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How To Avoid Synthetic Cannabinoids When Shopping For CBD

By Harrison Payton

November 5, 2021


Shopping For The Right CBD Can Be Tricky, But It Doesn’t Have To Be

Synthetic cannabinoids are an ongoing concern in the CBD industry. These substances are dangerous for consumers because the FDA does not regulate them in any sense. In addition, they can lead to serious side effects, severe illness, and hospitalization. This is why it’s important to know what you’re buying before you buy it. To help educate our readers on this topic, we’ve created this blog post that will guide them through the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids and how to avoid them when shopping for CBD products.

What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals that act on many of the same brain cell receptors as THC or CBD, but they’re not derived from natural cannabis or hemp. Synthetic cannabinoids were created in the 1940s by scientists looking to learn about THC. However, they had no idea what they were dealing with at the time. Following this initial discovery, synthetic cannabinoid production was taken over in the last 20 years by drug dealers and illegal offshore operations. These groups wanted to develop and sell products with similar effects to marijuana without being subjected to any government regulation.

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The best way to avoid dangerous synthetic cannabinoids is to trust only third-party lab-tested organic CBD.

Why Are They Dangerous?

These synthetic psychoactive compounds have been known to cause serious side effects like vomiting, agitation, or seizures even when smoked or consumed at significantly lower doses than traditional cannabis or hemp. They also typically come with a high risk of overdose because users can’t easily discern how much of the synthetic cannabinoids they are consuming or even what it is. These drugs can also be laced with other unknown chemicals such as rat poison. Furthermore, there is no way for consumers to know what ingredients are in the synthetic cannabinoids they buy.

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How Can You Avoid Synthetic Cannabinoids?

First and foremost, to avoid synthetic cannabinoids when shopping for CBD products, you should only purchase from a reputable company that follows government guidelines. There is no reliable way to know whether ‘gas station CBD’ is not only safe but if it even contains cannabidiol (CBD). These dangerous CBD knockoffs are occasionally seen at convenience stores but are commonly found online through suspicious websites.

Other than a dubious website or questionably low prices, the most significant red flag is a lack of detail anywhere about the sourcing. If a CBD company is willing to give you information about their sourcing, process, and lab testing, then they most likely have nothing you need to be concerned about. However, if there isn’t any mention of where it’s coming from or how the company extracted their CBD, this should raise some serious questions about what it contains. Additionally, you’ll want to look for companies that offer money-back returns, lab results conducted by third parties only, and reviews of happy customers.

You Should Feel Safe When Shopping For CBD

After explaining the risks of buying cheap or unknown CBD brands, our readers no doubt may feel a little bit anxious. However, there is one surefire method of avoiding synthetic cannabinoids altogether while still getting the potential natural wellness benefits you are searching for. We recommend purchasing third-party lab-tested CBD created using organic hemp harvested right here in the United States. Danu‘s CBD is extracted by using only cannabidiol-rich organic hemp leaves and flowers. We invite you to view our selection of premium CBD offerings in our shop here!

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