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With the immense interest in CBD over the past few years, it seems like the market has become flooded with hundreds, if not thousands of options. But the truth is, only some of those products are legitimate. Unwitting buyers are walking away with fake CBD, diluted products, or otherwise adulterated oils, edibles, and more. Because most CBD products are not regulated by the FDA like all other dietary supplements, there is little oversight and control over what hits the shelves. 

Good quality, pure, and potent CBD can have a wonderful range of health benefits, but it’s important to know how to spot a fake. A 2020 laboratory analysis of samples bought in Los Angeles revealed that over 70% of the samples failed the tests for either excessive contamination, or didn’t even qualify as hemp at all. If you want to ensure that you’re getting the real deal, here are a few things to watch out for:


Real hemp extracts are sold in darkly colored glass bottles to protect the oil from oxidation and degradation. Many fake products are sold in plastic or clear containers.

Miracle Claims

If you see a product that is making claims that sound too good to be true, this is a big red flag. Honest hemp growers and CBD brands know not to make exaggerated health claims for their products.

Missing Labels

Check out the entire label on the bottle, and if there is nothing listed about the potency or dose per serving, it’s not likely to be a safe, quality product. You deserve to know exactly how much CBD you’re getting.

Super Cheap

Making pure hemp extracts isn’t a cheap process, and you get what you pay for in the world of CBD oils and other CBD products. If you’re picking up a bottle for drastically cheaper than others you’ve seen, it’s likely a fake.

The best possible way to protect yourself from a fake CBD product is to shop at a reputable dispensary. Professional shops like Ignite Dispensary only carry products that are trusted and tested for purity. Come down and check out our selection of CBD and other cannabis goods!