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Buyer Beware: CBD Products Could Be This Century’s Snake Oil

By Cindy Krischer Goodman
Sun Sentinel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) CBD oils, salves and tonics are being heralded for relieving sore muscles, soothing aches and even helping to alleviate social anxiety. But how much do we really know about CBD? Cindy Krischer Goodman takes a closer look.

Sun Sentinel

Drive to Wynwood to indulge in CBD-infused cold brew that will take away your anxiety. Head to the Plantation farmer’s market and snap up CBD-infused honey to cure your trouble sleeping. Take a trip to a med spa in Boca Raton and pick up a CBD-infused topical cream for your shoulder pain.

South Florida has become flooded with CBD products for sale, luring buyers with promises of pain relief and medicinal aid.

The buzz about CBD has been fueled by celebrities including Kristin Bell, Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, who have said the CBD oils, salves and tonics relieve their sore muscles, soothe their aches, and alleviate social anxiety.

Even with all the endorsements, though, consumers have no real knowledge of the validity of the claims of CBD’s healing powers. Some labs report that dangerous and deceptive ingredients are showing up in CDB products. The industry’s lack of regulation and transparency has opened the door for serious concerns:

-Product labels are inaccurate or misleading.
-Products contain other additives that alter your mood.
-Metals, pesticides, bacteria and solvents from cannabis plants are surfacing in products.
-Concentrations of CBD are lower than advertised.
-Many products for sale remain untested.

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