How to Spot Fake or Low-Quality CBD Oil Supplements

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How to Spot Fake or Low-Quality CBD Oil Supplements

Fake, low-quality, and mislabeled CBD oil supplements are rampant. Learn how to spot the bad stuff and the good stuff so you don’t waste your time and money. 


Cbd oil supplements on the market today are not all the same. Some contain fake cannabinoids instead of CBD. Some contain contaminants like heavy metals and excessing pesticides.  A lot of them may not contain any CBD at all. 


Misrepresentation of CBD content on product labels is widespread. A Penn Medicine study in 2017 found that 70% of the CBD products on the market had labels with incorrect information about the concentrations of CBD. A few of them even had undetectable levels of CBD. 


According to US law, hemp-derived CBD oil should contain less than 0.3% THC. A large percentage of products used in the study failed that test as well. 


Do you know how to spot fake or low-quality CBD supplements and recognize high-quality? If not, then keep reading. 


52 Sick From Phony CBD in Utah


In early 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 52 suspected cases of illness from the use of a fake CBD product in Utah made with synthetic cannabinoids. 34 of these cases were confirmed and tied to a product called Yolo CBD Oil, which contained no CBD. 


How to Spot Fake or Low Quality CBD Supplements


Don’t be a victim. Be a smart shopper instead. To avoid being ripped off, or worse, these are the red flags you should look for when choosing your CBD supplements. 


Availability at Gas Stations


This isn’t a foolproof method for recognizing bad products. Some gas stations and cafes sell high-grade CBD. However, most of the CBD supplements you’ll find in those places lack quality control, and low prices may reflect this.  


No Third-Party Lab Testing Certificates 


Most reputable CBD manufacturers will hire third-party labs to test for heavy metals, other contaminants, CBD and THC concentrations, synthetic compounds/ingredients, and consistent quality. 


 If you don’t see evidence of quality control on the label, check the company’s website. Lab results come in the form of a Certificate of Analysis. If you don’t find that on the website, request one before buying the product. 


You may also want to research the lab and make sure they are reputable and require ongoing testing. 


Free Trial Offers


While sample marketing can be lucrative for high-quality supplement and beauty product manufacturers and lead to long-term relationships, sellers of high-quality CBD tend not to do this. 


If you see a “free trial” offer, stay safe and don’t buy it, especially if the company wants your credit card details. The quality is usually low, and the offer could be a phishing scheme. 


No indication of CBD Oil on the Label


Look at the label for a quantity of CBD expressed in milligrams (mg). IF the label doesn’t have this, then the CBD content may be too low. In this case, you may see “hemp seed oil” but not “CBD oil” in the ingredients list. That’s a red flag. The label should mention CBD and express a quantity in milligrams. 


Look for terms like “full spectrum” or “whole plant extract” in the ingredients list as well. These are signs of good quality. 


Wildflower Relief’s Commitment to Quality 


It is part of our mission to counter negative trends in the CBD market by setting a positive example that exceeds industry standards. 


All CBD products in the Wildflower Relief online store are tested in reputable third-party labs for quality, safety, and accurate labeling. Our Commitment to wellness ensures that every formula is CO2 extracted from whole hemp that is free from pesticides and other contaminants. 


IF you have any questions about CBD quality, feel free to ask. 

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