Imposter Alert: Counterfeit CBD and How to Avoid It

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Impostor Alert: Counterfeit CBD and How to Avoid It

April 10, 2019

CBD offers a wide variety of health benefits. It can greatly improve your quality of life. However, the rise of counterfeit CBD creates a safety concern.

Unfortunately, some businesses want to take shortcuts, to reduce costs and increase profits. This causes imposter products to circulate the market.

Let’s look into this dilemma and tell you how to still safely use CBD.

Counterfeit CBD

Natural cannabinoids safely and effectively help people with everything from enhancing beauty to treating a wide range of diseases. But, newly introduced synthetic cannabinoids do not offer the same benefits and can pose a risk to your well being.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Designers create synthetic cannabinoids in labs, using volatile chemicals. The following represent some of the more commonly hidden counterfeit CBD cannabinoids.


This lab made cannabinoid works as a cannabinoid receptor agonist. This means that it amplifies the effect of endocannabinoids in the body.

Endocannabinoids help us regulate our mood and sleep-wake cycle, among other things. So why is this a problem?

First, you should always know what goes into your body. Second, and more importantly, this fraud actually causes intoxication, unlike legit CBD oil.

Researchers actually compare its effects to those of schedule I substances. Though they lack substantial research on 5F-PB-22, they do know that the drug causes adverse effects including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Confusion and delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Fast heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Catatonia
  • Death

As you can see, this is not an acceptable substitution for the wholesome cannabinoid, CBD.


This drug also acts as an indazole-based synthetic cannabinoid from the indazole-3-carboxamide family. This one hit the spotlight when CBD vape products hiding 5F-ADB actually killed people, including a North Carolina college student.

This incident sounded the alarm on the dangers of this imposter. Some of the cheaper CBD companies got caught including this chemical into their products.


Yet another indazole-based synthetic cannabinoid hit the market to create counterfeit CBD products. Its potency exceeds that of THC by about 16 times, making it extremely intoxication as well as lethal.

Why Would Companies Hide Synthetics In Their Products?

Only unethical business owners would choose to hide dangerous chemicals into their products for many reasons. But, what is their motive?


Legitimate CBD production, from growing the hemp to extracting the product can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, the extraction equipment alone can cost up to $100,000.

Synthetics, on the other hand, a person can cheaply create in the lab. So, a company may hide these chemicals to significantly cut costs and increase profit margins.


Growing hemp from seed s can take up to 90 days. Then, the extraction process can take days, and producing CBD products requires constant extraction. Synthesizing counterfeit CBD, on the other hand, does not require the same level of precision, making it take less time and effort.


A company may also choose to hide synthetic CBD into their product to enhance the effects of it. CBD oil works well. However, the potency of the synthetics creates an unmistakable response in the body.

They may want to market to people who want to get high without buying drugs on the street. However, this also puts people at risk who simply want the health benefits of CBD.

Counterfeit CBD May Cause You to Fail a Drug Test

Will CBD Oil Make Me Fail a Drug Test - Urine Test

Companies mislabeling their products does not only pose a health risk to you. It can also cause you to lose your job or get into trouble, as they can make you fail a drug test.

Pure CBD does not lead to a failed drug test. It does not contain THC, which the tests screen for.

However, counterfeit products do not tend to follow rules. If they do contain any CBD at all, they probably cut costs in other ways too, leaving high levels of THC in the product.

How Do I Prevent Buying Counterfeit CBD?

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Just because a few bad eggs decided to create synthetic CBD products does not mean that all CBD contains potentially harmful material. Do not lose out on the benefits of CBD due to fear of getting mislead.

Instead, make smart decisions when choosing your CBD.

Choose a Reputable Brand

How do you know if you can trust a brand?

  • Research a little.
  • Check out their contact info for a legitimate address and phone number.
  • See if they make themselves visible. Wonky brands tend to hide under the radar.
  • Read the information they offer. Reputable brands tend to offer more information.
  • Look for any discrepancies on their website.
  • Read their reviews.
  • Ask around.

Reputable brands, like Regenefi, enjoy sharing with you as much information as possible. They create a strong online presence and offer open forums for reviews. They also represent themselves in a professional manner.

Don’t Go Cheap

If a company sells their product for significantly less than their competitors, then there is probably a reason. As mentioned above, CBD production costs a lot, especially when the company uses the highest quality production methods. Even if a cheaper brand does not contain synthetics, they most likely use production methods that do not give you the purest product.

Read Labels Carefully

Sometimes the fraud is hidden in plain sight. Read your labels to see exactly how much CBD the product contains, and compare it to other CBD products. If they list everything on the label as they should, then you may spot other ingredients that do not belong in your CBD oil.

Shop with Regenefi

At Regenefi, we will never mislead you. We take great pride in our precise methods and the quality of our products. Our Colorado farms grow 100% organic hemp, without pesticides or GMOs, and we take every measure during extraction to provide you with the purest, most effective natural product. You will never need to guess what comes in your product, as we want you to know exactly what it contains.

To prevent buying and taking potentially dangerous counterfeit CBD, choose Regenefi. We want to improve your quality of life, not jeopardize it. Shop with us!


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FDA Disclaimer: The statements regarding these products are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products is not confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products do not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not 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.


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