15 Methods To Spot + Avoid Counterfeit, Fake, & Potentially Dangerous Cannabis Products


     Counterfeit cannabis products are a growing concern in the cannabis industry, with reports of fake or purposefully improperly labeled p...

    Counterfeit cannabis products are a growing concern in the cannabis industry, with reports of fake or purposefully improperly labeled products flooding the market. These fake products can be dangerous, as they may contain harmful additives, and often carry inaccurate levels of THC and CBD, especially when you consider the fact that the highly regulated medical industry struggles in this department. In this article, we will discuss some of the best ways to spot counterfeit cannabis products to protect yourself and ensure that you are getting a high-quality, safe product. Nobody wants garbage in them.

1. Check the labeling and packaging.

One of the first things to look for when identifying counterfeit cannabis products is the labeling and packaging. Legitimate products will have clear, accurate, and consistent labeling that includes information about the strain, THC and CBD levels, and any other relevant details. Most fake products may have incorrect or missing information, or they may use vague or unfamiliar terms to mislead you or seem more legitimate. Many also simply have no labeling or packaging at all.

2. Look for third-party testing.

Reputable cannabis companies will have their products tested by third-party laboratories to ensure that they meet safety and quality standards. These test results should be available to consumers and should be displayed prominently on the packaging or available on the company's website. If a product does not have any third-party testing information, it is likely to be fake. In order to verify THC and CBD levels lab testing has to be conducted, meaning at the minimum they have a lab study but aren't releasing the results. Equally a bad look!

3. Be wary of too-good-to-be-true deals.

While it can be tempting to jump on a great deal, be wary of prices that seem too good to be true. Cheap prices may be a sign of a fake product, as counterfeiters often try to sell their products at a lower price to attract buyers. This problem is especially rife in the vape cartridge industry, as they are becoming frequently and more easily brandable and counterfeited. Many have entered the black market exclusively off the backs of stealing other brands and passing off an inferior product as "real".

4. Check the origin of the product.

 It is important to know where your cannabis products are coming from, as certain regions may have stricter regulations and quality control measures in place. If a product claims to be from a specific region but has no information to back it up, it is likely to be fake. If you can't Google the location of a company claiming to be from a certain area... there's a reason why.

5. Trust your senses.

While not a foolproof method, using your senses can sometimes help you spot counterfeit products. For example, if a product looks or smells strange, it may be fake. Similarly, if the effects of the product do not match the labeled THC and CBD levels, it is possible that it is a counterfeit. If you know what good cannabis smells like, you know what bad stuff smells like too.

6. Look for licensed retailers.

In many states, cannabis is only sold through licensed retailers who are required to follow strict regulations and quality control measures. Buying from a licensed retailer is one of the safest ways to ensure that you are getting a legitimate product. Now, which retailer you buy from, and the potency... that's a different topic for a different day.

7. Check for counterfeit detection technology.

Some companies are using advanced technology to help protect against counterfeiting. For example, some products may have unique serial numbers or use holographic labels or other security measures to help verify their authenticity. If a product has these types of features, it is likely to be legitimate. A popular verification method is to authenticate the actual lab results for that particular batch or crop on the packaging itself via a unique QR code.

8. Check online reviews.

While not all fake products will have poor reviews, reading online reviews can help you get an idea of the quality of a product and whether or not it is authentic. Be wary of products with overwhelmingly positive or negative reviews, as these may be fake or biased.

9. Know what to expect from the product.

If you are familiar with a particular brand or strain of cannabis, you will have an idea of what to expect in terms of effects and appearance. If a product does not match your expectations, it may be counterfeit. If you're buying a strong, head-high strain that you've had a million times before, and it doesn't look right, smoke right, or feel right... then trust yourself.

10. Check for watermarks and other security features.

Some legitimate cannabis products may have watermarks or other security features on their packaging to help protect against counterfeiting. If a product does not have these features, it may be fake.

11. Look for inconsistencies.

 Fake products may have inconsistent or poorly printed labels or packaging. Pay attention to details such as font, alignment, and overall quality, as these may be signs of a counterfeit product. A frequent trope is the misspelling of one or more words so they can easily reuse other brands' packaging.

12. Be cautious when buying from unfamiliar sources.

If you are buying from a source that you are not familiar with, be extra vigilant and do your research to ensure that you are getting a legitimate product. No, you cannot just trust your cousin Doug's guy from high school because he's the only guy around, Doug says. You don't want random garbage in your lungs any more than you have to.

13. Consider purchasing from a trusted source.

If you are unsure about the authenticity of a product, consider purchasing from a trusted source, such as a licensed dispensary or a well-known online retailer. This can help to reduce the risk of encountering counterfeit products.

14. Be cautious when buying from unlicensed sources.

While it may be tempting to buy from an unlicensed dealer or online marketplace to save money, these sources are more likely to sell counterfeit products. It is generally safer to buy from licensed retailers or trusted online sources.

15. Report counterfeit products.

If you suspect that you have encountered a counterfeit cannabis product, it is important to report it. You can report it to the company or to a regulatory agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Reporting counterfeit products helps to protect consumers and to crack down on illegal activity in the industry. A dispensary should never be stocking or carrying counterfeit goods- it's a violation of the trust a consumer puts in them and crazy illegal.

By following these tips, you can protect yourself from counterfeit cannabis products and ensure that you are getting a high-quality, safe product. Remember to always do your research and buy from reputable sources to minimize the risk of encountering fake products.

In conclusion, there are several ways to spot counterfeit cannabis products and protect yourself from fake or low-quality products. By checking the labeling and packaging, looking for third-party testing, avoiding too-good-to-be-true deals, checking the origin of the product, and trusting your senses, you can ensure that you are getting a legitimate, high-quality product. Remember to always do your research and buy from reputable sources to minimize the risk of encountering fake products.



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