There are tons of CBD and Hemp stores using Shopify to sell their products but I’m constantly seeing Facebook groups flood up with entrepreneurs getting the ban hammer quicker than their store starts to grow. I’ll show you how to sell CBD oil via Shopify.
Can I Sell CBD Oil On Shopify?
The main problem is not Shopify, it’s your payment processor.
Shopify do care about where your business is based and if the state is legal to buy said product. You also should ensure your terms and conditions state the delivery states where the products are legal. Failure to do so will guarantee closure of your store.
By default Shopify uses their own payment merchant called Shopify payments but this is actually underwritten by Stripe in disguise. Unfortunately Stripe doesn’t agree with processing CBD oil products and you’ll quickly get an email from their investigations team if you start to use them.
Shopify recently confirmed this on their community forums.
If you have any concerns about your CBD ingredients then you’ll need to send Shopify an email. It’s likely you’ll get a denied email back.
After reading through Shopify’s terms and conditions, there is no restriction on the listing of CBD or Hemp products.
Shopify is simply a web portal and without a payment processor it could simply be a standard HTML website.
On December 20th 2018, Hemp was officially removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and is deemed an agricultural commodity and can no longer be mistaken for a controlled substance such as marijuana.
The CSA has stated this should relax the rules put in place by regulated institutions such as banks, merchant services, credit companies, e-commerce sites and platforms to allow for hemp to be actively promoted and sold online.
As of the time of this article, there appears to be no movement from Shopify or Stripe, yet anyway.
How To Sell CBD Oil via Shopify Store
As outlined the problem with Shopify is their payment provider Stripe. Now there are other alternatives available to you.
One of the biggest processors of hemp and CBD products is called Banc Certified Merchant Services (BCMS)
Another is called Leap Payments.
Both offer higher than normal fees but what other alternative do you have?
Instabill and Payment Cloud both offer services too.