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Avoiding CBD Oil Scams

Published on 4/26/2019
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The CBD industry is vast and there’s tons of misinformation available, making it difficult for newcomers to purchase the products that they want. It’s hard to know these differences if you haven’t done the necessary research or aren’t directly involved with the cannabis industry.

From Instagram influencers to health experts, it seems like everyone is talking about the benefits of CBD. But while CBD is gaining popularity for a variety of reasons, CBD scams have started popping up all over the place. Unauthentic CBD oil manufacturers are taking advantage of those trying to access the benefits of this hemp byproduct by creating cheap knockoff products that aren’t the real thing at all -or- are a much weaker version.

Let’s give you some tips to help you spot CBD phonies and avoid getting scammed on your alternative medicine!

Use Your Network

When it comes to initial research, there’s no better place to start than your personal network. Reach out for opinions and recommendations from those you trust. If you have family or friends that have talked about the benefits they’ve felt using CBD oil, ask them which products they’ve loved and which they would say to pass on.

Or, Ask the staff of your favorite CBD vendors if they have any experience with the CBD products they sell. They’ll likely be able to give you a bit of information about the manufacturer, and provide some insight on similar products. Once you’ve narrowed down the pool of CBD oil products to try, you can start looking deeper at each brand to make sure they’re the real thing before making a purchase.

If you are buying from a company that ships to all 50 states, they should be advertising Industrial Hemp Based Products. Your label should read PCR (phytocannabinoid rich) Hemp Oil, and if applicable a natural mint flavor etc additive. PERIOD.

They should also list where the Hemp was grown...

The problem is since CBD is not regulated by the FDA many companies will just flat out lie. You should also look on their website for Lab Results, and look for the following:

Your CBD Should...

  • Undergo Third Party Lab Testing for Every Batch?
  • Gas Chromatography Tests?
  • Potency Tests?
  • Antimicrobial Tests?
  • Display Certificates of Analysis?
  • A Full Spectrum CBD Oil, Rich in CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN?
  • Undergo Co2 and Crystal Precipitation Extraction Processes?
  • Non GMO?
  • Pesticide Free?
  • Certified Organic - Sourced from the United States?
  • Fully compliant with the State Department of Agriculture?
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certified?
  • Have an Empty Bottle 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

If you learn nothing else, this you MUST UNDERSTAND...Not All CBD is Created Equal! 

No matter how good the quality of product...

Without Penetration and Absorption of the key ingredients, you can end up with a wasteful application and significantly Reduced Potency!

Everybody loves the convenience and safety that comes with shopping online through major e-commerce companies. So, it’s no surprise that many people head straight to Amazon to buy CBD oil, not realizing those products are fake or sketchy.

Here’s the problem...

Amazon Does Not Allow the Sale of CBD oil Products, so you will not find established brands on there.

What you will find, are fake products sold by individuals who see that “CBD” is a highly searched keyword with zero competition - because it’s not allowed - and jump at the opportunity to make a quick buck.

Sadly enough, this unfortunate scam leaves thousands of people every month believing that CBD doesn’t work.

 

Amazon Prohibits CBD Oil

It’s abundantly clear that Amazon doesn’t allow CBD oil supplements in their restricted product list, which includes:

Wait - What? CBD isn’t a Controlled Substance!

Correct...No, it is not.

Amazon is a bit behind the times when it comes to this topic. Admittedly, CBD’s legality was in a weird gray area for several years, during which time it had to be sourced specifically from imported industrial hemp oil extracted from the stalks of the plant.

However, that was cleared up, when the 2018 Farm Bill passed.

The bill separated hemp from marijuana to end the mistake of lumping hemp into marijuana’s schedule I drug status.

Why Does Amazon Ban CBD?

Most likely, Amazon is maintaining this stance because they don’t want to be responsible for babysitting their market to ensure people are selling CBD oil derived from hemp, not marijuana etc.

After all, it’s impossible to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana oil just by looking at it. 

The only way to truly determine if a CBD oil product contains what it claims is to lab test the product in question to confirm its cannabinoid content.

By legal definition, hemp is a cannabis plant containing 0.3% or less of the intoxicating compound, THC. At that extremely low amount, there’s no possibility of getting “high.” 

Amazon has the right to ban CBD from their website, but hopefully, they revise their terms and conditions to accurately reflect what CBD hemp oil is: an agriculture commodity, not a drug!

AHAAA...But…I Found “CBD Oil” on Amazon!!

Search “CBD oil” on Amazon and you’ll find 20++ pages of results. This is due to the “tags” the seller is using on the back-end of their product listing. It’s a clever tactic to target popular search terms, without tipping off Amazon that they’re selling a prohibited product.

Even if the word “CBD” isn’t in the product listing’s title, if it’s set up as a tag, it will still show up when someone searches for it.

If a product listing does say “CBD oil”, that just means they slipped through the cracks and Amazon hasn’t caught them yet.

It’s always a matter of time before they’re discovered and removed.

 

Reputable CBD Companies Don’t Sell on Amazon...

It’s possible that there are people selling good CBD products on Amazon, risking the rules (and themselves) to better mankind by offering the power of CBD oil to everyone through a trusted platform.

It’s also possible that people sell alleged “CBD oil” on Amazon because it’s an extremely popular search term with no competition -- because it’s not allowed. 

The only competition is the other people doing the same sketchy scheme, so they’re guaranteed to make money if they can successfully evade the watchful eyes of Amazon’s legal team.

Always Remember that Anyone can sell on Amazon.

WARNING: As a consumer you must be very careful of where you get your CBD from. A few high profile companies claimed that their products contained certain amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) and charged a hefty price for it, but when FDA tested those products, some of them did not have any CBD at all. Worst of all, many CBD products contained cheap synthetic CBD from shady overseas suppliers, and are falsely marketed as safe and natural CBD.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMMA) showed that out of all the CBD product tested, 88% had far less CBD than they actually claimed on the label.

SO, What Makes it “Fake” CBD Oil?

There are two main ways in which CBD oil products on Amazon are found to be fake.

The most common is when bottles of hemp seed oil are labeled as “hemp oil” and therefore mistaken by the consumer as containing CBD.

Even if a product says something like “100mg” on the front of the label, that doesn’t mean it contains 100mg of CBD. It can mean something else entirely or could be a marketing gimmick.

The second way is when a seller deliberately designs a product label to look like CBD oil but contains no traces of hemp or CBD. In this case, it’s all about a con artist seeing an opportunity to make quick money by taking advantage of Amazon’s popularity and trustworthiness.

They’re also taking advantage of CBD’s growing popularity in the U.S. and Amazon’s ban.

Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Hemp Oil: Know the Difference

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are both derived from the hemp plant, but it’s important to note their differences.

  • Hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and is available in many health foods stores. It can be used as a cooking ingredient and contains vitamins and minerals—but it contains little to no cannabidiol. This is why hemp seed oil is not a substitute for CBD.

  • Hemp oil (CBD)

CBD is often classified as hemp oil because the oil is extracted from the stems and stalks of the hemp plant. Contrary to hemp seed oil, CBD does contain cannabidiol which can provide health and medicinal benefits...Full Spectrum CBD Oil.

The big picture: Don’t let the labels confuse you. Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are not the same thing. If you’re looking to unlock the benefits of CBD like pain and anxiety relief, help sleeping, etc., PCR Hemp Oil is what you want.

Understand the Label

In addition to making sure the CBD oil in question was extracted from the stems or stalks of the hemp plant (not the seeds), you’ll also want to consider some other factors on the label, including source and extraction.

  • Source: Take a look at where the hemp plant was sourced. While hemp can technically be sourced from anywhere, the restrictions in Europe and the United States are generally stricter. This means that you’re likely getting a product that was held to a higher standard in production, and one that actually followed organic guidelines.
  • Extraction: CBD can be extracted using many different methods including using olive oil, dry ice, ethanol and butane. But if you’re looking for the best quality CBD oils, you’ll want to look for those that use CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is better for the environment and safer for your health.
    Buy Tested, Verified Products

The top CBD brands and cannabis brands, in general, use third party lab testing to ensure their products meet certain quality standards.

When comparing CBD products on the shelves, look for a label that notes if the product has been lab tested. This is a good indication that the product does actually contain the appropriate levels of cannabinoids to be classified as a CBD oil.

Rethink Unheard of Deals

You know what they say: “if it sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” CBD just is not a cheap product to make. So if you see a price that doesn’t make sense, check it twice. With your newfound CBD knowledge, you’ll be able to confidently look over a label and make a strong purchasing decision.

This being said I would like the opportunity to earn your business, and become your Premier source for all of your CBD product needs.

My favorite place to buy all kinds of cool CBD stuff for my family like Gummies, CBD Drops, Vapes, Hair Care, Beauty Care and even CBD stuff for our dog Jake, delivered to any place in the U.S and other countries is a place called MyChoiceCBD powered by CTFO.

These guys use Certified Colorado Organic Hemp, and a super clean CO2 extraction method. I really like these guys, because I know their Hemp is the best in class, and that means I don't have to worry about any solvents, butane, pesticides, molds, microbes or any other nasty stuff in my CBD.

So if you are looking for some cool CBD products online that are not only Top Notch, but also home of the Exclusive, Patented 10xPure... Look No Further, You Have Found the Best! 

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