The demand for cannabidiol health and wellness products increased with the legalization of industrial hemp cultivation and the removal of cannabidiol (CBD) from the list of schedule 1 drugs. This is because of the multitude of therapeutic and health benefits offered by CBD that are useful for alleviating the signs of a wide variety of ailments. As a result of this, the CBD market began to surge, and a plethora of products are available in the market now. However, the biggest disadvantage due to this is that there are many fake cannabidiol products along with genuine ones. In this article, we will discuss avoiding fake CBD products.
A Brief Introduction About CBD Products
CBD products that are lawfully protected, are made using hemp plant strains that have 0.3% to 0.5% of psychotropic THC. CBD oil is one of the most popular cannabidiol products used for medical and therapeutic purposes, and it is made using resin-rich flowers of the hemp plant. Also, it is used as the main ingredient in cannabidiol products like edibles, capsules, topicals like creams, balms, ointments, etc. The ideal way to assess their quality is to read CBD reviews and analyze the certificate of analysis (COA) provided by the manufacturer. Shared below are details on how to spot fake cannabidiol products.
Difference Between Fake And Genuine CBD Products
Many fake cannabidiol products are cheap, and this is because synthetic CBD is used as the main ingredient in them. Often it is used in CBD vape oil, and it can make you fall sick. Also, such manufacturers give tall promises and provide a fake certificate of analysis (COA), and the customers are easily duped by this. What differentiates high-quality cannabidiol products from reputed brands is that they provide proof of genuineness. For instance, the results from the third-party lab testsare posted on the company website. Not only that, but they also send these results via email to prospective customers upon request.
Listed below are some common indicators of a fake third-party lab test report.
- Name of the lab missing or absent in the report.
- THC content details missing.
- Missing or whited out information.
- Missing data on the type of test used.
- The lab report appears unprofessional.
- A mismatch between the name of the company for which the test was done and the company selling your product.
- Missing lab certification number.
- The hemp plant strain information missing.
- Dates about the collection, receiving, and the test report missing.
- The signatures of lab workers missing.
In case you suspect the third-party lab report to be fake, you can read CBD safety and reviews to confirm your suspicion, as such products end up getting negative reviews.
Fake Certificate Of Analysis (COA)
The primary indicator of a fake CBD product is the discrepancy of cannabinoid levels in the actual product and the COA. You must know that anyone can send a high-quality CBD product for testing to a third-party lab, and then post the test result on their website, while selling a lower quality CBD product. Also, you could take a high-quality product from a reputed manufacturer and send it to a lab for testing. The main reason for this fraudulent behavior on the part of cannabidiol product manufacturers and sellers is that this market is highly unregulated.
According to a survey conducted by a reputed magazine, a huge percentage of third-party laboratories delivered unreliable and inaccurate test reports. So, a reputed CBD manufacturer testing their product(s) with such a lab is doomed. To avoid this, CBD manufacturers need to make use of the services of a third-party laboratory that is ISO 17025:2005 accredited. Also, as a buyer, you must check for this information in the third-party lab report provided by the CBD manufacturer.
Avoiding Fake CBD Product Manufacturers
Many fake CBD product manufacturers steal the COA’s of hemp strains that they want to pose, and this dupes a prospective customer into buying them. To avoid this, reputed cannabidiol manufacturers watermark their lab reports, and as a user, you can look for this detail on the COA. As a buyer, you must ask for the post-harvest lab report for hemp CBD products. Keep in mind that the cannabinoid levels in a hemp plant vary during its lifetime, and it is highest before harvesting time.
You can use Google search and the internet to know whether a third-party lab report is fake. For example, you can use Google reverse image search and Tineye reverse image search to know whether the report was taken from the internet. These search engines look for and locate images on the internet even if they are manipulated by image editing software like Photoshop. To do this, you must go to their website and upload the saved image of the third-party lab report to their search bar. Also, you must know that Google image search results might be general if the uploaded image is not popular.