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Describing drugs and drug-like substances policy
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Policy overview

We don't allow sellers to describe legal substances, such as plants and herbs, in a way that suggests using them, such as by ingesting, inhaling or extracting compounds from them, will provide similar effects to illegal drugs.

Sellers also can't claim any health benefits from legal substances for which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved them.

Make sure your listing follows our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted.

What are the guidelines?

You can list herbal products as long as you follow these guidelines for how you're allowed to describe them.



  • Calling an herbal product by its common name without its scientific name (such as milk thistle for silybum marianum)

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Implying or suggesting that an herbal product is a substitute for marijuana

  • Claiming or suggesting that muscle-building supplements have the same effect as steroids

  • Claiming that an herbal product or medication will produce the same results or have the same effect as a prescription or controlled drug

  • Claiming that stamina products work like Viagra or other erectile dysfunction medications

  • Making a claim that an item can cure an ailment or a disease when the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved such claims

  • Including language that suggests a product will provide a "legal high"

Why does eBay have this policy?

We urge our buyers and sellers to follow all government regulations. Some promotional claims related to drugs and drug-like substances are prohibited by law and sales of these items may cause harm to eBay or its members. For these reasons, we don't allow sellers to list items with these claims on eBay.

Contact Customer Support
You can contact Customer Support to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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