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How To Spot Fake CBD

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  1. Spotting fake CBD
  2. High numbers
  3. Hemp seed oil
  4. Fake full spectrum
  5. Clear oil
  6. Amazons snake oil

Fake CBD everywhere on online marketplaces

When trying something new, the first thing many consumers will do is browse through an online marketplace, like Amazon — it’s an easy way to learn more information and compare products, as well as find the best deal. Now that the spotlight has been shed on CBD and hemp, there is a plethora of related products that are available on Amazon, making the choices seem overwhelming. What a lot of people don’t know is that Amazon has very strict policies when it comes to retailers that want to sell CBD, leaving many consumers unaware of what they are actually purchasing when they search for CBD products.

Amazon bans its sellers from mentioning CBD in their listings — however, search results for CBD will bring up over half a dozen pages of hemp products. There are typically two types of products: genuine CBD sellers who skirt around the wording in order to make their products available, and outright scammers who use blatant medical claims and deceptive advertising to sell fake CBD products.

The FDA is currently in the process of deciding exactly what regulations will be implemented regarding the inclusion of hemp derived CBD as a dietary supplement in a variety of products. The legal grey area concerning CBD has been a source of frustration for both consumers and retailers alike as the demand for it has reached an all-time high, and regulators are struggling to catch up. The issue lies primarily in the fact that hemp is a type of cannabis — the prohibition of cannabis has caused a huge gap in consumer knowledge, and these fake CBD retailers take full advantage of that. Many people don’t know how to spot fake CBD or that it even exists.

Look out for these 4 Fake CBD signs on Amazon

1. High number of hemp extract

When you see a product on Amazon that is advertising
“140 000mg” of hemp oil in a 30mL bottle, there are several red flags to alert you that the product isn’t everything that it is presenting itself to be. The worst part is, these are some of the highest selling products on Amazon for that category.

A big giveaway is the lack of a comma or a period in the numbers, like putting “140 000mg” or “140.000mg” instead of “140,000mg”. It is also important to pay attention to the size of a product, because a lot of claims are outright impossible: How do you fit 140,000mg, or 140mL, of a substance into a 30mL bottle?

Typically, these products are usually priced extremely low, so like most things, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Hemp seed oil

Although both can be considered hemp oil, there is a huge difference between hemp seed oil and full spectrum hemp extract. This is a technicality that many Amazon retailers use to get away with marketing their products as “hemp oil” or “hemp extract”, because they are aware that most people don’t know the difference.

Hemp seeds do not contain any phytocannabinoids, so if a person is looking to buy a product that contains CBD, they would not be getting that with only hemp seed oil. Again, hemp seed oil products are typically much cheaper than a true full spectrum hemp extract product that contains CBD, so when in doubt, look at the price. If a 60mL hemp oil product only costs $15, it most likely does not have any CBD.

3. Fake Full Spectrum

If a product says that it is full spectrum but zero THC, it is a fake. Full spectrum indicates that there are at least trace amounts of THC, as well as other phytocannabinoids; if it does not have THC, then it cannot be a full spectrum hemp extract.

This could mean that the product uses either a distillate hemp extract, which only contains a few different phytocannabinoids, or an isolate CBD, which has been stripped of everything but the singular CBD compound. A company who would advertise isolate or distillate CBD as “full spectrum” is obviously not an honest company to be purchasing from.

4. Clear Full Spectrum Oil

There is no such thing as clear full spectrum extract. If it is clear, there is no way for it to be full spectrum, because full spectrum hemp extract has undergone the least amount of processing, which means it retains a majority of the natural plant materials and therefore has a naturally darker hue.

Amazon allows fake CBD snake oil

Amazon does not allow retailers to advertise CBD in their products, but they are more than willing to allow scam retailers to continue selling snake oil products touting the “medicinal properties” of hemp seed oil without so much as a sanction. It would seem that Amazon is perfectly happy to have their customers be swindled and ripped off as long as there is no CBD in the product. Until they start allowing legitimate CBD retailers to advertise accordingly, Amazon customers who are searching for the genuine thing will always be vulnerable to these con artists.

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How to spot fake CBD? There are marketplaces like Amazon that allow fake CBD products to be sold. Learn how to weed out the fakes and find a good CBD product.

How To Spot Fake CBD and Low Quality CBD Oils

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In 2019, the CBD industry soared. Brands and products popped up from one week to the next, all over the country, offering consumers a wide range of solutions, consumption methods, flavors and potency levels. But exponential growth invites low quality products, which means it’s important to know how to spot fake CBD.

How to Spot Fake CBD Oil

All CBD consumers should learn how to tell if CBD oil is real or not.

The CBD industry, though booming and exciting, is incredibly new, regulated in different ways depending on the state in which you live and, therefore, open to the problems of poor quality product control. In particular, you should be wary of cheap, synthetic CBD.

It’s true that all CBD brands should run third-party lab tests, to accurately check for cannabinoid content levels, synthetic components, contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides, and other plant compounds, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all brands comply.

As such, if you need advice on how to know if CBD oil is real, the best thing you can do is ask to see the third-party lab results, also known as the Certificate of Analysis (COA), that match the product you’re interested in buying.

Any brand unwilling to share third-party lab results with you is a brand to avoid. Short and simple.

How to tell if CBD Oil is Bad?

When it comes to choosing between the brands that do share their COAs, between the brands that seem to have everything in order and as it should be, you still need to do your research.

In fact, the best way of finding out whether a CBD oil is poor or high quality is to do some digging around the product itself.

Find out where it was sourced, how it was extracted, how it was processed, how it was purified, and how the end product was finally manufactured and packaged for consumer enjoyment. Research into the brand, ask about synthetic cannabinoids, and avoid brands that make CBD health claims.

Claims that CBD cures cancer, for example, should be ignored and are illegal for brands to make.

It’s also really important to pay attention to detail when reading the product label. All CBD products must have the levels of CBD displayed on their labels in mg (milligrams). The level in mg refers to the concentration of CBD contained in the product.

Any product that doesn’t list the CBD content in mg on its label is to be avoided and, even better, reported.

What color is CBD Oil supposed to be?

  • Why is my CBD oil clear?
  • Can CBD oil be clear in color?
  • What color should quality CBD oil be anyway?

Let’s take a look at the visual checks you can make as a consumer.

All CBD extracts undergo a filtering process. It’s this process that determines the color of the oil and, in general, there are four CBD oil colors (and some shading therein) that you can expect to find: green, greenish brown, light gold, and almost transparent.

Raw CBD oil doesn’t go through any kind of processing or filtration, which is why the end product is a green, viscous oil.

Decarboxylated CBD is slightly heated after extraction, which turns it into a greenish brown oil.

Filtered or distilled CBD oils are even further refined, resulting in a light gold liquid that boasts a higher concentration of CBD, but a lower concentration of terpenes and other cannabinoids.

And then there’s CBD isolate, which is the purest form of CBD possible. Isolates are highly refined and then mixed with a base oil, like coconut or MCT oil. CBD isolates are almost transparent, very light and fluid.

Fake CBD Oil Side Effects

Fake CBD oil, cheap CBD oil, synthetic CBD, or CBD oil that hasn’t been duly tested by a third-party lab, could generate some fairly nasty side effects. In particular, pesticides, molds, bacteria, aflatoxins and heavy metals can make us violently sick.

Fake CBD oils can sometimes include high levels of THC that can cause hallucinations and anxiety attacks.

Alcohol-based solvent residue, such as ethanol residue, is unsuitable for human consumption, but can linger in poor quality CBD oils after the extraction process and end up in the hands of the consumer if not sufficiently reviewed and regulated.

Does CBD Oil Expire?

Before bringing this blog to a close, it’s a good idea to run over how to know when CBD oil has expired. Yes. CBD, like any other perishable product, does expire, but when it expires depends on the type of CBD oil.

CBD isolates, for example, are highly filtered and then added to a base oil. They’re similar in many respects to any kind of household oil you may happen to have on your kitchen shelf.

Like olive oil, or coconut oil, or sunflower oil, you can expect your CBD isolate to last for one to two years without any problems.

But if you have a full spectrum CBD oil, a whole plant oil, or a raw CBD oil, then your product is less refined and made up of more plant materials and organic compounds.

It’s best to make sure you use these oils within a period of six months, once opened.

And remember… follow the instructions on the product label, ask to see the COA, and if neither are made available to you without any problems, don’t buy the product.

How to spot fake CBD oils and low quality CBD products is an increasingly important thing for consumers. Learn what to look out for here.