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How to spot fake CBD oil

Summary: As cannabidiol becomes more popular, the danger of fake CBD products rises as well. Learn how to identify fake hemp products, and trust Secret Nature for genuine CBD and bonafide cannabis industry intel.

Cannabidiol products of all types are becoming increasingly popular around the world, and CBD tinctures, also known as CBD oils, remain one of the most popular product categories. Despite the wealth of options, however, finding quality hemp products is surprisingly tricky.

In some cases, CBD products you find online might be downright fake. True, these products are found more often on the black market, but even if your web-bought CBD isn’t fake, it might contain heavy metals, xenoestrogens, or dangerous additives that defeat the purpose of promoting your health.

As in any industry, CBD manufacturers are beholden to public opinion. If consumers suddenly decided not to accept dangerous hemp products, the industry would shape up overnight. Now’s the time to make your voice known, and there’s no better way than voting with your dollar.

Support hemp companies that are doing the right thing, but understand that identifying bad actors can be harder than it seems. In this guide, you’ll learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff and find quality hemp oil that will help your health dreams take flight.

Why is counterfeit CBD dangerous?

What you don’t know can hurt you. We’ve all learned the hard way that even the food we eat might not be safe, and the organic movement has arrived at the cannabidiol market. Consumers around the world demand safe, pure, and sustainable CBD oil, and Secret Nature CBD nectar is 100% natural and organic.

Get to know some of the dangerous substances that might be lurking in sub-par CBD oil:

Additives

The world continues to look on in horror as people get seriously hurt by vaping-related activities. What most of the sensationalized headlines don’t tell you, however, is that these cases almost inevitably stem from unnecessary additives in cannabis vape juice.

CBD oil is fine to vape on its own in its winterized, distilled, or isolate forms. The moment you mix this oil with other ingredients, however, you open yourself up to lipid pneumonia and the other conditions currently plaguing wayward vapers.

Even our Organic Hemp Flower Nectar isn’t viable for vaping since it contains hemp seed oil, black seed oil, and a variety of other ingredients believed to be beneficial when ingested orally. If you try to vape these oils and plant extracts, however, you could harm your lungs. For vaping Secret Nature goodness, we recommend our CBD vape juice line.

Vitamin E acetate in CBD vape juice is only one additive you need to worry about. Plenty of companies add questionable ingredients like propylene glycol (PG), sweeteners, artificial ingredients, and artificial colorings to orally-ingested products, which could put you at risk. Even a cursory look through our (short!) tincture ingredients list, however, reveals that it’s the Secret Nature way to only use natural, beneficial ingredients in our products.

Heavy metals

While this fact isn’t widely known, hemp is one of the world’s most notorious bioaccumulators. To grow hemp safely, it’s necessary to operate in wholly closed conditions and use substrates that are free of any contaminants. All too often, however, CBD companies cut corners and use inferior hemp in their products, which could open you up to heavy metal exposure.

As hemp grows, it sucks nutrients up through its root system at an incredibly rapid pace. This fast metabolism allows Cannabis sativa to grow up big and strong, but it also means that this particular plant absorbs soil-borne toxins at a much quicker pace than other crops. By the time a cannabidiol-rich Cannabis sativa plant is fully-grown, there’s no telling how contaminated it might be if it was grown in soil with heavy metals.

It’s easy to avoid these contamination concerns by growing hemp in climate-controlled, indoor environments. You can even use different substrates to minimize the potential of heavy metal exposure, but remember that water purity becomes even more critical in hydroponic or aquaponic setups. Check out our lab reports to see proof that organic Secret Nature CBD oils are completely free from heavy metal contamination.

Other environmental toxins

The world has become a different place post-industrialization. New toxins flood our air and water supplies, and distressing industrial substances like xenoestrogens continue to exert unknown effects on human endocrinology and genetics. All the old players, such as RoundUp, are also still in use despite serious toxicity concerns, which makes it hard to tell if your hemp products are safe.

It’s no guarantee, but CBD companies that follow organic, sustainable manufacturing processes are far more likely to prevent environmental contaminants from entering their products. In general, the organic agriculture movement is all about divesting from toxic cultivation processes and embracing equity and sustainability. CBD companies, like Secret Nature, that place a large emphasis on organic cultivation and ingredients are less likely to harbor hidden toxins in their products.

How to identify fake CBD brands

What does it take to catch a CBD oil fake red-handed? In the end, you’ll need to use your instinct and discretion to find the brand that fits your style. People who have been in the industry for a while, however, are all aware of a few tell-tale signs that a cannabidiol company is up to no good:

Quality of writing

If a CBD company’s website copy reads like it was outsourced from China or Bangladesh, you might be barking up the wrong tree. We all make mistakes from time to time, but repeated spelling errors, odd turns of phrase, or even intimidating or threatening language can all be signs that you’re dealing with opportunist con men instead of genuine healers.

Customer reviews

How many reviews, on average, does each product on the company’s site have? Most Secret Nature products have over ten verified customer reviews, and many of our products have far more than that.

Customer reviews give you information on products, but they also tell you something much more important. A reasonable number of verified, genuine product reviews indicate that a CBD company is doing the right things and reaching a wide audience.

Pricing

Fake CBD companies charge more because. why not? If you’re already selling a fake product, why not hike the price as high as consumers are willing to pay while you’re at it? If a CBD product you’re looking at seems overpriced, it probably is.

Put it up against comparable products on the market, and see if it holds out. If there’s a genuine reason that your cannabidiol product is expensive, it should have something that other products don’t. The most expensive CBD tinctures, in fact, should be the absolute best, but that’s not always the case. Trust your judgment!

Ease of checkout

Tired of slogging through five separate checkout screens to purchase your CBD products? A clunky, outdated checkout page can be a sign that a CBD company doesn’t have its act together.

Maybe you’d be surprised to learn how many consumers give up on online transactions only due to complicated checkout pages, or maybe you’re already one of these disenchanted CBD customers. Not to worry: Completing your order at secretnaturecbd.com is quick, intuitive, and frustration-free. Plus, we ship to all 50 states!

Counterfeit CBD oil FAQ

Let’s wrap up a few loose ends before we conclude:

1 Can you buy real CBD oil on Amazon?

No, Amazon’s policy still prevents the sale of CBD. Therefore, any “CBD” products you see on Amazon are actually hemp seed oil, an inert substance extracted from Cannabis sativa seeds with little to no CBD. Don’t fall for it! Buy genuine, organic CBD from trustworthy retailers instead.

2 What do third-party CBD tests test for?

Independent, third-party testing is crucial for establishing the safety, potency, and purity of CBD oil. CBD is tested for pesticides, industrial chemicals, metals, and various other substances.

3 Can counterfeit CBD oil contain marijuana?

In some cases, yes. You’re especially at risk of accidentally using THC if you buy “CBD vape cartridges” on the black market. Getting high, however, is only one of the things you need to worry about when you buy CBD that isn’t tested or genuine. Remember that fake CBD vape carts also often contain dangerous additives and toxins.

100% natural, 100% genuine CBD with Secret Nature

The CBD industry is going through a lot of changes that will only accelerate throughout 2020. In general, bad actors are being put down, and good companies are being rewarded by the new shape of the CBD market. It still pays to be very careful, however, as you choose the CBD products you want to put into your body.

With so many different toxins and harmful substances that can accidentally wander their way into CBD products, the need for organic, lab-tested manufacturers becomes clear. Many companies only test for potency, but checking for industrial metals and other contaminants is just as important.

If you grow your hemp the right way and process it safely, however, dangerous contaminants will never find their way into cannabidiol products in the first place. Hemp isn’t naturally a risky plant, but you need to treat it with great care to avoid contamination.

We go the extra mile at Secret Nature to provide CBD products that are sustainable, 100% organic, and completely ahead of their time. Instead of settling for the industry average, we decided to boost our quality past the conceivable limits. Sink into some organic Secret Nature Hemp Flower Nectar, and enjoy!

Summary: As cannabidiol becomes more popular, the danger of fake CBD products rises as well. Learn how to identify fake hemp products, and trust Secret Nature for genuine CBD and bonafide cannabis industry intel. Cannabidiol products of all types are becoming increasingly popular around the world, and CBD tinctures, al

Real CBD – How to Tell if CBD Oil is Real or Fake

In our last few articles we looked at several large CannaBiDioL (CBD) companies – Elixinol and Charlotte’s Web – which present investors with a couple of pure plays on the CBD theme and have the financials to prove it. (Both of these companies produce real CBD oil extract taken from the cannabis plant.) While writing these pieces, we spent some time talking with industry experts and realized there’s a real problem out there when it comes to fake CBD oil being sold. Before we get into that, we’re going to talk about why fake CBD tincture is so problematic.

The Effects of CBD

Throughout our time researching CBD, we’ve observed a few common themes. The first is that people will respond variably to CBD at differing doses. In other words, CBD affects everyone a bit differently. What CBD will not do is get you high. That’s the problem here. If you’ve ever bought fake weed, you know that the first time you tried to blaze up with it, the taste wasn’t there and there was no high. You knew immediately that what you bought was fake. The difference with CBD is that it does not make you high and you can’t actually feel the effects of it. Instead, people will say things like “I feel less anxiety” or “I’m able to sleep better at night” or “I feel less pain” which are all great benefits but also could result from other factors. One reason you could experience an improvement is because of something called “the placebo effect” which seems to be more powerful the more you spend. An $80 bottle of real CBD tincture better do something, otherwise you wasted your money. Nobody wants to feel like they wasted money.

Here is what it all comes down to. If you do take CBD, you want to be absolutely sure you’re taking real CBD. As you can probably guess, not all CBD tinctures are created the same. It is, however, all pretty pricey stuff. Weed smokers know that smoking a 20-sack of Mexican brick weed isn’t worth the chronic cough and the fact you need to smoke half an eight for a head change. Pony up a bit more and get some Beasters for 35 a sack or just pay the 50 bones and get some of the stuff that killed Elvis. Same thing holds true for CBD products. People want to find the best brand and stick with it which is what the numbers tell us. The key takeaway here is that you can avoid the fakes by finding a legitimate brand that works for you and stick with it. If the best brand doesn’t give you any positive effects, then CBD isn’t for you and you can stop wasting money on it.

Testing for Fake CBD

There’s a way that anyone can find out if CBD oil is real or fake, but most don’t want to go through the hassle. The people that do want to get CBD products tested are the producers, at least responsible producers. Nobody wants to suddenly find out from a third-party source that their CBD gummies have pesticides in them. That’s exactly what happened in January of last year when a website called Remedy Review tested 29 CBD brands and 4 failed with 1 product recall already issued. That was over a year ago, and there’s no point in dragging these brands through the muck. What we do want to know more about is how they tested these products. Like many of the producers do, they used an objective third-party testing laboratory.

We first learned about ProVerde while talking with Charlotte’s Web about the prevalence of fake CDB oils on Amazon. (In one case, a CBD oil on Amazon was tested and found to be olive oil. And probably bottom-shelf olive oil at that.) Founded in 2013, Massachusetts startup ProVerde Laboratories has taken in $2.8 million in funding to offer “analytical testing and consulting services in the marijuana and hemp segment.” They offer a sophisticated suite of testing services that’s accredited and used by some of the world’s leading cannabis firms to test their cannabis and hemp products for harmful contaminants such as mold, mildew, bacteria, heavy metals, and pesticides in an effort to ensure product sold or processed is safe to consume. The lab does not offer, sell, or broker CBD products so they can remain purely objective.

A sample report from ProVerde

A sample report from ProVerde – Source: ProVerde

ProVerde is the lab used by Remedy Review to test various CBD brands, but one would expect the top brands are already doing this. According to Remedy Review, a firm like Elixinol will actually send in their own products along with other “duds” in order to keep themselves honest and make sure the quality check is working as expected. Anyone who wants to get a CBD product tested can avail themselves of this service, but most consumers would never go through the hassle. Also, a one-time test doesn’t cut it. Today’s brands that don’t have quality issues can easily become tomorrow’s brands that do have quality issues. That’s why you want to look for brands that emphasize quality as a competitive differentiator and go to great lengths to make sure their products are of the highest quality through constant and consistent testing. One entity that wants to provide some structure around the whole of this is the U.S. Hemp Authority.

How to Tell if CBD Oil is Real or Fake

Search for CBD Oil on Amazon and you’ll get over 1,000 results. It’s not a good idea to try and sift through these and find a winner. Instead of spending time and money trying to validate the legitimacy of the many CBD brands out there coming out of the woodwork, why not let someone else handle this? Turns out the U.S. Hemp Authority was put together for that purpose. While the name sounds legitimate, we don’t just assume they are. A look at their website shows their leadership team and their history which we’ll try and paraphrase here.

Founded in 2016, the U.S. Hemp Authority is a tax-exempt organization, legally independent of other hemp organizations and companies, and is not a governmental body or regulatory agency. The effort is presently being funded by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable – a coalition of dozens of hemp companies – that represent every link of the product chain, from seed to sale. They’ve developed a 43-page Guidance Plan which provides some set procedures for growers and producers to follow which the industry has collectively agreed upon. Those companies that adopt these guidelines are then considered to be “certified” and will then presumably adorn their product labels with a stamp of approval. The first Guidance Plan – Version 1.0 – has resulted in 13 companies receiving certification and they’re currently working on Guidance Plan 2.0.

13 companies received certification

13 companies received certification – Credit: U.S. Hemp Roundtable

It’s important to note that just because a company isn’t on this list, that doesn’t mean they’re not legitimate. One company not on the list is Elixinol, although their Regulatory Officer & Industry Liaison sits on the board of the U.S. Hemp Authority. We would assume that’s because this is a list of U.S. companies only. In addition to Charlotte’s Web (listed as CW Hemp above), there are 10 other companies above we haven’t covered yet. Stay tuned for our coming CBD articles in which we’ll take a closer look at some of these companies.

Conclusion

In the cannabis world, the quality of a product begins speaking for itself immediately after you take that first green hit. In the world of CBD, you need to play around with dosages to see what works for you. If you have no problems sleeping, no pain, or no anxiety, then you need to be self-aware enough to gauge what – if anything – you stand to gain from using CBD products. Companies will work harder and harder to differentiate themselves. For example, Charlotte’s Web talks about how their full spectrum CBD products contain a more complete spectrum of the 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants which – as we keep saying – will affect everyone differently based on everything from dosage size to brand of product. You can’t go wrong with Charlotte’s Web, but if you’re looking at using other brands, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure that they’re validated by the U.S. Hemp Authority or regularly subject their products to third-party quality tests to ensure a consistent level of quality.

Interested to try cannabidiol (CBD) out for yourself? Then try the number one CBD brand out there, Charlotte’s Web. It’s a family run by seven siblings who believe in selling only the finest CBD products from liquid and capsule products to topical creams and balms. Give them a try and see for yourself why CBD has become so popular.

Fake CBD is a real problem because it's not so obvious. How can you tell if CBD oil is real or fake? We look at some legitimate brands and quality testing.