Did you know that fake CBD still exists? It’s hard to believe, but with FDA guidelines missing, there are still some fake CBD products floating around. In states where hemp and cannabis products are legal, testing requirements are in place – at least for the legally operating companies. In other parts of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working on approving laws that some states have submitted.
The states’ laws have to be approved by the USDA before the states can implement them. The FDA still hasn’t issued standardized regulations for the entire country to abide by yet. The industry may be waiting a little while for that.
In the meantime, at Canna Trading Co., we believe that is important to provide you with the necessary tools to purchase safe, clean and pure CBD products. We’re also going to help you understand how to spot fake CBD by checking a few minor details. It’s a lot easier than you think, and as a CBD user, you really can’t be too careful.
Below are a few things to look for to help you spot fake CBD easily.
Term Used on Labels
You might notice that some CBD products will be labeled hemp oil. Some manufacturers prefer to use the term hemp oil. Some online platforms prohibit the use of the term CBD, for this purpose, hemp oil must be used in some cases. You may also see hemp CBD extract, which is the terminology that Canna Trading Co. prefers to use. This is okay.
When you see hemp oil used, you have a little more reading and exploring to do about the product. There are still many that don’t understand that hemp oil and hemp seed oil are two different things. Hemp seed oil is used as a carrier oil and as an alternative oil for its nutritional value. Hemp seed oil does not contain any cannabinoids. Hemp oil does contain CBD and other cannabinoids.
If an online resale site requires CBD companies to use the term hemp oil, there are a few other things to look at.
Amount of Active CBD and Other Cannabinoids
Always pay attention to the amount of active CBD and other cannabinoids in a CBD product. This is one factor in spotting fake CBD products. Canna Trading Co. products vary from 200 mg to 1500 mg of active CBD per product. This is not per dose; it is the amount of active CBD in the entire container. If you are purchasing CBD products from other sources, and an amount of active CBD is not listed, it may be a fake CBD product.
If you see hemp oil products, for example, that say they contain 10,000 mg, 35,000 mg or another unrealistic, extremely high amount of hemp oil – it is likely hemp seed oil. CBD products are typically not sold in those extremely high amounts because it would result in an unrealistic dosage. Those products are likely hemp seed oil, which should be measured in fluid ounce, not milligram. This should be a red flag.
Along with those hemp oil products that claim to have thousands of milligrams of hemp oil, you might also see a price tag of around $100. This just doesn’t make sense. As the saying goes – if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. In this case, it is almost always true.
While you’re looking at pricing, if you see a product that seems to be too cheap – such as 1,000 mg or more for around $20 or so dollars, leave it at the store or don’t purchase it online. This isn’t likely what it says it is either.
Making Medical Claims
By law, a CBD manufacturer cannot say that their product cures or actually treats anything. The only company that can make any type of claim is GW Pharmaceuticals regarding Epidiolex since it was approved for distribution for those with seizures by the FDA. No other company’s products have been approved by the FDA to treat any specific medical condition or symptom.
If you see a CBD company claiming that their product cures anything, it is best to steer clear. These products have not undergone clinical trials or large medical study procedures.
From time-to-time, you may see a sponsored ad or receive an email that a CBD product supposedly cures or treats pain. These kinds of claims cannot be made.
If a company is offering free trials, free samples or anything else where you’d just pay for shipping and handling, it’s likely a scam. The process of creating CBD products is not cheap.
If you see anything like the examples below, it’s likely fake CBD:
- Limited-time special offer
- Special pricing today only
- Limited offer
- Just pay shipping and handling
- Free trial
- CBD oil free trial
Sometimes a CBD company might offer a free sample of a new product with the purchase of another product from their existing product line – this is okay. It’s just the CBD manufacturer promoting a new product. Make sure it’s from a reputable company though – like Canna Trading Co.
If you have to enter credit card or payment information for a “free trial”, it’s likely a scam. When you see these advertisements or if you receive an email – report them.
Passing a Drug Test Guarantee
If a CBD company guarantees that you will pass a drug test after using their product, this is another thing that simply just can’t be said. The thing with drug screenings these days is that they are evolving. There are cannabinoid panels that can be ordered. Full spectrum, and some broad spectrum, CBD products do contain a small amount of THC – which will likely leave metabolites behind. This is why a CBD company cannot guarantee that you’ll pass a drug test nor even mention that you will or “should” pass.
These are some of the red flags you should look out for to spot fake CBD easily. If you have any questions, always ask. Review actual lab reports. Look up the lab to make sure it really exists. Make sure the company isn’t connected to the lab in any way. Yes, it seems like a lot of work to find a quality CBD product – and it can be, but if you are using Canna Trading Co. CBD products, we can assure you that our products are what we say they are, they are pure, they are fresh and we pride ourselves on offering only the highest possible quality when it comes to our products.