The ongoing CBD gold rush has attracted many bad actors to this market. These are people who lie and capitalize on misinformation to make a quick buck off the CBD trend. And while CBD scams aren’t as common as some media outlets make them out to be, it’s still smart to keep an eye out for red flags so you can ensure you’re only buying high-quality CBD products. With that in mind, here are some tips that can help you avoid the most common CBD scams.
1 – Buy from manufacturers
Whether you are in the market for CBD shatter, CBD oil, or some other hemp byproduct, buying directly from manufacturers will help you avoid 90% of the CBD scams out there. That’s because the biggest manufacturers in the country have invested millions in equipment and marketing. They would never risk that investment by shipping a low-quality product.
On top of that, buying directly from a manufacturer is often cheaper than getting it from an online reseller or a local store. And in the last two cases, you need to be worried over whether someone has tampered with the CBD or even whether the product contains CBD at all, which isn’t an issue when you get it directly from a reputable manufacturer.
2 – Check the concentrations
Many brands are trying to capitalize on the CBD trend while spending as little money to do so as possible. The result is a variety of products that contain CBD on the label, but that come bundled with an almost significant amount of the substance. This is something you’ll find in trendy CBD shampoos, beauty masks, soft drinks, edibles, and more.
And to be clear, these manufacturers are not usually lying. They’re just hoping people won’t read the labels and realize how little CBD their products actually have. If you’re new to CBD in general, you’re better off starting with CBD oils or some other direct method of consumption. This will allow you to get a sense of what CBD can do before you start indulging in more exotic applications of the substance.
3 – Check online reviews
Reviews are a great way to check what sort of a track record a manufacturer has, and whether or not the claims made on their website hold up. Try to only buy from manufacturers that have been in the market for a few years, since this ensures that any issues with their products would have surfaced by now.
Also make sure you look for reviews on third-party websites, as anything on the manufacturer’s actual homepage can be faked. This is especially a concern if you find the link to the manufacturer you’re considering on social media, or someone sends it to you via email. Fake websites set up by bad actors are unlikely to rank well on search engines, so they need to get creative about how they get the word out.
4 – Judge by the cover
Proper CBD manufacturing is both complex and expensive, so brands in this market are bound to have a lot of money invested in their business. You can use this information to separate the legitimate players in the market from the sketchy ones.
For example, all this money rolling around means that any CBD manufacturer worth their salt will have a professionally designed website that runs well across multiple devices. So if a company’s site looks like it was put together in a week, it might be because it wasn’t created by a legitimate business.
These financial factors also mean that you should be suspicious of any CBD products being sold far below the market average, especially if it’s coming from a third-party seller. CBD is expensive to manufacture, so any product that is too cheap should be treated with suspicion. You don’t want to end up paying a premium for a bottle of olive oil with no CBD at all. Or worst yet: pay to receive a contaminated product.