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Selling CBD on Shopify

Starting on September 17th, merchants will be able to sell hemp or hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products on Shopify in select US states where permitted by state and local laws.

Laws surrounding hemp and CBD are quickly evolving, We Make Websites or Shopify cannot provide advice on where and when merchants can sell such products. Please see the FDA site for helpful guidance on the sale of hemp or CBD in the US.

So you’ve checked the local and state laws and the respective Shopify policies, what’s next?

Time to set up shop

Create a new CBD or hemp store on Shopify in minutes and even enjoy a 14-day free trial. Straight away you can leverage the power and features Shopify has to offer such as shipping profiles, third-party apps and built-in SEO. With Shopify’s renowned and transparent support, they’ll be with you every step of the way.

Review and submit the form

If you are a new or existing Shopify merchant, you must review and submit the ‘Attestation for the Sale of Hemp and Hemp-Derived Products’ form. The attestation outlines Shopify’s requirements for merchants selling hemp or CBD products in the US and by filling in the form merchants confirm they understand and will comply with those requirements. For more details on the form please see the requirements section in the FAQs.

Please note you must be signed in to your Shopify account to complete the form. If you are not in the US, the link will automatically redirect you to the Shopify Admin. This form must be completed in order to sell hemp or CBD products on Shopify.

Third-party gateways

Shopify Payments is not available to CBD merchants at this time, however, Shopify has partnered with a handful of third-party gateways, all of which are fully integrated with Shopify and support the sale of certain hemp and CBD products. You can register with any of these gateways using the application links below:

Authorize.net DigiPay eMerchant brokers

Understand your responsibilities

As with any product, it is the merchant's responsibility to follow state and local laws and the respective policies of Shopify, the app and partner ecosystem and any third party providers.

Support and resources

CBD Merchant FAQ Shopify Free Trial US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Shopify CBD Case Study Shopify Plus CBD Case Study

Watch this space for more announcements regarding the selling of CBD products on Shopify. This announcement currently only applies to certain states in the US. We will continuously update the blog as and when we have more information about selling CBD products in other countries.

For CBD e-commerce inspiration, check out our blog post here

Want to start your CBD business on Shopify Plus? Contact us to find out how we can help and start your Shopify free trial today

BY Josie Harness

Josie Harness is a Marketing Executive at We Make Websites. She has held various roles within the e-commerce industry, including Social Media Exec and Account Manager. She has both in-house and agency experience, and is responsible for running the monthly TMRW dinners for e-commerce founders. Her interests include travel, wine and scuba diving.

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