When looking for cannabidiol products, you might find companies offering synthetic CBD isolate. These items are often cheaper than organic CBD isolate but claim to be just as effective. Can you trust synthetic CBD isolate?
Like synthetic marijuana, synthetic CBD isolate is not only fake – it can be hazardous to your health. Here’s why you need to avoid all synthetic product at all costs.
What is synthetic CBD isolate?
Synthetic CBD isolate has nothing to do with cannabidiol at all. Products advertised with synthetic CBD isolate often contain 4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA, a chemical associated with synthetic marijuana.
Better known by its acronym 4-CCB, this manufactured chemical strain replicates the active ingredient in marijuana: THC. But those who ingest 4-CCB (either by accident or on purpose) often complain about serious side effects that go beyond the normal “high” feeling.
The synthetic 4-CCB does not share any common properties with organic CBD. This makes the label “synthetic CBD isolate” misleading. Law enforcement officials may refer to 4-CCB as “synthetic cannabinoid.” But it shoudn’t be confused with current research on organic CBD oil’s health benefits.
Simply put: there is no such thing as “synthetic CBD isolate.” If you find a synthetic, do not order it and do not use it. Only use CBD products sourced from high-grade, American-grown hemp plants.
What does synthetic CBD isolate do to the body?
Because 4-CCB (the most common ingredient in products labeled as synthetic CBD isolate) is engineered to act like THC, it can emulate psychoactive properties. But instead of euphoria, users report very bad experiences.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published May 2018, over 50 people experienced 4-CCB poisoning after using synthetic CBD isolate products. Their reported symptoms include: “altered mental status, nausea or vomiting, and seizures or shaking.” Those who took the 4-CCB products had the exact opposite effect cannabidiol users often report.
Because of the “altered mental status,” “seizures” and “shaking,” 4-CCB is very dangerous to your health. You shouldn’t take anything identifying itself as a synthetic cannabinoid, because unlike organic CBD, research does not show how you will react to a dose from this product.
Where is synthetic CBD isolate found?
The two most common sources of synthetic CBD isolate are online or specialty shops that sell other related products. In the case of the Utah 4-CCB poisonings, the synthetic CBD isolate carried the label “Yolo CBD Oil.” Information about the manufacturer or their sources were not printed.
Disreputable online shops often operate either through social media channels or in forums. They may claim that their products are “comparable” to CBD oil, or that synthetic CBD isolate “contains many of the health benefits” of CBD oil. But because these products often contain 4-CCB, they may do the opposite of what you hope to gain.
What are the tell-tale signs of synthetic CBD isolate?
Before buying any product that advertises itself as CBD isolate, there are three signs you should always look for. When doing research about the label, consider the following:
- Where was the product manufactured? Any legitimate company will disclose their sources, extraction process and how much CBD each bottle contains. The best companies will go one step further and give a serving guide as well. If your bottle doesn’t have any of these on the label, it could be fake CBD.
- Does the product have any reviews? Before you buy any CBD product, do a quick search on the brand. If you find many different reviews on websites and forums, it may be worth trying. But if product reviews don’t exist, it may not be a high-quality CBD oil.
- Are lab reports available? Every reputable CBD producer will provide two key items for public review: where they source their plants from and lab reports of their most recent extract. Lab reports show how much cannabidiol is in CBD oil, along with terpenes and essential oils also extracted. If the CBD oil producer doesn’t have a lab report, it could be synthetic CBD isolate.
How can I avoid buying synthetic CBD isolate?
Even with the tell-tale signs of a fake CBD product, deciding between real and fake products is challenging. As with many things in life, it’s better to be safe then sorry. You should always be vigilant about purchasing any product advertising cannabidiol.
First, make sure you’re buying CBD products from a company you have heard of. A quick Internet search can help you determine if a producer is reputable and is reviewed, or if they are selling mislabeled products.
Second, do your research on any CBD product you are considering. The three-step process is a good starting point, but don’t be afraid to ask questions of the company or at the shop where you get CBD oil. If the company or staff can’t answer questions about your quality concerns, you shouldn’t purchase the product.
Finally, if your CBD product does not contain information on the label about the amount of cannabidiol it contains (either total or per serving size), then it may contain no CBD at all. Any reputable product will publish information on the bottle about the cannabidiol contents. Without this information, you can’t determine how much you are getting per serving – and should avoid it at all costs.
Where can I buy real CBD products?
Finding real CBD products is an easy task. Tinctures, vape oils and capsules containing organic CBD are available online and in specialty shops. Whether it is our preferred brand, or one that you have heard of which provides lab information and other data, getting a real CBD product is sometimes easier than spotting a fake.
Before you buy and CBD product, be sure you know how much cannabidiol is in it, how much you should take and review the lab reports from the company. If you can’t verify any of those things, it could very easily be synthetic CBD isolate.
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