Hemp Merchant Services

Hemp Merchant Services
Kolby Nielson
January 06, 2023

Hemp merchant services are payment processing solutions for businesses who sell hemp-related products. These types of companies rely on h igh risk payment processors to accept credit card payments. Both online stores and retail locations have certain regulations that need to be followed in order to obtain merchant account solutions.

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Who Is Considered A Hemp-Related Merchant?

Hemp products include any items that are derived from or associated with the hemp plant – cannabis sativa or cannabis indica . Below you can see a list of the main types of business that sell products and services in this industry:

  • CBD Shops – CBD merchants sell products with cannabidiol. This is derived from the hemp plant much like THC, however, CBD became federally legal in 2018. Users purport that the effects of CBD are much more mild and calming, thereby creating less of a legal problem when it comes to distributing goods for consumption.
  • Hemp Clothing – Hemp can also be used for its fibers which can weave together to form any kind of textile good. Blankets, shoes, shirts, hats, and more can all be derived from hemp. These items are lower risk than their consumable counterparts.
  • Marijuana – Marijuana is certainly on the list of hemp-related products, and is perhaps the most recognized. This product however is still illegal in many states, and only allowed with a doctor’s note in others where it’s considered legalized.
  • Topical CBD – Topical items such as lotions, creams, and sal es are spread on your skin and absorbed. They may be pain relieving creams or other types of claim-driven agents. In any case, be sure not to overstate the intended results.

New Changes For Hemp Merchants

Hemp merchants have seen many advances over the years. From the 2018 Farm Bill to increased state freedom for the sale of CBD and other products. These changes have increased business growth and paved the way for vast changes in internet marketing.

In the past, it was difficult for hemp merchants to obtain payment processing , but with advances in legal culture many businesses are opening their doors to new opportunities in the field. Google recently updated their policy to allow certain ads on their search platform. As a result, online merchants have an increased opportunity to reach new audiences.

Online Hemp and Cannabidiol Business

The Google change in hemp searching gives small shops the opportunity to advertise locally and beyond. This means many small businesses that sell CBD will be reaching out to high risk processors in order to take the next step in accepting payments and growing their business.

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Kolby Nielson is a dedicated sales representative at Zen Payments, specializing in approving merchants and assisting businesses in their payment processing needs. His expertise and commitment have made him a trusted partner for countless businesses, ensuring smooth and efficient payment solutions.

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