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Why that CBD oil you just bought might be fake

It seems everywhere we turn these days there is a big, flashing sign that reads “CBD Sold Here.” But instead of seeing these circus-style advertisements around legitimate medical facilities dedicated to creating a healthier population, they are appearing in front of smoke shops, convenience stores and malls.

America has gone buck wild for this non-intoxicating cannabis-hemp derivative. So much, in fact, they have failed to take into consideration that some of these products might be fake.

Not all CBD is the therapeutic heal-all you’ve been reading about for the past few years. Some of it is junk, containing only trace amounts of the cannabinoid. Reports abound of counterfeit CBD oil sold in parts of the country. So, yes, if you purchased CBD oil the last time you filled up your vehicle with gasoline, there’s a good chance the CBD you’ve been taking is fake.

Here’s the thing: Because cannabidiol (CBD) is not bound by any government regulations, cannabis companies have a license to do whatever they want with these products. While there are some legitimate operations out there creating the best possible hemp-derived CBD oils, gummies and vapes, others are fly-by-night snake oil salesmen, cutting corners in the quest for the almighty dollar.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that around 40% of CBD products purchased online do not contain as much of the compound as printed on the labels. About 26% included higher concentrations than they were supposed to. Some of these products even tested positive for enough THC to cause a person to fail a drug test. Reports of CBD users testing positive for marijuana have become more prevalent as of late because of these kinds of manufacturing discrepancies.

But it’s not like you haven’t been warned that some CBD products might be a little shady.

Because cannabidiol (CBD) is not bound by any government regulations, cannabis companies have a license to do whatever they want with these products.