According to several trade industry blogs, co-founder of CBD product company Chilyoâ˘ LP Shedrack Anderson stated, âGoogle approached him to be part of a âtrial realmâ of companies that could purchase advertising on the site through its Google Ads portal.â
It was not clear, however, on what occasion Anderson made the statement, though apparently, at the time, he did not say when he had been approached by Google or if there were other CBD product vendors involved in the trial.
Online news portal MorningConsult.com, who broke the news, said also, âIn a statement, a Google spokesperson reiterated that CBD ads are prohibited on its platform, and denied the existence of a trial program.â
According to the websiteâs reports, Anderson went on to say Google has been testing ads with âsome restrictions,â including not being able to use the term âCBDâ in any advertising language. Google encouraged terms like âfull-spectrum hemp,â according to Anderson, who also stated the Chilyo website is being âmonitoredâ closely for âclick-throughs.â
Despite the booming market for CBD products, long-held regulatory policies in the United States still make advertising any cannabis-based products a risky proposition for social media platforms.
Currently under fire for a variety of concerns including consumer privacy, online piracy, free speech-related issues, and undue influence over global elections, social media and search platforms are not well positioned to take on more controversy. In a recent study projecting global CBD industry revenue of $2.3 billion by 2025, social media and search platforms must certainly be anxious for early access to leading companies and potentially deep-pocketed advertising budgets.
According to advertising portal RevOffers.com, âAdvertisers like Google and Facebook wonât feature ads for âdangerous productsâ on their platforms. This limits the digital marketing efforts of CBD companies to organic marketing.â Online retailer Amazon has dozens of listings for âhempâ infused products, including oils, topicals, and gummies.
None of the products available on Amazon, however, are labeled or promoted as containing CBD (aka cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient extracted from full-spectrum hemp and some strains of cannabis). Several are packaged with labeling that indicates the hemp oil used is âunrefinedâ or âpremium,â and used for pain relief, anxiety, and general wellness.
Typically, industrial hemp oil contains lower or trace amounts of essential cannabinoids and has many industrial uses. Hemp seeds have long been used in products like whole grain cereals, birdseed mixes, and other consumables. Hemp also is used in textilesâin fact, the United States is the largest importer of hemp products globally.
Legislation enacted by the 2018 Farm Act decriminalized hemp and hemp-based products but federal and state agencies have been slow to apply standards or guidelines for the hemp industry.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently called on the Food and Drug Administration to arrive at policies for âCBD as an additive in food, beverages, and dietary supplements.â The U.S. Department of Agriculture in mid-June also issued a memorandum allowing interstate transport of hemp.