Buyer Beware: Is My CBD Fake? How Can I Tell?
The CBD industry has absolutely boomed over the past few years, turning from a compound which was illegal in most of the world to an industry juggernaut which is expected to earn $22 billion by 2022. CBD’s popularity comes from an increasing scientific awareness of its potential benefits and a changing legal scene, as many countries, including the United States, have legalized CBD.
However, with any boom comes less than scrupulous actors who seek to take advantage of the new conditions. Unfortunately, as experience and evidence has shown, many retailers adn and websites have sold fake or inappropriately labeled CBD. This poses major problems to consumer safety.
So, how can you tell if your CBD is fake?
The Current Lack Of Regulations Allows For Scammers To Prosper
Food and drugs which are sold in the United States are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). However, unfortunately, at the moment, the FDA has no regulations on the sale of CBD. They have sent cease & desist letters to companies which have made unsubstantiated medical claims about CBD’s ability to cure certain illnesses which are not supported by science. Furthermore, the FDA has said that regulations will be developed, but at the moment, no specific CBD regulations exist. As a result, many scammers have an easy time marketing CBD which is not labeled properly.
Evidence Of Fraud In Labeling
In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania released a study which showed that nearly 70% of the CBD drugs it tested were labeled inappropriately. This included the amount of ingredients, accuracy of ingredients and, most alarmingly, THC levels.
Watch For Marketing Claims
As discussed above, there is scientific evidence which indicates that CBD has the potential to address a variety of illnesses; however, with the exception of one prescription medicine (Epidiolex, which is used for treatment of two rare seizure disorders in children), there is not enough scientific evidence to make any definitive claims about CBD’s ability to cure any medical conditions. Therefore, watch the marketing of any CBD product you buy.
Marketers should be clear that CBD has the potential to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses, but that there is no guarantee it will do so. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for benefits, and some science has been done but more studies are needed. Anyone claiming CBD can and will cure or give definite benefits to you is making claims on shaky ground at best, at worst they are outright falsifying advertisement.
The Best Advice: Check The Label
All reputable CBD sellers use some form of third-party testing for their products. This means that they pay an independent company to perform an analysis on their CBD product in order to confirm that what they say is on the label is, in fact, on the label. That Certificate of Analysis should then be available for review at the website or retail store. A real certificate of analysis will have the results of the testing and batch number.
Never purchase CBD without a certificate of analysis. Doing so means you may be purchasing CBD products which are labelled inappropriately.