Updated: Sep 17, 2020
If you Google "CBD Products near me" (or something similar), you will be hit with a million and one websites demanding you buy their products. It seems as though everyone is claiming they have the superior product, and with a little regulatory guidance as there is at the moment, it's hard to prove them wrong. But with everyone claiming you should buy their products, how do you know who to avoid?
After working in the Cannabis industry for a number of years, it's safe to say I've seen a thing or two. And the hemp sector is no exception. In fact, after working in the less regulated hemp industry, I've come to miss the heavily regulated medical marijuana industry in Colorado.
With platform giants like Google and Facebook banning the promotion (or glamorization) of hemp products, companies have had to resort to creative tactics. Some of these tactics have come across as more than slightly shady. To avoid purchasing something that could potentially harm you or anyone else, here are a few tips from a CBD industry expert:
eBay is great if you want to sell your couch or the possibly (okay, totally) haunted doll your grandma got you for your tenth birthday. It's not the best option if you want to purchase CBD products. In fact, it should probably not even be an option at all.
Sellers will offer extremely cheap deals that you wouldn't be able to buy anywhere else. And there is a reason for that. Some of the deals they offer wouldn't even cover the cost to make the product, much less make any sort of profit from it, no matter how small. At worse, they take your money and run. At best, you either a bottle of what is more than likely olive oil.
Any legitimate CBD company will never advertise their products can cure or treat any ailment or condition. According to FDA regulations, doing so is illegal and punishable by law. Check the company's website you are considering purchasing from. While you're at it, check the packaging on their products as well. What does it say? What claims do they make?
Too Good to Be True
Have you found a CBD company that can sell you a tincture for under $20? You might want to reconsider forking over your money. While CBD prices may have dropped within the last year, the saying "You get what you pay for" still rings true.
Regulatory testing laboratories and independent researchers have taken it upon themselves to test products for potency, consistency, and credibility.
With the hundreds of CBD options out there, it can be more than a little daunting. It's almost like finding a needle in a haystack. But by doing your homework, staying informed on up-to-date information and a little common sense, you can sort through that haystack and find your needle.