How to spot red flags when shopping CBD products

The CBD market has grown tremendously since The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the production of industrial hemp. This bill decriminalized hemp and products created with hemp, allowing access to millions of people all over the nation. However, there seems to be a catch because so many people are new to CBD and have no idea what to look for when shopping for CBD products. They don't know that CBD oil tincture from CBDfx is a market-leading formulation. They should look for companies that share the same values, beliefs, and procedures. They don't know how to recognize the red flags of dishonest companies, should they arise. If that sounds like you, it's okay because this article is just for you! Let's make sure you can spot the red flags and avoid unfavourable companies and products alike!

Red Flag #1 - Don't trust hemp that's grown out of the country. This is especially true for hemp grown in China!

Let's be real. How great can a product be if the hemp is super low quality? We all know that companies turn to China when they want to cut corners and cut profit margins. One huge reason to steer clear of hemp from China is that it's a bio-accumulator and soaks up an insane amount of heavy metals and toxins from that area. If we take it a step further, some companies outside the U.S. try to trick companies by selling them oil that has been extracted from the less effective parts of the plant––roots, stems, seeds. So, research the company's hemp procedures. Where is it grown? How is it grown? Most of all, a company should be transparent in answering your questions -- If they can't provide this information. That's a red flag as well. 

Red Flag #2 - Do not purchase CBD products from Amazon!

We know, Amazon has everything, but Amazon doesn't allow the sale of actual CBD. What you will find on Amazon are products that claim to be CBD, but most of them contain trace amounts of CBD or none at all. Some companies try to pass hemp seed oil off as CBD. The bottom line is that honest, reputable companies do not put their products on Amazon because they have a strict " No CBD" rule. The same rule applies to the CBD product you found at Wal-Mart. Put it down and slowly back away because you will most definitely be throwing your cash down the drain. 

Red Flag #3 - A product shouldn't make claims!

Reputable companies in the U.S. are cautious about the ways they talk about CBD due to FDA compliance reasons. We all know how amazing CBD is and all of the things that it's capable of, but the FDA doesn't allow that kind of talk. So, if you see a company claiming to cure depression, anxiety, or any other condition––that's a huge red flag! 

Red Flag #4 - You can't find third party lab reports. 

Third-party lab tests are essential because they give the consumer the ability to take an in-depth look at their prospective product. It's nice to have the ability to look at how much hemp is actually in the product. You know, confirm if the potency is what it claims to be! These reports also verify that the product is free from heavy metals, toxins, mycotoxins, and much more. These reports should be very easy to locate on the company website, but some companies email them on request. If you find these reports right on the product page, it's safe to say that company is reputable, but if you can't find them and they don't provide them, that's a bad sign. 

Red Flag #5 - The product has a bunch of artificial ingredients. 

You should be looking to see that a prospective product contains a good amount of organic ingredients. Some companies pride themselves on their quality guidelines and only include all-natural, organic ingredients. Still, some other companies use cheap filler ingredients that make their profit margins more appealing. You can always refer back to the third-party lab results to ensure there aren't any harmful ingredients. 

Red Flag #6 - Price tags which are either very high or very low. 

Some companies are able to trick consumers with the price tags they attach to their products. Some people think that if a product costs a lot of money that it must be high-quality. This is not always the case! The same goes for suspiciously low priced products. If you see a very cheap product, that's indicative that it is most likely a scam. 


Buying CBD online can be a little tricky if you don't know what to look out for. Unfortunately, some companies make a living off people who don't know any better, but that doesn't have to be you because you've got this list of red flags to watch out for! 


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