Real Vs. Fake CBD Oil: How Can You Tell?

Updated on November 26, 2022

With the CBD oil industry now valued at over 20 billion dollars, it’s no longer news that many companies or individuals are cutting corners to cash in on the hard work of legitimate manufacturers of quality CBD products.

Whether you are new to CBD products or have been buying quality products similar to OTO CBD or from other legit companies, the need to identify authentic from fake CBD products can’t be over-emphasized.  If you are a user of CBD products, this information will help you know what to look for when faced with the dilemma of buying a legit CBD product both online and in retail stores. 

Look at the ingredients

With the increasing number of fake CBD oil in the market, there is a growing concern about the health implications of consuming them. There are reports of people falling ill after vaping counterfeit or low-quality CBD oil. Medical professionals recently emphasized the need to be cautious and avoid buying CBD oils containing Vitamin E acetate. While Vitamin E acetate is not harmful when ingested or applied to the skin via body cream,  inhaling it has been reported to cause harm. 

You might want to understand that CBD oil is fake for either containing harmful constituents or low-quality ingredients. This means that some companies may be legit and registered, yet may not be using ingredients that meet the minimum standards or do not even contain CBD. This makes it even easier to deceive uninformed users/buyers with existing websites or physically existing places of business.

Unusually high CBD content

Fake CBD companies are known to lure unsuspecting buyers with more content. If a CBD oil has an unusually high CBD content, e.g., 5,000mg, 8,000mg, or 12,000mg, they are likely not legit. Reputable companies do not produce CBD oil that contains more than 1,500 to 2000mg/one-ounce bottles. Furthermore, some companies use hemp seed as a selling point to make it seem like their product has more potency. Legit companies get the most potent CBD from full-spectrum flower extract, not from seeds, stems, or leaves. 

Furthermore, fake companies like to use it as selling point words copied from legit manufacturers; however, they overdo it. Many fake companies combine terms like full-spectrum and THC-free. It is contradictory for CBD to be full-spectrum and THC-free because full spectrum means CBD that contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids, including THC.

Strange packaging

Some make simple mistakes like using clear or light-colored bottles to package their fake CBD oil. This packaging type should not be trusted as CBD is photo-sensitive, which causes it to break down when not packaged in a dark amber bottle to prevent light penetration, hence, maintaining its potency. 

No access to authenticity certificate 

Fake companies will never adhere to standards. So, with fake CBD oil, you will most likely not have access to its certificate of analysis (COA). COA gives information about the constituent in the product,  such as THC and its amount (to ensure compliance with the country’s laws and the number of contaminants, e.g., microbes, heavy metals, pesticides, etc. Note that COA info often comes from a trusted third-party lab, freely listed by the manufacturer on a website that can be found on the packaging. Nowadays, access to the website for information is provided by scanning the QR code on the packaging.

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