Entering CBD into Amazon’s search returns over 10,000 results. But many are for hemp gummies, hemp oil, or products infused with hemp oil. Elaine Kwon, a former Amazon manager and founder of e-commerce management firm Kwontified, told the Post that product listings will contain code words, like “full-spectrum hemp extract,” to alert savvy shoppers to what’s really inside. Kwon added her belief Amazon executives knows what’s going on with CBD sales on the site, and employ “half-measures” to project an air of serious oversight. They are making a lot of money off it.” In a statement, Amazon denied the claims.
“Amazon does not knowingly permit the sale of products it prohibits,” Amazon spokesman Patrick Graham said. “Bad actors who attempt to undermine our store do not reflect the flourishing community of honest entrepreneurs that make up the vast majority of our seller community,” he added. “We move swiftly to hold bad actors accountable by removing selling privileges, withholding funds, and pursuing civil and criminal penalties.” Amazon’s inability, or unwillingness, to regulate and manage these sales highlights the gray area CBD products exist in. Though 76% of Americans believe CBD falls under federal regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, that is not the case. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States, which many producers use to extract and manufacture CBD products. But the FDA has only approved of one CBD-infused product, Epidiolex, to treat rare forms of epilepsy. Otherwise the organization has dragged its feet on establishing clear rules and safety protocols as it relates to CBD.
Earlier this year, Ellipse Analytics tested the 250 top-selling CBD products in the country and detected THC levels in 45% of them. Furthermore, 21% CBD products boastings “THC-free” claims in fact had detectable levels of THC in the product. But most importantly, they are easy and fun to make. So here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own honey sticks. Here are the materials that you will need for this project: Honey : There are a lot of different types of honey that you can use. You can use any basic honey that you find on the shelf at your grocery store. Or you can find specialty honeys that are made primarily from one type of flower. Each different flower type gives a distinct flavor. Most areas with a lot of farm land will have bee keepers that will sell locally made honey. The process is a little easier if you can see the honey as your are filling the straws. Also a clear straw shows off the delicious honey inside. Candle : You need a heat source to seal the ends of the straw. I like to use a candle because it is stationary but you can also use a lighter. Needle Nose Pliers : You need a pair of pliers to pinch the straw and hold it shut while sealing the ends. The first thing that you need to do is cut the straws to the desired length. Keep in mind that you will lose about a centimeter on each side during the sealing process. Press the straw against the opening of the honey bottle and gently squeeze the honey into the straw. Add honey until it is about one inch from the opposite end.Then remove the honey bottle. Tilt the straw so that the honey to falls to the center of the tube. If you are not using honey from a squeeze bottle, you can insert the honey using a syringe or a funnel with a lot of patience. The end of the straw where the honey was added still has some honey residue so we want to seal the other end first. Take the needle nose pliers and pinch the clean end of the straw closed. You want to have about 1/8 inch (3mm) of straw sticking out past the pliers.
Now you want to carefully melt the plastic at the end of the straw to seal it. I recommend holding the end of the straw near the side of the flame (not above it). Once the tip is melted, move the straw away from the candle but continue holding it closed with the pliers. You need to wait for the plastic to completely re-solidify. After a few seconds the plastic will be cool and you will have an air tight seal. Step 6: Let the Straw Sit So That the Honey Can Settle to the Bottom. Before sealing the second end, you want to drain out any residual honey. Prop the straw up and let it sit for several minutes to allow the honey to fall to the bottom.
If there is any honey still in the end of the straw, it may start to bubble out. If this happens, you can wipe it off with a wet cloth.