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Be Aware of Fake CBD Oil

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned 15 companies that are illegally selling  cannabidiol products— commonly known as CBD — by adding it to food or marketing it as a dietary supplement, CNN reported.

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The report noted that until the FDA learns more about the effectiveness and safety of CBD — used to treat pain and anxiety — the agency cannot generally recognize the ingredient as safe or approve products that contain it.

Amazon.com, which controls an estimated 40% of all U.S. e-commerce and handles more consumer searches than Google, has been found to sell counterfeit supplements on more than one occasion, CBD being one of them.

While Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD products, it sells ad space for CBD and carries thousands of products matching the search term for “CBD.”

Testing reveals Amazon’s bestselling hemp oil contains CBD, even though CBD is not listed on the label. Other products listed as “CBD” contain no CBD. In essence, Amazon is defrauding customers twice. Because there are no reputable companies selling CBD on Amazon, consumers are advised not to buy CBD products from them.

At least 50 conditions are believed to be improved by CBD, including pain, seizures, muscle spasms, nausea associated with chemotherapy, digestive disorders such as colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), degenerative neurological disorders such as dystonia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and high blood pressure.

Yet, despite the legalization of cannabis for adult use in 10 states in the past few years and the inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill of industrial hemp as a crop, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, up until recently, listed CBD as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous drug category reserved for drugs like heroin and LSD.

CBD is nonpsychoactive, meaning it is not addictive, does not produce a "high" and there are few to no dangerous side effects. In fact, there seems to be no reason for the FDA and Drug Enforcement Agency's long-term vilification of CBD except possible collusion with Big Pharma, whose dangerous and lucrative pain treatments, primarily opioids, would suffer from wider CBD use.

As patients and the medical community embrace cannabis and CBD for pain relief, harm and even deaths from opioids will diminish — which is why many industries, from Big Pharma to the alcohol, lumber, gas and oil and clothing industries, could lose profits from a booming cannabis industry.

Cannabinoid receptors in the human body were discovered in the 1990s, which in turn led to the realization that we make compounds in our body — endogenous cannabinoids — that influence these receptors.

If your cannabinoid levels are low, symptoms could include pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety, insomnia, poor bone health or neurological conditions — all conditions that could be treated with phytocannabinoids.

So, how do you tell the real from the fake? Here’s what to look for on the label when shopping for a high quality hemp product or CBD oil:

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Kosher-certified
  • Verified pesticide- and herbicide-free
  • Grown from certified seeds and not hybrids with marijuana
  • Full spectrum phytocannabinoids

Be aware that responsible companies don’t mention CBD as much as they stress phytocannabinoids and hemp oil.

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