The Dark Side of the CBD Industry: What consumers need to know.

By November 29, 2019 Industry News

We waited years for the legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) because we knew the powerful healing properties contained in the plant and the impact it would have on the lives of millions of people. But when it finally happened in 2018 and the floodgates opened, thousands of companies proliferated into the market in an attempt to grab some of the profits. The response was so dramatic, the industry was dubbed “The Next Gold Rush.”

Unfortunately, what followed was a string of incessant false claims, shady marketing techniques, and profiteering from a bunch of businesses that proved they’d do anything for a buck. 

With so many new companies entering the market, it’s been almost impossible for regulators to keep up. The lack of regulation means products go virtually unchecked and companies can do just about anything to sell them without being held accountable. That’s why if you’re looking to buy CBD products, it’s now more important than ever that you get educated on what to look out for in the industry.

1. Watch out for companies cutting corners by using cheap, and sometimes highly toxic ingredients.

In the same way you need to understand the ingredients of your food to know whether it’s healthy or not, you need to understand the ingredients in CBD products. In 2019, we’ve seen a string of deaths due to an unknown disease related to the ingredients contained in vape pens. The CDC and the FDA have launched an investigation to determine what is causing the deaths but it’s still largely unknown. We’ve also seen dozens of people sent to the emergency room and rendered unconscious by vapes because the products had used illegal, synthetic marijuana instead of real marijuana. 

Just like the early days of the cigarette industry, some companies will do anything they can to make a profit – even put your health at risk.

We’ve been reporting for years on the harmful effects of some ingredients found in vape pens, like fillers, surfactants, PG, VG, and PEG. The only way to know what’s in your products is to ask for lab results and check for yourself. If the company you’re buying from does not provide lab results, we suggest not buying from them. It took us years to develop, find and source the products for our all-natural I AM PEACE Vaporizer because we understood the risks of vaping something that wasn’t natural. You will find all our lab results on our website. 

2. Companies making false claims not derived from studies and not doing any 3rd party testing

CBD products are not subject to FDA review prior to entering the market, which means they’re not evaluated for dosage, interactions, side effects or efficacy and which also gives them leeway to make false and misleading claims on their labeling and in their marketing about their products. And the claims that are made are seemingly endless. CBD has been touted as a risk-free miracle-drug for curing cancer, herpes, alcoholism, skin conditions, weight loss, pet anxiety, and just about everything else you can imagine. The FDA is demanding accurate labeling, but they can only hold businesses accountable retroactively once they realize a company is making false claims. 

While the merits of CBD should never be underestimated, and there’s still so much we don’t understand about how CBD works, false claims are irresponsible, illegal and do a lot of damage. Especially when CBD is proving to be an incredibly powerful medicine for a lot of different illnesses. 

When purchasing CBD products, consumers need to be more educated than ever about what they’re buying. The business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t been able to keep up with companies making false claims and marketing CBD as a magic pill. The two main things to look out for are the ingredients in the products, and the claims made on the labeling. Always do your own research, double-check all ingredients and ask for lab results and third-party testing. Our products are made from natural ingredients with the highest purity, as verified by our Certificate of Analysis.

BioCBD+ respects and appreciates the hard work the FDA does, and the disclosure below is required by The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

FDA Disclosure:

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.



James Sol Radina

About James Sol Radina

As CEO and Co-Founder of BioCBD Plus™, James Sol Radina brings years of experience and accumulated expertise from the CBD industry. His interest originated in early 2014, when James embarked on a major filmmaking project to travel and study CBD around the world. Together with a team of filmmakers, he sought out to interview top doctors, scientists, and researchers about CBD, which, at the time, was relatively lesser known, but was starting a buzz in the market. After seeing first-hand the results that CBD had in the patients and experts they filmed, James was “all in!” and his business pursuits began. James started BioCBD Plus™ in 2015, with the goal to fill a niche void that existed in the CBD industry. With the knowledge he gained through his study of CBD, combined with new scientific research, he created the world’s first water-soluble, 100% BioAvailable CBD. The proprietary formula is whole-plant based and more easily absorbable by the body than other CBD products on the market, and the company’s product suite has continued to expand following its demonstrated success. The strength of James’ passion for CBD is matched by his dedication to volunteer service. He incorporated a strong socially responsible model to BioCBD Plus™, which supports The Veterans Discount Program and other programs through donations of CBD products to those who cannot afford them. Since the start of the company, James has also continued to be the inspirational energy behind the company’s beliefs and marketing strategy, which are driven by his commitment to spreading the science-based truth about CBD and bringing the healing benefits of the product to as many people as possible.

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