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How to Avoid Fake CBD Products: Increase in Fake CBD

The global market for healthcare products was valued at $17.38 billion in 2023, projected to reach $110 billion by 2034. The rise of “fake CBD” products, which may contain contaminants and lack actual CBD, poses risks to consumers. Popular CBD forms include gummies, edibles, oils, and tinctures. Experts recommend checking labels and independent lab tests to avoid fakes.




With the growing popularity of CBD or cannabidiol products (the main component of cannabis), concerns have arisen about the proliferation of fake or dubious quality products on the market.

The global market for such healthcare products was valued at $17.38 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach $110 billion by 2034, representing a compound annual growth of 18.25 percent, according to estimates from a study by

The emergence of “fake CBD” poses risks for consumers seeking the benefits of this non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, warn specialists at, an online provider of such products.

“Consuming counterfeit or low-quality CBD products can lead to ineffective results, as these products may contain little to no actual CBD,” they say.

“In addition, they added, they may contain contaminants or additives that can cause adverse health effects.”

Most consumers purchase CBD products to reduce stress and relax, as well as to relieve pain, improve rest or have better sleep quality.

The way people consume these types of products is in the form of CBD gummies, which are the most popular, and other edibles such as baked goods and drinks.

CBD capsules, CBD oils and CBD tinctures are also in high demand among consumers, according to the Forbes Health survey.

A study published in PubMed Central argues that the use of cannabis, particularly in the food industry, is “a topic of much debate due to its psychoactive effects and the variability in cannabinoid content of individual plants.”

However, its use in industry has been valued for the nutritional value of hemp, as it contains proteins, amino acids, magnesium, zinc, among other nutrients.

How to recognize fake products?

Specialists from the aforementioned firm emphasize that one of the most obvious signs that a CBD product is fake is misleading labeling. Consumers can read labels from well-known brands that clearly display CBD content, batch number, and additional information printed on the packaging.

Dubious claims, such as exaggerated health benefits or unrealistic potency levels, should also be red flags, they stressed. They also noted that the lack of independent laboratory testing is a major indicator of a potentially counterfeit product.

Trusted CBD companies have their products tested by independent labs to verify potency, purity, and safety.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.