You can usually spot an MLM when someone from your personal network PMs you to either buy CBD oils directly or offers you a “chance to start selling CBD oils yourself and become rich”. They will often reach out to you via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms.
First of all, there’s no CBD content listed anywhere on the site. Second, the added ingredients are mentioned, but we have no idea how much of each is included. It’s possible only tiny amounts are added to the formula just so they can claim it’s in the bottle.
Some key qualities of MLM companies include:
These companies aim to make their money from brand ambassadors signing up and buying stock or starter kits — rather than from real customers.
Scam: Free Trial Scam
Jokes aside, this is a clear MLM company — ticking all the boxes for a scammy CBD brand:
The offer, of course, isn’t actually free. It’s part of a scam, and it happens right here in Southwest Florida.
“This is a very hard game of whack-a-mole where these companies set up websites, they promote these free trial offers and then they shut them down and open a new website with a new brand and a new name, all selling these CBD products, pills, and oils,” Oglesby aid.
Taking a free offer to try CBD oil could leave your wallet in pain.
Bryan Oglesby is with the Better Business Bureau and he says many people have tried to shut down these scammers.
Now, there’s a problem. You’ve signed up for a subscription service without even knowing it.
While there is hope for treating other conditions with the plant extract, Epidiolex remains the only CBD-derived drug approved by the F.D.A. Most of the research on cannabidiol has been in animals, and its current popularity has outpaced science. “We don’t have the 101 course on CBD quite figured out yet,” said Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Last year, the F.D.A. approved Epidiolex, a purified CBD extract, to treat rare seizure disorders in patients 2 years or older after three randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled clinical trials with 516 patients that showed the drug, taken along with other medications, helped to reduce seizures. These types of studies are the gold standard in medicine, in which participants are divided by chance, and neither the subject nor the investigator knows which group is taking the placebo or the medication.
But without clinical trials in humans, psychologists say CBD’s effect on depression is still a hypothesis, and not an evidence-based treatment.
But he cautions that the side effects could have been because of an interaction with other medications the children were taking to control the seizures. So far, there hasn’t been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.
Earlier research found fewer than a third of 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. Some users of CBD have also failed drug tests when the product contained more THC than indicated.