google still have CBD listed on its Unapproved Pharmaceuticals & Supplements List

After looking at some of the advertising policies of the technology giants, we did some searches on the platforms for CBD oil. While we couldn’t find any products with CBD oil, using the search feature would redirect us to Hemp Oil products. Hemp oil has zero cannabidiol & zero THC, and it is extracted from the seeds of the plant versus the stalks of the plant. Plants used to produce CBD oil are often engineered to yield higher CBD content as well.

Rules & Regulations Slow To Develop

It seems as if the companies are splitting hairs over cannabis products, but we also realize that they operate in all 50 states and multiple countries around the world. With some states fighting the 2018 Farm Bill’s legalization of hemp & CBD oil, we speculate that these technology companies are being over cautious in trying to adhere to multiple advertising & marketing laws related to supplements and medication. There is also the concern over age restrictions on the products.

Another reason that could be playing into the technology giants decision is the SAFE Banking Act that’s been introduced in Congress, and what kind of new restrictions or regulations are going to be in it. Companies may be skeptical in Congress’ ability to act, and/or some kind of rule or regulation that Congress will enact retro-actively, possibly penalizing a company for not taking caution when advertising CBD products.

Nonetheless, advertising & marketing for CBD stores & CBD product manufacturers has become a pain. Hopefully Congress & technology firms will come to a conclusion on the matter sooner, rather than later. In a world addicted to social media & online shopping, sellers of CBD oil will have to wait on their turn to get into the marketplace.

For now, we’ll continue to promote CBD oil & cannabis, and continue to support the local CBD shops in our area, we hope you will do the same. Stay tuned to Disciple 420 for more breaking news on this story, and other stories related to cannabis and CBD oil products. Thanks for reading, and check out our latest posts from Disciple 420.


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