How To Avoid Buying Fake CBD Oil
This is a consumer awareness (PSA) Public Service Announcement concerning buying fake CBD Oil. These days, CBD oil is virtually everywhere; in stores, online, on television, in radio advertisements, and the list grows.
There is a ton of information concerning this product – coming from a vast number of sources, (some sources of information or extremely questionable at best and not to be trusted at worse). Consequently, purchasing CBD Oil can be confusing and overwhelming – particularly for individuals who will be using it for their health-related reasons.
We Have Some Bad News And Some Good News
The bad news is; most people are unwittingly buying fake CBD Oil! Unfortunately, fake CBD Oils are popping up all over America. If you are not aware, people have been sickened in Tennessee and Utah after consuming fake CBD products.
The good news is, you don’t have to fall victim to shysters selling these counterfeit products.
Follow these five guidelines and you will avoid buying fake CBD oil:
- Thoroughly Examine The Label
- Does The Product Have a 3rd Party Verification
- Where Was It Farmed?
- How Was It Harvested?
- How Was It Extracted?
Before we go through these guidelines, we’re going to do a quick overview of what fake CBD oil is, as well as the reasons you MUST NOT buy it, EVER!
Fake CBD Oil Is Widespread But Why?
The (FDA) Federal Food and Drug Administration is just starting to approve CBD products.
In 2018, the FDA approved EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) CV. Epidiolex is a doctor prescribed medicine used to treat seizures in people with Dravet syndrome or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
You can expect more CBD Oil products to be approved in the near future.
What Does This Mean For The CBD Oil Products Currently Being Sold?
Overall, since the FDA has not officially approved CBD products across the board, manufacturing companies are not legally bound to uphold any standards regarding manufacturing, labeling, or selling their products.
For this reason, farmers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and affiliates can be deceptive about what’s in their products and how their products are made. It is quite normal for fake CBD oil products to contain harmful synthetic ingredients as well as unhealthy fillers.
Why would people do this? The answer is simple, GREED; these people are looking to turn a quick profit before the masses catch on! The synthetic ingredients and cheap fillers are easy to get a hold of. A person could open up shop in a few days and make a ton of money before being shut down.
At the end of the day, fake CBD oil companies don’t care about you or me; they are not seeking to help us manage stress or depression, relieve anxiety, diffuse pain, or get a good nights sleep.
As a result, these companies are a severe threat to the health and safety of the public. This is why, we must be mindful of where we buy CBD Oil, who we buy it from, what it is made of.
Never allow the bad guys in this business to deter you from promoting and attaining natural health and wellness!
Follow our five guidelines on how to figure out if the CBD Oil you are considering is fake.
1. Thoroughly Examine The Label
In this business, reading and deciphering labels is critical. When we are evaluating at a product, labels are typically the first thing we see. Each label should provide the essential information we need to help us make the buy or do not buy decision.
If the information provided on the label appears questionable, sketchy, or ambiguous, do not buy the product. Here is what you see on the label of genuine CBD Oil products:
If the product DOES NOT have an expiration date, don’t buy it! Would you buy bread, milk, or eggs if they had no expiration date?
The same principle applies to all CBD products. Fake products have no expiration date because they literally will not expire.
CBD concentration/potency/strength is broken down into MG and ML. The label of genuine CBD products will include the potency level. MG refers to Milligrams.
It is a measurement of weight for an active ingredient; in this case, the ingredient would be CBD. ML refers to Millilitre; this is the measurement that describes the volume of fluid. If you don’t see the MG or the ML, do not buy the product because you cannot tell what you are ingesting.
This would be CBD Oil extracted from certified organic industrial hemp; in the absence of herbicides and harmful pesticides. It also means there are no preservatives or non-natural additives added.
It also means the hemp seeds were not GMO genetically modified, and there were no chemical solvents used during the extraction process.
You want the PURE! This is the ONLY type of CBD based product that you should consider. This guarantees that you are getting a CBD product of the highest quality that was produced with the greatest care and is THC free.
Hemp-derived CBD is extracted from industrial hemp plants. The primary concern is the level of THC. Under United States laws, a hemp plant must possess no more than 0.3% THC.
“Full-spectrum is defined as the extraction of all of the compounds of the hemp plant, namely: omega acids, cannabinoids, phytonutrients, terpenes, phytocannabinoids, and flavonoids. If it is not a Full Spectrum CBD product, don’t buy it.
In the final analysis, if the label does not provide most or all of the information above, you’re almost certainly dealing with fake CBD oil.
2. Does The Product Have a 3rd Party Testing And Verification?
If it is not tested independently, by a 3rd party, don’t buy it! Genuine CBD products will be transparent in terms of being tested by an independent third party lab; this is to verify the authenticity and amount of the CBD contained within the product.
3. Where Was It Farmed?
The location of the hemp farm is extremely critical. When hemp is grown and harvested in an area that contains a great deal of pollution, the hemp becomes toxic.
The same is true for the soil; if the soil is contaminated, the CBD products produced from that soil will be contaminated. You want to buy products grown and harvested in soil that is certified organic, and in an area free of pollution.
Be wary of CBD products produced in other countries (outside the USA) that do not meet the above standards.
Reputable and honest CBD companies will provide information about where they grow their hemp.
4. How Was It Harvested?
There are two ways to harvest hemp; the manual way or by using automated equipment. Hemp harvested using combines and other automation machines produce a lower quality of CBD product versus the hemp that is hand harvested and hand trimmed.
Always seek to purchase CBD oil and products in which the hemp was hand harvested and trimmed.
5. How Was It Extracted?
Here are the most commonly known extraction methods:
- Olive Oil Extraction
- Solvent Extraction
- The Dry Ice Extraction
- CO2 Extraction
- Subcritical CO2 Extraction
- Supercritical CO2 Extraction
- CO2 Total Extraction
We won’t take time to go over each extraction method (we’ll do it later) because that is an entirely separate tutorial. What you want to look for are the products that combine the subcritical and supercritical methods in order to produce a Full Spectrum cannabis extract.
In summation, if their product is not certified Full Spectrum CBD, don’t buy it! If a company does not reveal the extraction method they use, you are most likely dealing with fake CBD Oil that could potentially cause health risks.
NEVER consider any CBD product unless and until you confirm all five of these critical guidelines. Why not? The answer is simple. Too many things are at stake; namely, your health and wellness.
Companies that sell Full Spectrum CBD products grown and harvested in organic soil- away from pollution filled areas have absolutely nothing to hide.
They are transparent, and they are in the business to assist others.; people who sell fake CBD Oil are in it solely because of greed.
We hope these five guidelines help you on your journey to health and wellness.